Thursday, 20 December 2007

It’s that time again!


Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!

Where am I going? CANADA!!! To be reunited with friends and family (hope you’re ready for me)

Will I write during the holidays? It’s very unlikely

Will I return in the New Year? Of course, as long as there’s weird stuff to share I’ll do it!

Thanks for reading this year, see you all in 2008!

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Getting It Right

I’d like to go back to my roots here for a minute and explore some forms of marketing I’ve found lately.

Example 1:
I’m all for getting into the Christmas spirit and adapting your product to accommodate the festive time to generate more sales. But some companies just get it completely wrong so much so that you have to stop and wonder ‘What were they thinking?’

Let’s take McDonalds 'Festive' menu here in the UK this includes Terry’s Orange McFlurry

Getting it right

But then they go and add a mincemeat and custard pie to the mix – GROSS!!!!

This is honestly the most disgusting thing I’ve seen (that’s edible) in a long time….talk about getting it wrong. Not even that sweet pastry will lure me in

Example 2:
I get newsletters from various magazines on a daily basis and for the most part really enjoy the designs and content for most, some even make me laugh. Take for example Marketing Magazine’s email reminder for entering the 2008 Marketing Awards before it’s too late:

This is a fantastic piece of advertising – it’s funny, in your face yet not intrusive – Brilliant!

Monday, 17 December 2007

We Need More Signs!!!


Talk about overkill. I don't think anyone will be tripping on that spill....

Via: The Triumph of Bullshit (what would I do without you?)

Marcia where are you?

In High School before all my friends (the core 9) and I went our own ways for University we created a calendar outlining the funny things we had done in the 5 years we had spent together. It was special and made departing a little easier – knowing that we had experienced so much together and created such amazing memories.

I think Craig Giffen has perfected the ‘gift’ calendar, using friends that just happen to be around him for the last couple of years while he was working on this project; it is fianlly finished– after 4 years of hard work…..and the verdict is: We absolutely love it!



All heads point to today….so cleaver. Check out the full one here

Dress-Up Time




For anyone who has ever had a pet dog or cat you’ll understand the sudden urge to dress them up that so many of us posses! On our family vacation to the Dominican Republic our family brought back a tourist t-shirt for our family Bichon Frise, Lucky (his name, not his position). He was less then amused when we forced him to try it on and took (numerous) photos – oh, look how cute he looks! We all proclaimed meanwhile he’s desperate look confessed ‘what did I ever do you?’ So why do we feel the need to do this? Is it because they can’t defend themselves? Say NO, like the rest of us when an older sibling tries to make us wear stupid stuff? I guess we’ll never know. And because we’ll never know is exactly why we should continue. What? they’re just so cute in human clothes okay!

What better way to top that ‘perfect’ pet costume than a WIG! Kitty Wigs is now open for ‘biznazz’ and want to give your cats the perfect colour….how about passion pink or electric blue? For the more conservative they have bashful blonde and silver fox.

I might not be going this far with Lucky but those cats sure look cute! (and I don’t even like cats…..)

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Play With Your Food!

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now but for some reason I always forget when it comes down to it…weird. It’s better late than never right?

London has a fabulous fast food chain called Pret A Manger (Ready to eat) aka Pret to the locals. It was started in 1986 by two friends who met in university whilst studying property law (see anything is possible if you put your mind to it!). In 2001 33% of the private shares (non-controlling) were sold to McDonalds (I can assure you it’s nothing like McDonalds – all the sandwiches and salads are made daily and prepared in the shops with the finest and freshest ingredients). .Anyway, another aspect of this chain that I really enjoy is (of course) its advertising. They use food to create images – faces, objects…take a look, you’ll see what I mean:

Below is the Christmas poster in all the shops…how cute are the little cherry tomatoes singing…fa, la, la, la…

See it’s the little things that make me happy!

Monday, 10 December 2007

Sex In The City Movie Trailer..It's here

Fianlly!! Only 5 more months until the actual release (later I'm sure in the UK...boo!)

