Five things on Friday #154

Things of note for the week ending December 11th, 2015.

Things of note for the week ending December 11th, 2015.

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Today, at the time of writing, is Friday.

Aren’t Fridays are amazing?


OK, so I don’t actually use this product* but after reading about this latest update, I’m kinda tempted to start. If you’ve not used it before, the iOS and Android app known as Pocket is a read it later service that lets you save stuff for reading… you guessed it… later.

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But this is not news.

(if it is – yay! I’ve just changed your life for the better! (But for reals, this app/service has been around for time))

The NEWsworthy part of why I’m telling you about this is that Pocket has just rolled out a brand new feature that everso reminds me of the halcyon days of GOOGLE READER (remember those?) – check it:

Millions of people – including your friends, tastemakers, and the writers and editors behind the stories you love – have already been using Pocket to curate the best, most interesting stories on the Web. And starting today, you can follow them to see what they’re publicly recommending as being worthy of your time and attention.


If you’ll recall, the best thing about Google Reader was the fact that you could follow and subsequently be recommended articles from people you know/love/enjoy and basically swim in the amazing and curated content recommendations from the smart people in your life.

And now Pocket does that too.

I might give it a whirl.

You should too.


Oh my God this is so achingly beautiful is probably my most favourite this week.

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This short film (3mins) is made up entirely from photographs taken the Project Apollo Archive and is worth your time right now.

Just watch it.


This thing was found via the rather wonderful Mental Floss (check it out – if you fancy losing HOURS of your life). Basically, it’s Sir Ian McKellan being fantastic (in the year I was born, no less) and giving an ‘in studio masterclass’ on how brought one of Macbeth’s soliloquies most famous to life.

Got 12mins? Go watch.

Honestly, it’s wonderful.


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Your year in review.

Done it yet? YOU SHOULD.

Wanna know mine? YOU DO? OK!

Track one for 2015?

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Great song.

Speaking of great songs.

Most streamed track

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Such a good album.

Also, these are my most listened to genres this year –

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Like what? INDIETRONICA?! How is that a even a thing?!

Well, it is.

And there’s a cracking playlist too!

Now go do yours.

Off you pop.


The wonderful people at Dark Star sent me a box of alcohol yesterday (just in time for the [first] Ogilvy Christmas part – amazing). You’ve all learnt this by now, right? Send me FREE STUFF and the chances are it’ll appear on this newsletter/mailshot/post thing.



A lovely pale ale and yes, that’s right, a CRÈME BRÛLÉE flavoured beer as well. It’s insanely good. Admittedly the feedback was varied but still – I liked it.


(all of you must now go buy / drink some – etc)

Abi Titmuss everybody!


Bonuses this week are thus:

OK, and we’re done.

But for real guys – IT’S THE WEEKEND!


have a great

Until next time,

Whatley out.

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Author: James Whatley

Chief Strategy Officer in adland. I got ❤️ for writing, gaming, and figuring stuff out. I'm @whatleydude pretty much everywhere that matters. Nice to meet you x