Our society doesn’t think much of the average consumer.
And yet manufacturers still go to laughable lengths to protect their customers from harm, bombarding them with ridiculous warning labels or stunningly obvious explanations of how their products work. Why else would a carton of eggs actually say that the product may contain eggs?
Strange Random Warning Quote:
Warning: Do not attempt to swallow (On a mattress)
- 10 Dumbest Mythological Creatures (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Dumbest Thing (fishofgold.wordpress.com)
- 10 Dumbest Celebrity Tattoos (socialitelife.com)
- What’s the dumbest car-related world record? [Video] (jalopnik.com)
- Explicit Everyday Product Labels – These Cigarette-Style Graphic Warnings Mock the Law (TrendHunter.com) (trendhunter.com)
Here’s another of those Web 2.0 design sites to help you occupy a few boring moments or maybe even hours …
In the same way as many of its contemporaries, MakeRetro.com does one thing and one thing only, but does it remarkably well. Upload a photo or enter a link and then choose from a number of different effects which can be combined to create the perfect imperfect picture, so to speak.
If the options seem rather complicated, try the link at the bottom of the page that says “Chose (sic) an effect wizard” which brings up a very useful gallery showing you the combinations that were used on each photo.
So as usual, dive in, have fun and experiment!
Strange Random Retro Quote:
“There’s a sort of movement that says that when classics are bypassed, they can become cool again. That’s what’s happening to gin. It’s part of the whole retro cocktail culture.” – Richard Brandes
- Retro Snap: Want To See The Photo That Inspired This Painting? (thegloss.com)
- 3 Hipstamatic-Equivalent Android Apps For Retro Photo Effects (makeuseof.com)
- Righteous Retro Workout: Trampoline (fitsugar.com)
- Retro-Tech (whatdidyoudoforsummer.wordpress.com)
- Retro Snap: Guess How Old Audrey Hepburn Is In This Photo (thegloss.com)
- Do You Own Any Retro Appliances? (casasugar.com)
Reuters – Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, has suggested that owners of mobile phones which ring during concerts should pay a fine. Speaking to the BBC, he described the problem as becoming so common that it was “a plague.” “I would just love to see something where people would be fined … and that the money went to the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund,” he told the BBC. Davies said he was “really upset” when two concerts he attended recently were interrupted by phones ringing.
Strange Random Annoyance Quote:
- ‘More drivers using mobile phones’ (autonetinsurance.co.uk)
- Recycle Your Old Mobiles With First National (firstnationalnews.com)
- Orange T-shirt recharges mobile phones at Glastonbury Festival (textually.org)
- T-shirts that charge phones will be tested at Glastonbury Festival (theinformativereport.com)
- Old scam pushing all the right buttons (theage.com.au)
- Indian Man Electrocuted While Using Mobile Phone (textually.org)
- Inequality? (aidtwenty.wordpress.com)
An 18-month-old baby needed treatment for dehydration and several adults fainted after Ryanair left the passengers on one of its flights on the tarmac at Sevilla airport for over two hours without air-conditioning. El Mundo reports that temperatures rose to nearly 50 degrees as the delayed flight from Sevilla to Pisa sat on the tarmac between 1240 and 1450 during the heat of the day. What’s more there were not enough bottles of water to go round, and so these were given only to the children.
The captain told the passengers, only in English and Italian, that the compressor had failed, and that he was unable to start either the plane’s engines or the air conditioning. He said that if the steps were lowered they would lose their flight slot.
Strange Random Flight Delay Quotes:
“There is a false perception out there that the airlines are required to compensate passengers when their flights are canceled or delayed, when in fact, they are only required to provide compensation to passengers who were ‘bumped’ from an overbooked flight.” – Ed Perkins
“I’m fed up with it. I’m sick and tired of the delays, tired of the waiting. I’m hanging it up. You can have it. This flight will be my last flight.” - Raymond Davidson
- Ryanair introduces 2 “delays compensation” fee (abtn.co.uk)
- Ryanair diverts sicily flights (confused.com)
- Ryanair Imposes new two euro levy (confused.com)
- New Charge Hikes Price Of Ryanair Flights (news.sky.com)
- Ryanair blames EU for new charge (independent.co.uk)
- Abandoned on the tarmac: Disabled woman left sitting beside plane as Ryanair wouldn’t fetch lift (dailymail.co.uk)
- Iceland Volcano ash cloud: megaphone diplomacy of Ryanair helps nobody (telegraph.co.uk)
- Airline PR seldom covers flight delays (necontact.wordpress.com)
- Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary on why airlines should handle the ash cloud crisis (telegraph.co.uk)
London‘s Fashion and Textile Museum presents from this Friday 20th an exhibition of suits and designs by Tommy Nutter, regarded as the man who opened up the exclusive tailors‘ area of Savile Row to everybody (who could afford it, of course) and let loose a wave of creativity that would change the face of bespoke tailoring forever. More information about the exhibition can be found at the Fashion and Textile Museum website. Also worth looking at is the Nutters of Savile Row website, from which the following bio comes:
Nutters of Savile Row was established in 1969 by the late, great, Tommy Nutter, the original maverick tailor. Glamorous. Charismatic. Discreet. Eccentric. A man of wit and humour. A lover of life. He was London’s sartorial enfant terrible, a tailoring rebel who introduced rakish silhouettes and jaunty cocktail-lounge styles to the bespoke classes and the emerging classless celebrities of the Sixties. Until his untimely death in 1992, he dressed everyone, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, to Sir Hardy Amies and Lord and Lady Harlech, from Elton John, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross to the Duke of Bedford and Sir Roy Strong. Posh people and rock people, just the way it should be.
