Friday, June 22, 2007

The UK: Are We Crap?

Grim news from Cannes, chaps.

British agencies are winning hardly any gongs at all.

Harvey Nichols 'Catfight' (above) is the only ATL gold so far.

We are on course for our worst-ever performance.

Does this list make you feel any better?

Winston Churchill, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Charles Darwin, William Shakespeare, Isaac Newton, John Lennon, Horatio Nelson, Oliver Cromwell, Ernest Shackleton, Captain James Cook, The Duke of Wellington, Paul McCartney, Alexander Fleming, Alan Turing, Michael Faraday, Stephen Hawking, Emmeline Pankhurst, William Wilberforce, David Bowie, David Beckham, Thomas Paine, Bodicea, William Blake, Charles Dickens, Sir Frank Whittle, John Peel, John Logie Baird, Aneurin Bevan, Francis Drake, Florence Nightingale, T. E. Lawrence, Alexander Graham Bell, Freddie Mercury, Edward Elgar, David Attenborough, George Stephenson, Charlie Chaplin, William Caxton, Bobby Moore, Jane Austen, Charles Babbage, Geoffrey Chaucer, James Watt, David Hume, Walter Raleigh, Barnes Wallis, Richard Burton, Tony Benn, David Livingstone, Tim Berners-Lee, Marie Stopes.

From the BBC poll of 100 Greatest Britons. N.B. I didn't put them all in, just the ones I like. For example, I left out Enoch Powell. And Elton John. Not that there's anything wrong with Elton - I just don't think he should have made the Top 100.


Anonymous said...

And that our biggest chance for a Grand Prix comes from an argentine (again) doesn't help too much either.

Anonymous said...

Enoch Powell was actually a very intelligent man. People simply remember the "Rivers of Blood " speech and brand him a racist. He wasn't. He was, as we have found out, prescient.
This is of course my opinion.
Maybe British advertising's a bit shit at the moment.
Anyway who cares? Digital is going to take over and there will be no more TV ads, posters, press or radio ads ever again, ever.

J said...
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J said...

Sounds reasonable.
The very same way TV news killed papers. Or films killed books. Or online shopping killed going to the shops.

Oh my, Oxford Street is so lonely these days.

Anonymous said...

I don't think we're crap but I think it's been a poor year in the UK. But I think it may prove to have been a poor year everywhere else too. The Film Grand Prix will be announced tomorrow and I can't think of one single stand out ad from anywhere in the world. Normally the press is full of speculation of what the favourites are but this year it seems strangely quite. Meanwhile the USA is forging ahead in the interactive and integrated categories.

Anonymous said...

We're absolutely not crap. But what it does prove is that London is not at the centre of the advertising creativity universe - as some people believe. The same people who say, "Cannes, it's not exactly D&AD is it?" Now there's a thought for a debate - what's better, Cannes or D&AD?

Anonymous said...

cannes is better than D&AD because, regardless of what you or i think, the rest of the world considers cannes to be the world championship of advertising. so therefore it is.

Anonymous said...

who cares? cannes is also run by british people.

btw it's true what 1st anonymous said you're lucky to have Juan Cabral otherwise the outcome could have been even worst.

Vamos argentina!!!