Enjoy!


Thursday, 6 December 2007

Boots Ad

This is by far the best Christmas commerical this season.
N.B. Boots is similar to PharmaPlus or Shoppers Drug Mart


Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Light Up The Streets

Since most of you aren’t here to see the wonderful Christmas lights and decorations around the city I thought I’d bring them to you (you can thank me later!). Here are some around my work…

Regent Street:

The unique illuminations (aka DNA strands as I like to call them) are entitled ‘Unity’ and are sponsored by Nokia. They change their festive formation/colours depending on the amount of pedestrians on the streets as well as wind speed, the weather and sunlight levels.


Oxford Street:
This Year’s sponsor is Disney; promoting its new animated, live-action movie Enchantment.


My favourite one is......

Carnaby Street:
Those are some great Christmas chains, if I do say so myself.

How's it looking over there?

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

More Robots

Check out these amazing robots dancing (designed by Sony)




Thanks Dianna for sharing!

Friday, 30 November 2007

Christmas Road Kill


Check out this bizarre turn of events for the stuff toy industry. You can now get your nearest and dearest road kill for Christmas (why? Don’t ask that…). The first of many toy animals is ‘Twitch, the Roadkill Teddy’ who was hit by a milk truck last Thursday. Not to fear he won’t go off as he comes complete with a plastic body bag to keep the maggots out. Twitch’s innards and blood can be stuffed in and out of his body (just think of all the fun you’ll have!?!?). 'The toys' creators, Compost Communications, have styled themselves 'toy terrorists' and according to their website: 'We squash and burn and bludgeon and maim. But we're also toy fanatics like you. We love toys.'’

These aren’t for the faint of heart but for those that have a sense of humor (can someone tell me how this funny? I just don’t get it!?!)

Expected Deaths:
Grind the rabbit
Splodge the hedgehog
Pop the weasel

Via: Metro


Thursday, 29 November 2007

Promo Vouchers in the Masses



I love this time of year…Christmas lights span the city streets, store windows decorated with garland and Christmas trees, Santa awaits the wish-listers of many in the shops while happiness and joy fill the air….

What I ALSO love are the numerous viral store vouchers that continuously enter my inbox!! It’s almost a race to see who can get the best voucher or be the first to send them through. Now if I was good I’d probably use these coupons to better my Christmas shopping but I just can’t help myself from using them for my own good….does that make me a bad person? I think not!

Happy shopping (for you…and others I suppose!)

I wasn't going to leave you hanging, here's a voucher for Selfridges

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Who Do You Think You Are?


Last week, one night after work a bunch of us went to the pub (a regular occurrence any day of the week for us really!), but not just some random pub; the same pub we’ve been going to for the last year or so. We’ve never had a problem and even though most days we don’t get a seat we seem to always have a great time (who needs chairs anyway!). But on this particular night something I’ve heard about but have never witnessed happened to me. Someone stole my handbag from right under my seat!! I’ve never felt so violated and helpless in all my life. I’m not a very clumsy person, forgetful maybe but I always take care of what I own and rarely ever lose anything. A sudden rush of panic filled me as I went to buy a round of drinks and couldn’t find my bag – what the f%*k! Okay who took the bag haha funny, now give it back…..when no one fessed up I had to come to grips with the fact that it had been stolen!

After a quick look around the bar and outside it was clear whoever took it was a pro and left no trace of their whereabouts. Questions started to fester – How could this happen to me? How did (s)he take it without anyone seeing? Why me? Since my questions were leading me nowhere I had to take action. Between all my friends we were able to call and cancel and re-order most of my cards. And thankfully someone had an extra travel card and cash so I could get home! If I didn’t have my cell phone out (I was waiting for a call) I wouldn’t have been able to call my boyfriend to meet me at the flat so I could get in! I never realized before how much of my life I actually carried around with me on a daily basis, and come to think of it I couldn’t do without most of them….

