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Dave reveals the Top 10 gags from Edinburgh Festival 2018

Posted on August 20th, 2018 in Taylor Herring News.

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UKTV’s award-winning entertainment channel Dave has announced the winner of the eleventh annual Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe award.

Adam Rowe’s witticism about the irony of being fired from a job centre was voted the winner: “Working at the JobCentre has to be a tense job – knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day.”

It was crowned the funniest of the Fringe with 41% of Brits voting it the top tickler, after it was nominated from his show Undeniable at Just The Tonic @ The Caves.

In its mission to find the most hilarious one-liners, Dave enlisted the help of an expert panel of ten judges, consisting of the UK’s foremost comedy critics.

They scoured venues at the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe to nominate their six favourite jokes, with the shortlisted gags, which are listed anonymously, then voted on by 2,000 Brits to reveal the jokes they found funniest.

Dave’s Top 10 Funniest Jokes of the Fringe Festival 2018:

1. Working at the JobCentre has to be a tense job – knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day. Adam Rowe – 41%

2. I had a job drilling holes for water – it was well boring. Leo Kearse – 34%

3. I took out a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I don’t pay it back, I’m going to get repossessed. Olaf Falafel – 29%

4. In my last relationship, I hated being treated like a piece of meat. She was a vegan and refused to touch me. Daniel Audritt – 28%

5. What do colour blind people do when they are told to eat their greens? Flo and Joan – 26%

6. I’ve got a new job collecting all the jumpers left in the park at the weekends, but it’s not easy. They keep moving the goalposts. Darren Walsh – 25%
7. Trump said he’d build a wall but he hasn’t even picked up a brick. He’s just another middle-aged man failing on a DIY project. Justin Moorhouse – 25%

8. (=) I lost a friend after we had an argument about the Tardis. I thought it was a little thing, but it seemed much bigger once we got into it. Adele Cliff – 24%

(=) Why are they calling it Brexit and not The Great British Break Off? Alex Edelman – 24%

10. I think love is like central heating. You turn it on before guests arrive and pretend it’s like this all the time. Laura Lexx – 24%

Winner Adam Rowe first got on stage to do stand-up comedy in 2010. A little over a year later, he was named Liverpool Comedian of the Year, quit his bar job and pursued a comedy career. He has been touring with his Undeniable tour this year.

On his joke claiming the top spot, Adam Rowe said: “I’m absolutely over the moon and quite blown away by this! It’s my favourite joke in the show, as it ends the bit I’m most passionate about; trying to dispel a few myths of what it’s like to be brought up on benefits. It’s such a huge honour, I really never expected to be in with a shout of winning things like this, so it’s just a massive but lovely surprise. Thank you very much!”

Now in its eleventh year, previous winners of the coveted award include Ken Cheng, Masai Graham, Tim Vine, Rob Auton, Stewart Francis, Zoe Lyons and Nick Helm.

The Dave award, which is open to both established and up-and-coming comedians, pays homage to the wealth of talent on offer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and shines a spotlight on the skill of writing a cracking one-liner. To ensure that there is no bias towards well-known or favourite comedians during the public vote, the jokes are listed with no reference to the comedian that wrote and performed them – meaning it is purely judged on the humour of the jokes themselves.

Luke Hales, Dave channel director, said, “This year, the news agenda and every day British idiosyncrasies have provided some wonderful opportunities for comedians to use their creative and comic genius in giving us all a giggle. As ever, we have enjoyed some quite brilliant one-liners and are delighted to crown Adam Rowe as the recipient of this year’s Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe Award!”

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is widely acknowledged to be the biggest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city.

2018 marks the eleventh year of Dave’s Funniest Joke of the Fringe. You can also follow Dave on Twitter: @davechannel, Facebook: @davetvchannel and Instagram: @dave_tvchannel.

Daisy Lowe undergoes incredible transformation for Samsung QLED launch

Posted on August 2nd, 2018 in Taylor Herring News.

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NEWS! British model Daisy Lowe poses up a storm in never seen before photographs, which see the female style icon blended seamlessly into a wall and living room.

Daisy Lowe has been cleverly camouflaged into two stunning set-ups: the first set-up sees the model disguised into a posy of daisies while standing against a bespoke design of her namesake flower.

