This article titled “Top Gear episodes to be made available on Facebook” was written by Mark Sweney, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 23rd August 2011 10.46 UTC
BBC Worldwide is make episodes of Top Gear available to Facebook users at a cost of 93p.
The BBC’s commercial arm has developed a video-on-demand app for Facebook that will allow users of the website to rent a limited number of Top Gear episodes using Facebook Credits.
The corporation is initially offering three episodes – the Polar Special, US Road Trip and Vietnam Road Trip – at a cost of 15 Facebook Credits each, the equivalent of 93p. Once rented, episodes will be available to view for 48 hours.
Facebook has about 700 million users globally, but the Top Gear episodes will only be made available for users in Europe, the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
"Top Gear has amassed a huge following on Facebook with almost 14 million friends following the brand itself and the Stig," said the show’s managing director, Adam Waddell. "We’re always looking at ways of adding value for the core fans of the show so it’s entirely appropriate that we should be one of the first TV shows to make its premium content available via Facebook."
Last month BBC Worldwide struck a similar deal with Facebook to allow fans to watch classic episodes of Doctor Who.
On Monday Miramax unveiled a movie streaming service through Facebook at a cost of 30 Facebook Credits each.
Last week FA Cup sponsor Budweiser brokered a deal with non-league teams Ascot United and Wembley FC to stream the opening game of the FA Cup live.
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This article titled “The Chelsea Flower Show: 10 things you didn’t know” was written by Matthew Appleby and Jane Perrone, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 24th May 2011 09.38 UTC
1. B&Q had to move its 10m veg tower garden a metre or two so it couldn’t be seen behind BBC presenter Alan Titchmarsh, who is the face of B&Q. BBC rules say no advertising by presenters.
2. Parsnips were one of the star plants in the best in show garden, designed by Cleve West for the Daily Telegraph. It was inspired by Roman ruins in Libya.
3. Two gardens will raise money for natural disaster victims – Tamata from New Zealand and the Japanese show garden. Tamata designer Xanthe White’s last show garden was destroyed by the Christchurch earthquake in February.
4. Most expensive items at the show are a Barbara Hepworth sculpture on Yorkshire tourism garden and a sculpture on the Hillier exhibit. Both £70k-ish. Much less than last year’s bling – a £10m diamond on David Domoney’s garden.
5. The Monaco Garden was visited by Prince Albert, who is a keen gardener, a passion passed down from his late mother Princess Grace.
6. Strangest celebrity mis-match of the show had to be JLS doing flower arranging in the Great Pavilion aided by Simon Lycett. They looked suitably bemused by the whole event.
7. Big name designers might not return to the show until 2013, Chelsea’s centenary. We’re talking Christopher Bradley-Hole, Andy Sturgeon and Tom Stuart-Smith. This year’s big names are Bunny Guinness, Diarmuid Gavin and James Wong.
8. The most expensive garden – The Times at £400,000.
9. Biggest tree ever at Chelsea-a 11m Thuja on Leeds Council‘s show garden. Not the 6m tree on Hillier’s stand as widely reported.
10. It costs £40,000 to fix the ground at the site post show. Kestrel Contractors does the work and the site is ready to use by mid June.
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So will it be the big bang or leave us with a dusty after taste…One of our reporters took the box home last week and give it a good tasting!
15 silk pyramids of organic english tea neatly packed in a clear box – the clever use of silk reveals the tea in its “raw” texture and releases the tea fragrance far better than the usual paper fiber.
I brewed one tea bag for a whole tea pot (average 3 cups) and the brewing time required was remarkably short. I would normally add 2 tea bags with regular brands to achieve the same strength.
The initial fragrance was an early indication that this tea would be flavoursome and it certainly matched all expectations.
Stormtea.co.uk are ticking all the boxes and we are giving it an official 9 Dusts out of 10. This brew beats anything we’ve had the pleasure to drink and it doesn’t require half a cup of milk and three sugars!
Stormtea.co.uk have updates on both facebook and twitter.]]>
Below are the behind the scenes footage which form the launch of new Lynx Excite – Lynx has created new digital game to go with it which is launching soon..but let’s cut to the chase…]]>
Well a UK company have just created a game “Ted Williams U-Talk”.
Ok so it’s a parody, but all good fun.]]>
So here we go..:-
If you find any more please leave them in the comments below.
If you would like to see more like this, why not try our 20 strange things the Daily Mail says causes cancer
But health and safety fears have put a stop to any more cafe au lait. According to centre boss, Penny Bovey, the ban is justified
“We feel this is a sensible way of keeping children safe. ”
“Groups where children are not mobile or in a creche will still be able to have hot drinks.”
We asked Nescafe for a reaction but they declined to comment about such a
ridiculous serious issue.
