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The day the ASA really lost it!

I rather like the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority), despite some truly screwball rulings when irritating, noisy, and uptight minority groups misuse its services.

Thanks to having the benefit of a year’s worth of legal education, I understand enough ‘legal interpretation’ to understands why some of its more obscure and apparently unreasonable rulings are made.

And there’s no disputing that bad as it is, the advertising we are bombarded with in the UK is still head and shoulders above the disgusting, intrusive, manipulative, and downright tacky and crude drivel seen around the rest of the world.

But sometimes, there little more to be said for some of its ramblings than that suggest someone there has either ‘Lost it’, or is simply abusing their position and influencing decisions to suit their own agenda.

Something along those lines must apply to the decision to rule against Tunnock’s tennis themed billboard ad, featuring a Tunnock’s tea cake and a female tennis player, displayed opposite a major tennis event, which was, amongst things, ruled:

While we acknowledged the ad was placed opposite an arena hosting a tennis match, we considered it nevertheless bore no relevance to the advertised product.

From: ASA Ruling on Thomas Tunnock Ltd

Tunnocks Banned Billboard

Tunnocks Banned Billboard

I call that clever word play, to suit the writer (or their employer) – and something I’m quite familiar (and once proficient at, from my days as a quality systems auditor – and trained to hand out NCNs or non-compliance notes).

STV reported it: Tunnock’s tennis advert ‘offensive and irresponsible’

And the BBC: ‘Offensive’ Tunnock’s Tea Cake ad banned by regulator

Yet another advert, which frankly was ‘iffy’ (and although degrading a male in this case, was probably little different to many cosmetic ads that are degrading to females, yet they get passed).

See: ASA Ruling on Puig (UK) Ltd t/a Paco Rabanne

Much as I hate to do it, this quote from the… Daily Mail probably hits the mark (and saves me from getting tied up in knots with my own ramblings).

DM Tunnocks Ad Article

DM Tunnocks Ad Article

Oh, NOW…

I See

I See

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Baillieston Credit Union seems to be on the move

Bad timing meant no pic to back up my claim that it looked like the Baillieston Credit Union (BCU) might be the next occupant of the former Chamber’s lady’s clothes shop.

Better luck this time, and a nice clear view of the sign on the wall beside the building.

Chambers Wall Baillieston Credit Union

Chambers Wall Baillieston Credit Union

I keep referring to this, but it can still be amazing to see the difference the steady change from yellow sodium street lighting to white LEDs makes, as this is virtually a daytime pic taken in the ‘dark’ of night, a fact that only the dark sky sitting over the top of the wall confirms.

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The Rhindsdale Tavern has left the room

Looks like the last pic I took of Baillieston’s Rhindsdale Tavern open for business was not quite what it seemed…

It must have been its closing down party.

Last night, it was not only closed, but sealed, just to make sure nobody gets in.

Rhindsdale Tavern Gone

Rhindsdale Tavern Gone

A closer look at the above pic from last night will show that both the windows and doors have been secured and sealed.

And this is the sign on the door.

Rhindsdale Tavern Sealed

Rhindsdale Tavern Sealed

Guess I’ll have to keep an eye on this one now, to see what happens.

I don’t hold out much hope, given the Circle Bar, probably in a more prominent position disappeared not that long ago, and became a convenience store.

And the pub at the end of my own road (not all that far away), complete with function rooms that appeared to be doing regular trade, was boarded up over a year ago with an ‘Offers Welcome’ sign nailed over it – and is still the same derelict today. That one really was a surprise given how busy it was, and I didn’t even realise it had gone, genuinely there one day and gone the next, with a door similar to that bolted over the entrance.

Going from memory, I think that still leaves two pubs in the main street, and two betting shops (recall I mentioned one closing a little while back).

I think there’s two chip shops too.

Maybe I should just do a single big photo shoot of both sides of the street one day.

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Today is Radio Day

13 February is Radio Day.

A little more official than many other ‘Days’, this one is down to UNESCO.

History of Radio Day

Radio waves were originally discovered by Heinrich Hertz, following his discovery of electromagnetic radiation. While experiments were performed using this to transmit information, it was 1890 before the word radio appeared, when the radio-conducteur was invented by French Physicist Édouard Branly. Prior to this, all forms of communication using this effect were known as wireless communication, but radio came to be the popular term in general use.

Radio quickly spread to find applications in every possible venue, from transmitting information, broadcasting music, and even transmitting stories. Now referred to online as OTR (old time radio), the theatre of the air was spoken theatre, long before television took over.

Recognised as having a profound impact on the world, the Spanish Radio Academy put in a formal request to have 13 February established as ‘World Radio Day’ on 20 September 2010, and on 29 September 2011 UNESCO officially established the ‘Day’ the following February.

The first World Radio Day was celebrated on 13 February 2012.

It’s a little ironic.

Most of the old/original material is not broadcast, but can be found online and ‘received’ via the Internet.

Most of it was, fortunately, recorded.

Try searching online for ‘old time radio’ or OTR – you may find the material more enjoyable than more recent productions, as it depends on the quality of its stories, rather than special effects.

Beware the adverts though

One warning…

While many of the recording delete, or had spaces left where adverts could be added, this is not always the case.

While modern adverts are bad enough, back in those days there was little regulation, and some sponsors thought that repeating their product name like machine gun fire during an ad break would somehow endear listeners to their product.

Then there’re the songs. Truly dreadful and repetitive, it’s hard to believe they might ever have swayed buyers positively.

Children were specifically targeted with offers (needing purchases to collect ‘goodie’), invitations to get their parents to buy them product, and even professional people (aka ‘celebrities’ nowsdays) stating how they depended on certain products for their success

Old time radio ads were the equivalent of obnoxious and intrusive Internet adverting today, which some companies LOSE business by attempting to force us to disable out adblockers.

There’s a specific case to listen for, and that’s the outright lying and coercion used to sell tobacco/cigarettes.

Cigarettes were then advertised as being both healthy and good for you.

Camel in particular sold theirs as being ‘mild’ and not causing problems with the throat.

They went so far as to state that most doctors smoked Camels and recommended them.

Changed days!

I should mention some Sherlock Holmes series – completely and utterly ruined by frequent, and long, original period adverts left in the dialogue, one for suits, one for hair cream, and another for wine.

While they can be ignored the first few times they’re heard, the constant and extended repetition of these lengthy sessions repeating the brand name time after time (repeated during the programme, and always played before it even starts) means I just can’t listen to the Holmes radio programmes again.

Old Time Radio

Old Time Radio

And the ‘Mad Organist’

One unfortunate side effect of listening to a steady or regular diet of OTR is the presence of what I now refer to as The Mad Organist.

Many of the old series had an organist providing musical accompaniment to the spoken content.

This would often blare in at high volume to introduce moments of high tension or drama in the plot.

Other had long intro and/or outros to mark the series.

Other took this to an ever higher level of irritation by breaking the programme into three sections, with each having the Mad Organist indulge in a little orgy of joy as they played a screeching interlude, presumably to create tension – it did, but for all the wrong reasons.

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