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Union Cycle Works, Deptford

Considering how many times i’ve been to this place, and how long i’ve known about it, I feel a little ashamed to be only just posting about it, but then again, I am looking into rebranding atomicpinball to something like ‘betterlatethannever.com’ as it seems to be the case with most introductions to most posts. ANYWAY, point is, there’s a bunch of guys, on my doorstep, doing something genuinely brilliant and  innovative and I want to shout about it, from the top of a mountain. Except there aren’t any mountains nearby. There’s Telegraph Hill, which is more of a hill, but that just won’t do. So I guess i’ll have to stick with the internet, so imagine this as my soapbox, perched precariously on top of Telegraph Hill. Fitting, as it was also the site of one of the first Semaphore Telegraph Stations in London, and the internet enables one to shout about whatever we damn well please, to millions of people the world over (so it’s a good soapbox in case you missed the reference)

Anyway. Since hearing of the honeybee network out in India, my younger brothers fascination with the internet of things and the way that consumerism is changing at such a rapid rate; I’ve been unable to avoid being interested in the socially aware businesses that are popping up almost as quickly as the traditional marketplace is falling down. It’s time for change, and these guys have captured the zeitgeist; nail. on. head.

Not only is their business’ product bikes, an inherently green and sustainable mode of transport, they also recycle said bikes, and restore them to their former glory. ‘Loads of people do that!’ I hear you say, and yes, you are right, I am indeed one of them! But loads of people don’t take the time out of their lives to teach disadvantaged people how to do this, so that those disadvantaged people can go on to build better lives for themselves, as well better bikes for other people. But these guys do. And they work in Deptford, which is near my house. So ha.

The project is circular in it’s brilliance, it contributes to solving about a billion (well not quite that many) issues in one fell swoop. They take old, broken bikes, that would otherwise need to be recycled, and breath new life into them, collaborating with disadvantaged people whilst doing so (so that disadvantaged people learn the skills required to do this for themselves) Therefore eradicating the need for a shopper to go into a shop, buy a bike and increase his/her carbon footprint with one that’s been made in China, shipped over here and then bought from a great big warehouse that is killing five polar bears an hour. These bikes are sold through a process of consultation, and personal interaction, something we screenagers are increasingly bereft of. In doing so, they increase social interaction, which subsequently has twofold benefits; the disadvantaged person gets social interaction in a professional context, and the consumer gets some social interaction as well as a pleasant shopping experience, something that he/ she is probabaly lacking in (on the assumption that he/she is a London-based commuter) And as if that wasn’t enough, for the price of an ‘off the peg’ cycle, you get a lovingly restored one, which teaches the customer the value of beautiful, quality products with a story.

At this point I wish I was a graphic designer, so I could make a circular diagram to show you this, but you’re a creative enough bunch, i’m sure you can figure it out. Anyway, enough eulogising; you should go there, and buy a bike there, and help make the world a better place whilst doing it.

Union Cycle Works , Deptford Project, 121-123 Deptford High Street, SE8 4NS,

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Skittles touch cat

I’m a huge fan of Skittles recent ad work anyway, the cage was brilliant. This one, in my opinion takes the cage’s glory though. When it tells you to put your finger on the screen, actually do!

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Letter M Press… Get contributing

Well its already achieved it’s pledge fund, but this is awesome nonetheless. Now all I need is an Ipad, I hear the new one is out today too… Click on the picture to go straight to the (very interesting) video. Also, note how the narrator says Chicago.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/821242145/lettermpress-a-virtual-letterpress-on-your-ipad/widget/video.html

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Really?! Android app for animal translating…

Google have apparently announced an Animal Atranslation app for the android. Now I get to speak Goat.

click on the image to go straight there and finally find out what your dog’s saying when he’s humping your leg…

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Day 1 – The Generation Gap Project

It’s going fairly well so far. Today we created a blog and twitter feed for the shop, as well as a ‘personality’ of sorts. We’ve started ‘The Anti Warming Pan League’ which has it’s own hashtag on twitter #antiwarmingpan and we now follow all of the Antiques related people on Twitter. We’ve got three followers (woo hoo!) and 45 hits on the blog. Not amazing but better than a poke in the eye with a warming pan handle. The Idea behind the Anti Warming Pan Handle league came from the younger generations of our family – it’s something we all associate with generic, boring Antique shops and something that we all know won’t sell which is the ultimate goal for things in an Antique shop.  So, we decided to unite the warming pan haters across the world and start an amnesty of sorts.
Tomorrow we tackle this:

We’ve found some interesting bits and bobs too – a blue plate of the original Alton Towers, which we plan to make a part of our campaign as well as some very old Cashmere Burberry Scarves and a brass eagle. We’ve also roped the Strawberry Militia into giving us a quoteon a jazzy new sign and some graphics for the Anti Warming Pan League.

