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12/02/2018

Oxfam and the new holidays

Love the fact Oxfam have a few properties at Mudeford don't you?


01/02/2018

11th December - 3 pieces of news, one thought.

This morning's Radio 4 news was full of Brexit, this week's Grenfell disaster inquiry, and snow.

The single statement that most resonated with me afterwards was "most of the rush-hour traffic has disappeared because of school shut-downs".

Imagine a world,  or just a little country, where it would be universally seen as TRULY WEIRD if a schoolchild was driven to school, and the school they went to was the nearest one to their home, regardless of OFTED reports.

True, segregated cycle-paths meandered from all points outward toward schools, colleges, high streets - as intra-town traffic filed gently past, at 20mph on the narrowed streets where normal, everyday, non-lycra, non-headgear, non-hi-vis middle-aged cyclists pop to the local shops, basket on Bike.

Christmas dreams.

10/01/2018

Every damned TV & Radio stn this week.

Sainsburys did marginally better over Christmas, non-food sales down overall across the segment.  Following this we had endless "analysis": questions about online sales, aldi etc, discussion on market share, future growth/profit warnings.  TV news had exactly the same, business editors (someone who reads you the business news) perched up there expounding on same, questions to industry leaders by video link or across the desks, brows furrowed, papers shuffled - is this the end of the high street?  Will XXX go out of business? Is this the end of shopping on foot?  Should all the shops be houses?

Well maybe they should, in a few years time - but you know what?  It was all rubbish.  

A complete and utter waste of air-time.

The Christmas retailing results meant:
"People like to SEE the food they buy for Christmas, rather than risk the delivery substitutes - this then equals a reported growth in food sales for that period, then it reminds you
 'people use online for gifts'."

That is all.  Full stop. No analysis needed.

30/12/2017

Sir Ringo Star? I mean - really?

Maybe he's spent the last (what, decades?) doing astonishingly good stuff for charities, I don't know.

Ringo Star might have just been sitting about.
 
(Mind you, if I did nothing else, and lived on Royalties all my life for being a third-rate drummer - I think I'D DO ASTONISHING THINGS FOR CHARITY).

It just seems impossibly WRONG somehow.  Sir Ringo Star.
Eulogize the mediocre so idiots like me can type about, THINK about this stuff . . .

12/12/2017

Facebook

“Your behaviors, you don’t realize it, but you are being programmed,” he said. “It was unintentional, but now you gotta decide how much you’re going to give up, how much of your intellectual independence.

I guess that headline looks a bit dramatic doesn't it? 

It came from today's Guardian - citing Chamath Palihapitiya (former vice-present for user growth - facebook) - the whole piece is HERE.

The topic obviously chimes (hits dead-on) with my own decision to ditch that platform a few months back.
I then started to realise that I have been sub-consciously charting this behaviour, for years and years - as I teach 16 to 18 year olds, and 20-somethings, for hours every week, every day of the week.

I've witnessed (the majority of) these young people change in their reactions to events (and their knowledge of, or accuracy of), speech patterns, attention span, shallowness of concerns, narrowness of their vision, inability to empathise  - at such an accelerated rate, it can only be down to some outside influence.
It's not 'them' and 'me'.  It's not age.  It's all happened too quickly, and mirrors too accurately what they're seeing, how they're seeing it, on their screens.

Not just FB, mind you.  Even the online version of our local rag (Dorset Echo - surely the worst website for user experience, load speed etc - ever developed in the entire history of the world wide web) is peppered liberally with some truly awful click-bait type stuff - on a news website?  We really have hit the crap here, I can tell you.

So where's it going?

Like so much of what we call 'freedom' or 'choice' - to me it's going toward that thing we all state we don't want.
Regulation.  The trouble is, in the 21st century, just who do we trust to regulate?


03/11/2017

Euro shopping

I was in Grefrath, Germany last week - shopping in their new Rewe - this one here (actually this one, you've no idea how much effort I put in to produce these things for you!)

Quite interesting Rewe - they've jumped opinion and gone straight for no plastic bags - none of yer "oh we'll charge 5p" rubbish, I mean - what good is that - with stuff dying in the Oceans?
(That story is here)

We got some super French Red - about 2 euros a bottle (wish I'd got more now) - and Space Chicken stumbled across Coffee filters - god knows how you do that, I mean they're quite flat, generally, aren't they?

What?  you scream - no positive life enhancement from the branded gadget on its Alter in the K├╝che?  Nope - just a plastic cone thingy, and a bit of paper.

Thing is - shop for this paper in the UK:


Cost of our box of filters?  (This is killing you isn't it?)

45cents.   (About 40p at the date of this blog).

10/10/2017

That damned Penguin

By god they must spend millions?
Every damned evening - through multiple channels, across multiple time-slots this friendly guy and his sweet, sweet, sweet little Penguin tell us how British Gas are committed to a warm home for everyone, to reducing fuel bills; the music calming, the little sweet, sweet, sweet Penguin waddling about in a really sweet way, little expressions of sweet modesty, little messages of care, and hope, and love from this company.

Can't wait to get home to see another one, can you?