Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Following on . . .

Some items arising from previous posts:

Following on about covered songs . . .

I mentioned in the item about the McCartney song Blackbird that it was one of the 10 most recorded covered (ie by an artist than the original artist) songs.

Here is the list (from 2008) of those 10 song covers:

1. Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)

2. Yesterday (The Beatles) 

3. Cry Me a River (Julie London) 

4. And I Love Her (The Beatles) 

5. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones) 

6. Imagine (John Lennon) 

7. Summertime (Abbie Mitchell) 

8. Blackbird(The Beatles) 

9. Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland) 

10. The Look of Love (Dusty Springfield) 

Following on about crossword puzzles:

There is a building in Lviv, Ukraine known as the Crossword Tower. That’s it above, if you haven’t guessed that by now. Here are some facts:
  • Built in 2009 
  • 30m/100 feet tall. 
  • The clues for the words of the puzzle are located at various locations of interest in the city. You locate them and go back to the building to work it out. You can check your answers at night, the paint is glow in the dark and reveals the words. 

Following on from the Auschwitz advertising low:

A Dubai gym published an ad that showing a photo of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz, including the rail lines that brought the Jews to be exterminated, with the slogan “Kiss your calories goodbye” emblazoned the across the photo.

I cannot call it an ad fail because it brought the gym prominence and membership rose amazingly. Sometimes ads are deliberately controversial to achieve publicity. "I don't care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right."

Intended or not, last year an upmarket German hotel was forced to apologise for its bad taste ad.

First, some background.

On 9 and 10 November 1938, Nazi paramilitary forces and non-Jewish civilians carried out a progrom (a series of coordinated attacks) against Jews in Germany and Austria. German authorities did not intervene. Jewish-owned stores, buildings, and synagogues had their windows smashed, leaving footpaths littered with broken glass and giving rise to the name Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass. Hundreds were killed, hundreds more committed suicide and 30,000 were arrested and placed in concentration camps. Over 1,000 synagogues were destroyed and over 7,000 businesses were destroyed or damaged.

Fast forward 75 years to 2013.

Kristall Sauna Wellnesspark hotel and spa advertised an offer for customers, a special and unforgettable night for “Kristallnacht”, inviting guests to enjoy a "long and romantic KristallNacht" to be held on the anniversary of the Nazi pogrom. The advertisement further read: “The long romantic KristallNacht: Enjoy the evening hours in romantic candle light and relax.”

An employee said that it was accidental, the hotel used the word Kristall in other ads and it was even part of the hotel’s name.

After copping criticism, the company withdrew the ad and published an apology on its website stating “We are ashamed of the mistake.”

The name, however, was spelt right.

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