More to come tomorrow!

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The Generation Gap

I’ve been away for three months. Not that it matters much to any of you, but ‘away’ encompasses being away from phones, emails, social networking tools, everything. That is, unless I chose to go to an internet cafe and ‘plug in’ to the life I had left behind for three months. I have to say it was refreshing; it was nice to write in a book, with a pen. It was nice to read a book, that I held in my hand and turned the pages of  (not that I actually have a kindle or an iPad) Anyway, the point is, I was ‘away from it all’, and whilst ‘away from it all’ one gets time to think about what ‘it’ really means. Am I talking about technology? I don’t know. Social media? Yes in a way. The point I’m trying to make is probably best illustrated in a story, I also wrote one of those whilst I was away, but more to come on that later.

So, on the tube was I, travelling back from a very cold Stansted airport at 7AM in the morning. Out of the sleep encrusted, half closed eye that was on the right side of my face, I spotted an elderly English chap. He had an air of real old school  England about him – the type you normally see in a chauffeur driven car, not the tube. In his hand was a bundle of papers wrapped in a leather sheaf. Not a care in the world had this chap, and a lovely old man he looked too. But I couldn’t help feel ever so slightly sorry for him. The reality of it was that he probably didn’t give two hoots about being surrounded by a load of goggle eyed  screenagers staring vacantly into their iPhones, Blackberry’s and crinkled copies of the morning’s Metro – all that was on his mind was what was going to be said in the meeting he was going to attend and maybe what was for supper that evening.

But he, to me, represented a generation that have been excommunicated in a lot of ways. See, whilst I was away, something changed for me. Social media and technology became something that didn’t represent an invasion of privacy or another distraction, it became a tool that is useful and in some cases, missed. It’s sad, I know, being on the other side of the world and thinking ‘I would tweet the sh!t out of that now if I could’ but on the other hand, it’s intriguing when you consider the social implications of what this technology and these tools can actually do. Not just for marketing products, or endlessly seeking out personal fame, but for being a catalyst for social change. The Man that I saw on the tube that day (apologies if you’re reading this and you are in fact a tech savvy social media guru and you had an iPad tucked in your tweeds) showed me a generation, similar to that of my parents , squeezed out of this ever narrowing gap between producer and consumer. He, I presume, can’t tweet at John Lewis if the pillowcase he just bought has a hole in it, nor can he write on the Facebook wall of Land Rover if his wheels are out of line – he might not want to, granted, he might be happy to do it the old fashioned way,  which is still great, but takes more time, something everybody has less of nowadays.

The great thing is, that with consumerism now showing it’s true colours, retailers, producers and distributors alike are no longer in a position where poor service or quality of product is acceptable – we can now say, in front of the world but without showing our face, that we’re not happy. Now all of this chitter-chatter probably makes me sound like some sort of techno geek, something which I am very certainly not – I am firmly of the belief that ones time away from the screen is very, very important. I also firmly believe in the re-birth of cottage industry, something that, in future, I’d like to be instrumental in  (a midwife of sorts) and also something which my brother, has been writing some very interesting stuff about of late.

Well, that’s all folks, almost. What would all of this mean other than a rant if I didn’t follow through and actually ‘DO’ something about it? Well that’s what I’m going to do. See, I’m sorta trapped up north at the moment, in the land where times goes slow. And rather than read Lady Chatterley’s lover in front of the fire, I figured I’d use this new opinion and time to ‘put my money where my mouth is’ and drag my Dad, kicking and screaming, into the digital age. I’m not suggesting he befriends me on Facebook, but he has a beautiful Antique shop, which he struggles to open, let alone tell people about! So, over the Christmas period, I’m going to be helping ‘Robert Redford Antiques and Interiors’ to become ‘relevant in the dynamic digital landscape’. Though I’m not entirely sure how relevant an antiques shop just outside of Manchester can be, it could be an interesting use of my Christmas break….

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It’s Not Often I’ll post about Tennis

But given the fact it’s that one the week of the yearwhen people from all walks of life decide they love the sport, I thought it fitting. Check out Murray flexing some Tennis muscle in Shoreditch:

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