UK savings rates halve since coronavirus lockdown

first_imgMonday 17 August 2020 4:23 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Show Comments ▼ “The average one-year fixed bond rate has fallen by more than a third since the start of March, so even if a few deals improve, there will need to be a market-wide movement to return to the rates seen pre-lockdown,” she says.  Average savings rates in the UK have fallen for the fifth consecutive month, as the impact of coronavirus and subsequent base rate cuts hit returns.  This may slow down but Moneyfacts finance expert Rachel Springall suggests “there are few signs of the market making a U-turn any time soon.” Choice has also narrowed, and while there has been a small increase in the number of savings account options, there are 366 fewer options than there were at the start of March.  Moneyfacts’ savings report shows all average saving rates are at their lowest point since its records began in 2007.  Angharad Carrick Share Most of customers’ savings end up in easy access accounts with high street retail banks but there is a risk savers are earning just 0.01 per cent. Coles adds: “Even worse than that, much of the accidental savings we’ve made during lockdown are still stuck in current accounts: a third of this money is earning no interest at all.”  Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndoBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushUndomoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comUndocenter_img Challenger banks may look to entice new savers in the short-term but Springall says it is unclear whether this trend will continue over the coming months as the UK grapples with a recession.  whatsapp The pandemic and base rate cuts have triggered a rate-cutting trend among savings providers, which Hargreaves Lansdown personal finance analyst Sarah Coles tells City A.M. has “inflicted serious damage”.  Springall echoes this call, stating: “Savers who may wish to put away any disposable income amassed during lockdown will need to act quickly or be left disappointed.” UK corporates have suspended and slashed dividend payouts this year amid the pandemic, although there are signs of improvement as companies better assessed the impact of Covid. It is clear savers will need to act quickly, as Coles suggests savers keep three to six months of expenses “somewhere you can get at them in a hurry, so you need a competitive easy access account.”  Easy access accounts, a firm favourite of savers, have halved from 0.56 per cent in March to 0.22 per cent this month, according to the data. One-year fixed bonds, longer-term fixed bonds and longer-term fixed ISAs reduce by at least a third.  UK corporates have suspended and slashed dividend payouts this year amid the pandemic, although there are signs of improvement as companies better assessed the impact of Covid. Also Read: UK savings rates halve since coronavirus lockdown UK corporates have suspended and slashed dividend payouts this year amid the pandemic, although there are signs of improvement as companies better assessed the impact of Covid. Also Read: UK savings rates halve since coronavirus lockdown UK savings rates halve since coronavirus lockdown Since lockdown restrictions were imposed in March, average savings rates for easy access, notice accounts and their ISA equivalents have halved. last_img read more

Jobs boost for young people

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US caught spying on senior German officials a week after espionage against France uncovered

first_img James Nickerson Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoTotal PastAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongTotal PastUndo A list of German phone numbers that showed the US National Security Agency eavesdropping on senior German officials, beyond Angela Merkel, has been released by WikiLeaks.Angela Merkel’s chief of staff has summoned the US ambassador for a meeting to discuss the latest reports of alleged spying. Two years ago reports came out that the Chancellor’s mobile phone was being monitored, causing diplomatic tension between Berlin and Washington.Read more: Germany’s Angela Merkel sends strong warning to US over spy claimsPresident Barack Obama subsequently pledged he would not allow America’s communications surveillance capability to damage relations with close allies.This comes just over a week after France summoned the US ambassador over “unacceptable” spying, which was also exposed by WikiLeaks documents. Read more: US accused of listening in on phone calls of French President Francois Hollande  Thursday 2 July 2015 10:44 am Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi whatsappcenter_img whatsapp Share US caught spying on senior German officials a week after espionage against France uncovered Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Turning the tables, people with mental illness share what they want scientists to study

first_img News Editor Patients are usually the subject of scientific studies, not the designers. But a new effort is trying to bring patients’ priorities to the forefront in research on mental health.For months, the Milken Institute and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance have been collecting the perspectives of patients with depression or bipolar disorder. The first-of-its-kind survey poses a question patients don’t often get asked: What questions about your health and experience with depression or bipolar disorder would you most like research to help you answer?The responses have poured in. Since launching the survey in August, more than 5,600 people have taken part.advertisement STAT [email protected] Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. Most respondents, 73 percent, said depression or bipolar disorder has taken a significant toll over their lifetime. Just under half said it has caused a significant impact over the past year; 34 percent, over the past month; and 22 percent, that day.Altimus said it’s critical for researchers, drug companies, and organizations that fund studies to take patients’ considerations into account in their work. Melissa Stevens, executive director of the Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy, said she is hopeful that the final report on the survey — expected out early next year — will push the research community in that direction.“We hope that foundations, the NIH, and pharma companies can really use this to see the pulse of the patient community,” she said. “The hardest thing I’ve gone through with my med team is the trial and error of medications,” one respondent wrote. “I’ve felt like a guinea pig for years. It would be nice to have only had to go through one med and had it work.” Related: Tags mental health STAT+: “As we think about what the goals are in research and developing new therapeutics, those goals need to be in alignment with what people with these conditions are really seeking,” she said.On Wednesday, the research team will present some of their preliminary findings at the Milken Institute Future of Health Summit in Washington. Both people with depression and those with bipolar disorder said that good treatments are their top priority. But there was another answer that quite frequently cropped up.“They just want to know what’s causing it,” said Altimus.The research also suggests that roughly two-thirds of people report first experiencing symptoms of their condition during adolescence. The younger a respondent was, the more likely they were to report an adolescent onset, though it’s not clear why that’s the case. Experts say the Milken Institute’s work is a sign of a cultural shift that places more emphasis on the patient’s perspective in research.“The entire field is moving toward listening to people and finding out what they want,” said Dr. Ken Duckworth, the medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “Designing research studies, we should involve the patients quite directly.”The survey also asked people to define what wellness means to them. Broadly speaking, respondents named two big factors: the ability to function and physical health.“It means stability; well enough to hold a job, well enough to enjoy activities, well enough to feel joy and hope,” one person wrote.“Feeling physically healthy. Not having my day-to-day life interrupted by my conditions,” another said. About the Author Reprints Ketamine gives hope to patients with severe depression. But some clinics stray from the science and hype its benefits Related: Cara Altimus — an associate director at the Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy who helped manage the project — said those voices are critical to research and drug development.advertisement Megan Thielking HealthTurning the tables, people with mental illness share what they want scientists to study By Megan Thielking Oct. 24, 2018 Reprints Companies are racing to develop fast-acting depression drugs — but the process is tricky @meggophone last_img read more

