Following on from my last post Nick Booth has stepped up again with a classic Response Source. As a number of PRs on Twitter have said this afternoon….Nick Booth you are King of Response Source! Below is his latest effort in full. Very funny…oh and if you can help Nick drop him a line, I’m sure he would be happy to hear from you.
Two years ago, Ann Robinson turned up to an awards do with a permanently surprised expression, as if someone had goosed her in a wind tunnel. All the newspapers turned downy my story idea – Ann Robinson’s had a facelift – but three days later, they all ran a piece about her announcement. The BBC has a story today about Spinvox, that I was pitching two years ago! Damn! So: I’m warning you there’s no guarantee this feature I’m proposing will definitely run. But here goes: Are ‘green’ products a total con? Can we bench test them? Which work and which don’t?
Here’s money I’ve personally wasted on ‘saving the planet’.
Solar car battery charger (£20)
Solar mobile phone charger (freebie, worth 49 quid)
Wind up radio
Wind up phone charger
All useless. None of them could generate enough power to torture a midge. Not to mention the wormery (it just filled up with old food) and a compost heap that attracted mice. Has anyone else invested in a green/wind/solar product that was a dud? How much did you spend? How useless was it? Do any solar products actually work? Anyone got a wind turbine that actually generates power? Can anyone give me a demo of a product that works?
I will happily wire my goolies to a wind turbine, confident that it won’t deliver a fatal electric shock – if anyone wants to arrange that. (It could be a good photo op) (Press release: South American fascist torturers are lowering their carbon footprint, with wind turbine driven electric shock torture racks….) I’m hoping to benchmark the reliability, or otherwise, of green products, and sell the story.
But don’t ask me when the deadline is. I don’t know yet.