‘Laurie – what are you hearing?’ Nothing

Fair to say that the world and his wife has been rushing to take credit for the speed with which they broke the news of the fall of Kevin Rudd.   Read more »

Dr Mumbo at the ASTRA Awards: Speers blows his own trumpet

To Sydney’s State Theatre for pay TV’s big awards night – and a thoroughly classy affair it was.

Mind you, as the pay TV personalities made their way along the ASTRA Awards red carpet, Dr Mumbo overheard one mean character observing: “It’s like watching kids dress up in their parents’ clothes while they’re away at the Logies”.   Read more »

Take a picture! It’s Clarkson!

A brilliant promo for Top Gear from The BBC:

Think the same level of excitment will occur in Australia with the words “Clarkson”, Hammond” and “May” replaced with the words “Jacobson”, “Page” and “Pizzati”?   Read more »

Who knew about the Gillard coup first? Inga van Kyck

While Dr Mumbo has always had deep admiration for his counterpart on B&T magazine Inga van Kyck, the comedy columnist has achieved something close to ESP in the latest edition of the magazine.   Read more »

Easy Rider? Not if Bing has its way

Dennis Hopper has been dead for three weeks, and Microsoft’s search engine Bing has already committed this crime against Easy Rider:

Just what we needed. More vuvuzela. Thanks, Triple M

Good to see that Triple M’s Melbourne’s fill-in breakfast team, The Peanut Gallery, is getting into the World Cup vuvuzela spirit:   Read more »

Let’s all play some nothing like Australia

It’s taken a while for Dr Mumbo to get to see Let’s All Play Some Football, SBS’s epic three minute trailer for the World Cup.

He imagines it was in the works for a while. After all, organising the shoot to get different people to sing a line each – albeit some more tunefully than others – will have taken some time.   Read more »

Hamish & Andy introduce the UK to ghosting

If the Today Network was worried about losing Hamish & Andy to Ten when their contract ends, then it may need to be looking in another direction.

The pair have been in the UK for Caravan Of Courage.

And they’ve made a very comfortable apperance on BBC1′s Graham Norton Show in an episode which aired this morning, Australian time.

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Australia’s Next Top Grazia

Dr Mumbo is delighted to see that Australia’s Next Top Model is on its way back to Fox 8.

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Photon – forget about the redundancies, the party continues

Dr Mumbo is delighted to see that Photon Group isn’t letting a small thing like a stock market suspension and capital raising get in the way of the management’s appreciation of a good party.   Read more »

Dance, Kenny dance?

The World Cup… it’s all about dignity, as demonstrated by Nine News’s Ken Sutcliffe during their special on Saturday afternoon:

Are you, like Stephen Conroy, terrified of evil creeping into your home through ‘The Portal’? Help is at hand

By now, most folk will be aware of media minister Stephen Conroy’s terror of the internet, and in particular, his fear of “spams and scams coming through the portal”.

Happily, there is a solution – the Portector:

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The real world cup takes place in Cannes

While there may be a few awards handed out for the best ads in Cannes next week, the most important event takes place on the plage, with 16 nations, including Australia, taking part in the Cannes Lions Beach Football World Cup.   Read more »

Too slow, Joe

It’s always a sad day to Dr Mumbo when Daily Telegraph writer Joe Hildebrand doesn’t have an opportunity to explode out of the nation’s plasma screens, so he was sorry to read the following  today:   Read more »

There’s Nothing Like… Kochie, Kyle, Chk Chk Boom Girl, Bundy Bear and Plucka Duck

Dr Mumbo had been anticipating a crop of spoofs of the much-talked-about There’s Nothing Like Australia ad.

This effort from web developer David Johnson makes it worth the wait.   Read more »

Saucier than you’d think

Dr Mumbo loves the ease with which PR service Source Bottle helps lazy journalists find case studies, but it would seem that the service is starting to branch out.

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Forget the football – the real action is the fight between Seven, Nine and Ten

We appear to be enjoying a new golden age of hatred between the TV networks.

Its recent high spot was probably the unfortunate incident where a Seven security guard allegedly tasered a Nine minder in a grumpy incident at the South Africa World Cup.

And now this evidence reaches Dr Mumbo. Can it be that in the argy-bargy the Nine cameraman missed his shot? Perhaps that explains why – at the one minute mark of this Nine News report – a ghostly Ten watermark appears to make an appearance on some of the Socceroos key team footage.

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