I’ve got an article on the BBC’s website soon that lays out the payment figures quite starkly.
But it turns out there is money to be made in anthems after all, at least if you’re an airline. The photo at the top of this post is of a British Airways ad that’s suddenly appeared all over London to tie-in with the Olympics.
It’s nice to see them calling on people to sing anthems at the Games, although slightly odd that they seem to think they’re still played on bugles. I’m pretty sure no one’s played a bugle since 1821.
This is the first time I’ve seen ‘anthems’ being used in an advert that wasn’t for military recruitment in a dictatorship, so if you come across anything similar, please let me know.