Symbian Smartphone show

You know that you are a gadget geek when you start to get excited about things like the Symbian Smartphone show ( ), which is be held at Olympia in London later this month. Apparently there will be more than 4000 delegates this year, from more than 120 different companies. With all of the major handset manufacturers there, you know that there will be some very cool new mobile kit on show for sure, not to mention loads of new mobile software. Our very own client Scalado will be attending, and will be showcasing some amazing new camera phone software of their own, so if you are attending then be sure to check it out. It should be a great show, with only one real downside .. . no free samples!

(A guy can dream, can’t he?!)


The future of Computer Games

I’m back from the Games Convention in Leipzig, Europe’s leading computer games event and it was fun as always. In comparison to Games Convention 2007, this year’s was bigger, had more exhibitors, more trade and end user visitors, and more journalists than the year before. And we are not taking about a couple more people, this year 203,000 people went to Leipzig to see the latest in the Gaming industry, 18,000 more than last year ( ). And believe me; last year was already very full-on and loud.

At GC you also see the cultural differences between countries. At gaming shows in the US, such as E3 in Las Vegas, you can see all kinds tough ego shooters, no matter how old you are, but the booth girls are dressed very conservatively, whereas in Germany the Leipzig organisers have a close eye on everybody showing games with age restrictions to make sure no kids see even the high score or setup of a age restricted game, but booth girls, wearing hardly anything, sometimes only body paint isn’t a problem. For Germans this is totally normal, for Americans it’s unbelievable.

It’s as much fun as it is exhausting – and I am already looking forward to going again next year.


CBC Newsletter is judged to be amongst the Best in the UK by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

It’s been a good week. Following on from our last blog on Newsletters (Wednesday, 30 July 2008), we have just heard that we have been shortlisted for the Chartered Institute for Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Award for the Best Newsletter for our work with the Surrey Research Park. The Award ceremony is set for 31st October. So fingers crossed!


Summer weather gloom forgotten about as the Premier league kicks off again!

Following on from Michael’s sporting theme earlier in the week, I’d like to point out that we are now less than 24 hours away from the return of English Premier League football season, which returns to clear away our blues from the seemingly relentless August rain and bad weather – although today is better at least and team GB’s efforts in Beijing so far have helped a little. Well done to the men’s sprint cycling team who picked up gold earlier.

At last the premier league kicks off tomorrow and hopefully we’ll be able to wave good bye to the endless summer newspaper talk and gossip about Jose trying to lure Frank to the San Siro, The Ronaldo and the Real Madrid ‘will he won’t he show’, not to mention the front pages of the tabloids obsession with the man from Madeira’s sun tan. Leave the boy alone, he’s had a hard season and now enjoying a little R&R like the rest of us.

Finally now, lets hope that the back pages (and only the back, no more footballers splashed across the front pages please) will be full of all the highs and lows from the opening weekends fixtures which start tomorrow lunchtime with premiership new boys West Brom visiting Arsenal at the Emirates. Good luck to all the new teams and let’s hope that I wake up to read the Sunday papers full of news of an enthralling first day of football and not more transfer gossip or a refereeing blunder costing someone valuable opening day points.


Parts of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony ‘faked’

Of course, the obvious thing to blog about at the moment would be the Olympics, as that is the only thing that anyone seems to be talking about! Well, I thought that I would resist the urge, until I read a story on the Sky News web site that claims that parts of the spectacular Beijing Olympics opening ceremony were ‘faked’.

Apparently, as a global television audience of more than three billion people watched giant ‘footprints’ of fireworks travel across the night sky from Tiananmen Square to the Bird’s Nest stadium – viewers were actually watching a computer animation. Even the giant television screens within the stadium itself were broadcasting the fake images, according to Sky News. Stunned viewers who thought that they were watching the fireworks filmed from above by a helicopter were actually watching a 3D graphics sequence that took almost a year to produce, and which even included a ‘camera shake’ to mimic the effect of filming from a helicopter.

I’ve worked in PR for a long time, and so I have often heard the adage ‘don’t believe everything that you read’ . . .

Fair enough, but maybe we should also add ‘don’t believe everything you see’, as well !