Media: Things we Like

- Google

The search engine has long run rather tame homepage takeovers based around predictable diary events, such as St Patrick's Day. But it excelled itself this week with a stunning piece of artwork to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first human space flight. Much like the fourth plinth on Trafalgar Square, the Google homepage could become an excellent platform for showcasing art - as long as it can in some way incorporate the word "Google".

- Jim McDonald's bank robbery

We've enjoyed Jim McDonald's return to Coronation Street. He might be a caricature, with his constant shouting of phrases such as "What about you, Steven?" in a broad Ulster accent, but this week's plot focusing on his bungled armed robbery attempt was classic Corrie. Desperate to buy the Rovers Return for his estranged wife "Elizabeth" (everybody else calls her Liz), Jim messed things up in true McDonald style and is set, once again, for a stint in "the big house". Hopefully, he'll engineer a jailbreak and return to the soap before long.

- Scoreboard

It's refreshing to see a football show that brings punditry to the people. Scoreboard, the entertaining new offering on Facebook, hosted by Douglas Anderson, of BBC Radio 5 live fame, allows fans to test their knowledge against the pros. The pundits, including Scott Minto and Jason Cundy, make their match predictions alongside the viewers and preview the weekend's Premier League action. The "best" viewer comments appear on-screen - which probably means the ones with the least expletives. The interactive show, from FremantleMedia's Screenpop, is available at

- The Lady

Unlike every newspaper and magazine in the land, there is one title that has apparently decided not to go overkill on the royal wedding bonanza. And it's exactly the kind of publication we thought would have abused it - The Lady. Its proprietor Ben Budworth is adamant that having traditionally followed all the royal weddings to the hilt, this time The Lady will take "a measured response". Catherine "wouldn't expect us to go overboard", he says, as if he has just returned from high tea at the palace. Furthermore, "it doesn't quite have the same fairytale element to the Charles and Diana marriage, where Di was very young and seemingly innocent". Ouch.


- Daily Sport Sunday

Ricky Gervais has long since transformed from national treasure to right royal pain in the arse, but his recent weight loss was met with a despicable reaction in the Daily Sport Sunday. Joe Mott writes: "Not being bad but if Ricky Gervais was homosexual, you'd be wondering if he was, you know, ill. His dramatic weight loss has left him looking like a dying man." Not very nice.


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