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Wednesday 16 May 2007

Photographer loses image library in fire — how safe is your audio and visual data?

As a photographer myself, I broke out into a cold sweat reading how this poor man lost most of his image library in the Lever Street fire. Equipment can be replaced but unique transparencies, negatives and digital images can’t be.

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Filed under: History,Manchester,Photography,TV & film,Video-making — GS @ 9:59 am
Thursday 10 May 2007

Data collection by United Utilities’ foreign call centres

Recently I mentioned how I called United Utilities and was asked for my date of birth for ‘data protection’ reasons. I refused to give it and they wouldn’t discuss my water bill.

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Filed under: Crime — GS @ 11:19 am
Saturday 19 August 2006

Alternative Manchester Pride

If you’re tired of the commercialisation of our Pride event in Manchester, check out this.

‘An alternative queer carnival running counter current to the main pride parade, happening in Manchester on the 26th of August (the bank holiday weekend)- needs you! We are recruiting an army of old dears in twin sets and on soap boxes. Our aim: to poke the gay conscience with our knitting needles… we object to gay ghettoisation, the selling off of our pride to corporate sponsorship and the absence of any awareness raising about gay rights and gay activism history as the source of our pride.’

And from 1-3 September 2006:

Get bent! is our answer to the commercialism of the mainstream pride event. in response to our pride being sold back to us by consumerism we are putting on a weekend of free events, food and fun.’


Filed under: LGBT,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 11:40 pm
Saturday 25 March 2006

Rhode Island Coffee, Bolton

Update: 3 April 2009

The original post had been up for three years and I’ve decided to take it down. No one asked me to do that.

Two of us didn’t have a very good experience at the coffee shop. When I got home I was furious and wrote about it here. But it’s a long time ago and eventually the staff posted some apologetic comments under the article, which I appreciate.

At the time of writing this update, the article is at number three on Google for a search on the name of the company. In fact both of us who were in the cafe that day run websites for a living and are clued up about search engines and we had met there to discuss business.

So in that sense the shop had a lucky escape as only one of us wrote about our experience online!

There’s an obvious moral to the story for all businesses: you don’t know which of your customers might be a blogger and search engine expert, so be nice to all of them…


Filed under: consumer — GS @ 11:49 am
 
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