Penguin's online activity is generally of a high standard, and its latest wheeze is no exception. To promote its range of Penguin Classics, it is encouraging readers to register to be sent a random Penguin Classic (www.blogapenguinclassic.com/site/pcMain.php5) and then post a blog on the site about the book. Hurry though, the final batch of classics is about to be released.
PREMIER LEAGUE FANTASY GAME
There might be more sophisticated versions around, but the Premier League's official fantasy game is accessible and, more importantly, free to join (some sites have the cheek to charge more than a tenner to play!). It's easy to get a bunch of friends playing in a league and you also get to compete for overall prizes against the rest of the nation. The prizes themselves, VIP tickets to football matches, might not be among the best around, but we're playing for pride.
SKY VIA MOBILE
Football fans with Sky subscriptions across the country were unsure what to expect when the broadcaster lost its monopoly over live Premier League matches when Setanta won the rights to 46 games for this season. But with Sky's 24-7 football service, you can catch goal clips while the game's being played, highlights, previews, round-ups and even archive footage, from every Premier League and Champions League game on your mobile. The screen may be smaller, but for just £5 a month, you can't afford not to.
Esquire has unveiled its new look with the September issue, featuring a manbag-sized format, introduced by the new editor, Jeremy Langmead. Once you've made your way through 23 pages of fashion advertising at the front (a good show for the commercial team), it actually does what it says on the label with "intelligent, incisive and informed" editorial. It makes no secret of the high earners it's targeting with a breakdown of what you get in a Patek Philippe Calatrava watch, at a mere £8,390. But Langmead seems to know what he's doing. The title combines a sophisticated new look with a review of the latest gadgets on the market, leaving us to ask: what more could a man want?
AND ONE THING WE DON'T ...
JAMIE AT HOME ON CHANNEL 4
It seems Channel 4 has run out of ideas of what to do with everyone's favourite Mockney chef Jamie Oliver. Gone is the crusade of Jamie's School Dinners, to be replaced with "Jamie's Gone Green", hanging out in his shed and vegetable garden in Essex. The first episode, based on the subject of tomatoes, seemed a bit flat and, more importantly, a little irrelevant to the 99.9 per cent of the population who aren't millionaire chefs with a gardener called Brian and miles of polytunnel in which to "grow their own".