Every dog has his day

Apparently Tuesday was international day of the dog, and to celebrate The Gunn Report put together a collection of the 26 best dog-related ads of our time.

However, they appear to have missed out the one dog ad which has had many people in the creative community talking recently in Australia, Saatchi & Saatchi’s Cannes winning air conditioner series.

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Why go to the best when you can go to the rest?

Already visited the three best shopping cities in the world and looking for where to go next? Malaysia is the place for you: 

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Trust Poison to stop you ageing

Dr Mumbo’s Asian counterpart has been touring India for the past few days, and came across this rather interesting ad for the strangely named Poison Clinic, which offers skin lightening, hair removal and hair regrowth all based on “Australian Technology treatment”.

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Tactical food packaging?

Hats off to the marketers at Froosh juices for having the stones to put this slogan on their bottles:

Froosh berlusconi

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Media Watch, a sign of the times

It seems the ABC budget cuts have even hit the Media Watch promos now.

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Cleo’s mahn of the year

The 30 finalists for this year’s Cleo Bachelor of the Year are an eclectic bunch, with Home and Away, Wonderland and Neighbours actors up against AFL stars, A-League Players, world explorers, and a plumber.

However, the most bizarre pairing to make the final cut could well be Dom and Adrian, the Bondi Hipsters, who are obviously not content with just spruiking Old Spice.

Initially Dr Mumbo thought the clearly joke answers the pair gave to the questions would put off the voters. Then he read some of the other apparently serious profiles, and realised they might actually not be seen as a parody by some of those voting.

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Hywood’s new hybrid?

Has Fairfax’s CEO Greg Hywood created his own luxury version of a hybrid car?

Dr Mumbo was left wondering after reading a piece in The Australian’s media diary section this morning that he “has splashed out on a $140,000 Ferrari Maserati”

Could the newspaper boss really have splurged on his own hybrid creation combining the best elements of the two separate luxury car brands Maserati and Ferrari? Both Italian supercar giants are owned by Fiat, so did he also throw elements of the Panda in there to boot?

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News gods, a forgettable festival and stabbing yourself in the eye

Julia ZemiroLast night was the newspaper industry’s night of nights, with the PANPA newspaper of the year awards being hosted by comedienne Julia Zemiro.

Most of the crowd thought Zemiro killed, in terms of comedy, with a special highlight being when News Corp’s boss Julian Clarke was being grilled by the SBS TV host.

“Nothing from you Julian?”, asked Zemiro, to which he replied no. “That’s not what this (the run sheet) says but ok…”

She then decided it would be a good time for an impromptu quiz with the 74-year-old News Corp boss, asking him: “what was the last concert you went to?”

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Wanted: ‘Housemate who has lots of people in their life they won’t miss if they disappear’

Gumtree What We Do in the ShadowsDr Mumbo’s been looking for new digs, and was sorely tempted by this ad on Gumtree until he read the requirements more closely. He was especially disturbed by the need for “lots of people in their life they won’t miss if they disappear” and the ban on cooking with garlic…

The housemate wanted post on Gumtree is part of a campaign for New Zealand vampire film What We Do In The Shadows, starring Flight of the Conchord’s Jemaine Clement, which tells the story of three vampires “who are just trying to get by in modern society”.

Ahead of the film’s premiere in Australia on September 4 it now looks like the New Zealand vampire trio have moved to Melbourne’s Brunswick and are in need of a housemate.

The Gumtree ad describes the group as “a group of four easy-going males looking for someone cool and groovy to invite into our house who is also villing to teach us a little bit about modern society, fashion and ze internet”. Read more »

Freedom of speech and the ‘optimism bias’

Dr Mumbo was delighted to hear at this morning’s Future Forum that Newspaper Works CEO Mark Hollands firmly backs the concept of freedom of speech and the importance of a vibrant and questioning press for the functioning of our democracy.

It’s just a shame Mark didn’t pass the memo onto Network Ten’s Russel Howcroft who was moderating a panel session with the four top CEOs of the newspaper industry from Fairfax, News Corp, Seven West Media and APN.

And so for the second year in a row, instead of the normal format of taking questions from the floor, Russel vetted the questions asking people to text him what they wanted to ask. He also made a proviso “rule” about which questions he would take telling the crowd that it would be based on his “optimism bias”.

So, instead of being able to probe the four men on issues like the viability of EMMA, the recent Mike Carlton incident and fallout, the further decline of print circulations and revenues, or the future of the Press Council which has recently come under attack from at least one member of the panel the questions were generally of a softer nature…

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Aussie hunks get wet

Aussie, the shampoo brand originating from the lucky country but now manufactured by Proctor & Gamble to sell in the UK and US, is launching in Hong Kong.

So to celebrate they got into the spirit of the incredibly whacky local advertising market with this gem of a pre-roll ad.

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Proposals and fake deaths

It strikes Dr Mumbo that the first and third stories in this screenshot from news.com.au this morning are uncomfortably close together.

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‘Remember the most important thing – we don’t work at the ABC’

On Friday Dr Mumbo stumbled across SBS2 news show The Feed’s trailer for The Real Newsreaders of Sydney, a ‘fly-on-the-wall documentary’ looking t the complex relationships between Seven’s Natalie Barr, Ten’s Sandra Sully and SBS’ “lunatic” newsreader Lee Lin Chin.

Episode one, which went to air last night, is set in Lee Lin’s “boozer” after she discovered “booze is much cheaper in bulk”. “As if Lee Lin needed another excuse to drink, her ratings are enough,” says Sully.

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Get yourself back to school

Someone should have told East Hills mall user generated content is so 2013.

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The Real Newsreaders of Sydney

Sandra Sully is a party girl, Natalie Barr is “here for a good time, not a long time” and Lee Lin Chin has “never killed a man before, but I know I’m capable”.

Dr Mumbo has no idea exactly what this 40-second teaser video for SBS2’s The Feed is driving at, but he’s going out on a limb and saying Monday at 7.30pm will be a must-watch.

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David Wood: dick joke correspondent

Dr Mumbo never suspected the Northern Territory News was doing well enough to dedicate a correspondent solely to dick jokes.

NT News dick joke correspondent

This raises the question of why the Territory Government is not going more to warn the public about rogue phalluses and sparked a call for a full government inquiry into the ramblings dongs,” writes the appropriately named writer David Wood. 

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Potato, onion, bacon and fly tart

Dr Mumbo isn’t normally an advocate of magazines using photoshop.

But when you’re a food magazine like Australian Gourmet Traveller and there’s a fly on your tart, he reckons it’s probably acceptable, especially when it doesn’t appear in the ingredients list.

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What’s the New shite?

With a title like News Bite Dr Mumbo is surprised it’s taken the good people at Aberdeen City Council 37 editions to make this mistake.

news bite front page

Whilst a council spokesman might be making light of the unfortunate placement of the photo for their council tenant newsletter in the local newspaper, it seems someone in the production department has been busy correcting the error online:

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