Friday, June 24, 2011

Telly Time

It's Friday. How that happened, I don't know. Could it have been the blur of cocktails and glorious puddings that hastened the week's end?

I was supposed to have a guest blogger but they seem to have vanished into the ether. So today, I thought it'd be interesting to present a snapshot of telly time! I might be the only one, but I always find adverts from around the world really interesting. It's like a sneak pick into a different culture.

So please bear with me while I snap on the telly and wait for the next commercial break. Oh, while I'm waiting, I'll announce the winners of Catherine Ryan Howard's Self-Printed.

Hard copy goes to... India Drummond! Whee!
Ebook goes to... Janice Horton!
Another ebook copy goes to... Lani Wendt Young!

Congrats, ladies!

Right, here we go with the adverts (yes, this is what my blog has come to today).

Jonathon Ross hosts Penn and Teller: Fool Us! I admit I did like Jonathan Ross until he got together with Russel Brand and started behaving like a five-year-old. Think I'll take a miss on this one.

Butlins Happy Days. I'm not quite sure how to explain the concept of a holiday camp. It's a uniquely British thing where loads of parents bring their kids and eat fried food in the rain. Butlins has a chain of holiday camps and I can't help but snigger at the name!

DFS Sofa Half-Price Sale. Ever since I moved to the UK seven years ago, DFS has been having half-price sales. It's a wonder they're still in business.

Homebase. This is a DIY store that I'm quite fond of after they gave me and Mr TR a water-heater timer for free when they couldn't find the price. Score!

Evian, the official water of Wimbledon. I reckon Wimbledon doesn't need any more water this week after all the rain!

There you have it. Welcome to my advert world! Have a great weekend, everyone.

43 comments:

  1. Hehe, great post! Well done on your freebie at Homebase!
    Have a geat weekend!

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  2. I seriously cannot stand Jonathan Ross only because he is. not. funny. Ahem.

    But I love the way DFS takes a song and gives it the muzaaak treatment!! Yay!!

    Have a great weekend too! Take care
    x

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  3. Homebase sounds just like our Home Depot - humongous DIY warehouse store that I always get lost in unless my hubby is with me :P

    I hear you about the rain. It's been cool and rainy all week! It is June, isn't it? Have a good weekend!

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  4. Great on the free timer :) There are a couple of commercials running now that I like. Most are forgettable.
    Happy Weekend!

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  5. Enjoy your weekend! I'm hoping to steal some extra writing time for myself.

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  6. Love these advert snippets, Talli. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Karen

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  7. Congratulations to the winners and have an awesome weekend, Talli!

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  8. Of course, anyone spending any amount of time with Russell Brand shows a horrible lack of judgment.

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  9. Funny post! I used to like Jonathan Ross in his early days - he's such a pratt now. (Russell Brand is just plain pervey bleugh!)

    We've recently scored a freebie from Homebase, too - they must like writers, lol!

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  10. I always wanted to go to Butlins as a kid. We went to Pontins, which apparently wasn't 'cool'.

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  11. 'Could it have been the blur of cocktails and glorious puddings that hastened the week's end?'

    That's really good writing, Talls. :)

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  12. I used to know all the commercials that aired, back in the pre-internet download, pre-Netflix, pre-TiVo days. I must admit that I now have absolutely NO idea what kinda commercials are around now. o_O

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  13. Good for homebase, I agree DFS are fond of their sales I believe they go back to before you moved here.
    As for Jonathon Ross not only does he turn me off ........he turns my telly off.

    Have a great week-end.
    Yvonne.

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  14. Don't like Jonathan Ross - overpaid and not at all funny.
    I think DFS has constant sales because the quality of their goods means that the customer will soon be back to replace items - unless common sense has set in;-)
    . . . and I wouldn't go to Butlins if you paid me - well, that might depend on how much you paid me:-)

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  15. Know what you mean about DFS. It's kind of lost its meaning, the half-price thing!

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  16. I should probably spend closer attention to TV commercials, but I guess with the little TV that I watch I wouldn't see many.

    When I hear the term "holiday camp" I think of the Who's Tommy and Uncle Ernie's Holiday Camp where the namesake fiddled about with the young boys.

    Have a great week-end!

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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  17. Ah, adverts. they drive me crazy but sometimes they're hilarious! My current favourite is the Cow & Gate one with the hysterically laughing babies - cracks me up every time!

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  18. Haha...guess I needed this post after spending a week between NYC and Atlantic City. I'm home now. Phew... Enjoy your weekend!

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  19. It's fun to see marketing from across the pond ... Happy Friday ...

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  20. YAY! ((screams and shouts and jiggles with excitement)) I'm sooooo delighted to have won the e-book. Thank you!

    My email is janice.horton@btinternet.com

    Have a great weekend! x

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  21. :) Yay for ads? :) Have a great Friday!

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  22. I wonder if I can get stuff for free when cashiers cannot find the price. Hmmm...new car anyone? :P

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  23. Thanks for the laugh, Talli...

    Have a great weekend.

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  24. I love to fast forward through the commercials and probably miss out on the best ones that way! Yours sound very entertaining though!

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  25. Congrats to all winners!!

    And I have to say, I've not been to Wimbledon yet, it does seem to rain when its on though, non?

    Happy Saturday, my friend!

    x

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  27. Love the freebie at Homebase. I always cringe at the Injury Lawyers adevrts and the Direct Line one with the loony customers. LOL! Oh and I agree with Old Kitty about JR :O)

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  28. Brilliant observations! We Brits are a little odd, no?

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  29. Congrats to the winners! Sorry to hear that your guest blogger vanished into the ether but Telly Time was fun!

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  30. WOOOOHOOO! So buzzed to win an ecopy of the Self Published book. Thank you so much! It could not have come at a better time as i prep to tip toe into the waters of self-publ....

    Thank you. My email - LaniWendtYoung@hotmail.com

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  31. Pretty interesting to see what's being advertised across the pond. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

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  32. Oh my word, I havne't heard a Butlins ad in so long! I'd forgotten all about them. Thanks for bringing up the fond memories.

    Jai

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  33. I was going to wish you a great weekend, but it seems it is almost over - dang! where'd it go?

    uhngh.

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  34. Hope you had a great weekend! Your post at my blog was enjoyed by all, thanks for coming to guest with me!

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  35. That's a bummer that your guest was a no show, but you sure made the best of it with this amusing post. I think it's pretty darned interesting since I've never watched British telly. Cool!

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  36. ha yay! always a pleasure to visit your entertaining blog.
    xx

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  37. I love places like DFS. I've been driving past a furniture store for years that is still having its going out of business sale.

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  38. Congrats to the winners! I love your Homebase story - what a great way to earn loyal customers.

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  40. Congrats to the winners!

    I've read about Butlins Holiday Camps as they used to be called? Paul Theroux spent a little time in 1 in his great travel book about Britain, THE KINGDOM BY THE SEA. He wrote that people on the Dole could go there. He joked that there were no dishes to wash! No beds to make! :)

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Coffee and wine for all!