Among other things, here is a comprehensive list of what was stolen, in one swift second:

  • Lululemon Purse (it was gorgeous…black w/ white pokkadots)
  • iPod (less than a year old)
  • Wallet filled with numerous cards – took a full day to call all of them
  • ‘The Wars’ novel
  • Umbrella (forgot to replace this right away and was drenched on Monday morning!)
  • Make-up - All my favourite stuff including brushes and a really cool lip gloss from Japan (sorry Dianna….oh, oh maybe you could get me a new one?)
  • Fake Chanel sunglasses from Italy (what? As if I could afford the real thing!)
  • House and Work Keys
  • Bills (does that mean I don’t have to pay them?)

And, drum-roll please….

  • Dirty Gym clothes – take that crackhead!


I’d like to dedicate the below to the crackhead who stole my handbag:

Who do you think you are? I work damn hard for everything I own…I take careful consideration when making my purchases and taking care of my belongings. How dare you take what is not yours! I hope you were able to sell my belongings to fuel your habit a bit longer and are happy with yourself b/c you’ve just inconvenienced me and put me in debt (when I was doing just fine!) trying to replace what you stole so to know that it was all in vain would be a massive shame.

Word to the wise: Get an over-the-shoulder handbag (it’s my new plan!)

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Vocabulary Nourishment



Feeling a bit bored? Why not help out those less fortunate and test your vocab skills at www.freerice.com. For every word you get right 10 grains of rice is donated to The United Nations World Food Program.

Warning this ‘game’ is very addictive and may even make you smarter – I’ve been playing for the last half hour so far and I'm up to a 1000 grains

Now back to work…

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

What is Marketing?


I got the below 'chain letter' from a family member the other day and couldn't stop laughing...not because I studied marketing at University but because it's SO true - every word of it!! The person who sorted this out is a genius - GENIUS I tell you!!!

Start of email:
Several women I know have asked for me an explanation of Marketing. Perhaps the following analogies will help clear it up:

You see a handsome guy at a party. You go up to him and say, "I'm
fantastic in bed." -- That's Direct Marketing.

You're at a party with a bunch of friends and see a handsome guy. One
of your friends goes up to him and pointing at you says, "She's fantastic in bed." -- That's Advertising.

You see a handsome guy at a party. You go up to him and get his telephone number. The next day you call and say, "Hi, I'm fantastic in bed." -- That's Telemarketing.

You're at a party and see a handsome guy. You get up and straighten your dress. You walk up to him and pour him a drink. You say, "May I," and reach up to straighten his tie brushing your breast lightly against his arm,
and then say, "By the way, I'm fantastic in bed." -- That's Public Relations.

You're at a party and see a handsome guy. He walks up to you and says, "I hear you're fantastic in bed." -- That's Brand Recognition.

You're at a party and see a handsome guy. You talk him into going home
with your friend. -- That's a Sales Rep.

Your friend can't satisfy him so he calls you. -- That's Tech Support.

You're on your way to a party when you realize that there could be
handsome men in all these houses you're passing. So you climb onto the roof of
one situated toward the center and shout at the top of your lungs, "I'm fantastic in bed!" -- That's Spam.

End of email

I'd say I'm more of a PR girl myself




Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Well, That Was Fast!