The second set-up sees Daisy in a reclining pose, painted into a cushioned navy couch as she transforms to quite literally become ‘part of the furniture’.

Daisy was painted by world-leading body paint artist, Carolyn Roper, with the set-ups taking a painstaking eight hours to complete. Daisy exhibited her sensational physique as she was meticulously camouflaged into the background environment.

The creative was specially designed to celebrate the launch of the Samsung QLED TV, which can seamlessly blend into the background through its unique Ambient Mode functionality. In the same way Daisy has been painted to disappear into her surroundings, the QLED TV can disappear into the wall behind it by mimicking different wall designs, patterns and colours1.

The campaign follows recent research commissioned by Samsung that reveals six in ten Brits consider big, blank TV screens to be an eyesore, as they fail to blend in with the rest of the home interior.

Robert King, Vice President Consumer Electronics, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, said: “We wanted to celebrate the ground-breaking QLED TV range by showcasing the beauty of its ambient technology. Daisy’s stunning transformation emulates the QLED’s ability to seamlessly replicate its surroundings when it’s put in Ambient Mode. It’s high time we said goodbye to boring blank TV screens in the home.”

Daisy Lowe said: “TV time is definitely my chill out time after work. I think it’s incredibly important to have a calm and serene personal space, especially when we’re surrounded by screens nowadays.

“Over the past few years, I feel we’ve seen TVs get bigger and bigger and these big black rectangles have come to dominate our living spaces a bit. So to have the technology to blend your TV in with your own interior style and taste is an amazing thing.”

The new QLED TV from Samsung signposts a revolution in TV design to match our increasingly sophisticated interior design tastes – it can blend in with the décor of the home or display imagery when not in use1, effectively banishing the ugly black screens which have dominated our living rooms for so long.

 To find out more about Samsung’s QLED TV, visit http://www.samsung.com/uk/tvs/qled-tv/highlights/

Mills & Boon reveal the top spots for romance

Posted on August 1st, 2018 in Taylor Herring News.

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The Isle of Skye’s Fairy Pools have been named the most romantic place in the UK, while Grasmere in the Lake District and the city of Bath complete the top three, in a new study celebrating the destinations for passion.

Beautiful views and a touch of luxury are named as the ingredients to spark the right mood for love in a study of 2,000 people commissioned by romance experts Mills & Boon, ahead of the start of the summer holiday season.

The study shows that Brits like to put the roam into romance with almost all Brits (94%) believing a summer holiday is the ideal way to spend some loved-up time with their partner.

A longlist of incredible romantic places was drawn up by a panel of leading travel experts from UK travel, news and magazine publications, including Rough Guides, and was whittled down further in the national poll.

Each one of the top 10 UK places was then celebrated in a specially commissioned Mills & Boon short story set in that location.

The shorts, whose titles include A Scandalous Liaison on Skye and A Passionate Portmeirion Proposal, are released ahead of the great British Summer Holidays.

Waterside locations appear to be common theme as favourites for love with most of the UK top ten places in in close proximity to sea, rivers or waterfalls.

However the five key factors for a romantic location in rank order were beautiful views (identified by 69%), luxury accomodation (55%), warm climate (49%), fabulous restaurants (39%) and amazing walks (33%).  And with the heatwave set to last the summer, Brits will be spoiled for choice in finding a romantic UK getaway.

The full list of the 20 Most Romantic Places in the UK is as follows:

  1. Fairy Pools, Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye, Scotland
  2. Grasmere, Lake District, England
  3. City of Bath
  4. Durdle Door, Dorset
  5. Tresco, Isles of Scilly
  6. Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales
  7. Bourton-on-the-water, the Cotswolds
  8. Porthcurno, The Minack Theatre, Cornwall
  9. Cambridge and the River Cam
  10. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
  11. Windsor Castle, Windsor
  12. Abereiddi’s Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  13. The Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  14. Leeds Castle, Kent
  15. Llyn Padarn (Llanberis), Snowdonia, Wales
  16. Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
  17. The Falls of Bruar, Perth, Scotland
  18. Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh, Scotland
  19. St Nectan’s Glen, Cornwall
  20. City of Oxford