Strange Random Tailor Quote:
“The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.” – George Bernard Shaw (Irish literary Critic, Playwright and Essayist. 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1856-1950)
- Morning suit v lounge suit (bbc.co.uk)
- Bespoke London Tailor Gets With The Times (businessinsider.com)
- Savile Row rents now twice the price of a good suit (telegraph.co.uk)
- Savile Row – Golden mile of tailoring (matjazz.wordpress.com)
- Huntsman and the Changing Face of Savile Row (businessinsider.com)
- Not many Japanese get to work on a genuine sebiro (search.japantimes.co.jp)
- Eyman: Savile Road book tailor-made for style (pbpulse.com)
With the emphasis squarely on saving money nowadays (and rightly so), a number of websites such as Groupon have introduced the idea of savings in group purchases. However, it is also possible to find restaurants, supermarkets and retailers offering temporary deals or discounts by means of a special code, without the need for joining a group. Given that many of these retailers are available online, this makes them a good choice even if you don’t live in the UK and want to buy something as a present or just for yourself.
For example, a quick look on VoucherCodes.co.uk for Amazon brings up a special offer on DVDs and Blu-Ray discs of between 75 and 99%. The page gives details of any specific details that apply, the length of the promotion and a direct link to the store.
There are thousands more like this and if you want to, you can also sign up for a free newsletter and get the offers in your e-mail.
VoucherCodes.co.uk is one of many sites offering this service and if you do shop online, it’s worth checking with them first before you buy. You never know what you might find …
Strange Random Shopping Quote:
- Sony PSP tops 2010 list of ‘most returned tech gadgets’ (your-story.org)
- One in five accident-causing motorists lies to their insurer (money.marksandspencer.com)
- Online Shoppers Can Save Using Free Delivery (prweb.com)
In honour of that great monument to economic reactivation that is the Black Friday Sales, here are some song titles we’ve found that could be appropriate for playing in the car while you drive to the mall today!
Black Friday – Steely Dan
Black Friday Rule – Flogging Molly
Good Mourning, Black Friday – Megadeth
Freaky Friday – Aqua
Money – Pink Floyd
I Got Money Now – Pink
Money for Nothing – Dire Straits
The Big Money – Rush
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth is – Jet
Spending Money – WILL.I.AM
Spend, spend, spend – Snuff
Bull in a China Shop – Barenaked Ladies
Shopping – Pet Shop Boys
Down in the Mall – Warren Zevon
Freedom Lika Shopping Cart – NOFX
I will Buy you a New Life – Everclear
Buy Myself a Small Plane – Stereophonics
Money Can’t Buy it – Annie Lennox
(Lord won’t you Buy me a ) Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin
Have fun and safe shopping!
Strange Random Shopping Quote:
A bargain is something you can’t use at a price you can’t resist. – Franklin P. Jones
- From Gluttony to Greed (socyberty.com)
- How to Make a Black Friday Plan Ahead of Time and Save Yourself Some Money [Saving Money] (lifehacker.com)
- Avoid Black Friday: 25 Online Gifts Under $25 (crushable.com)
- Do You Plan to Shop on Black Friday? (learning.blogs.nytimes.com)
- US shops hope for Black Friday success (bbc.co.uk)
- Cinematical Seven: Black Friday Shopping Tips (moviefone.com)
- Debt-Free Holidays: 10 Ways to Shop Better on Black Friday and Beyond (walletpop.com)
- 15 Black Friday Deals That Will Make You Go Shopping Crazy (businessinsider.com)