What is the most absurd health and safety issue you have heard about this year, do let us know in the comments below.
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Amazon.co.uk have given details on the best selling celebrity calendars this year (so far) and it seems Sir Cliff Richard is outselling everyone including youtube/twitter sensation Justin Beiber.
We’ve asked around (a retirement home) and nobody we’ve spoken to as yet has bought one of Sir Cliff’s calendars..so the question is this, who is buying ‘em?
List in full:-
Top five male best-sellers:
1. Cliff Richard
3. Justin Bieber
4. Michael Buble
5. Peter Andre
Top five female best-sellers:
1. Cheryl Cole
2. Kylie Minogue
4. Lady Gaga
5. Kelly Brook]]>
Walkers have had many consumers cashing in on a game which asks them to predict where and when it is going to rain.
Due to launching the game during the wettest months of the year, the company has already spent more than £660,000 in £10 payments.
Players enter the promotion code number, found on Walkers packets, into their website after which a map of Britain appears. A player then picks a time and a square where they think it will rain.
The results are then verified by the Met Office. The good news is that there are still two weeks left to run before the end of the promo..
hat tip telegraph]]>
Mark Owen has told how he spent 24 hours believing his car had been stolen – only to realise he had simply forgotten where he parked it.
The Take That singer – who has announced a string of stadium and arena shows with Robbie Williams back in the group line-up – said he spent Tuesday thinking the vehicle had been swiped.
But Mark owned up on the Radio 1 breakfast show on Wednesday to just misplacing it, saying: “I just left it at some friend’s house.”
He said: “We were speaking to the friend and said we lost it – and they never said ‘it’s on our drive’!” – we are guessing this isn’t your average driveway..
‘Never forget’ – said Gary and now that he has the car ‘Back for good’ all he can do is ‘Pray’ that he doesn’t lose it again, for Mark it was the ‘Greatest day’ as he was ‘up all night’ and Robbie said he was talking to his ‘Angels’. Because he’d hate to have take all that Circus again…
The app makers claim the app will allow you to “feel the thrill of playing poker with Anna Chapman” and also, should you beat her, she will add you as a friend on Facebook, where you can poke her too.
The app also offers you the chance to read her private blog. At $0.99 it remains to be seen as to whether the lure of seeing exclusive pictures of the ex-spy will be enough of a draw to drive huge sales, one thing is for sure though, Anna Chapman is not going anywhere quietly..
Get the Poker with Anna Chapman App from iTunes.]]>
Moves to install electric vehicle charging points and its support of clean technology firms helped keep hold of the trophy.
Peter Madden, chief executive of Forum for the Future, said: “Cities are having to count every penny so it’s essential that they invest wisely for long-term success.
“Leaders like Newcastle and Leicester are developing plans to run services in smarter ways, tackle challenges like climate change and secure the jobs of the future.”
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To speed the process up, Camelot will announce on Friday in which region the ticket was bought.
Blogs and forums have claimed that the Spar store on Daventry Road in Coventry is the likeliest place where the lucky ticket was bought however staff said they did not know but are now telling everyone who visits to check their pockets.
A National Lottery spokesman said: “Our player services team are on standby waiting for the ticket-holder to call.”
The winner picked the numbers 9, 30, 35, 39, 46, with lucky stars 6 and 8.
If you don’t need the money, the DailyDust team are on standby, waiting to come and collect the ticket from you..
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Moyles, 36, has had ‘unofficial’ talks with the station’s owner, millionaire Ashley Tabor, about the prospect of joining Capital FM when it launches nationwide from January.
The Radio 1 DJ used to share a flat with the station’s boss and is close friends with him.
Aged 33, Mr Tabor founded Global Radio two years ago, buying GCap Media and Chrysalis Radio for a combined price of £545m.
The group now comprises some of the UK’s most popular radio brands: Heart, Capital FM, Classic FM, Galaxy, XFM and LBC 97.3.
Helping launch a platform with 6m listeners already lined up may be the hook that pulls Moyles away from the BBC. A pay cut looks inevitable, but with commercial radio, come commercial deals.
hat tip The Daily Mail]]>
Prof Terry Cosgrove said: “The motivation to invent the product came from seeing chewing gum on the streets in this country and in America. It’s everywhere.
“The materials developed can be used for lots of other uses such as anti-graffiti paint and bacterial protection.”
Launching in the USA, it is hoped that Rev7, designed at Bristol University in spearmint and peppermint flavours, will go on sale in the UK soon.
Over 300,000 tons of chewing gum will be sold this year in the US alone and around 120,000 tons of residual chewing gum remains in the environment every year.
hat tip telegraph
Wedmore Parish Council in Somerset have refused to replace the £300 sign.
