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Why did the turkey cross the road? To get to the other WiFi hotspot…

November 26, 2014

By Rosalind Carr, @Rosalind_at_O and Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Just a little mid-week gobbledygook to make you giggle (we did!), courtesy of Dan Jones (@Dan_LRMobile) AKA Light Reading’s newly appointed ‘Poultry’ Editor…

To join in with the Thanksgiving festivities, Wireless access point provider Xirrus Inc. has egg-spressed their Thanksgiving wishes to one and all with this WiFi feathered fella…

xirrus turkey

Speaking of the logo Dan says, “Nothing really says Thanksgiving like a turkey with a big old blast of WiFi radiating from its cloaca, does it?”

Xirrus Turkey: Make of it what you will…Fowl, festive or felicitous – it was definitely an un-eggs-pected treat… (really ‘winging it’ with the puns here).

Thank you Xirrus for giving us a chuckle this season!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Countdown to MWC team!

happy thanksgiving

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Booth babes – Telling IT like IT is: For that you can really on the original Booth babe himself, Nick Booth

January 16, 2012

By Rose Ross, AKA @Rose_at_O

To say I laughed was an understatement. Nick Booth (@onMyBloodyPC), industry hack and almost neighbour of mine, makes some very interesting points in his latest column for UK channel pub, Microscope. Motivated by an interesting topic spawned from CES esp. one trending with his name literally all over it, Nick adds his own spin to the booth babe debate. I wonder whether it will trend again around MWC?

Key chuckle items from Nick include.

–        A suggestion that surely if scantily booth babes work then VMWare should start advertising on Page 3 of the Sun (For anyone not familiar with the Sun and its Page three – it is a British national news paper with a topless girl everyday on page 3 – just writing this makes me uncomfortable)

–        “What sort of man is so impressed by a girl in a swimming costume that it influences his buying decision? That must be a pretty small demographic, too. (mind you, the readers loved the sexist ‘advice’ column I was contractually obliged to write, but they were dinosaurs and got wiped out by the cloud in the end)”

Anyway, if you’ve not come across Nick and his nimble writing before do make a point tuning in to his column when you get a chance. He certainly treats the tech PR fraternity with his classic requests for news via FeaturesExec. One of my favourites here:

“QUERY: Dear PR Nutters,

Experts say Cloud apps could in future be ought by anyone – marketing managers, CFOs and MDs.

So the ground is shifting from under the CIO. Politics at work will get tricky.

A successful cloud project will have many fathers. But a failure will be an orphan. Or worse, the CIOs fault. CIOs will need to learn spin/PR skills.

So, can any PR experts give me tips on:

How to take credit if a Cloud project goes well.

How to wipe your fingerprints from the crimescene if the project goes badly.

I’m writing this with the CIO in mind.

Need to hand it in on Monday. So please keep your tips short. 3 tips max per person.

IMPORTANT

I don’t know when it will be published, so please don’t keep emailing. Set up a Google Alert or something.”

Please join me to encourage Nick just to write a blog about being a tech hack! I’d be glued (or maybe unglued), until then here’s the Booth babes piece in full!

http://www.microscope.co.uk/industry-views/column-whats-the-problem-with-booth-babes/

(PS – Nick, I still want to do that interview for the blogs here 🙂 )

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7 marketing quotes that make us go “HUH???” (in honour of Freddie Mercury)

September 5, 2011

By Olivia Shannon, @olivia_at_o

In honour of the late Freddie Mercury—the king and Queen of bizarre lyrics that, even more bizarrely, actually make sense—today we are blogging about a few of our favourite PR and marketing quotes that make us go “HUH???”

Here they are, in no particular order. If you have some you want to share (and please do!), you can email us at countdown@mwc.com or share them with us on Twitter (@321mwc).

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#MWC11 with all these parties – there have to be some drinking games!

February 10, 2011

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

…. so here is one – courtesy of sister blog: www.countdown2infosecurity.com editor, Mr Steve Gold (@swgold). Cheers, Steve.

And good luck with this MWC campers, as it looks like this one can get a little complicated….. Any more suggestions for drinking and party games (remember there may be children watching!) please add as comments to the blog and of course don’t forget our earlier post of parties at the show care of TelecomTV’s Leila Makki here.

Drinking Games in Spain: Los Chunguitos

Los Chunguitos are a 1970s rumba band from Madrid, who have the honour of being the inspiration for a popular Spanish drinking game of the same name.

To play, take a group of jovial drinkers sitting in a circle or around a table. In the first round, each person must clap, flamenco style, and call out, “I am Chungitos number one”, with the next person saying, “I am Chungitos number two”, until each has their own number. In the second round, each person calls out their own number, then the number of someone else, all the while clapping flamenco style. The new number must then call out their own number, then another new number, and so forth. Sounds easy, right?

Well to complicate things, the person directly to the right of the current player must also “play” the drums (mime and make drum sounds), while the person directly to the left must play the guitar. Whoever makes a mistake or is too slow has to drink, and the game starts again. Keep adding more ‘instruments’ to spice things up!

There are variations of this game all over Europe and Asia.

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Keeping it real for MWC: When it all gets a bit much – you could be with Jack Nicholson

February 2, 2011

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Well it is less than 2 weeks to go. And we are all starting to get a little unhinged with all the prep for the “biggest mobile show on earth”. So before you go barca-ing mad, here is a little light relief and maybe an insight that it pays to lighten things up if things are getting a bit much. 

Many thanks to the lovely, lovely Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler for making us laugh. And if you don’t like “Shut your piehole, we’re working here!”