4 Reasons Why A Specific Diagnosis Makes a Big Difference for People with Refractory…

first_imgHelping your doctor to uncover a more specific diagnosis can make a difference. You’ll know what you’re up against, what to expect in the future, and what treatment options may end up working well.However, there are challenges to finding a specific diagnosis. No two people living with specific epilepsy syndromes have the same initial signs and symptoms. Also, signs and symptoms can change over time, confounding diagnosis. For example, up to 3 out of 4 people with a rare and severe form of epilepsy may no longer have the same seizure types as when the seizures first started.1  Misdiagnosis and under-recognition are common problems for rare and severe epilepsies, including Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), Dravet syndrome and Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). In one study, nearly 30% of patients with LGS were previously misdiagnosed.2 In another study, the time from onset to an accurate diagnosis of Dravet syndrome was ≈4.8 years.3Here are four reasons why a specific diagnosis could make a real difference for people living with refractory epilepsy:1. You’ll know what you’re up against.It’s fairly common for people to reach adulthood before receiving a specific diagnosis. But knowing earlier could mean all the difference—it can unlock treatment options, access to foundations and grants or financial assistance, connect you with a supportive community of others who can share their experience, and much more.One of the benefits of finding your specific diagnosis is the opportunity to connect with advocacy groups. They are a community of support that brings families together to share advice, support, participate in events, learn about grant opportunities, or simply feel at ease in each other’s presence. For many, finding their support group made a world of difference.2. You’ll get to connect with a community of people who understand exactly what you’re going through.If you learn that you or your loved one is living with LGS, Dravet and TSC there are many resources available where you can find invaluable information, take advantage of support programs, and have opportunities to connect with others with similar experiences. See how one mother looked to her community for information. “Lili was 6 months old when she was diagnosed with seizures. She was first diagnosed with infantile spasms syndrome, and then it was around the age of 3 or 4 that it transitioned into LGS… Close to her turning 6 months old and all of a sudden I remember like we would go into her crib and we would be like hi Lili, and she would make this jumping movement… And so we called the pediatrician, and it’s ironic now because we remember saying to him… “She’s doing this weird behavior where it’s almost like a seizure and she’s like jumping and she’s doing it several times and we don’t know what it is.”We sort of always thought, well, she’s going to grow out of this, or it’s going to get better, or the next medication we try is going to just stop all of these seizures… There was such little information.There’s nothing wrong with getting a second opinion and seeking out other doctors. I think the research component and doctors who are on sort of a cutting edge of different treatments and willing to try other treatments and have experience trying other treatments, is important.” -Natalie, Lili’s mom3. You’ll get information about clinical trials and treatments that might helpHaving a specific diagnosis can open the door to treatment options that may help, and help your doctor identify new treatment options. Without a specific diagnosis, a tailored treatment can be challenging.2,5 Treatment plans and management can be personalized to particular conditions.2,34. You’ll know more information to help you prepare for what may happen in the futureMany families advocate for a specific diagnosis in order to get access to the best possible treatment plan, additional resources, and a community of support. Finding a specific diagnosis is possible—and it starts with filling in the gaps before you talk to your doctor.Talk to Your DoctorLiving with uncontrolled seizures can be scary, and seizures often vary from person to person—that’s why it’s so important to know what to tell your doctor to help fill in the gaps that may lead to a more specific diagnosis. This assessment was created based on extensive research to help you and your doctor begin the conversation and gain valuable insights toward finding a more specific diagnosis or simply learning more about what may be behind the uncontrolled seizures.References 1. Kerr M, Kluger G, Philip, S. Evolution and management of Lennox-Gastaut syndrome through adolescence and into adulthood: are seizures always the primary issue? Epileptic Disord 2011; 13 (Suppl. 1): S15-S26. 2. Bourgeois B, Douglass L, Sankan R. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome: A consensus approach to differential diagnosis. Epilepsia, 55 (Suppl. 4):4–9, 2014 doi:10.1111/epi.125673. Wirrell EC, Laux L, Donner E, et al. Optimizing diagnosis and management of Dravet syndrome: recommendations from a North American Consensus Panel. Pediatr Neurol. 2017;68:18-34. 4. Arzimanoglou A, Resnick T. All children who experience epileptic falls do not necessarily have Lennox-Gastaut syndrome…but many do. Epileptic Disord. 2011; (suppl 1):S3-S13.5. Piña-Garza JE, Boyce D, Tworek DM, et al. The refractory epilepsy screening tool for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (REST-LGS). Epilepsy Behav. 2019;90:148-153. [ Close ]last_img read more

Focus on Human Resources on World Health Day, April 7

first_imgFocus on Human Resources on World Health Day, April 7 UncategorizedApril 6, 2006 RelatedFocus on Human Resources on World Health Day, April 7 RelatedFocus on Human Resources on World Health Day, April 7 RelatedFocus on Human Resources on World Health Day, April 7center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail World Health Day will be observed tomorrow, April 7, under the theme: ‘Working Together for Health’, which focuses on human resources in health.As in previous years, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has established the focus, and for this year, the organisation felt there was a pressing need to highlight the various challenges being faced by the human resources in the health sector.These challenges include decades of under investment in the education of health sector workers as well as in the areas of training, salaries, working environment and management.This situation, according to the WHO, has led to a severe lack of skills, rising levels of career switching and early retirement, in addition to national and international migration.By focusing on human resources in health, the WHO is hoping to increase awareness of the indispensable role of health workers and the importance of partnership in health.The new Minister of Health, Horace Dalley, shares the importance of this focus as in his message, he has lauded the efforts of the health sector workers, despite the various challenges that they face.“Jamaica is blessed with a cadre of dedicated and committed healthcare staff that is second to none. Not only are they highly trained, they are extremely skilled and professionally oriented. We owe a debt of gratitude to health workers everywhere, especially those in our homeland,” he said in his message to observe the day.In the meantime, the Ministry of Health kicked off the celebrations today (April 6), with a supplement in the Daily Gleaner and an outside broadcast with Radio Jamaica (RJR) from the grounds of the Spanish Town Hospital.Activities for April 7 include an official launch at the Ministry of Health on King Street, which starts at 10:00 a.m. Persons are also invited to view a World Health Day display in the lobby of the Ministry, in addition to participating in an interactive health session with Dr. Peter Swaby from Hope Worldwide, which is slated for 11:00 a.m.Prior to these events, a World Health Day outside broadcast will take place in collaboration with KLAS from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Persons may also listen to a World Health Day feature scheduled to be aired on KLAS between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.The observation of World Health Day will culminate with a church service at Fellowship Tabernacle located on Half-Way-Tree Road, on April 9, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Advertisementslast_img read more

