Friday Five Favourite – Eurovision 2022

20 05 2022

What a night! Never thought I’d see the day we were back on the left hand side of the board, let alone second place, and to a most worthy winner!

Here are my top five for this year:

And my full scorecard for this year!





Friday Five Favourite – Christmas Adverts 2021 – The Runners Up

3 12 2021

After last week’s top five, here are the five that were great, but not quite great enough!

Macy’s – “Tiptoe and the Flying Machine”
Yes I know it’s not a UK advert, and that’s why it was relegated to the runners up list, but the reindeer being scared to fly was an adorable story.
Amazon – “Kindness, the Greatest Gift”
A lovely story of someone looking out for their neighbour, and I’m a sucker for anything with a bit of mental-health awareness, even if it *is* Amazon
M&S Food – “Percy Pig comes to life for the first time ever”
I’ll be honest, while this is about Percy Pig coming to life, which was entertaining, on my first watching I was mostly excited about Dawn French
Asda – “Make Christmas Spectacular”
Everywhere is an ice rink!
Morrisons – “Farmer Christmas”
With zoomorphic HGVs





Friday Five Favourite – Christmas Adverts 2021

26 11 2021

It’s that time of year!! With Advent Sunday this weekend, here are my top five adverts this Christmas season.
I’ve noticed that some companies take the YouTube videos back down after Christmas, leaving some of my old posts with dead links, and so this year I’ve tried to add a tiny description or comment for each one.

Celebrations – “The Lonely Bounty”
This feels more like an April Fool than a Christmas advert, but if true, is brilliant – and really made me laugh.
Aldi – “Ebanana Scrooge”
Two videos for this one, a teaser and then the full advert. Ever since the introduction of Kevin the Carrot, Aldi’s Christmas adverts have been so so strong, and the character of Ebanana Scrooge and his origin story this year is superb.
Lidl
Strong Back To The Future vibes from this one, I particularly loved that there was the future, and then even further in the future
Coca-Cola – “Chimney”
As someone who lives in a flat, I loved this way of making sure Father Christmas can still get into your home!
Tesco – “This Christmas, Nothing’s Stopping Us”
This just felt uplifting and optimistic after last year!





Friday Five Favourite: Eurovision Songs 2021

28 05 2021

It came back!! After a clip show last year, we got a full song contest again! With traditional takeaway curry and spreadsheet of course. Scoring categories for me were song, voice, choreography, outfit, staging, and of course, novelty value (some years I’ve called this “Eurovisionosity”!), and as every, categories get weighted differently! Here are my top five this year, and below are my detailed scores!

Germany

Iceland

Greece

Malta

Russia





Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Adverts 2020 – the runners up

11 12 2020

Last week you got my top 5, here are the 5 that didn’t quite make it!

John Lewis
I think the only reason this didn’t make the top five is that I feel like someone else did a really similar idea in the last year or two

Lego

Tesco

Coca-Cola

Barbour
I like the message this gives against disposable culture!





Friday Five Favourites – Christmas Adverts 2020

4 12 2020

Gosh it was a tough one this year – I guess companies have had plenty of time to come up with decent advertising campaigns! I have managed to narrow it down to my five favourites below, some made me laugh, some made me emotional, it’s a good mix. Enjoy!

Walkers

Deliveroo

Aldi
Two videos because it comes in two parts!

Papa Johns
Well I’d happily back any company wishing to spend their money this way instead!

McDonalds
Inspired by Inside Out maybe?

Then I’ve just got to go through the rest of the list to sift out five runners up for next week!





Friday Five Favourite: Eurovision Songs 2020

22 05 2020

So it wasn’t a Eurovision Song Contest this year, but on Saturday night, Rotterdam still hosted a 2 hour show with clips of all 41 songs that would have competed had the contest been able to go ahead.
There was a load of filler too, some better than others! Favouites included a message from Bjorn, a song from Netta, and buildings of Europe lit up while the Rotterdam Philharmonic plays Love Shine a Light. I’m a bit sad they haven’t put the interview with Graham Norton up – it was completely hilarious but he also got a bit choked up at one point, which was moving.

Because we only got 30 seconds of each song, scoring was a bit hit and miss, and probably didn’t do it as well as other years (even after removing some of my categories to make it easier!), but here are my five favourites from this year.

Iceland

Russia

Sweden

Ireland

Australia





Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Advert Runners-Up 2019

13 12 2019

Those that didn’t quite make my top five this year, but would be included if it was a top ten 🙂

Walkers

McDonalds

BBC

Asda

Very





Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Adverts 2019

6 12 2019

As has become another tradition on here, here are my top five Christmas adverts in the UK this year – there’ll be a runners up list next week!

John Lewis

And of course, someone’s done a decent spoof as well!

Sainsburys

Aldi

Argos

Joules





Friday Five Favourite: Simon McCoy moments

31 05 2019

On the Royal Baby/ies
(Three examples ‘cos they’re just so good!)


On a slow news day

Has a nap

Holding a ream of paper instead of an iPad

On the Dusseldorf plane landing in Edinburgh