It’s not just the UK though that specialises in romantic hot-spots, with the Mills & Boon poll also looking at the most romantic global places. Unsurprisingly, locations in France and Italy feature in the Top 20, as well as the Taj Mahal in India and the Seychelles:

Top 20 World’s Most Romantic Places

  1. Paris, France
  2. Santorini, Greece
  3. Venice, Italy
  4. Amalfi Coast, Italy
  5. Maui, Hawaii, USA
  6. Bruges, Belgium
  7. Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia
  8. Kirkjufell, Iceland
  9. Cerf Island, Seychelles
  10. The Gili Islands, Bali, Indonesia
  11. St Petersburg, Russia
  12. Agra and the Taj Mahal, India
  13. Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland
  14. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  15. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  16. Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia
  17. Big Sur, California, USA
  18. San Francisco, USA
  19. Fuji Five Lakes, Japan
  20. Zanzibar, Tanzania

The poll also found that almost half of us (49%) have enjoyed a summer fling. However a mere 22% of these romances have lasted more than 6 months after the summer holiday.

The findings also suggest summer sun can give a timely boost to existing relationships, with 43% saying that their relationship is in a better place following a holiday than before and more than half of us (53%) try to ensure we have at least one romantic escape with a partner a year.

Brits’ most favoured style of romantic holiday is an escape to the countryside (66%), followed by a summer break to a European city (55%) and a beach break (54%), with a summer city break in the UK (36%) rounding off our favoured styles of summer holiday.

Lisa Milton, Mills & Boon Executive Publisher, said: “When it comes to a summer getaway with a loved one, we all want to make it as romantic as possible. Our survey has identified the definitive romantic places in Britain and the world. With all of us looking for any opportunity to bring a little extra romance into our hectic lives, holidays in these places offer the perfect chance to switch off and rediscover romance.  Readers everywhere can find an instant escape with Mills & Boon – and whether you are reading on holiday or at home, our brand new stories will whisk you away to some of the most romantic places in the UK!’

Mills & Boon has celebrated revealing the UK’s Top 10 Romantic Places with specially dedicated short stories to each of the top 10 destinations in the UK, featuring exclusive Mills & Boon cover art and written by local Mills & Boon authors with extensive knowledge of the area.


The new Mills & Boon UK Summer Romance Short Stories are available to download for free at



Beano relaunch Fan Club to mark the brand’s 80th birthday

Posted on July 30th, 2018 in Taylor Herring News.

Long-standing comic Beano turns 80 today remains the forefront of children’s entertainment, with latest figures revealing 90,000 British children are viewing Beano content online every week and a copy of the comic is sold every 17 seconds in the UK. 

Since the launch of Beano.com in 2016, 2.5 million children have visited the website and unique monthly users have grown 44% since December last year.

1.86 million copies of Beano were sold in 2017 with latest figures showing a 7.9% year-on-year increase in sales, recording weekly sales figures of 37,542 copies. This increase in sales shows consistent long term growth for the title with three successive yearly increases posted.

On its 80th birthday Beano has revived the infamous ‘Dennis & Gnasher Fan Club’; membership is now free offering printable club badges and membership certificates.

Fans now have access to an exclusive prank portal on the Beano app which can be accessed with a secret pin-code.

The secret world of pranks, available through the ‘Gnasher’ icon, includes tutorials to D-I-Y pranks, prank video call hotline and Beanocam; which gives fans the chance to Beano-fy their snaps.

Initially launched in 1976, readers who joined the Fan Club would receive a Fan Club pack with special Dennis and Gnasher’s goodies.

The Fan Club ran for 22 years as the ‘Dennis the Menace Fan Club’ before becoming ‘The Beano Club’, which had members ranging from seven to 70 years-old.

At its height of fame, the fan club reached over 1.5 million followers and even had celebrities amongst its number including; Olympic Gold medallist Linford Christie, BBC Radio 2 host Chris Evans and Royals HRH Prince William and Harry.