The other night I went to a really quaint venue/bar call the The Social, to check out a friend’s band (they were awesome by the way….. Sushalini; check them out). After a pint or two I made my way to the toilets to ‘relieve’ myself…once I was finished it was straight to the sink to wash my hands – this is usually the part I dread, sometimes even more so than the toilets themselves! The reason you ask? Well mainly because you’re usually stuck with limited hand dryers that are often taken-let’s be honest here; so your having to ‘pretend’ to wash your hands for hours until one becomes free and then when you do get one there’s the shake and rub technique that has to be used to improve the efficiency or you could be there for a couple of minutes. Then there are the places that only have paper towels and with a long night of drinking/partying by the end there is none left so your options are to use your clothes (depends on what I’m wearing) or to use toilet paper – there is fine line with this options as it could get very sticky.......have I made my point? Good, lets move on. As I was saying, oh yes, the hand dryers at The Social were INCREDIBLE!!!! You literally put your whole hands to the bottom of the machine and slowly bring them up through the ‘blast’ of air et volia your hands are dry in 10 seconds (10 SECONDS!!!!!)…I couldn’t believe it. Let me introduce the Dyson AirbladeThe fastest, most hygienic hand dryer’ EVER! Apparently they can be found in some Canadian Airports, so keep your eyes open for them next time to you come to visit ;)

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Citroen You're SO cool!

Check out this 'real' transformer in action....




I'm taking my dance moves from this 'guy' next time I'm out at the club!


Thursday, 6 September 2007

Some Great Thing


Sorry for my little hiatus, I’ve been running around like a chicken with its head chopped off….but having a great time nonetheless!! Well minus the fact I’m trying to shake-off a cold - go flu, go away!!! Anyway, I’ve decided to dedicate one (massive) post for all the events/things I wanted to write about but couldn’t find the time to do so…I’ve even created a theme (what? you have to!) – ‘Summer Time in Jolly O’England’ and even though it rained most of the time they sure know how to make things interesting here!

1. Warhol Vs Banksy Exhibit @ The Hospital
From August 10th to September 1st the first exhibit ‘anywhere’ took place with two iconic artists – Andy Warhol and Banksy. 40 mixed media works were put on display, carefully organized to show the contrast in style…Warhol with his simplistic approach and Banksy with a more political statement; both equally incredible to view up close. It’s true that you could walk down any street in London (or Liverpool for that matter) and see a fresh Banksy tag but seeing them in this exhibit made me realize our artistic tastes as a community has changed progressively since the likes of the ‘Group Of Seven’ for instance when it was all about oil paint and canvas…I for one am glad new media forms are being
considered for their greatness.

Comparision:

Which do you prefer?


2. Deckchair Dreams @ various Royal Parks around London
25 deckchairs have been designed by 25 artists. It’s meant to ‘represent the
amazing trees and wildlife of The Royal Parks’ through the vision of the celebrity artists. The originals have been auctioned off but reprints have been created for ‘everyone to sit on and enjoy’ between June and October. They look really cool…check this one out. I’m still trying to find one…will keep you updated

Initial designs by Ben Fogle


3. Reading Festival
OMG!!!! I’ve never been to a festival of this magnitude before and I can honestly say it was an incredible, overwhelming experience. Most of the bands I’ve been listening to for the last year were playing, which was amazing yet difficult to pick which ones see – which one took precedence over the other (?!?!)….and with over 80 thousand people, it was a bit harder to run around from tent to tent – however that didn’t stop us!! With the likes of The Sounds, Klaxons, Arcade Fire, Bloc Party, CSS, LCD Soundsystem, Gogol Bordello, Brand New, Against Me, Tokyo Police Club, The Foals, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Subways, Crystal Palace,…..and so many others you can probably understand why I have a cold!!! Can’t wait for next years…..

Here’s just a little taste – Arcarde Fire’s Rebellion (lies) playing while the sun sets in the background; too bad I was in a loo (and had been for over half an hour!!!) – Thank goodness for YouTube, enjoy!


4. Camping in Exmoor National Park
So I went camping this past weekend (with my cold yes – horrible, yet so much fun!) and I’ve come to realize that what they call ‘camping’ here is very different from what we call it back home in Canada. It felt like we were 10 years old and camping in our backyard – with manicured lawns and a ‘river’ view (which was more like a stream but whatever!) and of course a local pub not even a minute’s walk away! They do however have great local beers (microbreweries) which was a good thing for us when it started raining…think I can get use to this


Thursday, 23 August 2007

Everyone Needs Some Love


There’s no real reason for this post just that I’m feeling a little emotional (no, no nothing happened…I’m still in love and with my boyfriend), but I just finished reading ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and was feeling a little awwww-like…that being said here are some of my favourite romantic quotes:

‘Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time’ ~ Casablanca

‘You had me at hello’ ~ Jerry Maguire

‘This kind of love comes but once in a lifetime’ ~ Bridges of Madison County

‘I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it.’

