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Stop it, Fiat

Positively, categorically, overwhelmingly, my least favourite current TV ad has to be the latest Fiat effort featuring Fernando Alonso. Of course, the idea that Mr. Alonso would choose to drive a Fiat 500 in the first place is laughable, let alone that he would have fun in it. But that doesn’t bother me. After all, he has to earn his Ferrari wages somehow. What appalls me about this execution is its utter laziness. Not only is it dubbed from a presumably Spanish original – my pet advertising hate – but it’s not even dubbed in time, and uses a voice that surely isn’t that of Alonso. I find it offensive. If you’re going to hire a top F1 driver to add gloss to your mundane automobile, don’t then scrimp and save by not bothering to voice it properly. It ends up looking cheap.


See the ad here:

Alonso ad


Rural broadband: coming to homes not that near you

I wait with anticipation to see how this funding stacks up against performance. I live in a town surrounded by rural areas, and my broadband service is pretty poor. Like many other punters, my promised speed is in a different universe to that which I actually experience: