Culture

Never too late for Christmas shopping

Each year it is the same rush, race, organized chaos for Christmas shoppers and sales assistants/shop owners.

For Londoners, the choice is vast.

Christmas shopping London

Christmas shopping London

There is also the alternative: the mighty internet… However, this is not the same experience.

There is a certain beauty to go out and to enter a carefully decorated store – whatever the size – to feel that unique atmosphere of Christmas.

For some reasons, people want to buy expensive and big presents. Sometimes it is a real headache for sellers and buyers. It is about guiding, giving support and directing customers towards the right gift. In other words, there is no room for error! No one wants to have their Christmas ruined.

Have people lost the actual sense of Christmas?

It can be worrying/surprising to see decorations for 25th December in some shops from late August.

Technology is taking over nearly everything. From toys for toddlers to gadgets for adults. There must be WiFi, USB and other mandatory connections. Some are after the latest tablet or perhaps the newcomer that are wearables!

So, now time is running out. Just a few days to go and some are literally running after work to some shops looking for THE present(s). Late night opening and Sunday extra hours seem not enough to reach the “golden ticket” which will make that December day special.

Stepping back from the mayhem, all can look slightly over the top. We do have 11 months to plan that day. But… the last minute thing is currently part of our “busy” lifestyle. How can we be so busy? Technology is supposed to help us to have a better and easier life?!

We certainly are spending too much time on social media sharing this and that with other followers, friends and contacts.

Let’s scrap this for a short time and concentrate on the most urgent task to complete then eventually “instagram” the moment. There is always a solution to purchase something for someone. What is important to remember: it is all about the thoughts and not the price tag or the size of the Christmas gift. Everyone is after a little something! It can be a book instead of a Kindle, a voucher instead of a garment.

In the recent years some people have decided to orientate their choices towards hotel stays or fishing holidays in order to give something different and usable whenever it is convenient for the recipients. Tastes are changing and receiving a pass for a holiday or leisure park is certain to please everyone and there is no worries to have about sizes, colours…etc

What does this mean?

No need to stress, rush and panic as in most cases the simpliest things will please everyone. A Christmas present is not just for Christmas… but for the entire year.

Keep Calm Christmas Poster

Keep Calm Christmas Poster

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Culture

Coffee shop with blocked wifi

Some businesses such as espresso bars and restaurants have started an uprising against social media.

According to a Dutch creative agency (Just) an online study titled “99 days of freedom” shows how life without Facebook could impact user happiness.

99 days of freedom

99 days of freedom

99 days of freedom experiment

99 days of freedom experiment

 …It’s fascinating, and perhaps a little sad, to see the emergence of 21st Century tech related addictions and our attitudes towards them… Source

Faraday Café (in relation to faraday cage) went forward and decided to have totally enclosed the coffee shop in mesh that stops electromagnetic signals – in other words completely stopping any Wi-Fi – and consequently making smartphones and computers socially useless.

The aim being to disconnect for a few minutes and enjoy the coffee without other digital distraction.

What if a strict no-Facebook, no-Twitter policy was becoming a common rule to truly enjoy peace and quiet in a world where technology is on 24/7/365 and could bring nuisance to our precious busy lives.

Without the internet - coffee shop

Without the internet – coffee shop

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Business

Digital and tech jobs in the UK

When talking to other commuters either in the morning or evening, it seems that everyone is nowadays working online.

Office work is no more about typewriters, copiers, faxes and other huge filing cabinets. It is all about zero paper and digital files as well as storage space on hard drives.

According to a report, UK technology industry is getting stronger.

This brings a question. Is the country importing everything else then? What happened to real bakers, butchers and other craftsmen?

Are the new generations future white collars? Working 9 to 5 and not willing/interested in building or manufacturing bespoke furniture, suits, household equipments/appliances?

A right balance is important for the global economy and avoiding saturation is also something to consider.

What we hear again and again is the word “target” and this one thing can make or break a company.

More and more students are into high-tech jobs. Is it because the salary is attractive? Or is it because of a certain associated image and lifestyle, which are portrayed in films? It is sure that the higher the pay package the more pressure in the job too!

Working on a digital level means computers, laptops, video conference…etc – nothing actually that glamorous.

By talking to a few plumbers and electricians, there is an obvious lack of labour available and some of them are struggling to find apprentices.

Moving with the improvement of technology is a good thing but it is also important to keep what makes our Society interesting: handmade products in the United Kingdom rather than importing them from other parts of the World with less care about the final touches. Quality is important whatever the sector of activity: this relates to food, clothing and architecture too. In other words, cheap products rarely last long.

But it is not a surprise to hear people talking about “working for a media agency“, because there is a buzz about it and a kind of digital media stereotype too. Something fun about the working methods. Of course, it is all rather serious as clients are paying incredible amount of money for their display, marketing and social media campaigns.

DigitasLBi Unicorn

DigitasLBi Unicorn

Social media has also changed our daily lives. Just have a look around you when waiting under the bus shelter or at the train station. Most individuals have their eyes glued to their touchscreen smartphones or tablets to update their online status and share images or “like” a particular page. This is also the task of some employees working in the digital industry. Businesses need a social network to interact and even find potential clients/customers.

Smartphones are everywhere

Smartphones are everywhere

The benefit of working digitally? It can take place anywhere at anytime, all you need is a computer and an internet connection.

Businesses can decide to have their office space wherever they wish as long as it is in a good location, which can also impress when clients are visiting to talk about an eventual project – read previous article about this HERE. Alternatively, working from home can be a solution for freelancers too.

Finally, it is also essential to be aware that some cities are better situated for such jobs. Here is the top five:

  1. London (around 600,000 people work in the city’s technology business)
  2. Reading (the proportion of tech workers is more than one-and-a-half times the national average)
  3. Cambridge (an area which is home to the third-highest concentration of tech jobs in the UK)
  4. Bristol (the city ranks well in terms of both job numbers and pay)
  5. Edinburgh (the best salaries outside of London)

To read more about some facts concerning these 5 cities, visit CareerBuilder dedicated page HERE.

And if you wish to check the internet in real time, on various platforms at a glance > http://pennystocks.la/internet-in-real-time/

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