Taking it to Brown and Darling - Update

  • Equus
  • 14/10/08 08/06/09
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Posted: Thu, 04/12/2008 - 10:25

Changed our ‘handle’ to Equus.

Though some of you expressed an interest in helping fund a Mobile billboard campaign, there was little enthusiasm for my Hippo/Ratty cartoon idea – after all a dozen or so email responses doesn’t exactly translate into overwhelming support, does it? So I have come up with an additional idea that could be used on the reverse side of the billboard:

Imagine the Dickensian scene:

Little Oliver, in his ragged clothes and empty bowl in hand, stands before his nemesis asking for more victuals. Instead of being alone though, behind him presses a long, long line of poorly attired boys and girls all similarly clutching their empty bowls.

One child carries a placard that reads, ‘British IOM bank savers’. Oliver is saying, “Please Sir, may we have our money back?”

Corpulent Bumble Brown towers over him resplendent in his leggings, tailed coat and spats. The scowl across his face clearly reflects the irritation he feels at this impertinency.

The more diminutive figure of Darling is behind him vainly trying to hide the enormous bulk of a chest that stands on the floor. It carries the label, ‘Millions of pounds of British savers’ money’. The lid cannot be closed for the bulging wads of notes within.

The only way to take this or any other idea to fruition, is to establish depositors’ support for it and find out how much we can collect towards its production and media exposure cost.

As I have written previously, I am happy to do the coordinating and management at my own expense. I estimate that we might need around £2000 for production and £235 x 15days = £3525.00 for media.

So if someone cares enough about taking Hippo/Ratty and/or Oliver forward, could you please start a forum topic asking for a commitment to the idea from all depositors and also a commitment to specific funding. I feel a little uncomfortable doing this step myself as it smacks of me just promoting my own ideas.

Regards all.

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Oliver image is better

  • romasanta
  • 16/10/08 02/10/10
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  • Fri, 05/12/2008 - 01:20

I thought that Hippo & Ratty a little tatty.
However, Oliver is much jollier
and the image very strong.

The quality of the design artwork is of key importance though.
The scrooge idea is also good, I think, but the image needs to be as good as the Oliver one.

Funding, I suspect, may be a problem - the idea is a good one, but its appeal maybe limited.


I like the Oliver idea

  • investor01
  • 13/10/08 n/a (free)
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  • Thu, 04/12/2008 - 23:06

I had some reservations about Hippo and Ratty, fine comic creations though they were. However, as others have said - Oliver gets to the point quite nicely.

There are plenty of good ideas on this site but the difficulty comes when they need to be turned into reality, especially when it involves people who have already lost money stumping up cash. I'm happy to make a contribution but in order to ensure this is coordinated with other publicity campaigns, is it worth joining up with the exisitng London team?


Liked the idea but the PDF was blank

  • sami
  • 10/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Thu, 04/12/2008 - 14:53

I was very keen on the Hippo/Ratty idea but when I opened the PDF it was just a blank page.

Still, the Oliver idea I like too. I cannot hurt us to do this, although obviously some of our finances are tight!


PDF file of Hippo & Ratty

  • Equus
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  • Thu, 04/12/2008 - 16:05

If you let me have your email address, I shall send the file to you.


Taking it to Brown and Darling - Update

  • podather
  • 10/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Thu, 04/12/2008 - 13:42

I like the Oliver idea, more appropriate than the previous one and easier for people to relate to
It gets my thumbs up.
Do we know for how many days that cost is going to get us the exposure ?
Is it possible to park the vehicle for a period of time close to the Houses of Paliament also, maximum exposure to other MP's etc
Maybe a cartoon depicting Scrooge and based around a christmas carol would have even greter impact considering the time of year ? though I do think the Oliver idea fits very nicely.
If we could get some mainstream newspaper exposure and get the paper to run the cartoon also that would be excellent
I will happily contribute to this but we need a poll to gauge numbers

How about we get the cartoon professionally drafted and use that as the basis for our viral marketing campaign with some suitable succinct words to get our point accross ....


Gordon on Radio5 NOW

  • IanAbroad
  • 11/10/08 13/08/09
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  • Thu, 04/12/2008 - 13:09

he is there, you can try and get through


Taking it to Brown and Darling

  • colinalvin63
  • 28/10/08 n/a (free)
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  • Thu, 04/12/2008 - 10:46

I think it would be best to expose our story and your idea to the Conservatives - they'd be only too happy to smear the Labour government, and probably at their own expense. They already have established contacts in the press and can probably get a story published (and a cartoon) at the drop of a hat, especially if it damages the ratings of Labour in the polls.

Who better to fight our enemy than an existing Labour enemy ?

Regards, Colin


Taking it to Brown and Darling

  • Jerome.broke-in...
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  • Thu, 04/12/2008 - 16:19

The Hippo & ratty cartoon didn't grab me but the idea does specially if we can get the Conservatives on board.

Either Scrooge or Oliver sound a better to me.

I will be happy to pay something toward this.


please see this blog:

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