Gov’t Introduces National Literacy Strategy

first_imgGov’t Introduces National Literacy Strategy UncategorizedNovember 13, 2006 RelatedGov’t Introduces National Literacy Strategy RelatedGov’t Introduces National Literacy Strategy RelatedGov’t Introduces National Literacy Strategycenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The government of Jamaica has introduced a national literacy strategy, through which it will significantly reduce, and ultimately eliminate the problem of students leaving secondary school without the ability to read and write.Minister of State for Education and Youth, Senator Noel Monteith, tells JIS News that the initiative, which started this school year, “is based on concern about the unsatisfactory performance of students in language and literacy at all levels of the Jamaican education system and its accompanied effects on language competence and on the potential for human development in the wider society.”He notes that the aim of the strategy is to “provide relevant educational practices and perspectives, so as to enable the development of confident and competent language learners”.The programme, he says, involves the application of a “variety of instructional and learning modes relevant to the learner’s literacy needs,” to “ensure that the needs of learners with exceptionalities are adequately addressed, and promote the use of assessment strategies that are current and appropriate to the learning environment and to strategies employed in language literacy teaching”.As part of the initiative, there will be doing curriculum review, development and use of literacy standards, and improved coordination of the Ministry’s project activities with literacy components.“Regional literacy coordination, national literacy coordination and literacy specialists in each school, will all assist in ensuring this coordination”, Senator Monteith informs, adding that there will be collaboration among all stakeholders including the Joint Board of Teacher Education, parents, teachers and non-governmental organisations. The national programme, the Education State Minister tells JIS News, will pull together all existing literacy initiatives, in an effort to facilitate easy monitoring, eliminate repetitions and to better manage the learning resources.The initiatives include the grades one, four and seven literacy programmes, the Secondary School Enhancement Programme, the School Empowerment Programme and the Reform of Secondary Education Programme.Noting that over the years, these initiatives have achieved modest levels of success, Senator Monteith cites the 10 per cent improvement in reading and communication skills among grade four students after each intervention between 2005 and 2006.In 2005, he says, “the rate of literacy was 64 per cent after the May exam, but after the summer intervention, the rate of literacy was 74 per cent.”He adds that “in 2006, they had 65 per cent after the May exams and 75 per cent after the summer intervention, so what we are seeing here is an improvement of just around a 10 per cent margin after each additional intervention”.In the meantime, Senator Monteith notes that there is always a need to have more literacy specialists within the school system.“Literacy development is critical to the success of the education system, and with the literacy problem in Jamaica, there is definitely a need for more specialists,” he points out.He notes that the number of specialists required for each school will be dependent on the needs of the institution, “so it may vary from school to school and it relates to the number of students in need of this programme”. Advertisementslast_img read more

Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities should be made Unconstitutional – Munroe

first_imgRelatedDiscrimination against Persons with Disabilities should be made Unconstitutional – Munroe Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities should be made Unconstitutional – Munroe UncategorizedJanuary 29, 2007 RelatedDiscrimination against Persons with Disabilities should be made Unconstitutional – Munroe RelatedDiscrimination against Persons with Disabilities should be made Unconstitutional – Munroecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Government Senator, Professor Trevor Munroe has suggested that discrimination against persons with disabilities or health reasons should be made unconstitutional.Speaking in the Senate on January 26, Senator Munroe said this would provide a legal foundation for other statutes, including the proposed legislation dealing with occupational health and safety or the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act.“I agree that some modification in our legal framework, perhaps in the occupational health and safety law which is being developed or otherwise needs to be made, in order to ensure that discrimination does not take place on grounds of health at the workplace,” said Senator Munroe.Professor Munroe’s suggestion came during a debate on a motion put forward by Opposition Senator, Dwight Nelson, which called on the Government to amend the Labour Relations and Industrial Act to make the practice of screening persons for HIV/AIDS, as a pre requisite for employment, illegal.State Minister in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Senator Floyd Morris said he commended Senator Nelson for moving such a motion in the Senate.“I want to commend the mover of this motion for bringing what is a serious issue, when it comes to the workers within the Jamaican society. We cannot facilitate the discrimination against any of our citizens, especially in the context of a particular disease,” informed the State Minister.Senator Nelson pointed out that the Jamaica Employers Federation and the trade union movement had signed a Memorandum of Understanding declaring that people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are entitled to the same rights, benefits and opportunities as people with serious or life threatening illnesses. He also added that the memorandum also states that, “management should not require HIV screening as part of the pre-employment or general workplace physical examinations”.“Employment discrimination is the worse form of social and workplace discrimination. Broad based mandatory testing of prospective employees for HIV/AIDS threatens fundamental principles and rights at work and undermine efforts for prevention and care,” said Senator Nelson.However, he noted that there might be occupational situations where medical testing for employment is preferred, such as situations where “body fluids can contaminate whatever is produced”. Advertisementslast_img read more

