NEWS DIGEST 07.08.2021: Democracy, post Brexit life and the Northern Ireland Protocol

Good morning and happy weekend. Today’s News Digest comes from NewsNow‘s Brexit section. Led by Donkeys, an anti-Brexit activist group is leading a growing campaign against Sainsbury’s, as the supermarket continues to advertise during Nigel Farage’s new TV show on … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 07.08.2021: Democracy, post Brexit life and the Northern Ireland Protocol

NEWS DIGEST 06.09.2020: Awards honouring journalists fighting for society’s rights

Good morning. Today’s news digest is some of the leading stories from HEM News Agency’s HEM Journalism Portal on Twitter. International press freedom activist network Index on Censorship is now gathering nominations for its Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship 2021, … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 06.09.2020: Awards honouring journalists fighting for society’s rights

DEAL GURU’S DANCING SAGE: Indian retail advert accused of defamation towards Hindus

Indian online retailer AskMeBazaar.com has been condemned for religious insensitivity by Hindu groups after it recently broadcast a video advertisement on YouTube that depicts a Hindu sage (clergyman) dancing with a scantily-clad woman. The thirty-second advert depicts an actor dressed as the sage, wearing sacred rudraksha beads and saffron coloured garments associated with religious figureheads of India’s largest faith, levitating over a CGI building buried mostly in the ground while Bollywood actress and ‘item girl‘ Kangana Ranaut is perched on the edge of the building dressed in modern Western clothes, including a short red skirt. As the clip begins, the sage seated in a traditional meditational posture floats towards Ms. Ranaut and asks her why she is so busy. As she … Continue reading DEAL GURU’S DANCING SAGE: Indian retail advert accused of defamation towards Hindus

MOAF 2014: Mauritian Open Air Festival flyers

The Mauritian Open Air Festival (MOAF) is a yearly cultural festival held in Tottenham, north London. With food stalls, live concerts, kids’ area and a convivial ‘party-in-the-park’ atmosphere you would expect of an open air public event, MOAF is a celebration of Mauritian culture, people and music and is a must-visit event for my community in the United Kingdom. I was very fortunate to have been able to attend MOAF in 2012. You can see my take on the festival plus some photos I took of the venue and activities at the link below. LEVER MO PEP!!: HalfEatenMind at the … Continue reading MOAF 2014: Mauritian Open Air Festival flyers

PHOTO MOMENT: Is Putin giving Van Damme a stunt-run for his (Volvo) money?

Vijay Shah A recent advert by Swedish motor vehicle manufacturer Volvo has practically set the internet alight, being shared countless times across social platforms and becoming the talk of cyber town. One of the best attempts at both standard TV advertising and viral marketing in recent years has already clocked up nearly 50 million views on YouTube alone.  The slickly-made advertisement, made to showcase the stability and precision of Volvo’s new “Dynamic Steering”element, features Belgian action man Jean-Claude Van Damme. With his arms firmly crossed and his mouth delivering a monologue to camera in that unmistakable Flemish accent, Van Damme … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Is Putin giving Van Damme a stunt-run for his (Volvo) money?

ACCRA’S CRAZY CINEMAS: The story of Ghana’s handmade movie poster industry

Blockbuster films from Hollywood heavily dominate the international moving picture industry, or so it seems. Although India’s film industry churns out 800 to 1,000 movies a year, according to the Guinness Book of World Records – the United States produces around 700-800 annually. The Americans however know how to make their money do the talking for their films. Although Hollywood has been hit by the global recession much like everywhere else, a decade ago, the average cost of releasing a Hollywood film amounted to US$ 102.8 million – according to a former president of the country’s Motion Picture Association. That … Continue reading ACCRA’S CRAZY CINEMAS: The story of Ghana’s handmade movie poster industry

WE WILL FIND YOU!!: Nestlé’s GPS chocolate bar promotion

It is a cool summer’s morning. A random person enters a newsagents to buy a quick chocolate-based snack to quieten his/her growling stomach. He or she is no different to any other random person milling around the high street. He/she buys a Kit-Kat, tears through its wrapper and begins extracting the crunchy chocolate and wafer fingers. Suddenly the sky turns black as a dark military helicopter appears overhead. In amongst the sudden strong winds and flying crisp packets, streams of commandos rappel down and surround the random person. All hell seems to be breaking loose. A  commando kneels in front … Continue reading WE WILL FIND YOU!!: Nestlé’s GPS chocolate bar promotion