‘When they ask me what I liked best, I'll say it was you.’ ~ City of Angels

‘You make me want to be a better man’ ~ As Good As It Gets

‘A life without love is no life at all’ ~ Ever After

.....And of course:

‘So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday’ ~ The Notebook

'Nobody puts baby in the corner' ~ Dirty Dancing

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

1 Year…Say What?


It’s exactly one year ago today that I traveled across the Atlantic from the comfort of my own home in Canada to start a new adventure/life in the UK. I can hardly believe that this time last year I was exploring my new neighborhood and preparing for my first day at work. I can still remember how petrified I was of the tube – all the people rushing past me, the HUGE escalators and no announcements (how was I going to know when my stop was?). Now I’m the one pushing past tourists, walking up the escalators and knowing exactly where I'm going!

In light of this occasion I'd like to introuduce some of the (many) corky language differences that I love and now use:

Canadian - UK

Diaper - Nappy
Runners/Running Shoes - Trainers
Trunk (of car) - Boot
Sidewalk - Pavement
Elevator - Lift
Movie - Film
Zucchini - Courgette
Backpack - Rucksack
Crosswalk - Pedestrian crossing (types: pelican crossing; zebra crossing)
Potato chips - Crisps
Nice/enjoyable - Lovely
Very good - Brilliant / "brill"
bangs (hair) - Fringe
Fries - Chips
English Muffin - Muffin
Muffin - Muffin (very confusing!)

speak to you soon mate

Monday, 20 August 2007

Every Little Helps…Right?


Sources say England and Wales have had their ‘wettest’ summer since records began in 1766 (of course it has, as I’m here!...moving on), it’s indisputable that global warming is to blame; individuals and companies must make smarter choices for the environment at every opportunity. Let’s start with your computer…

There is this theory right that black or dark screens use less energy. Given this theory one smart blogger suggested that if Google went ‘Black’ it would save the world 750 Megawatt hours a year….and so with this Heap Media has created Blackle ‘to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy’. I’ve placed this site as my homepage to do my part…..will you do yours?

Sunday, 19 August 2007

Watches in Disguise


Do I even need to write anything? So what if I’m now obsessed with Transformers….this retro watch (circa 1980) is optimus cool!!

Tuesday, 14 August 2007

2 x The Excitement!



Candice Bushnell is on fire!!! Not only has the deal been signed to make a ‘Sex In The City’ movie (woohoo!!!) - they’ll just have to keep Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall as far apart as possible (arguments of equal pay and involvement rights arose between the two) - but her bestseller ‘Lipstick Jungle’ will be a TV series. With the likes of Brooke Shields it’s sure to be a hit!! It premieres this fall on NBC, unfortunately for us Londoners (me) it hasn't been scheduled to air here-yet…..you know what I’ll be doing, don’t you?

Check out clips and other fun stuff here

Oh I can’t wait to get wrapped up in fictional characters!!!

Monday, 13 August 2007

Now What Do I Do?


I’m an ‘Advantage card’ holder of Boots here in the UK (one of the many loyalty cards around) usually you don’t get much except a heavier wallet, but this time I was thankful… Last month I received a letter from them outlining the recall and removal of ‘Complete Moisture Plus’ from the worldwide market (along with a suggestion to purchase a Boots’ alternative – of course, why not you have my undivided attention!)…um, okay a bit scary as I’ve been using this brand since I started wearing contacts - some 10 plus years now!!! They say it’s wise to use only the brand your Optometrist recommends….so as a person that follows the rules I have and now look! I was a bit drunk when I first read the letter (why do I open mail in such a state….who knows!) but once I was sober I realized ‘HEY this is serious!!!’ so I thought I’d share what I found out…(mostly for you Dianna as I know you use this as well).

