Rizla advert banned over 'drug reference'

The UK advertising watchdog (ASA) has banned a Rizla advert because it could be seen as condoning the use of cannabis.

The Rizla ad carried the line "Twist and Burn" - immediatly a rival brand complained to the ASA and claimed the ad "condoned the product's use for the consumption of illegal drugs".

The ASA carried out an investigation and found that, in some dictionaries, "twist" was a slang term for a cannabis joint and "burn" could be referred to smoking one, they also added that 'cannabis cigarettes are normally fatter than those filled with tobacco and twisted at one end to prevent the contents falling out.' wow, they know their stuff. ;)


The Naked chef a bit risque, full frontal fruit

Boots made a booboo, showing an image of Jamie Oliver in the Boots Christmas Gift Guide - the catalogue is now being hastily withdrawn.

Oliver graces the cover of the calender, but some peoples imagination went haywire, and to them it looked like someone had crudely appended a penis onto the picture of the naked chef.

Alas, the offending item between Olivers legs is an innocent bag of fruit. It's when the image is scaled down things get bit fuzzy....


Heinz vs. Melita

Coffee, tea or me? The correct answer is soup.

Superadgrunts, click read more to see what's cooking up in the badland kitchen.


BBDO's billboard creative vision.

BBDO in Copenhagen are trying to shake up the utter monotone of Danish Optrician chains branding, and do so with a different look on billboards. Their client Profil Optik now own the largest frames in Denmark.

read more to see the billboards.


Shock tactics, the big picture.

The Scotsman speculates about the effectiveness of shock tactics in advertising, when it works, and when it doesn't. Says the following about the latest Barnardo campaign.

"...the picture of a child shooting up turned heads but did not necessarily have people reaching deep into their pockets. It was obvious the image had been digitally altered, which perhaps led people to switch off..."


Moron marketers misinterpret mischief, run amuck with meaningless monikers.

A little while back, The Design Conspiracy concocted a website, What Brand Are You, to rip on the recent proliferation of sh*tty and nonsensical company names. They did this by coming up with a pile of sh*tty and nonsensical company names of their own.

Well, according to the BBC, not everyone caught on to the gag, which of course just makes it even funnier.


Mmmm.... tastes like ass?

When Sharwoods launched its latest product range earlier this month, it promised the "deliciously rich" sauces based on a traditional northern Indian method of cooking would "change the way consumers make curry" - but they might be changing what we think about Curry.
Their unfortunate name "bundh" in Punjabi has a less savoury meaning - the nearest English translation being "arse", reports the Guardian - who still fall for that old chevy Nova urban legend, debunked many times.


Making TV worth watching again

Independent film producer Steve Garfield, has two reasons to enter MoveOn.org's 'Bush in 30 Seconds' competition.

"First, I'm feeling really lied to about the reasons we went into the (Iraq) war," he says. "And second, I'm just doing corporate and music videos at the moment, but I want to get into TV production. This will be good practice."

The point of 'Bush in 30 Seconds' is not only to expose Bush lies, but to open U.S. commercial airwaves to the voices of ordinary Americans, a aim shared by Adbusters.


Guinness is Good for You - true.

Guinness 'can reduce risk of heart attacks'-

Researchers have found the old advertising slogan "Guinness is Good for You" may be true after all.

Guinness were told to stop using the slogan decades ago, reports the BBC, and the firm still makes no health claims for the drink.


International Women of Advertising Revealed

Storyboardsonline.com, the announces the International Women of Advertising, Awards Calendar 2004, it features twelve prominent women from the U.S. and U.K. who exemplify creativity and professionalism in the advertising industry.

"The calendar depicts an extraordinary group of women whose spectacular ideas and achievements don't always bring them the recognition they deserve," said Scott Ownbey, founder of Interactive Arts Services, Inc. "It's a celebration of what these women have accomplished in the eyes of their peers." Ownbey's firm surveyed 125 art directors, seeking the names of women who stood out as talented, dedicated, and professional.

The first 500 lucky ad agency dwellers get the calender free.