While searching online for information on brands who claim to be ethical vs brands who actually follow up on their promises, I ended up on Primark’s homepage.
Let’s end that discussion there. But while I was there, I saw an article called “Primark Legends” which I initially believed to be some kind of employee of the month staff profile kind of thing. The conclusion I came to was that Primark had decided to bridge the gap between customer and employee by putting a little weekly column up about a random staff member. In my head, this would remind customers that the person serving them was actually a human being. A person with thoughts and feelings, who had no control over stock or policy. It would also, from a marketing perspective, make the brand less faceless. A clever move given the recent push to support local or family businesses over corporations.
Instead, I was pretty stunned to discover that Primark Legends is actually an app game. To be fair, I have been asking for a Primark Sim for years….. Continue reading
So, I made a YouTube channel. That in itself isn’t a new development; I’ve had one for a while, because I used to film dance rehearsals and upload them for cast to review. I posted one public video, which was a time-lapse of me doing an overnight set build in a studio theatre. It seems like I’ve since deleted it. I regularly toyed with the idea of posting videos, but with my fear of cameras and my hatred of my own, monotonous voice, it didn’t seem like the most sensible move.
Lockdown, however, changed my mind. I think the boredom convinced me that my voice wasn’t that bad, though nothing short of losing 4 stone could persuade me to get on a camera. I also thought I could maybe get in a niche community quick, because I timed my first steps into Youtube with the release of Animal Crossing New Horizons. My first video went up at the end of March. I’ve since uploaded 22 others – which is a reasonable amount of consistency for me. I’m not well known for being able to commit to things. Continue reading
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When lockdown was first announced in England, I made a very concious decision to not buy anything but food. In my opinion, nothing but emergancy services should have been open. I’ll admit, my views can sometimes veer to the extreme; but as far as I was concerned, the goverment should have bought out the stock of supermarkets, and distribituted it fairly, so people didn’t even have to go shopping (but then there are other logistics in that…at least it would have stopped panic buying.) I took the pandemic very, very seriously. Continue reading
This time last year, I started a marine biology course, pretty much on a whim. Life wasn’t going very well, I was very downhearted about my career, and I knew I needed something to aim towards. I’d been interested in fish keeping for a while, and I knew I wanted to further my knowledge in marine environments, but I wasn’t sure how to do it, or if I’d be clever enough to. Then one day, while sitting in the waiting room of hospital with my Dad, I booked myself on to the first result that came up when I googled “Marine Biology online courses UK.” It was a snap decision, really. I did no research into the course, or the awarding body, and I had no background knowledge of the subject outside of a fish tank. But if not now, when? Continue reading