Around the middle of last year, you couldn't change channel on a Sunday evening without stumbling across some Z-list celebrity talking utter rubbish into the camera in front of a gaudy background on a top-100 something-or-other countdown. However, Channel 4 did a great job of raising the standard of this over-used format with its Top 100 Stand-Ups. A comprehensive and well-researched list was backed by interviews with a host of the top names from it. However, Billy Connolly at number one is a bit dubious.
IRELAND'S EFFORTS IN THE CRICKET WORLD CUP
The drubbing Italy received from Ireland in last Saturday's Six Nations rugby match came as little surprise. But later that day, fresh from a sensational tie with Zimbabwe, Ireland's inspired cricketing performance against Pakistan sent the 1992 winners crashing out of the World Cup, giving the Emerald Isle a chance of going through to the Super Eight Stage. Plus, all this on St Patrick's Day. Frankly, they deserve to go all the way.
A new glossy title for the London property market - that's So London. The title says it all. As does the premium weekly's cover line: "Culture, property and shameless luxury." If you're into the arts, auctions, beauty, business, fashion and, of course, luxury properties, then it's for you. The philanthropy section covering the charity sector is a nice touch, and what weekly is complete without an article on Kate Moss' clothing range for Top Shop?
NUTS PUB POOL CHALLENGE
The thought of nuts in pubs usually conjures an image of manky beer nuts on a bar, but in this case it's a stellar piece of sponsorship. Nuts magazine has teamed up with MoneyGaming.com to launch a nationwide search to find the ultimate pub pool player. The competition, open to anyone in the UK, will run a series of regional heats and area finals in pubs and clubs. The finals, where players will compete to win £50,000, will be televised on Sky Sports in July.
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
SCOOCH AS BRITAIN'S EUROVISION SONG CONTEST ENTRY
The airforce-themed quartet stank of cheesy lines and tasteless innuendo and, surprise, surprise, they will be representing Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest in May. While many would argue Eurovision is supposed to be cheesy, this year's entry is, frankly, embarrassing. The commentary also hit a shameful low when the hosts Terry Wogan and Fearne Cotton simultaneously announced both Cyndi and Scooch as the winner, causing a few moments of confusion before Scooch was given the glory.