Christmas eCommerce: Keep it merry and stress-free!

Research has shown that almost 56% of British consumers will be spending nearly half of their Christmas shopping online this year. Others have also estimated that 8 out of 10 consumers will be considering online Christmas shopping. It is not surprising that British retailers have been investing a substantial amount of their efforts to embrace this once-in-a-year opportunity since several months before Christmas.

Despite the optimistic figures, some concerns remain amongst the retailers. It is one thing to browse on eCommerce website, but it is quite another thing to click the ‘purchase’ button for the consumers. Approximately 48% of the online shoppers are likely to quit shopping, leaving their shopping carts hanging there, abandoned and eventually forgotten.

So what is demoralising them?

Christmas time not only brings jolly and delightful feelings, but the time also makes people stressed and occupied with planning parties and finishing off their big projects before starting their holidays. And they are less likely to enjoy the complicated and time-consuming eCommerce procedures, forcing them to abandon their shopping baskets before completing the payments. It is the hard-to-follow structure, slow loading website or simply the unexpected delivery cost that make consumers switch to competitors or in-store shopping. Retailers cannot afford to lose these key shoppers whose expected average Christmas expenditure is 375 pounds per person.

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(Picture from Ag Report 365 http://agreport365.com/christmas-shopping-stress-fight/)

Christmas is just around the corner: What can we do at this stage?

Marketing strategy during Christmas encompasses an early preparation. Yet, there are still some actions that can be taken to avoid the ‘lost-consumer’ problem. The most straightforward solution, probably, is to send them the reminder emails. Big retailers such as John Lewis and QuickSilver use ‘Cart Abandonment Email’ to remind their consumers of the unfinished shopping activities. Their emails feature precise messages with images of items and the links that direct consumers back to their shopping carts.

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(Source from http://econsultancy.com/uk/blog/63925-cart-abandonment-emails-how-five-retailers-retarget-lost-customers)

However we also need to look at the root cause. In other others, to tackle the tedious eCommerce shopping experience by adding more fun and creative elements of your company.  For example, use of videos and photos featuring your team dressed in Santa costumes might attract the consumers’ attentions, making the process less monotonous.

Christmas-themed deals or promotions should be renewed and updated every couple of days to encourage your online customers to visit your website regularly. By offering vouchers that can be used in January 2014, it will not only ensure returning customers but also less chance of losing shoppers to the competitors. Similarly offering promotion code on the spot will prevent your consumers from leaving to other websites, looking for better offers. Your online sales will be likely to increase if you improve the cost of delivery. Given that consumers abandon their carts due to unexpected total prices at the final process of online shopping, companies may need to reduce the delivery fees, if not free, on orders that exceed certain amounts. This can provide some incentive for the consumers to spend more and at the same time avoid disappointments.

The most basic way to enhance online conversion rate is to revise the technicality and accessibility of your website (yet, many tend to underestimate this). The speed of website download determines the conversion rate, and therefore the volume of your Christmas sales. Ensure that your eCommerce website operates effectively and speedily for every type of device.

In conclusion…

As mentioned earlier, Christmas marketing strategy requires a long-term planning. This may involve the development of a personalized online shopping website, or incorporation of a range of social media methods to make online shopping more fun an interactive. In a busy time like Christmas, consumer attitudes are even more volatile. Retailers must make sure their eCommerce sites are precise, easy-to-follow, and speedy to avoid the ‘missing payment’ or ‘lost consumer’ situations.

The future of social media? Look at dating sites. No, seriously.

The future of social media, in my humble opinion, rests in the following key concepts:

• Customisation (of products, experiences, services)
• Niche
• Tailor-made and personalised options

These points can be seen already on dating sites. Dating sites will give you a forecast of what the future of social media look like. Yep.

From Match.com to Badoo and OkCupid, we’ve seen them all, from ‘Sweet girl looking for Mr. Nice Guy for serious relationship. Must love cats and cupcakes’ to ‘Let’s get smashed together!’, and so on and so forth.

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We’ve seen also people documenting and collecting evidence for the future generations – look at this: ’26 Completely Unexplainable Dating Site Pictures’.

