Those of an overly-political correct persuasion should not go any further. Pick up your coat and move quietly towards the exit.
The rest of us have a couple of great Fox Sports ads to enjoy.
Are they politically incorrect? Oh yes.
Are they offensive? Probably not (unless you need to get out more).
Are they funny? You bet your ass.
They’re for the Fox Sports network in the US of A.
And Fox Sports knows its audience. They’ve been making ads for them for many, many years. They’re males. Males who tend to like football (the US version), beer, bowling, pizza, and that sort of thing.
Fox Sports ads have featured on this blog a couple of times before. Their hugely funny campaign ‘snooker would be better if it was hockey’ and also the genius campaign showing products badly malfunctioning because their makers were too engrossed in the play-offs.
These two ads follow on in the same manner. They just take it that little bit further.
First up, the injury compensation claim specialist lawyer.

And then the storm update weather report.

And there you have it.
Just remember: he won’t football, sex, bowling until you pizza.
Marvellous.

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Not really a topic that many people find an engaging way to discuss. But this short film, Skhizein, by Jérémy Clapin, is a thing of real beauty. I first saw it in 2008 at the Encounters Film Festival in Bristol. I’ve now managed to find a link where you can watch the whole film, rather than just the clip I’ve previously linked to.

It tells the tale of a man who, when struck by a meteorite, finds himself exactly 91cm from where he should be. Which makes even the simplest of tasks very tricky. To open a door, sit down, answer the phone and even use the lavatory he has to be 91cm from where you think he should be.

Even sitting down is tricky

Hello? Speak up please.

He then gets hit by another meteorite, and finds himself still 91 cm to the side of where he should be. But he’s now also 75cm below where he should be.
Our narrator then tells us:
“They never tell you how crazy you are. Just that you’ve lost it, that you’re beside yourself…Out of your mind.”
And with these simple words you get the idea. You understand what the director is trying to communicate.

There are some great visual metaphors with the meteorites closing in on him and the whole room taking on an ominous and imposing darkness. It’s beautifully animated and very deftly handled. It makes you want to watch to see how he copes with everyday things, as you’ve seen from the images above. And this one, where he’s just looking out the window.

A unique view

Watch the full film below. And marvel at a spectacular 13 minutes.

Duncan Murrell is an amazing wildlife photographer. He takes pictures of Humpback whales that are just incredible. Like this one.

Humpback whales feeding

He understands more than most the behaviour of these magnificent whales, as you’ll discover.
Humpback whales are incredible. They’re pretty enormous, at anything up to 52 feet (16 metres) long. And they’re amazingly agile for something so huge. They breach the water with great regularity, lifting up to two-thirds of their bodies out of the water. No mean feat for a mammal that weighs up to 36,000 kilograms.

The males also perform complex whale songs, each lasting for 10 to 20 minutes. And they can repeat the songs for hours. The reason they sing is not fully understood, but it’s believed to be part of their mating ritual.
Click here to learn more about these amazing animals.

A Humpback 'lobtailing'

Synchronised blowholing

I saw the images that are shown here on the Guardian website. And they blew me away. I’m in awe of just how close he gets to the whales. I believe he’s spent many, many summers off the coast of southeast Alaska in his kayak photographing them. That’s right, in his kayak. Which, in itself, is pretty brave.

Close enough for you?

But what a buzz he must get as he captures his images. And the results are truly amazing. View the Guardian’s picture galleries here. They’ve always got some incredible shots.

Amazing detail

All the whale images shown here are copyright of Duncan Murrell and Steve Bloom Images.