The main reason for the recall was that CDC (Centers for Disease and Control Prevention) found a correlation between people who use Complete MoisturePlus and people who acquire Acanthamoeba – ‘a water-borne parasite that occurs naturally but in the human eye can lead to serious infections of the cornea’. After interviewing 46 victims, 21 of them were using Complete Moisture Plus. They go on to say they’re ‘not prepared to make any generalizations’ and that ‘at this point, it isn’t clear why that correlation exists’. So in the meantime while they figure it out, they’ve taken it off the market…and I’m thankful (as I really like my blue eyes!!!). But, after a recent visit to the pharmacy I found myself with very little choice, well one choice really, the store/generic brand……maybe I should be getting daily disposables? I think I’ll wear my glasses for a bit while I figure out my next move!

Read the full article here

Where my bottle is now:

Thursday, 9 August 2007

Mint Balls eh?


I’ll make this post short and sweet. The other night I was dining at a really nice restaurant, when our bill arrived we received ‘Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls’ with it…well that just threw us into in an uproar of laughter (that continued into the cab ride home)…how could it not? I had to check them out….they’ve been around since 1898 using the same recipe passed down form generation to generation and Uncle Joe has been ‘Immortalised in countless articles, cartoons and poems; there has even been a song written about them!’…cool!

See what could come from a mint ball!

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Bizarre Yet Yummy


Even though I work right in central London I find myself sometimes at a lost on what to have for lunch. Last week I went (on one of many weekly trips) to Marks & Spencer in search for something pleasing to cure my hunger. I always find it overwhelming; they have the salads in one section, sandwiches and wraps in another and you have to fight the crowds to get a look. And that’s what I usually do spend half my lunch period walking around aimlessly seeing if anything jumps out at me (not literally of course). So on this certain occasion I was fed up and took the last thing I picked up to the check out. When I got back I was surprised for two reasons….a) because I got a salad…this was not just any other salad no sir, it was a watermelon, pomegranate, feta salad w/ couscous in a peppery dressing – my thoughts ‘Oh dear what I have done!’ and b) my delight in the it’s taste…it was amazing, so refreshing and tasty!!!! Perfect for a summer’s day, that is if we had a summer here in England!!! I think I’ll try something new everyday…

Cheers to random purchases!

On a side note (yet similar):

Remember how I was saying everything is scattered around the place usually in an orderly fashion? Well now I can’t find this salad again…it’s not in the salad section or the ‘To Go’ section...it’s so sad!! I guess that’s what I get for wanting to try something new everyday!!!

Friday, 3 August 2007

Where Can I Find an Ear-Duster?


Imagine with me will you? Let’s say you’ve just picked out the perfect gift for that ‘special’ someone. Your next logical step would be figuring out how you want to present it…do you go for wrapping paper and a bow or choose a gift bag with tissue paper? Complicated and tricky for some I know. Let me take the pressure off…..

While gallivanting around Japan this past April I came across the perfect gift bag (which I bought!!) and completely forgot about, until last night……you’re going to love this. It’s basically a white bag (see picture) with writing across the center spanning all the way around the bag in red writing…who cares right? But check out what it says

‘True love is like Big Foot…Everybody talks about it, but nobody has ever found it. Don’t Worry. I’m not gonna sell you to an ear-duster. You are Big Foot’

That pretty much sums up this post….I’m laughing so hard I’m crying

Goodbye my Big Foot

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Health Push


I remember when I was younger my mom calling ‘don’t forget to take your vitamins’ as my sister and I got ready for school; as she knew we didn’t like the Flintstone Vitamins that we had (who didn’t have these!) and if not reminded we wouldn’t take them -‘but you didn’t remind me mom...I didn’t know we were meant to take them everyday!’ - Whether it was an abundance of orange ones (that we didn’t like) and not enough purple ones, who can say, we just refused to take them regularly. Now, if you know me personally you know I have issues with vitamins…every time I decide to take them, I get sick. Now this could just be a funny coincidence (but I highly doubt it) or this could be…..Now, Now let’s not jump the gun on theories as that’s not what this post is all about. What I’m trying to get at is, it seems more and more food and drink products are popping up with enhanced vitamins, minerals or supplements…..And Coke is quick on the ball to react to consumers’ needs….