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Then we saw things turning into something more specific. Not just person seeks person, but more niche, “spacialised” kind of sites.
Dating sites for “attractive, wealthy and desirable people” (http://sugardaddie.com/), dog owners (http://www.doggydate.com/), young, educated – and maybe a bit pretentious… – professionals (Guardian Soulmates), guys looking for “cougars”, and vice versa – here’s the meaning of cougar, if you don’t know it, according to a popular dictionary: /ˈkuːgə/ noun 1. North American term for puma. 2. Informal – an older woman seeking a sexual relationship with a younger man.

Date a hipsterdate a hippiedate a emo, or a goth, or a girl that is spending time in jail, you can really find anything and everything, nowadays.

And, finally, the project everybody’s talking about – Carrot Dating.

As reported by Mashable: ‘Carrot Dating App Lets You Bribe Your Way Onto Dates’.

Here’s what the website says:

‘GIFTS = DATES

Messaging may get her interested, but bribery will get you a date. Don’t waste time contacting countless singles in hopes that one will say “yes.” The Carrot Dating app gives you the power to date your first choice, not settle for only the ones who replied.

Gifts are the greatest “ice breaker.” Carrot Dating turns “fat chance” into “why not?” From flowers to jewelry, there’s a bribe for everyone’s budget. You can have anyone! All you have to do is dangle the right carrot.’

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Photo sources: Carrot Dating, Badoo, BuzzFeed

Brand Relaunch inferno / feat. Tesco, NME, Siemens, and VOV.

Some are changing their look, some are just going for a session at the beauty parlour, some are coming back after years in the closet – it looks like recently the word has been “relaunch”, for a lot of brands, though.

Voilà les news:

From MediaTel: ‘IPC Media has announced a ‘major redevelopment’ of popular title NME, which is set to relaunch on 9th October.

Under editor Mike Williams, changes include a redesigned logo, a greater Radar section both in print and online, new franchises and an enhanced ‘reviews’ section.

The magazine currently boasts a global audience of 3.4 million every week, and Williams commented that it is ‘vitally important’ for NME to continue to push things forward and innovate.’

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From Sky News: ‘Supermarket giant Tesco has relaunched its premium food brand for the first time in 15 years, as it tries to stem a slump in profit.

The new lines have been released just days after it revealed a 23.5% pre-tax profit plunge in its half-year result.

Britain’s biggest retailer said the update to its ‘Tesco finest’ food lines will include 400 new products, with 75% of the 1,500 product range being either new or improved.’

 

From Marketwired: ‘SUNNYVALE, CA- (Marketwired – Oct 7, 2013) – Eastwick, a leading independent strategic communications firm focused on technology, today announced that Siemens Enterprise Communications has selected the agency to lead the earned and social media programs as well as content and messaging strategy for the company as it moves toward a major rebranding and relaunch. Unveiling of the new brand and new name will take place during a global online broadcast event on October 15, 2013.

Siemens Enterprise Communications, a leading global provider of unified communications solutions, has garnered significant industry interest over past months with their announcement of Project Ansible, a visionary real-time collaboration and communications platform bringing together voice, video, social media and search into a smart, seamless, intuitive enterprise experience.’

About time!

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And, last but not least, Italy’s most famous egg nog is back in business!

The history (from the new website – http://www.vovzabajone.it): in 1845 ‘Gian Battista Pezziol decides to use the yolks, mixing them with Marsala wine, sugar and lots of LOVE, in order to create a liquor with a natural and simple recipe, which he will call “Vovi“ (“eggs”, in Venetian language). Pretty soon the liquor became a hit, crossed the borders of Veneto, and changed name: VOV. Still, to this day, all over the place, the name stands for the REAL egg-based liquor.’

Whole Lotta VOV!

The website is quite fresh and proudly made by, well, us. Yeah.

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Photo sources: NME, Wikipedia & Appnova

3 reasons we are VERY excited this week – Featuring the app that will change EVERYTHING FOREVER!

Now that we have your attention, we would like to say that said app is great, although we really don’t know if it will change everything forever. But yeah, it’s a great app.

