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Last night I caught up on some TV that we had taped. The best programme was ITV’s countdown of the 20 best adverts that have appeared on British television from 2000-2009. So basically, it was ad of the decade. All of these ads can be found on YouTube, but I’m only putting on the winner. Before I do the countdown, I just want to mention a couple that I thought deserved a place in the top 20, but didn’t quite make it. These where the Guinness’s ‘Rhythm of Life‘, and Honda’s ‘Impossible Dream‘.

But now, the official Top 20. (If only we had Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page playing Whole Lotta Love. That’s the Top of the Pops music for those of you who don’t know). 

  • 20 – Budweiser ‘Wassup‘.
  • 19 – Cadbury ‘Eyebrows‘.
  • 18 – Halifax ‘X-Bomb‘.
  • 17 – John Smith ‘Ball Skills‘.
  • 16 – Sure for Men ‘Stunt City‘.
  • 15 – Calsburg ‘Old Lions‘.
  • 14 – Sony Bravia ‘Balls‘.
  • 13 – VW Golf ‘Singing in the Rain‘.
  • 12 – Citroen C4 ‘Transformer‘.
  • 11 – Barclaycard ‘Waterslide‘.
  • 10 – PG Tips ‘Breakfast‘.
  • 9 – Sony Bravia ‘Paint‘.
  • 8 – John West Salmon ‘Bear‘.
  • 7 – T-Mobile ‘Dance‘.
  • 6 – Guinness ‘Tipping Point‘.
  • 5 – Cadbury ‘Gorilla‘.
  • 4 – Honda ‘COG‘. (My No.1)
  • 3 – Compare the Market ‘Compare the Meerkat‘.
  • 2 – Skoda ‘Cake‘.

And the best advert of the decade is…Hovis ‘Go on Lad‘.

So there you have it, what a decade for advertising. But what will the years 2010-2019 bring us I wonder? 

However, none of these ads can really match this. I’ll leave you with what was voted the greatest ad of all time. 1998’s Guinness’s ‘Horses and Surfer‘.

Last nights Children in Need raised £20.3million. That is just under last years total of £20.9million. But it is better than nothing.

I really enjoyed the Pudsey parodies of ‘Poirot’ and ‘Merlin’, as I enjoy watching the shows. The BBC News reader’s dance was enjoyable, but I still prefer the Queen routine they did a few years ago.

But I must say, the show was stolen in the first 20 minutes. ‘Peter Kay’s Animated All Star Band’ blew me away. It was a delight to see Cartoons from the past, my pre-school days and the present singing a melody of huge hits.

Said hits were: 

  • Can You Feel It – The Jacksons
  • Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
  • Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny) – The theme from ‘Slumdog Millionaire
  • Tubthumping – Chumbawamba (‘I Get Knocked Down’)
  • Never Forget – Take That
  • Hey Jude – The Beatles
  • One Day Like This – Elbow 

 It took 3 years of planning and 8 months of making to produce 5 minutes of brilliance.

Please, Download it, buy it, just get it to No.1. It’s the official CiN single, so the money goes to Children in Need. Pleeasseeeeeee buy it pleaseee. 🙂

In sports news, Liverpool blew the game at home to Man City in a 2-2 draw. I am getting so sick of us not winning, and I don’t have much hope of staying in the European Cup this season either. England also got trounced in the Rugby by the All Blacks 6-19, but then we all knew they were going to win didn’t we.

In the world of F1, ex-team boss and BBC presenter Eddie Jordan has stated the newly formed Mercedes team are hoping to sign 7 times World Champion Michael Schumacher. Look, he’ll be 41 years old next season. He has had his moment, and it would ruin his reputation as (and I really hate to write this) one of the best drivers of all time.

But the best news in the sporting world today was the news that athletes with Intellectual Disabilities are to be allowed back into the Paralympics in time for London 2012. ID athletes were band after most of the 2000 Spanish ID Basketball team were found to be faking the disability.

Back to Children in Need, you can see the sketches I have noted and more on YouTube by clicking on the links below.

But I’ll leave you with a picture of the cover of the Animated All Star Band’s cover. See how many you can name.

I was trying to make a list of songs with ‘Radio’ in the title (as you do), and I hit a dead end.

So I decided to go on to the BBC site for a quick glance to see if anything had happened.

Whether I’m slightly messed up, or just observant, I found this headline.

David Dimbleby injured by bullock

David Dimbleby


The person who wrote that is either thick, getting laid off or is £20 richer.

And I know that is what caught your eye first on todays blog. 🙂

PS: Happy Birthday Neil Young. Keep on Rockin’!

Neil Young at the Apollo - 11/03/08 (c) Ben Page