Media: Things we like


Logging on to Hotmail on Saturday morning, it was good to see that Microsoft has revamped the e-mail service. This has been long overdue. The old version was clunky, slow and looked distinctly mid-90s. Over the years, Microsoft has made gradual improvements, but this latest beta version is a real leap forward. The new format is easy to use and get to grips with, and includes great new features such as a window pane. It has also integrated search and instant messaging into the service.


It's been fashionable for some time now to blame the media for spreading political apathy among the electorate, reducing the level of political debate in the UK to a series of meaningless soundbites. Former politician Tony Benn picked up this baton in a one-off show on Channel 4, which saw Benn interrogating John Humphrys, Jeremy Paxman, Jon Snow and Nick Robinson on their trade. Benn's intention was to bemoan how our news culture has devalued real debate. Instead, the interviewers (Snow, in particular) gave a robust defence of their profession and made you realise how lucky we are to have these irritants.


As rusty golfers at the best of times, we find it useful to brush up on our swing at Urban Golf, the Soho facility which takes golf indoors. Like a more upmarket version of ten-pin bowling, Urban Golf lets a group of you play the game while being plied with food and drink. Courtesy of golf course simulators, we played some of the most challenging holes in the world and somehow improved as the evening went on. A good alternative to the usual work night out and an excuse to dust off the Pringle.


The great thing about the Premier League's fantasy football game ( is that it's free to enter. It's also incredibly easy to select a team and looks good too, with the team colours of each of your selected players provided. The game also boasts the advanced features offered by rival fantasy leagues such as the ability to create mini-leagues to compete against friends. We're now ready for a season of frustration.


Walkers' street activity

In today's ever more cluttered media environment, a bit of experiential marketing is often a good idea. But not if it involves scaring the living daylights out of people. Walkers launched a bizarre campaign last week featuring undercover singers who break into song - Don't Worry, Be Happy to be precise - in front of unsuspecting passers-by before whipping off their coats to reveal Walkers T-shirts promoting two new flavours. At best, this campaign is merely annoying; at worst, it's going to terrify little old ladies.