So the new iPhone came out, gazillion Apple fans queuing for hours outside the Regent Street store, excitement and confetti everywhere, Samsung ripping off Apple again – see below – and so on and so forth.

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But we are excited for other reasons. First and foremost, the app in the title: PicPlayPost. CNET says: ‘Finally, a photo-framing app that stands out. PicPlayPost offers video integration in an otherwise photo-only app-frame landscape, complete with sequential and simultaneous playback along with other unique features.’

Wow. And I mean, WOW! We all know video is something that still doesn’t quite appeal to the average user – unless it’s about cats or it’s something like the latest Masterpiece from Chanel, which cost gazillions to produce, anyway. With this app, things could change for good, as it allows you to feature photos and videos at the same time. See the example below.

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Now imagine a brand using this thing, for Paris Fashion Week: a video from the runway, a full body picture showing the product and another picture of La Tour Eiffel – or something less obvious, but you get the point.

The second reason why we are as excited as a man who just found a forgotten Picasso under his bed, is that we are going to take care of the social media presence of a huge brand. We can’t say much at the moment…Stay tuned for more, folks!

The third reason? Oh, well, nothing…it’s just that one of our projects has been featured on http://www.webdesignserved.com/. Yep.

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Internet Obsessions: pets (not only cats!), money, and Beyoncé & Jay-Z.

“Four legs good, two legs bad.”

― George Orwell, Animal Farm

 

The Internet is a strange place where strange things happen. But it looks like three trends are going strong, nowadays: money, animals, and the Carter Family (i.e. Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and their kids).

Animals

Animals have always been big on the Internet, but there seems to be a shift, from mostly cats and (some) dogs, to other kinds of zoological creatures.

So, while online cats are “so everywhere” Vice even made a documentary about them – see below – non-cat owners too are trying to cash in on their pets.

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/lilbub/lil-bub–friendz-full-length

Remember “Maddie on things”? The latest evolution of the concept is “Stuff On My Rabbit”. Are rabbits the new cats? We don’t know, let’s see what happens next. it’s not clear why would you put a wrench on your rabbit’s head, though.

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Money

We’ve been talking about this for a while – see previous posts – as the “Yo yo I’m mothaf***in’ rich and you ain’t” thing still seems to go strong, despite poverty, famines and the global recession. Here’s the latest Guru of this movement, @itslavishbitch, AKA the most hated human being on the planet right now, AKA the man who comes up with inspiring quotes such as “More money on my chest than in yo bank account”, “These peasants keep hating while my money keep calculating” and “You made your bed so sleep in it, peasant”. Even Rihanna told him to stop. He replied: “Broke bitch ur net worth only 80m.”

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And here’s how 50 Cent explains what it’s like to be filthy rich.

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The Carter Family

There is something weird going on: people worshipping Beyoncé, Jay-Z and the rest of the family are now giving the whole thing a twist that puts these individuals in the most iconic paintings in history, something that sounds like a Beatification.

Here’s “The Carter Family Portrait Gallery

Photo by Julia Pelish Photography

And “Beyoncé Art History

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Witty Twitter Wars / Feat. Apple, Lotus, the Royal Family and toilet paper.

‘What do Nokia and Denny’s have in common? Apple envy’, says an article on The Verge. As usual, when Apple launches a new product, the hype level goes through the roof, and, after what we can call the “Oreo Effect”, brands started to react quickly on social media channels, trying to ride the wave and win the users’ attention.

There you go, then, with Nokia, Motorola, HTC, Windows Phone and the rest of them, trying to come up with a funny response to the Apple event.

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Even brands that have nothing to do with technology join the Conga line. Here you can see McDonald’s and Kit Kat’s version.

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And here’s one of Kit Kat’s recent tweets, showing how Twitter is becoming the wittiest, fastest and – maybe – smartest social network around.

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Even when good taste is kind of lacking, somehow.

Examples? Charmin, always talking about, well…things with a bathroom-related twist, like they did for the birth of little Prince George.