Clark County Councilor Karen Dill Bowerman to be sworn-in Monday

first_imgClark County Councilor Karen Dill Bowerman to be sworn-in MondayPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Friday, December 25, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Charter Review Commissioners will also be sworn in during virtual eventVANCOUVER – Councilor-elect Karen Dill Bowerman is scheduled to be sworn in as a member of the Clark County Council at 10 a.m. Mon., Dec. 28.Karen Dill BowermanKaren Dill BowermanThe virtual event will be on WebEx. The public can listen to the swearing in by calling (408) 418-9388 and using the access code 146 132 1874.Clark County Clerk Scott Weber will perform the swearing in ceremony.Karen Dill Bowerman succeeds John Blom representing District 3, which covers part of east Vancouver and a portion of east Clark County.Councilor Gary Medvigy was re-elected to his seat representing District 4, which covers northeast and southeast Clark County. He will not have a swearing in ceremony.Fifteen Charter Review Commissioners also will be sworn in on Dec. 28 in a ceremony at 11 a.m.The virtual event will be on WebEx. The public can listen to the swearing in by calling (408) 418-9388 and using the access code 146 414 8268.Those elected to perform the first review of the county charter are:At large: Doug Lasher, Eric Holt, Mike DalesandroCouncilor District 1: Anthony Vendetti, Kim D. Harless, Chris GoodwinCouncilor District 2: Chuck Green, Kelsey Potter, Dorothy GasqueCouncilor District 3: Maureen Winningham, Terri Niles, Jeff AngeloCouncilor District 4: Deanna Rusch, John Latta, Liz PikeAny changes to the charter that the review commission recommends would go to a countywide vote in a general election.Both events will be broadcast on CVTV on channel 23/323 and streaming on their website at provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Washougal School District prepares weeks of holiday food for take out Next : Area residents can reduce holiday waste by recycling Christmas treesAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Five memorable car commercials from the last 15 years