Chairman Mal Johnson said: “There’s a slightly light hearted side to the Cocklake sign, but the real issue is cost.”
He estimated about 30 signs were missing across the parish.
He added he had not seen any real evidence of people getting lost due to a lack of signage, but said anyone with concerns could get in touch. (Probably a bit late once they are lost)
Hat tip bbc
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“British mother-in-law jokes, as well as offensively sexist in their own right, can also be seen as offensive on the grounds that they disrespect elders or parents.”
So we thought we’d add a few of our favourites:-
“I haven’t spoken to my mother-in-law for eighteen months. I don’t like to interrupt her.”
“A police recruit is asked during an exam, “What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother-in-law?” He replies, “I’d call for backup.”
“I wouldn’t say my mother-in-law is fat but when she was run over recently the driver said it was because he didn’t have enough petrol to go around her.”
I took my mother-in-law to Madame Tussaud’s Chamber of Horrors, and one of the attendants said, “Keep her moving sir, we’re stock-taking”
The device, features a gel patch that clamps on to flabby parts of the body and freezes fat cells. The sub-zero temperatures cause the fat cells to die. They are re-absorbed and then flushed away by the body over the next few months, leaving the patient slimmer.
The new treatment costs around £800 – about a quarter of the price of liposuction – and takes between one and three hours.
However, the device’s creators say it is designed for those in need of a little fat removal and is not suitable for treating obesity.
CoolSculpting by Zeltiq can be found at Beyond MediSpa in London.
So, stay off cakes, get a little slimmer, then go freeze it off.
Hat tip Mail]]>
However, when it emerged that no-one at the winning town wanted to collect the award the inhabitants of Denny stepped in. They hope the trophy will speed up regeneration in the local area.
Brian McCabe from Walk Around the Block described Denny town centre as:
“like Beirut on a bad day”.
However, the Council were not so pleased with the award..
Council leader Craig Martin said: “It is deeply disappointing that anyone in Denny thinks this is a positive move for the town.
“The council has no interest in the Carbuncle awards – our priority is transforming Denny town centre.”
Hat tip Telegraph]]>
Bedfordshire Police were sent to the teenagers house to take his photograph and inform him that he now has a lifetime ban from the USA.
When asked by the sun what he wrote, he said “I don’t remember exactly what I wrote as I was drunk, but I think I called Barack Obama a prick. It was silly – the sort of thing you do when you’re a teenager and have had a few.”
No Luke, it’s not.
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Writing to the FT, Mr Fischer stated:
“I would propose that Ryanair replace the chief executive with a probationary cabin crew member currently earning about 13,200 euros (£11,000) net a year,”
He added: “Ryanair could similarly charge 3000 euros for the training required to become chief executive” which is the amount Ryanair charge new recruits for their training.
The great CEO headline writer has now replied to his Captain..
“Michael thinks that cabin crew would make a far more attractive CEO than him – this obviously isn’t a very high bar – so we are going to seriously look at the suggestion,” said Stephen McNamara, a Ryanair spokesman.
“After all, if we can train cabin crew to land the plane, it should be no problem training them to do Michael’s job as well.”
The game is 25 years old today (13 Sept 2010) and Mario is, well, still super..!
Legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto’s team put the finishing touches to his first major adventure, Super Mario Bros. for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) 25 years ago.
To celebrate the occasion Mario fans will be invited to share their love for Mario with the rest of the world in a special video competition, visit http://www.nintendo.co.uk/mario for more information.
Nintendo has created a 25 year anniversary television advertising campaign starring a host of celebrity names who recount their greatest Super Mario memories. Jonathan Ross, Ant and Dec, Jamie Cullum and many more will take part.
The first advert will be screened during Corrie tonight at 8.45pm..]]>
Ferguson mentioned that he was soon to holiday on an island off the Californian coast “kind of like the Isle of Wight”, Thompson replied: “Oh, so they stone homosexuals there? Nice. I think they are still allowed to flog them, which of course some of them enjoy. I think they are allowed to shoot Irish or Scottish people if they arrive on the island – it is still in the rules. They are allowed to torture people. It’s lovely – you should go.”
David Pugh, Isle of Wight Council leader described the claims as “ridiculous” and wrote to the actress.
As it turns out, Miss Thompson had offended the wrong islanders. In her reply to Mr Pugh she said:
“Thank you so very much for understanding that not only were my remarks on a late night comedy show (comedy being the operative word) but I also mixed up my islands – I think it was the Isle of Man that used to enjoy the privilege of being allowed to shoot Scotsmen if they appeared on the beach.”
And here we go again..
Cue Ewan, our resident Scot..
hat tip telegraph
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