Media: Things we like


There's been so much zombie-based media recently that you'd be forgiven for thinking Hollywood had started feasting on "braaaainnnnssss". However, as much of it is rubbish, it's a delight when a really good zombie movie is made, and that's what Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson, is. It's a refreshing look at what is now a much-loved horror genre that manages to stay true to George A Romero's founding principles, while not being too geeky as to become boring or sycophantic. And (if you haven't read the spoilers) the twist in the middle is amazing.

Board games on the iPhone

Board games have officially entered the 21st century and long, family car journeys, thankfully, will never be the same again. Connect 4, Battleship and Monopoly are about to find a new home on the iPhone. Created by EA Mobile, in partnership with Hasbro, the games have joined Yahtzee, Cluedo, Risk and Trivial Pursuit and gone mobile. In Battleship, animations show ships being hit and sunk. We're just hoping that the deafening sound of Connect 4 discs emptying out of the grid at the end of the game isn't recreated.

Absolute goes 80s

Absolute has created a virtual time machine with its new digital radio station, Absolute 80s. It replaces Absolute Xtreme and allows 80s fans to step back in time and revisit the sounds of Human League and Culture Club. In a clear attempt to lure a certain demographic away from the likes of Spotify, there are no DJs and the playlist is in a jukebox format. The station may well turn into a guilty pleasure for what Absolute terms "reluctant adults" hanging on to the sounds of their youth.


It's been very quiet in the world of magazines lately, which is hardly surprising given the current climate. So it's doubly nice to see a new title on the market. The second issue of The Times' science magazine, Eureka, is out this week and even non-boffins will find it a good read, with contributions from great minds such as Bill Bryson on the Hadron Collider. Long-term success is always hard to predict, but the early signs are encouraging as, according to The Times, the mag is giving the newspaper a sales uplift.


Red Bull's 'wide-boy' tactics

Devious in the extreme, Red Bull recently embarked on a "secret mission" at Wetherspoon pubs, populating them with undercover Red Bull girls smuggling in cans of Red Bull. The aim of the campaign was to convince staff and managers at Wetherspoon that customers were unhappy about the rival energy drink, Monster, being stocked. After Red Bull was rumbled, Wetherspoon criticised the campaign's "wide-boy" tactics. An expert analysis, as there is no-one more knowledgeable on the tactics of wide boys than Wetherspoon.


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