campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 12 January 2007 12:00AM
We loved the tabloid story about an actor playing the Disney character Tigger being suspended after allegedly punching a 14-year-old boy at the Disney World Florida theme park. We also like the fact that the boy hit him back and that the lad's father said: "Everyone apologised but Tigger. He won't be a man, get out of the costume and apologise." The Sun's coverage came complete with a video of "Tigger turning nasty" at thesun.co.uk/news.
Mel Gibson might not be the best of company after a few beers, but his latest directorial offering is excellent. He has followed The Passion of the Christ with another subtitled epic, this time set in the turbulent final days of the once-great Mayan civilization. The film is harsh and features extreme violence, but there's a strong story at its heart and it looks amazing on the screen.
If like us, you wait until birthdays and special occasions to replenish your sock supply or just never find the time to buy a new pair, a new online service could provide a neat solution. www.socksforsir.com provides a personal sock subscription service. Sign up to its virtual butler service and you'll receive a fresh supply of socks every six months. The sock service also makes a nice gift idea. With twice-yearly deliveries it's the gift that keeps on giving.
BEARD OF THE YEAR CONTEST
Forget the World's Strongest Man and the Sports Personality of the Year, the most hotly fought award of 2006 proved to be the Beard Liberation Front's Beard of the Year contest. The cricketer Monty Panesar made up for his disappointment at losing out to Zara Phillips as the BBC's favourite sports personality of last year by collecting the coveted best beard gong. He faced tough competition from the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. We were disappointed, however, not to see the renowned darts player Andy "the Viking" Fordham on the shortlist.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER
If you thought Channel 4 couldn't stretch bad taste any further, then check out the latest Celebrity Big Brother offering. The introduction of Jade Goody's family into the house may have been watched by 4.7 million viewers, but audiences felt compelled to switch over to the BBC's Just The Two of Us as the Goody's antics became increasingly tedious and stifled the fun in the house. The stunt might have paid off in creating publicity for Channel 4, but at what price when two of the more entertaining contestants - singer Donny Tourette and director Ken Russell - then walked out?
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