The Fishies 2014: the nominees

It’s awards season! Time to introduce the Fishies 2014: the nominees.

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 13.47.38Get those tuxes and ball gowns at the ready, pop the bubbly and find your camera… as 2014 draws to a close, it’s time for the second Littlefish FX Fishies, our end-of-year awards.

Inspired by our weekly Five Lessons Learnt This Week, our digest of the best weird and wonderful news from sport, politics, finance, technology and anything else that takes our fancy, in The Fishies we pick the people, brands, trends and stories that have caught our eye in 2014.

So without further ado, here are this year’s nominees…

To vote for your favourite, simply tweet us @LittlefishFX or @LFXKatie

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 12.26.42Person of the Year:

This year, we figured the famous figures and well-known names have had their share of glory. So the nominees for Person of the Year are the unsung heroes of 2014…

Ali Mohammadian
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The Iranian teacher who shaved his head in solidarity with a student who was being bullied after going bald due to a mysterious illness. Because we’d have liked a teacher like that…
See Lesson no. 2, January 31st

Herman ‘Hy’ Goldman
Because he spent his 101st birthday at work at light fixtures company Capitol Lighting – a job he’s held for over 73 years. Proof that you’re only as old as you feel.
See Lesson no. 4, August 22nd

Phil Neville (the Radiator Salesman)
For putting up with a barrage of Twitter abuse that should have gone to Phil Neville (the World Cup Commentator).
See Lesson no. 1, June 20th

Lee Ballantyne
The writer who treated a young couple to dinner while eating alone for the first time after his wife of 43 years died. There are still good people out there…
See Lesson no. 3, January 17th

Ria Van de Brand
Because the video of her taking her first rollercoaster ride still puts on a smile on our face.
See Lesson no. 5, April 11th 

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 11.41.33Central Banker of the Year:

Sometimes loved, sometimes hated, always discussed. Here are the bankers whose every word we’ve been hanging on to this year.

Mark Carney
The Governor of the Bank of England has managed to hold the course despite pressure, and the BoE are Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 10.47.56starting to explain themselves more. Sure, he’s come under pressure, but that goes with the territory. Now if only he can sort out some of the forecasts…

Janet Yellen
She replaced Bernanke as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System at the beginning of the year, and has filled the role well. The Fed has been clear and consistent in approach… and we like this.

Mario Draghi
For his consistency in red and blue ties. The president of the European Central Bank has a tough year coming up in 2015…

Haruhiko Kuroda
The Governor of the Bank of Japan has had a fun year buying. He’s nominated for his unwavering commitment to devaluing the Yen.

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 12.42.28Product of the Year:

The best (and weirdest) new gadgets and gizmos have always been a big part of our Five Lessons Learnt – so much so that this year we gave them their very own series: Littlefish LovesHere are our faves:

That Bugatti toaster
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That can cook everything from bog-standard toast to steak and vegetables and looks like it came from the future.
See Littlefish Loves, October 29th 

The bacon alarm clock
Why wouldn’t you want to wake up to the sound and smell of bacon cooking?
See Lesson no. 3, May 2nd

The Nutshell
Because sometimes, you need a break – from trading, from making conversation, from life in general.
See Littlefish Loves, December 9th

Magic Whiteboard
It lets us scribble ideas and trading plans all over the walls without getting into bother. Genius.
See Littlefish Loves, September 1st

The Strati
We couldn’t not include the world’s first 3D printed car.
See Lesson no. 1, September 12th

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 11.27.37F**k Up of the Year:

Because we all love to giggle at other people getting it wrong (and they’re getting a Fishie award out of it, so we’re not just being mean).