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And, last but not least, yesterday’s Masterpiece. Raikkonen leaves Lotus for Ferrari, and, as Metro reports, ‘Following the announcement, the British-based outfit tweeted a picture of two bunnies getting busy (we’ve decided not to show you the rampant rabbits…use your imagination if you really want to), accompanied by the message: ‘So Kimi is off to Ferrari for 2014; it hurts a little bit… #F1 #Raikkonen’

We decide to show the bunnies, by the way.

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Photo sources: Twitter, Kit Kat (http://www.kitkat.com/#/home)

Is Facebook doomed? We still have Instagram. And Zuckerberg still has us by the #balls.

The Guardian, Monday 29 April 2013: ‘In the last month, the world’s largest social network has lost 6m US visitors, a 4% fall, according to analysis firm SocialBakers. In the UK, 1.4m fewer users checked in last month, a fall of 4.5%. The declines are sustained. In the last six months, Facebook has lost nearly 9m monthly visitors in the US and 2m in the UK.

Users are also switching off in Canada, Spain, France, Germany and Japan, where Facebook has some of its biggest followings. A spokeswoman for Facebook declined to comment.’

Is Facebook doomed? Maybe. And more or less everyone is celebrating the fact. Facebook has become an unstoppable juggernaut, a gigantic Moloch that swallows everything everyone ever did, said, lived. Even worse: it has become something nobody likes, but has to live with, for some strange reason. But there is at least one person that doesn’t care too much about it, and that’s Mr. Evil Baphomet Behemoth Lucifer Mark Elliot Zuckerberg. In fact, he’s having a right laugh, for a simple reason: he bought Instagram, some time ago, and, while everybody was going “WTF??”, we said the move was genius (‘Three good reasons why Facebook bought Instagram’).

Look at the comments below. Now, the same people are taking pictures of #food on Instagram, like there’s no tomorrow.

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Yes, Instagram is where all the users Facebook is losing are going to, at the moment. And that moment is going to last for a good while, for a few reasons:

1. The present of the Internet is image-based. Nobody want to read stuff online anymore, unless it is relevant – i.e. The Economist and BuzzFeed GOOD, your status about how you are fed up with the weather in London BAD. Moreover, “A picture is worth a thousand words” and blah blah blah.

2. Video is the future, folks.

3. Mobile is the future, kids. And Facebook for mobile is just crap.

4. It’s addictive. Yes, Instagram is bloody addictive.

5. There a shift from “curator” to “creator”. And, if you still really want to be a curator, then go for Tumblr.

6. Instagram doesn’t bother you with ads, it’s simple – although many features could be changed and make it work – it’s still yours, you don’t have to pay to have to reach users with your posts, and your mother is not using it – yet.

When it comes to Gen Y, there’s a great article on Mashable, written by a 13 year old kid, that explains the situation: ‘I’m 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook’. For the rest of us ex-kids, just consider this: when your friend who had a BlackBerry until two months ago finally gets an iPhone and start taking pictures of cupcakes somewhere in West London, then you know everybody is moving to Instagram.

 

Finally, here’s the top 3 Instagram situations of the week.

A bored 50 Cent claims he’s the “coolest man alive”.

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@mrpimpgoodgame’s collection of selfies.

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And Miley Cyrus’ Photoshop Fail.

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The End of Everything / Footballers on Instagram, $38,000 designer bags, extreme luxury and tigers in Dubai.

‘You see it’s broke nigga racism

That’s that “Don’t touch anything in the store”

And this rich nigga racism

That’s that “Come in, please buy more”

“What you want, a Bentley? Fur coat? A diamond chain?

All you blacks want all the same things”

Used to only be niggas, now everybody playing

Spending everything on Alexander Wang

New Slaves’

Kanye West / “New Slaves”

 

‘I just talked to Jesus

He said, “What up Yeezus?”

I said, “Shit I’m chilling

Trying to stack these millions”

I know he the most high

But I am a close high

Mi casa, su casa

That’s our cosa nostra

I am a god

I am a god

I am a god’

Kanye West / “I Am a God” (featuring God)

I will almost copy and paste the following article – by Colin McDowell, posted on The Business of Fashion’s website – in its entirety, as it is too bloody good:

‘Following news that a shop assistant in Zurich refused to let Oprah Winfrey examine a $38,000 black bag, Colin McDowell says astronomically priced products are emblematic of exactly what’s wrong with the fashion business.’

