Five Favourite Friday Stories From Holyrood PR
Friday, May 6th, 2011
THE MAKING AND BREAKING OF THE ‘YOUNG LION’ (Scott)
Amid the hype and hyperbole which has followed the killing of Osama Bin Laden, it can be difficult to get a measured picture of the man, vilified in the west as the epitome of evil. Like any global story, the firehose of coverage can be overwhelming. Which means it is always a pleasure to find an article which is as evocative as it is informative. If you want to read only one article about Osama Bin Laden, try this one from the New York Times.
IS THAT A MOBILE PHONE IN YOUR POCKET OR…(Raymond)
Granted, a tad juvenile – but still enough to raise a smile. As you’ll see, Ed Milliband was caught giving onlookers at the Royal Wedding an eyeful as excitement gathered ahead of the big event. I’m sure there is a very good reason that the Labour leader would offer for this ungainly pose – but I’d still like to hear other opinions…
NEED FOR SPEED (Andrea)
A 28-year-old man has been caught on a speed camera doing 50mph in a 30mph zone on rollerblades. The video has been viewed almost 40,000 times on You Tube and fortunately, he won’t be prosecuted because he wasn’t in a motor vehicle. The only thing that should have been going through his mind is that those blades don’t have brakes.
HEARTBREAK HOTEL FOR THE KING AS HE LOSES HIS THRONE (Adrian)
For more than 50 years, he’s been the king of rock and roll and an inspiration for millions around the world. But, by the looks of it, Elvis Presley’s reign is starting to come to an end. The U.S. government has revealed the latest rundown of the top 1000 baby names in America which showed – for the first time since 1954 – that Elvis had failed to make the list. Clearly the new generation of U.S. parents are less inclined to put on their blue suede shoes and would rather watch reality TV shows – if the growing popularity of names such as Bentley and Maci (apparently taken from characters in MTV reality shows 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom) is anything to go by.
A PIOGNANT MESSAGE FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (Laura)
This week bore the sad news that Canadian blogger Derek K Miller passed away after a 4 year battle with cancer. Derek an avid blogger since 1997, chronicled his battle with the illness which he was diagnosed with in 2007, earning thousands of followers along the way thanks to his open, honest, uplifting and at times heart wrenching account. When it came to the event of his death, Derek was determined that it should be announced on his terms with his words to provide a fitting farewell to his followers throughout. After preparing his final post weeks in advance, Derek’s last post went live on May 4th after he died peacefully at home on May 3rd and within just a matter of hours his Twitter and Flikr sites crashed due to the volume of responses received both from his fans and those logging on for the first time. Derek’s blog has allowed him to leave a legacy behind him and whilst he may be gone from the world, he is now connected to the world and hid family forever. You can read his blog at www.penmachine.com