rotary phone, anyone?

posted in: nairobi 0

Whoever designed this ad has clearly never seen a real rotary phone. (I remember we had a black one when I was little.) And yes, KFC will deliver to your house–via motorbike!

public notice

posted in: nairobi 0

While looking for apartments in Nairobi, it was quite useful to check out the various bulletin boards at shopping centres in our neighbourhood. It’s interesting what kind of ads turn up: Nice try with the (clearly photocopied) UNICEF letterhead–though I do like the “Mr&Mrs Anne.” But even better are these “public notices” that are frequently published in the newspaper. Must … Read More

norwegian advertising

posted in: cross-culture, food, oslo, video 1

Sometimes I don’t think I’ll ever understand Norwegian mass culture. This ad for vanilla sauce, for example: NYHET! Endelig med skrukork! (“NEW! Finally with a screw cap!”) It doesn’t market any other feature. No great taste, no new recipe, just… a screw cap.