blueprint media

Month: January, 2014


Trust the bookmakers says Philip Hook of Sotheby’s, the international art auction house.

Before a version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream was to be sold in 2012, his experts agonised over its likely sale price. Their views ranged from $30m to $80m.

It sold for $119.9m, the highest price ever paid for a work of art in an auction.

Pre-sale, reflecting a deeply uncertain market, anyone could bet on the outcome at prices ranging up to $200m.

In the event the shortest odds offered by bookmakers were for a sale price of $125 million.

What odds are bookmakers offering on the Scottish Referendum vote in September this year?

blueprint brief – 29th January 2014
Source: Breakfast at Sotheby’s: An A-Z of the Art World by Philip Hook, Particular Books, 2013.


Suspect, Sheila

People speaking in Australian “uptalk” could be harming their careers according to new findings.

Britons who favour this inflection, sometimes known as Australian intonation disease, where statements are made to sound like questions by raising the tone of voice on the final accented syllable, are marked down by potential employers.

Research by Pearson, the educational publisher, found that 85 per cent of employers said that uptalk was an indicator of insecurity or emotional weakness.

Blueprint Brief – 22nd January 2014
Source: The Times, 14 January 2014.

Bothersome Brits

Andorra, Sweden, Luxembourg, Guatemala, Tajikistan and Mongolia head a 22-strong list of countries which Britain has never, knowingly, invaded according to author Stuart Laycock.

Of the 193 United Nations member states as well as the Vatican City and Kosovo, all but 22 have at some stage undergone a British invasion.

Blueprint brief – 15th January 2014
Source: All the Countries We’ve Ever Invaded: and the Few We Never Got Round To, by Stuart Laycock, The History Press, 2012

All for Guns and Guns for All

According to the New York Times, law enforcement officials are often powerless to intervene when people with a record of mental illness exercise their right under the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States to keep firearms.

Blueprint brief – 8th January 2014
Source: New York Times, 22 December 2013.