Ten facts you didn’t know about Beano:

  1. The word ‘Beano’ is a shortened version of ‘Bean feast’, meaning ‘a rowdy jollification.’
  2. During the second world war paper shortages meant the comic was reduced to 12 pages every two weeks.
  3. Dennis’ canine companion Gnasher is drawn using Dennis’ hair and adding legs
  4. After the second world war, the Beano Editor’s name was discovered upon a Nazi assassination list for ‘gross disrespect’!
  5. For the first few episodes of his story, Dennis DIDN’T wear his famous red and black hooped jumper. His mum was still knitting it.
  6. For six weeks in 1986, Dennis’s famous Abyssinian Wire-Haired Tripe Hound, Gnasher went missing from the comic. He returned with six puppies.
  7. Dennis was originally sketched on the back of a fag packet, in a pub!
  8. There are only 20 surviving known copies of the first edition of Beano in the world
  9. It takes about 25 people to make a Beano comic including: artists, writers, colourists and graphic designers
  10. Lord Levison’s enquiry heard that ‘every newspaper apart from The Dandy and Beano’ was named in the investigation!

Emma Scott, CEO at Beano Studios, said: We’re all super proud that Beano is 80 years old today; it has entertained legions of fans since the first comic was published in 1938. Beano has always encouraged kids (and many grown-ups!) to let their imagination and mischievousness run riot, and to celebrate we’ve relaunched the iconic Fan Club to reward a whole new generation of rebels. Here’s to another 80 years of LOLZ on our award-winning Beano.com, our TV shows and of course, in our amazing world-breaking comic, the Beano.”

To celebrate the birthday, members can also snap up Fan Club packs for £9.99* from the Beano shop. These include the infamous fluffy Gnasher badge and an Official Fan Club Membership Card, all embossed in silver foil with the Dennis and Gnasher Fan Club badge.

   To find out more information and to sign up to the Beano Fan Club visit: https://www.beano.com/fanclub

Nat Geo WILD ‘Shark Map’ illustrates the UK’s shark hotspots

Posted on July 17th, 2018 in Taylor Herring News.

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Hammerheads, blacktips and sand tiger sharks could be heading to UK shores and may inhabit our coastal waters in the next 30 years according to new research released today.

The new study to celebrate Sharkfest on Nat Geo WILD, reveals Britain’s current and future shark population. It predicts that with the rise of sea temperatures and the impact of climate change we could see non-indigenous species of sharks from the Mediterranean making their way to the British coastline by 2050. 

Nat Geo WILD specially commissioned Dr Ken Collins, former administrator of the UK Shark Tagging Programme and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, to map the future of Britain’s shark population to celebrate the start of Sharkfest, a week-long series of TV programming dedicated to sharks. Featuring jaw-some specials and capturing never before seen shark behaviour, Sharkfest aims to raise awareness about these incredible creatures.

The new ‘Shark Map of Britain’ released today estimates that there may be currently over 10 million small sharks and 100,000 larger sharks in British waters, as well as some 40 different species, including Thresher, Basking and Nursehound sharks. 

Dr Ken Collins, Senior Research Fellow University of Southampton, based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton and former administrator of the UK Shark Tagging Programme, said:

“It’s likely we will be seeing more sharks spread from warmer regions such as the Mediterranean Sea towards our waters in the UK over the next 30 years. These include the likes of Blacktips, Sand tigers and Hammerheads, which are currently found swimming off the coasts of Spain and Portugal.”

The ten new species of sharks that could inhabit British waters by 2050: 

  1. Great Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) – the largest species of Hammerhead, currently found in the Mediterranean, southern Spain/Portugal, Atlantic coast of Africa, North America, Caribbean, South America, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans
  2. Blacktip shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) – currently found in the Mediterranean, southern Spain/Portugal, Atlantic coast of Africa, North America, Caribbean, South America, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans
  3. Sand tiger or Spotted Raggedtooth shark (Carcharias taurus) – currently found in the Mediterranean, African coasts, Atlantic coasts of USA and South America, Australia and South East Asia
  4. Bigeye Thresher (Alopias superciliosus) – currently found in the mid-Atlantic, northern Spain, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean
  5. Longfin Mako (Isurus paucus) – currently found in the mid-Atlantic, northern Spain, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean
  6. Bronze Whaler or Copper shark (Carcharhinus brachyurus) – currently found in the Mediterranean, southern Spain and Portugal, Atlantic coast of Africa, Atlantic coast of South America, and both sides of the Pacific coast
  7. Oceanic Whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) – currently found in the mid-Atlantic, northern Spain, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans
  8. Silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) – currently found in the Mediterranean, southern Spain/Portugal, mid-Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and both sides of the Pacific coast
  9. Dusky shark (Carcharhinus obscurus) – currently found off the coasts of Spain and Portugal, and off the Atlantic coast of Africa, North America, Caribbean, South America, Indian Ocean and Pacific Oceans
  10. Goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni) – currently found off the Atlantic coasts of France, Spain, Portugal and Africa, and in the Indian Ocean off the coasts of New Zealand and Japan