‘LONDON, United Kingdom — Historians take pleasure in giving portmanteau names to periods: The Age of Elegance; The Dawn of Civilisation; The Gilded Age. It is interesting to imagine what, in the future, will be the title given to today’s fashion period. Guilt and Greed, perhaps? The Death of Taste? I would suggest it could best be summed up as The Age of Irresponsible Excess.

To illustrate what I mean, take the recent little vignette that played out in Switzerland, starring Oprah Winfrey. In a Zurich shop, the American media icon expressed interest in a $38,000 black bag, displayed in a locked showcase. A shop assistant refused to get it out of its case to let her properly examine it. Oprah (who is estimated to have earned $77 million last year alone) was informed that it was too expensive for her and after a few more requests and refusals, she left. Many will agree with her assumption that she, an African American woman, was a victim of prejudice, and they could well be right. (My note: read again the lyrics to “New Slaves”)

Racial prejudice is intolerable to all civilised people and it is right that it should be rigorously questioned and examined. But what has not been questioned or examined in this particular case is something which should shock and appal all right-minded people. And that is the price asked for the bag. What an affront to society and civilisation it presents. Above all, it is a shocking indictment of the mindless greed of the higher echelons of the fashion industry and the way in which it has corrupted certain areas of society. Astronomically priced products are designed not to shock, but to excite a customer sufficiently to be determined to buy them.

To me this is exactly what has gone wrong with the fashion business. A spat between a designer and a journalist, like the one between Hedi Slimane and Cathy Horyn, is demeaning and embarrassing, but the “Oprah Bag” question is infinitely more important and should outrage us all. Can we really have respect for an industry that sells handbags for $38,000?

Read the rest here: http://bit.ly/14NA5S2

So, while Kanye raps about the excess of contemporary society, the noveau riche disease and the God complex of the wealthy and tasteless, many still worship money and shamelessly show off their possessions, despite a universal grim economic situation.

Have we lost the plot? Yes.

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Do you remember the ‘Rich Kids of Instagram’? if you don’t, check the following photos and the Tumblr. It will become a reality TV show, according to Mashable.

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Other similar cases include ‘Arab kids of instagram’.

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And Rapperz on Instagram.

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Oh, and don’t forget football players showing off on social media.

Here’s Balotelli’s hand.

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And Nuri Şahin’s collection of keys.

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Hopefully, Gen Y will save us all – as Noah Kerner in this article posted by Forbes reckons: ‘My generation dreamed of making millions on Wall Street. Today’s young people dream bigger – building startups that change the world. is going for other stuff opposite direction

Or, if the world will not change, at least the filthy rich could use a bit of class, when bragging about their monies. Look at Snoop Lion’s Instagram shot – a sober, subtle image of what being rich and famous is about: travelling in style, with Louis Vuitton gear, while smoking a spliff. What else do you need?

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Photo sources: Instagram, Vice (http://www.vice.com/en_uk)

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Is McDonald’s trying to become a luxury brand? Capitalism, minimalism, decadence and French fries.

What is happening to McDonald’s? Is the brand going bananas, or is it about to make the smartest move ever?

 

The facts:

From RocketNews24: ‘McDonald’s Japan recently unveiled the Quarter Pounder Jewelry series of premium high-class burgers, laughing at your conventional definition of fast food. But at 1,000 yen (US$9.93) without fries or soda, and including quality ingredients such as truffle sauce, pineapple, or chorizo, these fancy burgers are unusual menu items for a fast food chain.’

TAXI – The Global Creative Network reportsTo match up to the quality of the premium burgers, the fast-food giant also packed them in exquisite-looking minimalistic packaging.

As opposed to its brown paper bags, McDonald’s used glossy white paper bags—much like those you’d receive when you shop at fancy branded outlets—that were printed with “golden arches” in gold foil on the front.

Each burger was also wrapped with a gold-colored paper sleeve, and placed in a luxury-watch-box-packaging lookalike of a glossy white paper box.

