Sarah Britten

The Huggies ad that caused the stink

Well now this is interesting. The Huggies ad that caused such a stink — no pun intended, but I’ll take what I can get — has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa. Having successfully* defended several ads subject to rulings by the ASA, I always follow their rulings with interest, but…

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A.c.kermans or Armani? Or both?

The other day I was walking around a local shopping mall when it occurred to me that perhaps I didn’t look as if I belonged in some of the shops where I happened to be browsing. My ensemble consisted of items sourced from Ackermans, Edgars (specifically, Edgars Kelso) and a pair of corduroys I bought…

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When the world is your ashtray

This morning, on the way to a meeting with a client, I found myself behind a CitiGolf (Volkswagen drivers … I tell you) the colour of a swimming pool after it has been left an entire summer without the addition of HTH. I didn’t pay too much attention to it; just another car in the…

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So, how useful was your university degree anyway?

While I was trawling through my favourite meme blogs, I happened across this trenchant piece of social commentary on GraphJam. “Where a philosophy degree gets you in real life,” the pie chart demonstrates — 95% of the chart is red, and represents “Nowhere”, 5% of the chart is green, and represents “Also nowhere”. Is this…

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Does freedom mean being free to shop?

When Jacob Zuma visited the Maponya Mall a couple of weeks back, he made an interesting statement. “I came here because I wanted to see the shopping mall because this tells a new story, he said. “Here you can walk into world-class shops and buy what you want. You don’t have to go to town…

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Polo drivers: (Possibly) the lowest form of life

Some of my best friends are Polo drivers. Honest. In fact, one of my very dearest friends drives a sensible blue Polo Classic. We were all tremendously relieved when he finally went out and got a proper car after years of driving around in the tuna can on wheels otherwise known as a CitiGolf. But…

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Australians racist, backward, says Sol

So, a businessman Aussies love to hate says Australia is backward and racist. “I would say that Australia definitely is different [from] the US,” he told the BBC. “In many ways it was like stepping back in time.” Australian political and business leaders are flabbergasted. Sol Trujillo — not the Sol you might have been…

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When did the African renaissance die?

Whatever happened to the African renaissance? I thought that shifting priorities, not to mention last year’s xenophobic violence, had long since consigned it to the dustbin of history, as a catchphrase anyhow. Just when it seemed that we were to hear of it no more, here’s the man, who started it all, going on about…

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This woman should not be famous, but she is

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems standards of fame are declining. Back in Andy Warhol’s day, everyone got fifteen minutes; in the YouTube era, it’s down to five. Maybe that’s just as well, because nowadays it’s possible to be famous for anything, no matter how stupid or pointless. As in the case of Clare…

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Why are businesses still treating customers badly?

So we’re having dinner at a friend’s house and we get onto the subject of customer service. Specifically, the lack of it, and how, if you want to sort out a problem, you have to have a tantrum or nobody pays any attention. (This is exactly what one of the guests did in the reception…

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