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Mugabe and the Chicken Dictators

This Nandos ad* is probably the finest example of the power of the meme to get an advertisement to cross from the commercial break to program content. It is beautifully produced. Clever. And controversial enough that for a while it was dominating the news cycle in South Africa, and around the world.

The ad got media coverage because it’s against the law to criticise Mugabe in Zimbabwe, and it doesn’t name him, there’s plenty of wink-wink-nudge-nudge references to the dictators who have propped up his reign over the years. It is finger licking good…

I will eat Nandos to thank them for their delicious campaign, and their delicious chicken.

*This was a scheduled post that didn’t go out last week – I just found it in my post queue and I think the ad is too good not to have posted here.

Chicken Dictators

Loving this Nandos ad. Thanks to Brother Mike for sharing on Facebook (and the entire internet). It’s nice to see a clever ad getting attention, gives me faith in the interwebs again…

Moral Dilemma: What constitutes fast food

Readers who’ve been around for more than a couple of weeks will know that I swore off Fast Food as a new financial year resolution.

This presents me with an interesting dilemma. For years I have had a not so secret fixation with Nandos. Their Peri Peri spice is delicious.

Sadly, it has been an unrequited affair of the palate – there has not been a Nandos in Townsville. Until now. It opened pretty soon after I took my vow to forswear “fast food” – by which I meant the major chains – Maccas, KFC, Hungry Jacks and Red Rooster.

And so it comes to pass… I must decide whether Nandos is fast food, in the sense ruled out by the spirit of my self imposed ban.

What say you noble readers?

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