 Cornwall has been named as the UK’s current shark capital with at least 20 species found off the coast, followed by the Scilly Isles and Devon.

Current species indigenous to our waters such as the Basking, Thresher and Nursehound are declining in numbers due to over-fishing and other pressures so need to be protected, says Dr Collins.

Dr Collins added: “There is considerable debate as to whether we have Great White Sharks in UK waters. I see no reason why not – they live in colder waters off South Africa and have a favourite food source, seals along the Cornish coast. The only argument against there being Great White Sharks in our waters is that numbers worldwide are declining so the chances of seeing one around the UK fall year by year. Though while the potential number of shark species around the UK may increase in the next few decades, the overall number of sharks (especially the larger ones) will fall as a result of overfishing, plastic waste and climate change. It’s really important we work together to prevent a premature extinction of these wonderful creatures.”

Britain’s top ten locations for shark spotting:

  1. Cornwall
  2. Scilly Isles
  3. Devon
  4. Isle of Wight
  5. Pembrokeshire
  6. Caernarfonshire
  7. Anglesey
  8. Isle of Man
  9. Argyllshire
  10. Inverness-shire

Nat Geo WILD installed shark information points on Treyarnon beach in Cornwall this week to educate beach goers about the array of amazing marine life in our ocean and dispel myths about sharks.

A Nat Geo WILD spokesperson commented: “Nat Geo WILD loves sharks! For too long these magnificent creatures have been portrayed in a strictly-one dimensional way, as terrifying predators.  Sadly, now many species are under threat. That’s why we are bringing viewers Sharkfest, a whole week of fin-tastic shark TV. We follow the top scientific researchers as they dive down into the deep, discovering unseen shark behaviour never before caught on camera, and revealing the true awe-inspiring nature of sharks.”

Nearly 8 in 10 (79%) recent shark sightings in the UK have been of the basking shark, although three sightings of blue sharks have been reported in the last two years off the British coast, as well as two sightings of porbeagle sharks, which are often mistaken for Great Whites. Cornwall is the place where you are most likely to spot a shark, with 25 of UK sightings in the past two years taking place here.

In a survey of 2000 British adults by Nat Geo WILD to celebrate Sharkfest, it was found that four in ten Brits admit to suffering an irrational fear of sharks while swimming in the sea.

And with a potential infiltration of sharks on the horizon, more than three quarters of Brits think we’re likely to see shark surveillance and prevention techniques, such as shark nets and shark spotting drones, being used off British coasts in the future.

Despite there being 40 different species of shark currently passing through British waters, more than half of British respondents can’t name more than two types of shark, while 11% can’t name even one shark species. Meanwhile, over 8 in 10 Brits think sharks have been given a bad reputation by the Hollywood film industry.

Nat Geo WILD’s Sharkfest, the number one destination for incredible shark shows, is back this year to raise awareness about the fascinating and thrilling nature of sharks.

This year Sharkfest kicks off with 700 Sharks, which follows the largest school of sharks in Polynesia, as a team of international scientists study them at night when they’re most aggressive. The brave team are rewarded as they capture incredible new behaviours never seen before or caught on camera.

This is followed by Shark Vs. Tuna, which depicts a clash of oceanic titans, breaking down why sharks are the apex oceanic predator.

Finally, Big Sharks Rule reveals expert insight as to why the world’s biggest shark species congregate in one region called “shark central” off the coast of South Africa.


Nat Geo WILD’s week-long Sharkfest premieres Monday 16th July and lasts until Sunday 22nd July


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