In aftermath of the SonyDADC fire and the destruction of PIAS’s stock, here’s an opportunity to engage in some legitimate protest. Put your money where your mouth is, and support the independent record labels affected.
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Small actions can have big consequences, and unintended ones at that.
It’s doubtful that those who attacked and set fire to a distribution centre in Enfield last night intended to deal a serious blow to independent record labels, but then it’s unlikely they’d much on their minds beyond a spot of social burglary.
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I need a new mobile phone, but thanks to some marketing failure, I’m getting a new mobile network.
Unusually, I am not using the verb “need” in the usual geek sense, where it is a synonym of the verb “want”, and often accompanied by the positional emphasiser “my precious” when IT hardware is involved. No, “need”: once the onboard hard drive has mysteriously wiped itself for the third time, action is required.
Having been well served by my HTC Athena – which chronicles the past several years by damage to its aluminum case – there is no way this side of a frontal lobotomy that I’m going to embrace the
Lewis’s doesn’t need any introduction if you’re from Merseyside. Not John Lewis (that was always “Lee’s”, short for George Henry Lee – the John Lewis store in Liverpool, until JLP took the silly decision to supress the historic brands), but an older department store, more prestigious in its day.
That day was over in the 1970s, but it was a still an impressive experience when I went there as a child in the 1980s. Since then, as the chain it belonged to dwindled and lurched from insolvency to insolvency, it’s slowly faded away, till, on May 29th, Lewis’s closed for ever.
I wish I’d been back in the city then, as I’d like to have visited one last time. Lewis’s was a Liverpool institution in the most fundamental sense – a fixture of the city centre since 1856 – and a little piece of the city’s identity dies with it. Even as a pale shadow of it’s past, Lewis’s was a counterpoint to the soulless and placeless shopping terraces of Liverpool One, which – barring a few notes about the old dock beneath the development – could be in any city in the UK.
I wanted to tell Labour supporters about a campaign I am promoting to ensure that goods bought online are freely available at a fair price. Currently, European rules do not adequately support online retailers & customers.
I am very pleased to be part of E-Bay’s drive for greater fairness in online selling. Having gained three quarters of a million signatures on their petition, E-Bay held a breakfast meeting with me as the main speaker yesterday morning to launch their campaign to reduce over-pricing by designer branded goods.
One of the reasons, albeit not the most important one, I am so keen to support E-Bay and on-line selling is my own personal experience. E-Bay saved my bacon when I needed a fancy hat for a wedding. Not being prepared to spend lots of money on an item I would more than likely only wear once, I turned to E-Bay where I found the very thing which was subsequently delivered the next day. In fact, I liked the hat so much that it’s now had more than the expected one outing.
The E-Bay campaign has only just begun. We now need to lobby the European Commission to change the rules. I will continue to blog as the story unfolds.