It started off with likely candidates such as eggs, butter and bread that were given the boost but now everywhere I look there’s an advertisement for a new ‘enhanced healthy’ version of some food/drink I once consumed. Take for instance the new Diet Coke Plus which contains ‘vitamins B3, B12 and C which helps maintain a healthy immune system.’ In it’s North American PR release a senior member of the brand was quoted saying they ‘wanted to offer (consumers) the convenience of a calorie-free beverage that is a good source of several essential vitamins and minerals, and one that delivers on the great taste that they have come to expect from us’. My take on this…everyone is starting to think about their health more and more and Coke want a piece of the market!!

Everything is spiraling out-of-control!!! It seems most companies are trying to jump on the ‘healthy’ band-wagon promoting they’re product's healthy benefits or enhancing them to be healthy…which is fair enough, we all want to live healthy, long lives…and it seems like we have less and less time to do so….but something must be said about getting your vitamins naturally – eating your fruits and vegetables, you know the old fashioned way!!

Cheers to our health!

Info regarding the recommended daily intake of vitamins, minerals and supplements here

Thursday, 26 July 2007

Play Back

Mac and iPod users rejoice for we’re no longer constrained by Apple’s way. No more choosing between synicing our iPod to our Library (and loosing what’s on our iPod) or just charging our iPod. I know you’re ready for this - Senuti (iTunes spelled backwards..so smart!) has create an easy to use software (free…donations are recoommend/suggested) to transfer what’s on your iPod back to your iTunes. I know, I know this is amazing!!! It’s been around for about a year now and it’s the first I’m hearing about it…reallly need to climb on that ball and stay on!!

Anyhoo as I was saying…

The creator Whitney Young has used the same interface as iTunes using the drag and drop functions making it extremely easy to use.

Not only can you transfer the artisit and album BUT it also allows you to tranfer your playlists..the choice is yours (how cool is that?). I just starting using this to help gather tunes (great tunes) from my boyfriend and it was flawless (and we all know how computer illiterate I am sometimes…so if I think it’s easy you will too!!). You simply pick any song/playlist you want and drag it to your iTunes….et voilĂ  it’s yours.

The only problem, at the moment, is it’s only for Mac users using OS X 10.3 or higher…I have been saying that Macs are better for several years now (sorry!) but no one listens.

Happy listening, you Mac loving people you!

Monday, 23 July 2007

Do It Standing



Festival season is in full bloom here in London; with many already long gone, those of us still waiting for ours to come (bring on Reading!!!) have a common fear….having to pee (YIKES!). A lot of time is wasted trying to find the toilets, then waiting in line just to find yourself rolling up your pants, wishing that you hadn’t worn flip flops and brought your own toilet paper…this is just the first day of course as after that it’s straight to the woods!! It’s all fine and dandy for the men to go wherever they feel like it but trying to find an area that’s out of clear view to drop and squat isn’t exactly easy….in comes the SheWee…oh you know where this is going and believe me it’s real (and not just a gadget I made up, even though I slightly wish I had!)

Boys you can turn away now as this is clearly just for the ladies. The SheWee is basically a plastic funnel that comes in a Ziploc bag (for storage purposes) that ‘slips comfortably into the fly of your trousers’ allowing you to urinate standing up, like a MAN! Check out this easy to follow diagram (just in case you’re in shock).

