Friday Afternoon Distractions

By Peter Allott

Oct 07, 2010

Whiling away your last few hours at work? These videos should help make time fly extra fast!

This week has seen the Aussie dollar surge to new heights, almost equalling the value of its American counterpart.

It's not only the strength of the US dollar that's falling apart, as President Barack Obama found out at the "Powerful Women" summit in Washington DC.

Not one to be caught unaware, Obama managed a quick, witty retort to cover any embarrassment felt by the organisers.

Now, we're not usually in the practise of promoting corporate interests, but when a killer of a commercial comes along, we simply can't ignore it (see Old Spice Man).

Reportedly, the brief for the above ad for Britain's Virgin Atlantic airline, was the following:

Budget: spare no expense.

Creative: give us every airline ad cliche in the book. Make it look like a James Bond title sequence crossed with a Busby Berkeley number. Get plenty of references to Mad Men in.

And don't be afraid to make it look too gay!

Success!

The 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi has had a troubling start.

Flooding, fatal accidents, empty stadia and threats of terrorism abound.

Even now that the games have started, behaviour of some of the athletes is continuing to drag down the atmosphere of the event.

Letting the Aussie side down was wrestler Hassene Fkiri, who reacted particularly poorly to referee decisions that led to his defeat.

See the 6:07 mark for the offending gesture.

On a more positive note, Delhi's opening ceremony was truly an impressive spectacle, which proved that when India wants to, it can pull off these events in style.

It's a pity, however, that it seems these games will be remembered more for its failures than its intermittent successes.

Does what it says on the tin.

Geeks and hotties abound in the new trailer for Beauty and the Geek Australia.

The new series is due to air on Seven later in October -- will you be watching?

Back to please us with a perfect new summer tune is Cee-Lo, of Gnarls Barkley "Crazy" fame.

Although his song has been re-branded as "Forget You", in order to garner radio play, his appearance on the legendary BBC music program, Later with Jools Holland, shows him giving an incredible performance of the slightly more explicit version.

The line "He's an Xbox, I'm more Atari", never fails to raise a smile.

Flashmob, with a twist.

I think it's safe to say that the days of flashmobs being cool are truly over. Wait until the 0:48 mark to see how British channel E4 is poking fun at the flashmob fad.

If you missed last week's Friday Afternoon Distractions, see it here.

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  • fatfreeoreos Oct 08, 2010

    The bunnies were really cute.