Here we are in the Lone Star State in beautiful downtown Houston, Texas. Laura and I begin the week here - where we are doing a seminar Tuesday and then on to Philadelphia for another one on Wednesday before heading home.
The past few weeks have been filled with seminars in Ottawa, Toronto and elsewhere. In between some media interviews - including an interview I did on CTV PowerPlay (here) about the communications challenges facing Canadian Senators (not the hockey-playing ones) and their residential expense claims.
The 'Other' Oscars
What did you think of the Oscars this year? Personally, I enjoyed watching them - although I'm a sucker for these broadcasts, I admit. Who triggered two of the spontaneous standing ovations? The over-70 Dame Shirley Bassey and Barbra Streisand! We watched the Oscar ceremonies from our hotel here, but on the same night, did you know that there was another top awards ceremonies that celebrated the strange and the not-so-good in public relations and communications at home and abroad? Yes .... the other Oscars....the PR 'Razzies'!
And the PR 'Razzies' Go To......
'I have no regrets'
|Det. Hilton Botha|
(not exactly as pictured)
|Sen. Duffy Gives Back|
|Lance Apologizes (sort of) to Oprah|
5. The "Best Short Foreign Film Award goes to 'La pasta n'est pas française' produced by the Office Québecois de la Langue Français which tells the heroic story of a flat-footed language police officer in Montreal who fights the good fight to ban such Italian words as 'pasta' from restaurant menus. Although he fails in his bid, he vows to continue by perusing Chinese take-out menus in the soon-to-be-released sequel, "Vous dîtes 'egg roll' ... nous disons humiliation".
The Awards show ended suddenly when the replica of the crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship - suspended above the audience - unexpectedly collapsed filling the auditorium with….well you’ll have to wait for the PR memorial highlight reel at next year’s telecast!
Until next time!