The power has shifted people, no more waiting in line or holding it ‘in’ because of dirty unhygienic facilities (perfect for traveling) …we are now at par with our male counterpart....watch out!

If only I actually had one of these, I could do a full review…fear not, because if you think I’m going to Reading without one of these bad boys you’ve got another thing coming…stay tuned for full details.

Happy peeing!


Friday, 20 July 2007

Band Workout


Check out this video for ‘Here it Goes Again’ by Ok Go. I know, I know this is old news (about a year) but I absolutely love it…it’s one of my favourite music videos to date…and we all know how much I LOVE watching them (can anyone say obsessive?!?!) anywho…if I can share this with one person (just one) who's never seen it then I’m glad to have posted it….so there!





Enjoy! Oh and don’t try this at home folks…well maybe, but be careful

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Tired? Take a nap….Anywhere you like!


Seriously check out this ‘wig’ from creator Joo Youn Paek. It’s called the Pillowig and it might change your sleeping patterns…for the better! Places and things are easily transformed into your bed – a desk, the park, the train…there’s no more battling the heavy eyes or ugly displays of the head drop, just plop anywhere u like to freshen up. You might look a bit silly (just a bit!) but damn you’ll be one rested individual!

Where will your next nap be?


Thursday, 12 July 2007

Dare To Be Square


Check out this new watch from Nixon. The Tribella is very practical…for people like me who don’t put much thought into accessorizing an outfit (my efforts extend to an '80’s Casio watch and a white leather bracelet) this might be the key - it’s perfect, as it functions as a watch and bangle. Comes in light green, white and black to match any outrageous outfit thrown at it.

Happy accessorizing!

Monday, 9 July 2007

Oh How I Love A Good Ad!!!!


Advertising as we know it is changing rapidly….Every free space is being considered and why not when there’s a captive audience and money to be had? Ryanair has just signed its fourth client to advertise on the overhead luggage compartments on selective flights. Even bands are getting in on the action - The Chemical Brothers took the opportunity to advertise their new album in Hoxton Square, London, taking over an office window for their display that included a video. It’s no wonder companies are looking for innovative ways to reach their target audience…people are becoming oblivious as sensory overload takes over. That’s why when a company takes a leap and grabs your attention in a new and fresh way we must share…..and so I shall!! Check out this really cool ad created for Wii out of….drum roll please… Post-it notes. You know this is cool, just admit it! It was launched in Milan, Italy, to advertise its retro games. Genius!! Oh did I mention that on the backs of each Post-it note was an ‘invitation to relive the 80’s’ through the classic games available on wii.

Now that's what I call Advertising!


Friday, 6 July 2007

Lyrics of the Day


I went to an album release party for Datarock last night and came out singing. The Norwegian band that’s been classified as “tongue-in-cheek electronic-dance” arrived on stage in matching tracksuits and a passion to rock the house…and so they did, to the crowds’ delight! Oh and the song that I couldn’t get out of my head was called Computer Camp Love and with lyrics like these it’s pretty hard not to sing along…

She’s not a tramp
Her name is Judy
That’s a nice name
Yeah she’s a nice girl
Big deal
Did you get in her pants
She’s not that kind of a girl booger
Why, does she have a penis

check out their other tunes here


Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Am I seeing Double?

Things are getting a bit creepy in the world of robots….that’s right I said robots. One of the men in the image above is a robot, can you guess which one? Just as I suspected – he’s the one on the right. Zou Renti is the creator of um himself. The robot was revealed to the world last year at the 2006 China Robot Expo (as if this exists) at the International Convention Center in Beijing.

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Rock On!


This is the coolest guitar ever my friends. It’s called the Centerfold and it does just that…..it folds in the center (get it?!?). The electric guitar is designed by Fredrik Johansson (an airline pilot) and distributed by Devillan, Sweden-based Company. Imagine the possibility of traveling to your gig with your guitar in your backpack…..your biggest concern would be how you get there….Ryanair anyone?!?!