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Hold up!

See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

Animated banners online annoy me. I can just about cope with one on a page, but when bombarded with several like at once, as you are on many previously very user-friendly sites (Digital Spy being a case in point), I tend to get somewhat het up.

Imagine, then, my amusement at discovering this gem of an animating banner at the top of one page on a website which shall remain nameless:


Edit: Unfortunately, legal eagles at The National Lottery have insisted that I remove the image that previously appeared here. The image contained a picture of a clearly broken banner, cyclicing between text saying “This null it’s an…” and “estimated jackpot of £0 million”. I’m sorry that I’ve had to spoil your fun! (01/09/2006)

The banner animated between those four images, though each image was considerably larger than as reproduced above.

It’s certainly an original marketing strategy, but I’m not sure advertising the most likely payout will be terribly successful. Slight improvement over those awful Billy Connelly lottery ads from a couple of years back, though.

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Comments and responses

Comment from Gamblog UK


    02.29, 31/07/2006

An interesting marketing strategy for sure. Not sure it would appeal to those hoping to “win it big”, but there you go.

It could be you!, has a whole new meaning now.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    09.37, 31/07/2006

Thanks for the comment and the link from your site, Jon. Glad it amused you too!


Comment from Gamblog UK


    20.56, 31/07/2006

My apologies for the flashing banner on the right there SJ. It would’nt be a gambling related site without it..

Cheers, Jon.


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Comment from Gamblog UK


    11.40, 22/09/2006

The lawyers from the National Lottery insisted the banner be removed?

The general idea is these lawyers pick on the decent folk. Now it has been known for copyright theives to take an image, upload it on various “free webhosts” and link to said image to their hearts content.

I thought the image was funny, no more, no less. The lottery has a captured audience by law. Is apparently not gambling. But they still waffle on about hurting the brand.

Jokers, with no sense of humour.

Cheers, Jon.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    10.59, 23/09/2006

I absolutely agree with you, Jon. I don’t think the banner was in any way defamatory, and certainly wouldn’t encourage people against entering the Lotto. But, hey, I’m no legal eagle, so I guess it’ll just have to stay consigned to history. Thanks for the support in your blog post, too 🙂




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