Sunday, 26 January 2014

I stride with pride

It's happened. I've met my soulmate.

I was on my way home last Friday, basking in that Friday feeling, when I grabbed a copy of the Evening Standard's ES Magazine. I was apathetically reading the 'My London' feature at the back when I spotted it:

What would you [Simon Reeve] do as Mayor [of London]?
Introduce walking lanes for people who don't want to dawdle...

As I have often enough said, I am almost allergic to being stuck behind dawdlers. I am an inordinately fast walker, and to me the worlds of striding and stalling simply don't collaborate. Obviously I do love a good amble, however there is a time and a place..

Simon, let's meet for a coffee. Followed by a stroll.. ha.


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Soz

There's a very good reason for my protracted absence from this blog.

I have eloped with a divine Prince from a far-flung paradise. We are in the process of making a home for ourselves in the lap of luxury.

I'm lying.

I have started my Masters. MSc History of International Relations to be precise and it is FULL. ON. But certainly in a positive way! I'd like to think I have made a positive impression on course colleagues and professors alike.. Having said that, I did recently raise a few eyebrows when I compared foreign policy to an advertising pitch. But hey ho, objectivity and the forming of a specific argument and opinion is all part of the plan, non?

On a completely different note, I was recently sent this, and it made me so so happy! Sheer genius.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

#tumblr

Hollerrrr! About 27 years after everyone else, I now have a Tumblr. 


Perhaps I'll be a little better at updating it. This poor blog has been frightfully neglected recently. Je suis désolé!


Monday, 12 August 2013

I'm not bored. I'm creative.

I recently came across two quite similar and interesting articles, one of them being a summary of Arianna Huffington’s speech at an event held at London’s Bafta on the 30th of July. Although different in context and audience, the underlying message of both pieces was simple: to embrace boredom. Yes indeed, be bored once in a while.

Rumour has it that Steve Jobs developed his amazing ideas for apple while Zen meditating. The article by Simon Attwater implies that dozing under apple trees gave us theories of gravity. My personal example? I have had some of my best and most creative ideas while out on a run – the epitome of boredom, if you think about it… It’s simply a long stretch of pavement pounding, perhaps spruced up a little by a ‘motivational’ playlist.

Although Huffington’s line of thought had a different motivation, it delivered a similar message: today we are so over- or ‘hyper-connected’ and always ‘digitally multi-tasking’ that we’re overstressed and suffering from burnouts. There’s simply no room for creativity or inspiration! She too mentioned Jobs, by suggesting that he certainly didn’t have his amazing ideas while ‘clearing out his inbox’.

I’m afraid to say that I do see some truth behind these ideas. In the past (wow I feel old) when had to get the school bus (1 hour each way, it was painful) and no one was there to keep me company or entertain me with school related anecdotes, I would put in my headphones and daydream. Now if I’m bored on the bus, train or tube it’s a different story. In my defence I must say that I do make an effort. I’ll read a book, newspaper or magazine if I can but often I end up playing on my iPhone. While I may not go as far as checking my emails, I’ll still be aimlessly fiddling around on some other app or messaging platform.


But now that I’ve read and digested these two articles I may just change my ways. I may just sit there and stare into space. Waiting for inspiration to come.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Sexism at the airport

On mashable today I stumbled across this article. It outlines a new idea put forward by Heathrow Airport that passengers in the terminals will be 'trackable' as "passengers who are running late for flights can cause delays." 

The idea is as follows: "To address this problem, Heathrow Airport has pioneered a new technology through its boarding card system that is designed to track the locations of passengers in the airport as well as direct the passengers where to go or what to do to catch their flight on time. With the new system, which the airport is calling "positive boarding," passengers simply present their boarding cards at an automated gate where the boarding card barcodes are scanned. The gate's computer cross-references information from the barcode with flight details and, once verified, the passengers may enter the departure area. Information about their flights also pop up on a screen, so passengers will know if they are in the right terminal or if they have to go somewhere else."


I didn't really have any strong feelings on the matter, positive or negative. When I carried on reading however, what did jump out at me was the following:

"If a passenger arrives at the gate less than 30 minutes before the plane is set to depart, she will not receive access to the terminal and will need to visit the check-in counter for more information."

Sorry what? she will not receive access to the terminal? Is the suggestion here that the women cause the delays due to their excessive duty free shopping? I'm hoping that a simple / was missed out here (which would make it a far more acceptable s/he).

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

22/07/2013


Monday July 22nd 2013 was a pretty good day for me. Not only was it my birthday, but clever K-Mids and Baby-Cambridge (literally just announced to be called George) decided to reinforce the fact that it’s an excellent day for birthing. Congratulations Kate and Wills! I will now share my birthday with the future King of England*!

Their emergence from the hospital yesterday evening was pretty cute and they did indeed look rather happy. I did however, pick up on Wills’ comment along the lines of 'we've only just met him, this is a very special time' which I interpreted as ‘we’ve done out bit by showing you our baby, now please do your bit and give us some space and privacy!’ which I think is fair enough. I feel quite sorry for them and really do think that the media coverage is slightly excessive. Then again I think that certain articles such as this one are just unnecessary. I’m pretty certain that given the choice, they wouldn’t want any of this hype and they certainly haven’t asked for it. They simply want to enjoy some time with their newborn, like any brand new parents would! I think it would be wonderful if we could give them a bit of space, but also if people who are bitter / ‘pitying’ of the royals / whatever they want to call it, could just pipe down. If you don’t like the media frenzy, ignore it and go and read a good book. It will have died down soon enough.


*Not to put a downer on the mood at all, but wouldn’t it have been just a teensy bit more interesting if it had been a girl?! History would have been made, as she would have been Queen, regardless of brother or not!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Big Mac unveiled as headliner

I may not be a fan of the food available at McDonald's, but I am 100% in awe of their advertising. I think they always hit the spot and come up with a good 'un.

Namely this new beauty: (Agency: DDB Stockholm, Client: McDonald's Sweden)


It's fair to say that festival season is in full swing and so Sweden's McDonald's has launched this clever poster featuring its performers in its own year-long festival of food! Obviously the Big Mac is the headline act. No brainer. And where are the ads placed? Adjacent to the festival posters of course. Kudos to your ads once again Maccys'!