The case of the missing bobsleds
The Jamaican bobsled team stumbled at the first hurdle when they rocked up in Sochi for Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 11.19.14the Winter Olympics sans-bobsleds.
See Lesson no. 4, February 7th

Gremlins in EE’s phonelines
In a masterclass of how to ruin your reputation as fast as possible, EE were voted both the most and least reliable mobile network in the same week.
See Lesson no. 2, March 21st

The trains they forgot to measure
What exactly do you do with 2,000 trains that are too big for their platforms and cost you over $20 billion?
See Lesson no. 1, May 23rd

Donald Trump’s Twitter troubles
Proof that you should always check what you’re retweeting.
See Lesson no. 1, October 3rd

npower’s £500m bill
Imagine if your monthly direct debit went from £87 to £5 million overnight…
See Lesson no. 1, July 25th

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 13.31.21Marketing Campaign of the Year:

Now that we’ve had a laugh at the expense of the people who’ve got it wrong this year, it’s only right to put our hands together for the ones who got it bang on…

The Chevrolet video with Maddie the Dog
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If the marketing team over at Chevy were trying to sell us Maddie the dog, they can consider this a massive success. We’re less bothered about the car, though.
See Lesson no. 5, March 7th

Marks and Spencer’s Two Fairies
They made it snow, so they’re in.
See Lesson no. 4, November 7th

The marketing campaign that cost a hell of a lot more than the product was actually worth.
See Lesson no. 5, July 18th

TD Canada Trust’s Automated Thanking Machines
Giving out money and prizes to loyal customers is PR done right.
See Lesson no. 1, August 1st

Devil Baby Prank
How to promote a horror film? Bring it to life and terrify the residents of New York…
See Lesson no. 5, January 17th 

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 11.43.18Driving Fail of the Year:

This year’s Five Lessons Learnt have been plastered with examples of how not to hit the roads – from parking problems to road rage. Here’s our top five.

Drive-thru fail
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It turns out you can’t turn a Drug Mart store into a drive-thru just by ploughing through the front door.
See Lesson no. 5, July 25th

World’s youngest car thieves
Three children aged eight, six and one stole their sleeping mother’s Honda and crashed into a lamppost, sending #hideyourkeys viral.
See Lesson no. 4, May 30th

Chicken Run
Crashing a lorry is bad luck. Crashing a lorry full of chickens is just plain bad c-luck…
See Lesson no. 1, May 16th 

Halfords (don’t) fit
When an innocently chosen slogan and an ironic bridge catastrophe collide, the results are hilarious.
See Lesson no. 1, October 10th

Kitchen car park
Sometimes it’s tricky to find a car parking space. So this driver decided to just park in her neighbour’s kitchen instead. Problem solved?
See Lesson no. 4, January 31st

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 11.47.50Selfie of the Year:

2014 quickly became the year of the ‘Selfie’. Everywhere you turn, people are snapping self portraits (sometimes even with the help of a ‘Selfie Stick’) and the catchy name even found its way into the dictionary. Here are the famous five…

Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 09.57.21The Oscars selfie
Not short of a famous face, the much-parodied ‘Oscars selfie’ included Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – to name but a few.
See Lesson no. 1, March 7th

The no-makeup selfie
The selfie for a good cause saw over £1 million donated to Cancer Research in its first 24 hours – and thousands of bare-faced girls all over the Internet.
See Lesson no. 3, March 21st

The train selfie
The whole selfie thing got out of hand when this guy tried to take a selfie next to a railway line – and got kicked in the head by a guard on a passing train. That’s got to hurt…
See Lesson no. 5, April 18th

The Boris Johnson selfie
A Tibetan monk was over the moon with his selfie with Boris… until he realised he’d been so distracted getting the perfect snap that he’d left a bag containing his life’s work on the Tube. Maybe a Fishie would soften the blow.
See Lesson no. 2, May 2nd

The monkey selfie
The animal world got in on the selfie action when a cheeky monkey grabbed a passing photographer’s camera to take a snap – and a copyright row ensued…
See Lesson no. 5, August 8th

How to vote

It’s simple – all you have to do is tweet us @LFXKatie or @LittlefishFX with your nominations (e.g. to vote for the monkey selfie, put @LittlefishFX Selfie: Monkey!) Choose your nominations from each category and we’ll tally them up on Christmas Eve Eve and reveal the results before you rush off for your Christmas break.

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