Dennis Publishing's weekly digital men's magazine Monkey (www.monkeymag.co.uk), which it claims is a world first, was launched with very little fanfare. But that's not because of a lack of anything to shout about since Dennis has created an innovative offering for advertisers and male readers alike. Users can turn the pages in much the same way as a magazine, zoom in on details, watch videos, film trailers and listen to music. The design is easy on the eye and the layout is packed with decent editorial content without being cluttered. The free weekly also offers advertisers the opportunity to promote their products with videos and sound within the pages of the magazine.
ROSS KEMP ON GANGS
Now in its second series on Sky One, former EastEnders hardman Ross Kemp is proving surprisingly watchable as he tours the world in a bid to find the most menacing gangs around. He hasn't been slapped or shot yet, but you feel it's only a matter of time as he pokes his nose around some of the roughest neighbourhoods. One particular highlight was an interview with a "Bloods" gang in St Louis, where the portly looking Kemp was confronted by a drugged-up nutter in a wrestler's mask.
I'M A CELEBRITY ... GET ME OUT OF HERE!
It might be early in its run but we're already hooked on the ITV reality series. David Gest's antics are proving to be a particular highlight and we're suckers for the soothing banter of Ant and Dec. There is already the welcome sign of some aggro between contestants, which promises to hot up as the series progresses. It's a shame for ITV that it doesn't have more hits like this up its sleeve as the first show attracted nine million viewers.
A refreshing alternative to the free newspapers available on London's streets, the free weekly Sport is really starting to look the business. It has a glossy feel, has attracted some big-name interviews and runs some strong sports photography. Advertisers beyond the usual betting companies are starting to come into the title and the online version is also worth checking out (www.myfreesport.co.uk).
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ... THE FORM OF THE ENGLAND RUGBY UNION TEAM
We had been looking forward to England's autumn games against the likes of New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa. But how wrong we were to entertain any hopes of glory. After being hammered by the All Blacks and embarrassed at Twickers by the Pumas, England now face potential humiliation at the hands of the Springboks.