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Spare A Thought For All The Poor, Little Foreigners Who Will Spend Today Looking On The Majesty Of England – In ALL Her Pomp & Ceremony Glory – And Wishing They Too, Were Members Of Her Majesty’s People.
April 29, 2011, 6:27 am
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Courtesy of another of my wife’s handmade masterpieces, here’s to the happy couple.

And here’s to all the envious jolly foreigners. Especially the frogs.

Enjoy, especially as it will all end in bitter tears within 3 years, Possibly.

[Obviously I mean the royal marriage, not the cake or the tango ad … we all know they definitely have a much earlier ‘best before’ date]


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Before going on to infamy and misfortune in advertising in London, I grew up in a little town in the middle of Ireland named Birr. Home to Birr Castle, where Lord Parsons lived (also home in the 19th century to the world’s largest telescope – now restored). Lady Parsons was mother to Anthony Armstrong Jones. Princess Margaret and young Jones visited Birr, where we all turned out to gape at the Royal Phenomenon. The next Sunday our lining the route to Birr Castle was roundly castigated from the pulpit of the local Catholic Church by the parish priest.
Fast forward to London and advertising where said Armstrong-Jones did some amazing work for us.
I don’t remember what happened to the parish priest.

Comment by Ciaran McCabe

A post that contains your wife’s and your best work. Except Jill didn’t require a team of talented people to make her look good or talented. Excellent work.

Comment by George

Nice of you to also step into Andy’s role George. Bastard.

Comment by Rob

And you don’t have to waste your breath saying ‘truth hurts’ … I can see you saying it in my mind already.

Comment by Rob

The BCT (official name) script is still one of the best bits of writing I’ve read in advertising, closely followed by that W+K Chrysler superbowl ad.
It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it and when it is well written, long copy can feel like the snappiest, most memorable headline.

Comment by George

People aren’t against long copy, they’re against boring long copy.

Comment by Pete

Yep. Absolutely.

Comment by Rob

Where’s Andy when I need him. I couldn’t care less about the person for whom the designation your Mom objects to is most appropriate,, I’m just respecting young Jones and his contribution to both commercial photography and pretty honorable behavior. Ciaran

Comment by Ciaran McCabe

I don’t know if yoda Andy went on holiday for his birthday or to get away from the fucking royal wedding farce but I’m here to help and as his deputy I give you the official Andy “fuck yeah”. But I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Comment by Billy Whizz

I have to say I do miss Andy’s presence around here. It’s almost too nice on here these days.

Comment by Pete

Unlike you, Jill doesn’t rehash her ideas or her successes, she creates new ones. Something to think about Rob.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Now you’re really getting into the role Billy, well done … Andy will be very proud.

Comment by Rob

Genius.

(I mean the cake and the ad, the wedding is a happy event but I don’t really have much interest in it. Apologies queen.)

Comment by Pete

The ad that kept Rob employable when all common sense said he should be thrown to the dogs and never allowed to marry such a talented and beautiful woman.

Comment by DH

And all he did was make the tea. Some guys get all the luck.

Comment by Billy Whizz

But it was fucking good tea.

PS: I also am one of the guys running down the hill in the final scene, so can I say I am an international star?

Comment by Rob

Are you the the last one down the hill puffing and panting like a bulldog on a hot day?

Comment by Billy Whizz

Nice of you to step in, but I “don’t know what I’m talking about” right in the middle of one of the greatest re-brandings of a dying placebo. You don’t have to keep too close a watch on the death throes, they are pretty intrusive.

Comment by Ciaran McCabe

I never thought I’d do this – but I have to defend Billy because even I am not quite sure what you’re talking about. But then I’m a planner – so I don’t understand common sense. Apparently.

Comment by Rob

I expect to read Jill’s name in the new year honours list. Fabulous.

Comment by Lee Hill

australia’s perception of your stuffy royals has been reaffirmed by the quashing of a satirical broadcast of the wedding by clarence house. poor charles and will are concerned about the poor colonials thinking badly of them.

ps. the w+k royal window at hanbury st is the greatest thing in ages.

Comment by lauren

We gave you flushing toilets and some manners and you still take the piss? You buggers don’t know you’re born.

Comment by Rob

you also gave us alcoholism, salination and a terrible accent. we’ve cut you a lot of slack thus far.

Comment by lauren

Yes, but you subjected me to almost a decade of Tracy Grimshaw and Ray Martin and there’s nothing that can beat that for evil pain infliction.

Comment by Rob

I’m sensing a need for a post about whether or not agencies have a moral responsibility not to encourage/amplify dubious behavioural characteristics.

Comment by John




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