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    Certainly didn't make it across the larger body of water.

    Those really were done by Folon, they aren't just knockoffs

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Michel_Folon

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      I vaguely remember Gambit existing. Don't recall having one.

      There must be a website out there that chronicles failed confectionary ranges.

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        The British Legion have a truly horrendous poem in this year's Covid-tinged, union flag heavy, poppy appeal advert.

        It rhymes "pride" with "died", and then "care" with "errs". Woeful, if I hadn't stopped wearing a poppy years ago I would have stopped this year.

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          Who exactly are the Legion supporting these days? Almost all the elderly veterans have passed on and the numbers who've served in recent conflicts aren't that many.

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            Yeah, but if you don't buy a poppy you're a wrong 'un...

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              Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post
              Who exactly are the Legion supporting these days? Almost all the elderly veterans have passed on and the numbers who've served in recent conflicts aren't that many.
              I think they've recognised that turn of events by the fact their website keeps mentioning "families and dependants" now.

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                Something charities never like to talk about is the degree to which they are in competition with each other. The veterans sector is quite thickly populated. Anything the British Legion does is as much about rebuffing the attempts of Help For Heroes and others to knock them off their perch as anything else.

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                  Originally posted by jwdd27 View Post
                  The British Legion have a truly horrendous poem in this year's Covid-tinged, union flag heavy, poppy appeal advert.

                  It rhymes "pride" with "died", and then "care" with "errs". Woeful, if I hadn't stopped wearing a poppy years ago I would have stopped this year.
                  While "care" and "errs" is unforgivable, I'm not sure what crazy Northern accent you're using to NOT make "pride" rhyme with "died".

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                    I suspect it's more the fact that they've used it at all.

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                      How about "Don't be a ploppy, wear a poppy!"?

                      That would get the kids wearing them - no one wants to be called a ploppy - and then that's the next generation hooked.

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                        The wording is something like
                        "...we wear with pride, to give thanks to those who died"
                        Which I found crass.

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                          It's not only crass, it doesn't even bloody scan properly.

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                            Originally posted by andrew7610 View Post
                            I'd never noticed the following until my wife pointed it out the other day, and now I can't unsee it and I shall pass the same onto you...

                            All those toothpaste adverts where they're interviewing a dentist in the surgery - hold the fucking camera still will you?

                            Example here.

                            It's not just Sensodyne (a GSK brand) but Oral B (Proctor & Gamble) does it too, and probably others.
                            Apologies for the delay in finding this post Andrew, but yes I introduced the parlour game of Sloping Dentists to the OTF community a few pages back, sometime in July:
                            Originally posted by Various Artist View Post
                            Speaking of oral hygiene, one (very rare) outbreak of light relief that I get from adverts is the phenomenon I've christened Sloping Dentists. And no, I can't unsee it either.

                            I believe it's only Sensodyne that use these, but they always use them. You can tell a Sensodyne commercial a mile off, because the smiling white-coated figure appearing to talk about your mouth will invariably appear tilted at a 15- to 30-degree angle.

                            It seems to be some weird visual grammar meant to denote "this is authentic, unvarnished testimony, which you can therefore trust – because the filming is authentically off-kilter and a bit shaky, just like some real person filmed it themselves". Whereas to me it's just clearly artifice, not least because any amateur who found themselves filming on such a bad angle would stop and straighten the lens up then try again, so it's really distracting. But on the bright side, due to how over the last however many years since I started noticing this I can't help but shout "Sloping Dentist!" whenever one of their ads appears on screen, the likes of my mother and brother can no longer unsee it either* – so it's turned into something of a family parlour game.
                            (*I don't believe I'm related to your wife, but please pass on my regards and sympathies as a fellow sufferer. Believe me, turning it into an imaginary points-scoring exercise will do wonders for your sanity.)

                            Sensodyne ads are a guaranteed source of points, but my brother told me a couple of days ago he'd seen one in an Oral B advert too so (going on your comment as well) this is a promising avenue for future scoring purposes.
                            Last edited by Various Artist; 19-10-2020, 22:45.

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                              I'd love to know the opening lines rejected by the makers of a funeral plan advert, given that they ended up using "We've got more parsnips than we know what to do with"

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                                Originally posted by Jah Womble View Post
                                McDonald's seem to have gone crazy for those 'heartwarming' family ads these past few years. The latest features a teenager who proudly drives his mom's old banger, despite incurring the ridicule of his friends. And then gives mom a McMuffin, or whatever.

                                Playing her Westlife CD (assuming that's who it is) rather kills the premise, however. For all kinds of reasons.
                                I just saw this. What with his mates ripping the piss that he's driving his mum's car - despite the fact they're the ones walking - surely TLC's No Scrubs should have been the soundtrack.

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                                  This. " He's driving his mum's car " at least I have a car you wankers.

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                                    I’m sure that’s partially the point.

                                    I guess, on reflection, choosing Westlife was to up the ‘naff’ ante.

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                                      How is snus legal to advertise in the UK? Isn't there evidence linking it to gum cancer?

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                                        Originally posted by jwdd27 View Post
                                        The wording is something like
                                        "...we wear with pride, to give thanks to those who died"
                                        Which I found crass.
                                        They could have said
                                        "...we wear with pride, to give thanks to those who flied"
                                        as tribute to the spitfire pilots.

                                        Alternatively
                                        ...those who spied - secret agents
                                        ...those who ride - cavalry
                                        ...those who hide - snipers
                                        ...those who eyed - lookouts
                                        ...those who fried - army chefs

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                                          I think I’d have choked on my tea had they gone with ‘...those who flied’.

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                                            Gant are really going after the hipster market, aren't they? The only way they could be less subtle about it would be to have all their models sitting in Starbucks with their flat whites while a giant vat of moustache wax gets dumped outside.

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                                              My smart TV in our bedroom isn't linked to any YouTube account, so the ad algorithms can only feed off what I watch on the brief time I watch, which is basically EV/clean tech stuff and NFL highlights . The adverts are normally fairly predictable as a result but lately, and I assume it's generic Christmas fodder, I have been getting an ad for a unicorn toy that comes in one of those "peel away the eggshell to reveal the contents" throwaway packaging horror shows that seem to appeal to little girls of a certain age.

                                              I'm not buying one, though. Take that, disposable consumerism!

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                                                I see that there's yet another Brexit 'commercial' at a cost of hundreds of thousands. In contrast to the previous efforts, at least this one has all of the characters therein looking completely traumatised by the whole pathetic shambles.

                                                So in that respect it's almost acceptable.

                                                But not quite.

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                                                  I had an email from John Lewis that seemed to be suggesting that their new advert shows us the real meaning of Christmas, from what my eye fell on before I could hit delete.

                                                  Has the mawkish smug fest (I speculate, but you know...) been released into general circulation yet?

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                                                    Both the Beeb and the Graun have treated this advert as news. Fucking ridiculous.

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