The moment Bin Hamman challenged Sep Blatter (schoolboy error), he was a dead man walking. In an email exchange with Jack Warner, the General Secretary of FIFA, Mr Valcke wondered witheringly of Bin Hammam whether the Qatari felt, by standing against Blatter, he could “buy FIFA as they (Qatar) bought the WC”. Despite this pretty condemning evidence Qatar isn’t going to be investigated, but this one just keeps running and running.
My favourite bit of this sorry saga is Sep Blatter’s proposal to appoint a council of the wise featuring that well-known football aficionado; take a bow Placido Domingo.
Trouble at home, attack away
With Syria on the brink and their big mates Iran going through a bit of turmoil don’t be surprised if they play their joker and drag Israel into the equation. There is nothing like a bit of war mongering with public enemy number one to divert attention and drum up a bit of nationalism.
More people who are cleverer than me
A couple of years ago we had Radiohead releasing an album as a ‘pay what you think it’s worth’ download. Now the Kaiser Chiefs (of Ruby, Ruby, Ruby and I predict a riot fame) have come up with an even more cunning scheme. They have created an amazing looking website where you can preview their songs before making up your personal album of 10 songs from the 20 available. The album costs £7.50 and you get the option of designing an album cover and setting up a page where your friends can download your album. For every album downloaded you receive £1, so if 8 people download your version you make 50p!
This has then been taken to the next level by people like The Guardian who have created their version of the album with the £1 going to their chosen charity – Alzheimer’s.
Top DJs have also got in on the act; really great interactive stuff and brilliantly taking technology to the next level.
The dough boys
My wife is a Krispy Krème hater and so am I right up until that moment a box arrives in our office at which point my powers of resistance disappear in a cloud of dust. What I’ve often wondered is how a food product that screams calories is doing so well. Apparently there are two massive trends in food right now – one is health, the other is indulgence, and both are similar in size. Madonna is big fan and judging by his recent appearance at a press conference in Dubai so is Maradona!
Krispy Kreme have a simple but smart marketing strategy; one of their clever ruses is to allow people to buy boxes of doughnuts at cost price, and then sell them for a profit for a good cause, and many of these are schools or children’s groups such as Scouts and Guides. It’s a genius idea – raise money for charity, while getting kids to sell to other kids, and mint a whole new generation of parent-pestering doughnut-eaters.
The naked truth
Has anyone noticed the number of naked companies that have cropped up recently and the proliferation of naked bets? My history of making brave bets goes back a long way and I remember doing an early-hours naked dash around a pool in Portugal and bumping into a big party of people who happened to be leaving a nearby restaurant at exactly the same time. The latest person to fall foul of an injudicious bet is a French World Cup winner. Former France international and Evian shareholder Bixente Lizarazu will celebrate the club’s promotion with a nude run through the town’s streets. Go you good thing go!
More of the silly stuff
I love the ability of the British to invent games. We quickly discovered that other countries catch up and overtake us so we keep coming up with ever more wacky games. Chasing manically after a giant cheese down a near vertical hill near Cheltenham is one of my favourites and another is the World custard pie-throwing championship held recently in the village of Coxheath in Kent.
Top 5 silliest World Championships
- Extreme Ironing World Championship
- World Sauna Championship
- World Black Pudding Throwing Championship
- World Worm Charming Championship
- World Gurning Championship
What makes you pull funny faces?