A Japanese living in London writes anything about everyday life in UK – cafe, restaurant, design, stores, politics, news, events, art/museums, films, food, fashion, travel etc. イギリス暮らしもかれこれ10年。カフェ、レストラン、デザイン、お店、政治、ニュース、イベント、アート／美術館、映画、食、ファッション、旅行等々、ロンドンでの日常生活や、英国に関する情報を思いつくままに綴ります。
Currently visitlondon.com has been hosting6 themed weekly competitions for 6 weeks (now in 3rd week). Each week, a participant could win a trips to London with different theme, by finding Rufus down on the map with the clues to track him down. It is quite difficult like “Where is Wally?”, and I couldn’t spot him on this week competition unfortunately…
The campaign was launched in January 2009, playing on the similarity between the words “Market” and “Meerkat” and with Orlov’s catchphrase ‘Simples’. It has achieved a great success since then and also has contributed to a commercial success for comparethemarket.com to become the UK’s 4th most visited insurance website, and the site’s overall sales doubled. By 2010 the site had increased its market share by 76%. As of today, Aleksandr has more than 800,000 Facebook fans and around 55,000 followers on Twitter, as well as his Flickr gallery for family portraits. The adverts are quite funny, so check out the videos on YouTube’s channel of comparethemeerkat.com.
After the empty seats ordeal at the Olympic games (some of which were filled with soldiers in uniform – didn’t look good at all!), London 2012 Olympic organisers have announced that unsold and unused tickets allocated to international sports federations are collected, and go on sale on the London 2012 website every day from now (the Guardian / the Telegraph).
I had almost given up to see the Olympic with my own eyes as I tried to buy a ticket on the Olympic ticket site but to no avail, and have been just watching on TV. However, I checked the website again after I saw the news, and there were many tickets of interesting games suddenly appeared that I’ve never seen before! Many of the tickets were more expensive classes, and the system didn’t work well as I assume that many people were trying to grab the tickets at the same time, but I managed to buy some finals with one of them for the game at the Olympic Park (I wanted to experience the festive atmosphere at the main Olympic Park during the Games). Now I am so thrilled!!
This is the London 2012 online shop for official Olympic goods. To be honest, I am not very impressed by the merchandise or its mediocre web design. Not only because I don’t like the angular Olympic logo and scary mascots, but also because those products are badly designed and look cheap (though price is not cheap).
To check a daily newsletter from DailyCandy is one of the first thing I do every morning and what is new in town (see my past entry). However, just the day before yesterday on a leap day, I received the last one, saying good-bye from DailyCandy without a reason or explanation, all of a sudden. I have no clue what happened to DailyCandy – no information I found on the internet. However, the website of DailyCandy London edition is still working, and there are some up-to-date online articles of March 1 & 2, though these are not London-specific info, but about a film and US online shops.
DailyCandy gave me a lot of useful information about London, such as opening of chic restaurants and cool shops, fun events and some cute stuffs to buy. Very sad. Thank you DailyCandy, you helped me a lot to know London better, and made me adore this city!