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What’s it all for…?

20101102 Wheelie Bin Looking Pensive 300x225 Whats it all for...?I was on my lunch break and was engaged in thought, clasping my sandwich in one hand and mobile phone in the other. “I must start making my own sandwiches,” I thought. It’s amazing how a market has evolved around people being too busy (or in my case lazy… maybe) to make their own packed lunch. It’s almost like a vicious circle: we’re too busy to make lunch, therefore we buy lunch, which is more expensive. We work longer hours so we can afford to buy the sandwich, which leaves us with less time to make sandwiches… Okay, perhaps not strictly true with sandwiches, but I do think the general principle holds true – to an extent.  A friend of mine does a joke about vicious circles, which is kind of cute…

I returned to reality with a crash, as I saw what appeared to be a Gromit-like face looking back at me pensively, as if it was mocking me. It was part of the hinge mechanism of a large wheelie bin.

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No more broom and bust!

20101102 Broom Head in Asda 300x225 No more broom and bust!I always enjoy walking down the hardware aisle in the supermarket. I don’t know why – I just do. There are always interesting items there at ridiculously low prices, making me wonder whether something has gone wrong in our economy. Sometimes I think, “You couldn’t even get the raw materials for that!” Maybe you could, but add onto that the cost of transport, the supermarket’s mark-up, the supplier’s mark-up… what does the manufacturer get? It can’t be much. It’s interesting how the basis for economic growth is manufacturing. But thinking about it, how many brooms can you sell before the market is saturated? Okay, brooms will wear out or break but it still doesn’t strike me as a sustainable model, neither economically, nor environmentally. What’s the solution? Answers on a postcard… or in the comments box below.

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Marketing Secrets

20101008 Dyson Airblade 300x225 Marketing SecretsThat James Dyson guy is a pretty clever chap: Take a tried and tested appliance, turn it into a frog-like face with pursed lips and market it as something high-tech! Seriously though, I think these Airblades are pretty good and they look quite sexy too. Yeah, you know they do! I find they work best if you stick your hands in from the side. Stick them in from the top and you get a blast of air propelling water droplets up your sleeves. There’s nothing worse than wet sleeves. Well, there’s plenty: war, famine, poverty… But you know what I mean.

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Du bist ein verdammter Schweinhund!

20101006 Chippenham Station 300x225 Du bist ein verdammter Schweinhund!So I was at Chippenham station today and got bored of waiting for the train and surfing the web on my phone. Luckily I found a steel post with a bolt through it and some flaking paint and rust spots. Dee-dee-dee… can you tell what it is yet? It’s a bit abstract but it could be a pig. Or a dog. Or perhaps both: a Schweinhund! That brought me two minutes of joy whilst my fellow passengers were probably wondering what on earth I was doing. The art of looking like a nutcase. I have perfected it.

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Bob’s my uncle

20100926 Monkey Clips 300x225 Bobs my uncleHaving lived in my new flat for over a month without a bathroom mirror, I went into town and got myself one. I had been using a small shaving mirror, which was inadequate to be honest. This particular mirror has little eyes that you have to fix to the MDF backing with self-tapping screws. Tie a piece of string between the two and Bob’s your uncle – you have something with which to hang your mirror off a picture hook! I have an uncle Bob. His real name is actually Bob, not Robert. Anyway, I digress… I noticed that these little eyes looked a bit like monkeys – with a liberaral sprinkling of imagination. Or psychosis. You decide.

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