29 June 2007

Suspicious? I should coco...

Just seen this on the BBC website.

London's Haymarket is completely closed this morning after police carried out a controlled explosion in the early hours of this morning after reports of a "suspicious vehicle."

I've just checked and, funnily enough, the closure means that nobody at Edelman can get into work today.

Anything for a long weekend, eh..?

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice that Robert Phillips' email to all staff came about 10 seconds after the fuzz discovered the device. J'accuse!

Anonymous said...

Dunno about blaming Edelman - its more likely to be work of new Labour spinmeisters. Perfect beginning to Gordon's new job - start as you mean to go on...

Anonymous said...

surely it's the anti-chav league? taking out Tiger Tiger and Burbery HQ in one go?

Anonymous said...

Cohn & Wolfe "working from home" too?

Anonymous said...

Would you be laughing if it had gone off? Boundaries....

Stephen said...

"surely it's the anti-chav league? taking out Tiger Tiger and Burbery HQ in one go?"

Haha!

figgis said...

There seem to be an awful lot of references to Edelman on here. Maybe you should spread the bile around more TWL?

....the world's leading.... said...

Figgis - Edelman's the only PR company I know of with offices on Haymarket! I couldn't find another reference...

Anon - "Would you be laughing if it had gone off? Boundaries.... "

No, we wouldn't...but it didn't, so we did. And what's with the cricket thing?

Anonymous said...

"Would you be laughing if it had gone off? Boundaries...."

Uhm no, I doubt any one would be, unless they were sick in the head. Making fun out of bad situation is part of the British psyche.

figgis said...

TWL - I just meant in general, not this case which is of course spot on.

Anonymous said...

"Would you be laughing if it had gone off? Boundaries.... "

As TWL said, no. But it didn't so get over it. You're clearly a PR who has never used a dwarf in a promotional stunt...

Anonymous said...

Why oh why didn't he park it in Croydon or Liverpool?!

....the world's leading.... said...

It's ridiculous, isn't it?

Used to be that a fella could quite happily drive around central London a little bit drunk with a couple of refills for his SodaStream in the boot. Now he gets pinged as a suicide bomber.

It's political correctness gone mad.

figgis said...

> As TWL said, no. But it didn't so get over it. You're clearly a PR who has never used a dwarf in a promotional stunt...<

Are there any?

Anonymous said...

>>"Are there any?"<<

dwarves - there's plenty. You never seen Time Bandits..??

Personally, I have many times driven like an idiot with a couple of propane bottles and/or a couple of jerry cans of super-unleaded in the back of the motor - doesn't make me a terrorist.

How on earth anyone can take this seriously is beyond me. I thought terrorists were supposed to keep a low profile? This dickhead sways down haymarket like a pissed MP, parks like a delivery driver and then legs it without turning his lights off.

You couldn't make it up. Oh hang on, I think they did.....

Prem said...

Having just read BBC online's lead story on the Haymarket thingy I wanted to flag it as a terrible piece of journalism (because it makes a change from flagging bad PR...)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6252276.stm

It reports on an avoided incident and calm, appropriate emergency proceedures. It then quotes two BBC correspondants (since when is it acceptable to quote your own colleague as an expert on your story) being incredibly sensationalist. My favourite snippets are:

The BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner said ... that the driver of the car was now Britain's "most wanted".

The BBC's Daniela Relph, at the scene, said the heart of London was completely closed off.

Iain said...

The plot thickens. Park Lane to Hyde Park Corner has been cordoned off because of suspicious vehicle.

Knowing the locals it's probably just a Nissan Sunny and they're worried a commoner may be loose.

Anonymous said...

Note that I'm not the hummourless boundaries chap/ess.

But it got me thinking about one of the responses. I haven't used a dwarf but have used a trio of transvestites, someone with multiple sclerosis, a haemophilliac and Fred Housego.

....the world's leading.... said...

Are you Michael Barrymore?

Tim Hoang said...

isn't anyone at least a little excited? not by the prospect of loads dying - but by the prospect of a copper running around london trying to defuse the bombs. It's like Van Damme's comeback film Sudden Death or Die Hard 3: Die Hard with vengence. I hope the copper has a dirty white vest and a comedy sidekick. Yippee Ky Yay Mother f...

Ripe for a tastless PR stunt for the new Die hard film

Anonymous said...

Oi! Stop nicking your jokes from the Popbitch board!

Anonymous said...

>>"I haven't used a dwarf but have used a trio of transvestites, someone with multiple sclerosis, a haemophilliac and Fred Housego"<<

Please tell me you didn't use them all in the same promo..??

Iain said...

Without saying too much I didn't nick anything from the board.

SpiderJ said...

I'm just wondering if any of Edelman or C&W's clients noticed that their agencies weren't in the office?

S

Anonymous said...

There was a dwarf doing balloon animals at some Xbox game launch where all the drinks had a green theme about 4 years ago now. That was great.

Anonymous said...

Does having a client nicknamed 'the poison dwarf' count?

Anonymous said...

more posts on dwarves please