Would you pay more for McDonald’s if they used quality ingredients and posh packaging? Or is this just decadent?’

Here’s one of the comments left by the users: ‘This is a prime example of putting lipstick on a pig…’

And a collection of pictures of said luxury junk delicacies.

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This is what they look like in real life, anyway.

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Meanwhile, in France, the new ad campaign features close-up photos of chips, a Big Mac, a Filet-o-Fish, and other products. No text. No copy. No logo. Nothing but the product.

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“Minimalistic” is the word.

A concept that is growing popular, recently, especially when it comes to luxury brands. As a great article – ‘the Rise of the Unbrand’ – on the Harvard Business Review puts it, ‘Today, some major mainstream brands are even removing their logos voluntarily. Take Selfridges & Co. The UK-based company was voted Best Department Store in the World at the Global Department Store Summit in 2012. With stores in London, Birmingham and the Manchester region, they are experimenting (and succeeding) with a very counter-intuitive brand strategy of creating silence. As part of their “No Noise” initiative, they’ve launched something called The Quiet Shop, a store-within-a-store for which some of the world’s most respected brands have actually removed their logos. These “de-branded products” includes the very-well-known brands Levi’s, Creme de la Mer and Beats by Dre — just without their signature logos.’

So, is McDonald’s trying to appeal to Gen Y – which, as we said elsewhere, lives and loves the paradox of the concepts of luxury and junk, sort of Apollonian and Dionysian dichotomy – and reinvent itself as a thoughtful and decadent luxury brand, or have they just lost the plot?

Talking about junk food, Japan and decadent stuff, this photo was posted by a Burger King employee, who was fired after it went viral. There is the allure of capitalism, a crucifixion that reminds us of Mantegna and Guido Reni, the sadness of post-Marxism, and a bucket full of God knows what, here.

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And here’s the good old junk approach: no vain ambitions, no frills, no exotic dreams of luxury and pineapple in burgers, just the ultimate Call to Action – “Got a couple of bucks? Good, come here and give it to us.”

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Photo sources: TAXI – The Global Creative Network http://designtaxi.com/ PR Daily http://prdaily.com/Main/Home.aspx RocketNews24 http://en.rocketnews24.com/

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Covent Garden: 17th century sandwiches, Mick Jagger’s hair, the market, and more.

Appnova’s new HQ is in Covert Garden. We absolutely love it. Covent Garden is like ice cream – you’ll never get tired of it.

 

Here’s a series of interesting and unusual facts about Covent Garden.

In 1632 the 4th Earl of Bedford, Francis Russell, commissioned the renowned architect Inigo Jones to develop the area into a luxury neighborhood. Heavily influenced by Italian piazzas, Jones created London’s first public square, surrounded by arcaded buildings and dominated by the church of St. Paul.

The first sandwich ever eaten by that name is claimed to have been consumed in the Shakespeare’s Head in Covent Garden by the Earl of Sandwich, in 1762. Sandwich was a keen gambler who when snacking at the gaming tables had his meats put between slices of bread to keep his fingers (and the cards) free from grease.

Eliza Doolittle, the central character in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, is a Covent Garden flower seller.

A lock of Mick Jagger’s hair is up for sale at auction house Bonhams next month with a guide price of between $2,400 and $3,000. Mick Jagger’s hair was snipped from his mane in the early 1960s and kept by relatives of one of his first girlfriends, Chrissie Shrimpton, a Covent Garden secretary he famously dated while a student at the London School of Economics.

 

And here’s a series of great images, nicked from “Old Covent Garden: The Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Markets” and “Covent Garden Then & Now”, both by Clive Boursnell.

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About this photo, Clive Boursnell says: “Everything was on the move: the ever-changing colour of the light, the kaleidoscope of shapes…Then a blast from a truck’s horn, a voice from a cab window: ‘Out the fuckin’ way, dreamer boy.'”

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Photo sources: Retronaut http://www.retronaut.com/2012/10/covent-garden/ Time Out http://now-here-this.timeout.com/ / All photos © Clive Boursnell.

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