Words, pictures and good deeds – in case you missed it.
Pneumonoultranicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis is not a word that you come across often, but thanks to a 16 year old schoolboy it is now in the record books. Michael Bryan uttered the word – a form of lung disease – during a youth select committee meeting in the House of Commons and it is now the longest to make it into Hansard.
It beats the previous record held by Jacob Rees-Mogg who used the world floccinaucinihilipilification – the action or habit of estimating something as worthless – in Westminster in 2012.
But while fascinating (not to mention elongated words) words are making the news, so too are amazing, weird and wonderful pictures.
The Eric Liddell Centre welcomed 90-year-old Dr HK Cheng from China, believed to be the last know living former student of the late Olympic hero. We decided to take this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and secure photos and an interview with Dr Cheng. News of his visit secured coverage in the Evening News, the Daily Record and the Scotsman, Scotsman editorial and was shared widely on social media. Fantastic example of what a strong photo and good story can do for a client.
The Royal Botanic Garden issued pictures of its giant Amorphophallus titanium (titan arum) – otherwise known as the world’s smelliest plant – as it started to bloom this week. It is only the second time that the plant nicknamed ‘New Reekie’ has bloomed and the event attracts thousands of visitors keen to whiff its fragrance of rotting fish and dirty apples.
We’ve also had Zeppelin the ‘roly poly’ the hedgehog who blew up to the size of a beach ball after contracting the rare ‘balloon syndrome’ [vets in North Lanarkshire have since deflated him] as well as a whoosh of minions boating on a river in the Chinese province of Hunan.
Our very own photogenic Kingsley, the Partick Thistle mascot, was shamelessly elbowed off the news pages this week by Bonnie the Seal, unveiled as the talisman for the 2018 European Championships. However, we’re delighted that the sunny Kingsley is still the favourite of the Huffington Post.
With a little imagination, pictures raise a smile.
A bit of creative thinking also lies behind a number of recently reported good deeds. There is now an anti-trafficking Blueheart tartan and one fifth of the profits from the sale of the fabric go to the UN. Meanwhile, a ship destined to be a shuttle ferry on the Forth is now making its way to the Amazon as a medical vessel, where it will provide a lifeline for local communities.
Happy, positive reading!