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Old Wednesday 1st December 2004, 09:38   #1
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Product placement

Whilst eating breakfast this morning and watching the TV there was an interview with the husband of the late Iris Murdoch, apparently a novelist. Carefully placed on a desk beside him, to give the maximum view for the camera, were two books. One, a novel by his late wife and the other -





the large format Collins Bird Guide.

I'll certainly be checking out the latest Hollywood blockbusters for more of this outrageous avian advertising. You expect the occasional can of Pepsi but not this. Where will it all end? Next stop, subliminal messaging. Maybe its already started, after all, nobody seems to be able to explain why they're into birds so much, sometimes to the extremes of travelling the length and breadth of the country to see one bird.

Hmmmm.
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Old Wednesday 1st December 2004, 09:52   #2
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Obviously an optics company missed the boat with this one, as they have with 'I'm a celeb'... the rather anonymous pair of binos that are always in front of Ant & Dec just screams out for a nice big visible logo
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Old Wednesday 1st December 2004, 09:59   #3
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'I'm a celeb'... the rather anonymous pair of binos that are always in front of Ant & Dec just screams out for a nice big visible logo
Mr Bright, you surprise me. You'll be commenting on Big Brother next.
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Old Wednesday 1st December 2004, 10:00   #4
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Mr Bright, you surprise me. You'll be commenting on Big Brother next.
probably to busy glued to Strictly Come Dancing
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Old Wednesday 1st December 2004, 12:56   #5
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I remember a documentary about nature in Senegal. One scene showed ornithologists doing some research. They had a bird book. Looking carefully, I noticed it was Perrins European bird guide, opened on pages with black and green woodpeckers. :)
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Old Wednesday 1st December 2004, 13:03   #6
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When Dead Ringers take off Bill Oddie they do not use the right bins - I wonder if Leica have noticed??

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Old Wednesday 1st December 2004, 13:10   #7
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When Dead Ringers take off Bill Oddie they do not use the right bins - I wonder if Leica have noticed??

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Not only are they not the right bins, but they're nearly round his ankles! What a farce.
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The Myth/fact I have heard for years was that spy novelist Ian Flemming was on a Caribbean vacation while writing his first thriller.He had everything worked out except for the name of agent 007.At his hotel someone had left behind a field guide to birds of the Caribbean written by James Bond.
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Mr Bright, you surprise me. You'll be commenting on Big Brother next.
It's my girlfriend's fault, trash tv is compulsory I've had to endure X- factor of late, now that really is the pits.

Big Brother does have some birding merit... I've seen discussions (maybe uk.rec.birdwatching) on birds heard in the background, some good 'ticks' if i remember correctly.
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Yes,I noticed the Collins bird guide on the table.But did feel quite cheery after watching that interview.Cos if you cannot remember where you left your bins,that is okay.The problem is,if you have your bins in your hand,but do not know what they are,well then you are heading for trouble!!.So there is hope for me !!
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Old Sunday 5th December 2004, 09:58   #11
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The Myth/fact I have heard for years was that spy novelist Ian Flemming was on a Caribbean vacation while writing his first thriller.He had everything worked out except for the name of agent 007.At his hotel someone had left behind a field guide to birds of the Caribbean written by James Bond.
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Pinched from somewehere on the net :

"the name of James Bond, Fleming explains ...

"Oh, that's easy, I think of the first couple of names in my house at school and change their Christian names. In my case the first names were James Aitken and Harry Bond. So you could have Harry Aitken and James Bond".
Later at Goldeneye he looked up from his desk & typewriter and saw James Bond's Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies and this confirmed his name choice. "

Which suggests that the book was actually his. Fleming a birder? Could be!
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Old Sunday 5th December 2004, 10:52   #12
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Chest Complaint!

For blatant advertising you would have to go a long way to beat Bill Oddie in one of this summer's live TV programmes, where the Haith's logo featured prominently above the breast-pocket of his 'Safari Boy' outfit!
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