Trivia

People often make interesting remarks as if to demonstrate the breadth of their knowledge (if you can call it that) or awareness of daily trivia. You may know of someone who knows so much trivia, is a font of the weird and wonderful, that people simply call him “weird”, or perhaps say about him that “he’ll know about this” whenever there is a juicy bit of information flying about.

Is this sort of behaviour perhaps a sign of insecurity? Is it because people are really uncomfortable with the silence because they feel the whole world is looking at them, and judging them, that they feel they have the need to break the silence with some sort of a strange anecdote, either to take the heat of self-judgement, or to turn attention on to themselves?

If you know someone like this, who is always piping up with comments, here’s an anecdote you can tell them: What did the flight attendant say to the pony? Quit horsing around. Now, the Mr Trivia in your midst is likely not to find it funny, and pipe up with some comment about how you will never find a pony on a plane. How it is so much of an impossibility. You should let this person go on a semi-rant and talk, because the build-up before the fall will then be great and greatly self-inflicted.

So when Mr Know-it-all gives what he’s worth and then looks at you, this is when you whip out the picture below and show it to him.

Yes, it’s not been edited or photoshopped. It is a picture of an actual pony on a plane.

Now, having a pony on a plane might seem odd, but there are many facets of life which may seem different. We have just to accept it.

But it would be interesting to see how your Mr Know-it-all responds to all that! It might just keep them silent for a while!

Public relations lesson

All in all, it can be summarised as a poor week for Spurs and France football captain Hugo Lloris.

The goalkeeper was found guilty this week of a drink driving offence and fined. In addition, he will also be sanctioned by the club.

It is coincidental therefore to hear that he has sustained an injury and will be out five weeks.

One suspects that the announcement of the injury has been timed to manage the fallout of his drink driving actions.

The Tottenham public relations team have thought about it and certainly considered how to protect their club captain and key player.

By announcing that the goalkeeper has an injury, it gives him a reason for an enforced absence. The club can sanction him internally with a ban for the same period, so he serves the ban without any public loss of face. Lloris gets punished by the club, but faces no speculation caused by the absence on the pitch during the time of his punishment.

And if the press continue to write about him, the Tottenham team will focus on his injury.

And when he returns to the football team, the media team will focus on how he will have returned after his injury, not after his drink driving ban.

Fans will realise he has been disciplined, but it will have been hush hush and a low key affair.

Lloris himself will appreciate that his internal disciplinary action will have been minimised in exposure.

Michel Vorm will man the sticks in the absence of Lloris. Vorm knows he gets the next five weeks to play with the first team.

By suspending the player internally, the club save on a few weeks wages.

Lloris gets a rest after his World Cup exploits.

The third choice keeper gets to be on the sub bench.

It is a win win situation for all involved.

This was supposed to be a bad time for the Tottenham stopper, but if you look carefully at how it has been managed, the fallout has been contained.

What a lesson in public relations!