first_img Are there any we’ve missed? Don’t be ridiculous, of course there are. But maybe, if you shout at us enough in the comments section, we’ll pull together another list at a later date. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A Mercedes-Benz chicken makes a cameo in a Jaguar ad about car handling.  Screenshot / YouTube Trending Videos advertisement RELATED TAGSNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury —Arguably. While there is some quality marketing here, there are also some ads that walked the line along “bizarre.” All five are, however – one way or another – unarguably memorable.Jaguar meets Mercedes’ chicken (2013)Shots. Fired!In September 2013, Mercedes-Benz produced a commercial promoting its brand new S-Class limousine and its Magic Body Control, in which some understandably bemused chickens are made to dance to ‘Upside Down’ by Diana Ross.Now while that may sound absolutely naff, it really wasn’t. Not only did the commercial explain the intricacies of Mercedes’ technically complex suspension system (one that uses a specialized camera to scan the road surface ahead to hone out ride imperfection) but it also demonstrated that the very-German Mercedes-Benz actually had a sense of humour. Sure, the same idea had already been used in this Fuji advert almost half-a-year earlier, but still…Two months later, the thrice-starred chicken was back, now in the hands (quite literally) of Merc’s segment rivals Jaguar to promote the ‘cat-life reflexes’ of the British marque’s product line-up. If Mercedes’ chicken advert was informative and amusing, Jaguar’s was an ice-cold burn and hilarious.Those of you concerned about the chicken’s welfare need not worry. Its death was instantaneous.Honda, ‘The Cog’ (2003)Oh, wow, has been massively predictable by including possibly the most famous car commercial of all time on this list. How original!Yes, my pitchfork-wielding, CAPS LOCK-loving friends in the comments section, you’re right, but there was absolutely no way ‘The Cog’ was not going to make it onto this list.For one thing, the timing and the intricacy of this two-minute clip are beyond mesmerising (Honda even released this ‘Behind the Scenes’ video a few months later to prove that none of it was done with CGI).For another, given that production was a massive six years in the making, the enormous success of ‘The Cog’ arguably, opened the floodgates for more ambitious projects down the line, not just from Honda but other mainstream manufacturers, too.Controversy wasn’t too far around the corner either, with Honda being sued by Peter Fischli and David Weiss, creators of the 1987 art-house film Der Lauf der Dinge, for essentially ripping off their concept.All this, and you probably couldn’t tell us which Honda ‘The Cog’ was promoting with a gun to your head (psst, it was the seventh-gen Accord).Building a Skoda Fabia…with cake? (2007)We were tempted to go rogue and include the ‘Made of Meaner Stuff’ Fabia vRS follow-up into this entry instead, given that it includes a burly gentleman with the beardiest of beards wielding a cattle prod, a colleague with metal teeth chewing a door panel, and a turbodiesel fuelled with cobra venom.‘Cake’ though ultimtaley gets the nod, given both its amazing creativity but, also, the sheer amount of ingredients and time dedicated to the task. Set to ‘My Favourite Things’ by Julie Andrews, eight Skoda technicians spent a full week baking, in painstaking detail, an entire, life-size Fabia hatchback, an exercise that required 10 kg of white chocolate chunks, 12.5 kg of raspberry jam, 100 kg of wheat flour and caster sugar, 180 fresh eggs, 42 kg of chocolate fudge, and 270 kg of icing sugar. And that’s just to start with.While no part of this enterprise could be even remotely considered ‘easy’, SKODA goes all-in by crafting each panel individually. The effort was overseen by London-based model maker John Pennicott, and all of it to show the new Fabia was ‘full of lovely stuff.’You wouldn’t want to be the poor sod put in charge of finding room in the refrigerator, though…Renault Mégane, ‘Shakin’ That Ass’ (2003)This ‘angle’, if you’ll forgive me calling it that, was essentially two dozen men, women and a smattering of well-concealed sporting personalities – one of whom was rumoured, although almost certainly wasn’t, two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso – shaking their posteriors to the tune of Groove Armada’s ‘I See You Baby.’ All to demonstrate that the new second-generation Renault Mégane…had a fat arse.The commercial might have subtly been trying to imply that trunk-space capacity now greatly exceeded its predecessor, and that the previously stale Mégane had received a hearty dose of ‘charisma’ alongside its Botox injections for the new millennium. But that wasn’t really what caught the viewers’ eye.So successful was this campaign in the UK that, three years later, it was revisited for the Mégane’s mid-life facelift.Fun fact, this commercial not only led to a ‘Baby Got Back’ by Sir-Mix-A-Lot version in Australia, but apparently was an inspiration for Reebok’s ‘Shake It’ advert starring Kelly Brook a few years later.Audi RS 3 Sportback, ‘Birth’ (2015)And finally, we have this entrant from Audi, which……God knows… I… I mean, absolutely God knows what the hell was going on when this pitch meeting was held (other than, presumably, massive amounts of cocaine).Yes, the latest addition to Audi’s Rennsport performance-focused line-up was always going to receive a push from the company’s flagship R8 supercar. And with the marketing team pushing ‘an everyday sportscar, fitted with a not-so everyday engine’ tagline courtesy of the RS 3’s 394-hp 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder, the 5.2-litre V10 from which performance chops had been derived was also a given.Still, absolutely nobody was expecting an R8 V10 Plus to ‘birth’ the new RS 3 Sportback in grimly graphic detail.They can poke fun at Porsche’s return to Le Mans by pulling donuts in an R18 prototype. They can transform mid-town America into ‘zombies’ to promote their service department. But nothing will ever top the most artistically visual yet genuinely haunting commercial Audi ever produced. 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