Category Archives: SERIOUSLY though

Wanna deal, matey?

spiv2Well I dunno – it’s all got a bit Barra-Boy spivs smoking tiny cig-ends leaning against lamp posts in the swirling fog.

What is? The process of buying stuff you HAVE TO BUY, here in the UK.

Take gas or electric. You can find a deal if you search and switch, and then comply with a few restrictions. No-one will offer the lowest possible price to you (taking into account all costs and investments needs) just because it’s a human necessity.

I mean REALLY?   You have to seek out a DEAL on Gas/Electric?

You know, I don’t really want to have to find a deal for something as basic as heating and cooking, or for a legal requirement, or to discover hidden costs, hidden deals, hidden prices.
More, I shouldn’t have to.

Train tickets?   One price somewhere, another price somewhere else, and no doubt there’s a deal to be had somewhere else again.

spivInsurance? (and don’t forget motor insurance is a legal necessity) You’ll get a quote. It will be ridiculous, you get another – no better, you go online, much different – you call the original company, and they (guess?) do a deal – bettering their 1st offer by £100 or more.

 

What does that say?
It says “you HAVE to buy insurance, so I’m gonna fleece you as much as I can – AND I’m going to send officious documents reminding you of your legal duty whist I rip you off.  When I’ve finished doing that, I’m gonna sell your details on to garages, ambulance chasers, legal firms if I discover you might have a need (?) for one of these, AND then I’ll take a cut of their profits”.

 

OK, OK I know – this is the market economy. Competition drives down prices. Competition adds choice, avoids cartels – and it seems to work – to a point.

I think in the UK, we’ve just stepped-over that point where it’s healthy.

For me, it’s starting to feel faintly subversive, with smutty, untrustworthy trickster-land dealing that subverts decent trade and denies reasonable access to fair-priced necessities.

losing the plot – UK leads the way

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Lets face it – any society that feels the need to put up such posters in doctors surgeries, A & E centres etc – has already utterly and completely lost the plot.

The Poster’s signal is clear – “It’s too late for Posters”

To me it means that so many people that you and I rub shoulders with, in the course of day-to-day life use drama, lies, abuse and threats in some attempt to bend things toward their weird way of living and/or thinking.

Not just in the Surgeries or A & E; on the roads, the pavements, in shops – I am witnessing a steady descent into a sort of low-level lawlessness, a sort of wild-west mentality – in the name of choice, or rights, or freedom of action/inaction.

China – soooooo sexy right now

china so sexy
grab it whilst it’s there

Grab it whilst it’s there? Politicians, the Queen, Prince Phillip all jumping into bed with China

– deal on this, deal on that and oh, I forgot to say . . . . could you just fund a couple of Nuclear thingumies for us?

We do seem to be backing a horse just because it has a few pennies don’t we – it feels like the dying gasps of a stricken nation, doing deals wherever it can.

I realise you can’t Tar everyone with the same Paulin – wait until they do something horrible . . . oh no, wait! They have already, you say?

“Road Rage” ? It doesn’t exist.

It wasn’t so long ago Road Rage became all the rage.
Every UK news outlet went through a frenzied period of reportage – “Road Rage” incidents items, just about every week.
This week it’s back in the news, but surely part of the problem is the LABEL.
There is no such thing as Road rage, there is such a thing as CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR.

We live in a society where, unfortunately, some factions find their niche by copying trends, by buying into Labels, by mimicking anything they perceive as ‘now’, and/or employing labels as an excuse.

It’s all crap of course. Road rage is a nothing.
Criminal behaviour is something, and it’s illegal.

Market Economy, an excuse to rip-off the public at each and every turn.

customer servicesYesterday vodaphone quoted me for a SIM only deal (having been with them for about 8 years) and singularly failed to offer a deal as good as one they were already advertising.

Very recently an Insurance company quoted me for renewal – then suddenly discovered a ‘new deal’ when I presented them with evidence of better prices elsewhere (for the exact same cover).

News this morning that 2/3rds of UK youngsters now in poverty are living with working parents

If this a “market economy” you can bloody keep it –

Charlie Hebdo – So this is free speech is it?

Je suis Charlie
Je suis bloody sick of this propoganda

It was the same with Sony and kim jong un – the chattering wotnots up-in-arms, social mediocrites (my term) hurling themselves brain-first onto the latest wagon of crap to trundle past their bloated monitors.

This is free speech is it?  Make some godawful mess of a movie portraying a country’s leader as some some sort of half-wit (even if he is) or worse, dig and dig and dig and twist and twist at a whole religion’s prophet?  Sheer obvious bloody common-sense has to tell you this is plainly wrong.

Can you imagine if some unfriendly state had a magazine with cartoon imagery about Jesus Christ?   What do you reckon eh?   Street riots?  Questions in Parliament,  F15’s screeching their hell-fire across the desert as the President deplores this disgusting propaganda?

Because that’s what the Sony is doing, that’s what Charlie Hebdo is doing –  pure Propaganda, and it’s “OK” because it’s “our side” doing it.

No-one can defend the violence of course, but equally no-one can defend the West’s right to keep pedaling this muck at the expense of other people’s religions.

Social media & Business – a view

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A young colleague of mine got me thinking today.
She asked if I was looking forward to teaching our new C & G Digital Marketing course.

I said “Wellllll ……….…yes and no, really” or some other such  reply, and she asked why the “No”.

After a few awkward seconds of silence, in which I realised I had never asked myself the question she asked, let alone explored the answer – I came to the truth, at least for me.

I cannot bloody stand the idea of Social Media for Marketing.  (Just in case some dark suit reads this, this is not a problem – my units revolve around SEO, keywords, Web-building, and the like, the technical stuff, and not social media.)

I don’t think it’s very ‘social’ for one thing.

I think it only works for those under 40ish, and therefore predominantly personal image brands.
Just read that back again – personal image brands.

I think it only works if you have a certain ‘mind state’ or ‘life view’ – or are utterly clueless about advertising twaddle.
If you don’t actually notice that a business is chatting with you as if you’re bestest buddies ever.

I mean, like . . . since ever.

I feel a bit peeved, cheated really,  that some web-based software purporting to be an enabler for friends chatting, sharing . . . blah . . . is also a sales machine.

The sites, the words – my god what am I saying?  The sheer ‘assume with me that you too belong in this state of mind about X, or Y’ is simply breathtaking.
Chock-full of some of the worst excesses of matey ad’ speak, of drowning a reader in a puerile soft-focus nothingness – where a product’s purported x-factor is hyped, eulogised even, to such an extent that – well, what do we say?   Ideas such as value, quality, relevance, even? – god dammit, are never less than a billion light-years away.

I mean – do I really have to be ‘Friends’ with a Cream Cracker in order to enjoy cheese and wine?