Media: Things we like

ENTOURAGE ON ITV2

No, not Microsoft's bafflingly named bells-and-whistles e-mail software, but the latest HBO hit to reach British screens. Full marks to ITV2 for nabbing the rights to the funniest and most incisive show about Hollywood's vastly inflated egos since the epic Larry Sanders Show. The script is razor-sharp and the A-list cameos are almost as good as those on Ricky Gervais' Extras.

YOU ARE THE REF

The Observer's weekly football column, in which readers are posed hypothetical refereeing conundrums by professional refs, is a great way to pass the time on a Sunday afternoon in the pub. From disputes with players to highly unlikely scenarios involving freak weather conditions, every eventuality on the football field is imagined, and comes complete with an accompanying illustration. You can then debate with friends what the referee should do and find out if you're right from the answers on the bottom of the page. Great fun.

CHANGE THE WORLD 9 TO 5

It might be worthy and a bit dull, but hats off to the advertising creatives who gave up their time to produce a book about everyday actions to change the world. The book does benefit from a colourful and imaginative layout, and the ideas featured are both practical and common sense. There's also a website for the book at www.wearewhatwedo.org. Undoubtedly the budget was tight on this one, so wrapping a fold-out poster around the book is a good way to place the message in the everyday lives of consumers, which, according to this book, is where the changes need to be made.

ARENA

Sales may have slipped in the last ABC count, but we still enjoy our monthly copy of Arena, which celebrates 20 years this month. It still has some of the most irreverent and witty journalism on offer in the men's magazine market. Highlights include the refreshingly frank Chris Bell column and the always-outstanding "14 things ..." at the back of the magazine. And the fashion featured is still reassuringly unaffordable.

AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...

THE DAILY EXPRESS' NEW ADVERTISING

It attempts to distance the title from its core position as a reactionary, ultra-right-wing paper obsessed with Princess Di's death and Polish workers stealing our jobs by claiming to stand for common sense and traditional values. The claim, and the wide cross-section of British society that make it into the ad, isn't fooling anyone. Still, at least they've dropped that abysmal "Express delivery" line at the end.

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