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Pierdom

Southend Pier by Simon RobertsSouthend-on-Sea, Essex

I’m very fond of the British seaside. Not so much in a twee “OMG, let’s take photos and eat candyfloss!” kind of way – although that can be fun – but because there is so much to genuinely love about these former tourist traps, with their juxtaposed tackiness and architectural charm. I spent a lot of my childhood holidaying in Britain, as opposed to going on package holidays to places like Tenerife or The Costa del Sol. I felt quite envious of my classmates, who got to travel on an aeroplane and were guaranteed sunshine but, looking back, I think that spending rainy days in a caravan in Scotland and having trips out to Morecambe, Southport and Blackpool has made me feel more connected to the place where I was born. As I got older, I began to romanticise the typical English seaside resort because of their mix of joy, despair and faded grandeur. Of course this is present in a lot of small towns, but with the harshness of winter and idyll of summer by the coast, these extremes seem…amplified. This isn’t just some abstract feeling I have either. Although there are exceptions to this trend in prosperous locations, such as Brighton and Poole, the traditional British seaside town has long been in decline – offering the kind of unfashionably kitsch holiday that belongs to your granny and granddad’s halcyon days. A recent report called ‘Turning The Tide‘ details the deprivation present in the UK’s coastal towns – including the ones which haven’t been totally deserted by tourists. In a lot of these towns, the grand old hotels have since been converted into bedsits that are full of transients. Although I will always have a soft spot for Blackpool in particular, the reality of life there is pretty grim. In the series ‘Pierdom’, Simon Roberts focuses on Britain’s iconic Victorian piers, and his lens captures my feelings about these places perfectly. From wind-bitten, rusting structures to sun-bathed promenades, his photographs evoke the curious charm and essence of the British seaside.Hastings Pier Simon RobertsHastings, East Sussex

Boscombe Pier Simon RobertsBoscombe, Hampshire

Teignmouth Grand Pier Simon RobertsTeignmouth, Devon

Blackpool South Pier Simon RobertsBlackpool, Lancashire

More of Simon Roberts’ brilliant photography is on his website – there are more photographs from the Pierdom series, and you should also have a look at another project he has done called ‘We English‘, which focuses on English tourism in a much broader context.

Fantasy Man Generator

Fantasy Man GeneratorSmile Makers, the manufacturers of cutesy sex toys named after traditionally desirable male stereotypes (‘The Millionaire’, ‘The Fireman’, you get the idea…) have created this microsite which allows you to create a ‘fantasy man’ and put him in a ‘fantasy setting’ and then, um…email him to your friends? The whole exercise feels a little pointless, but I suppose it’s just a bit of promotional fun.Bateman FantasyI ended up half-heartedly making this, so I suppose it means that I’m subconsciously attracted to Patrick Bateman types, which is kind of soul crushing. Actually…doesn’t this guy remind you of Scott Disick? Oh dear.
I guess, it could be worse, when this is an option…CreepyYep, that’s right, it’s the sweaty anorak-wearing weirdo who’s often in your local Spar. Except he’s now wearing animal print underpants and he’s ready for action on, presumably, an 8-year-old girl’s bed. What the fuck?

2012 Highlights

It’s been a pretty big year for Shameless Self-Promotion. I guess you could say that this blog has now served its purpose, because I finally landed myself a paid job in advertising, which I really enjoy! However, I still really like blogging, so I’m not going to stop. Here are the posts that got the most hits this year – and from what I can tell, it would seem that people on the internet are still totally enamoured with cute stuff…

ABSOLUT UniqueAbsolut Unique bottlesThese psychedelic one-of-a-kind bottles by Absolut proved to be a hot topic. Definitely a successful idea from Absolut, which surely generated a lot of hype and a lot of sales.

Cute Advert AlertZingy EDFWhen EDF rolled out the first TV ad starring Zingy, everyone started going batshit crazy, wondering where they could buy some Zingy merchandise. Unfortunately, EDF didn’t bother manufacturing any Zingy toys, which is odd because there was so much demand for it. I’m fairly certain that if they had made some Zingy plush toys that were given to new EDF customers, a lot of people probably would have switched their energy provider. It sounds like a patronising move, but let’s face it, people want this shit.

And Dior Created WomanThe new Dior advert, starring the delightfully Bardot-esque Daphne Groeneveld had fashion fans asking, “Who’s that girl?!”

Tres Bien, Ray-Ban!Ray Ban Never Hide 1965Ray-Ban’s rebellious print ads got the kind of attention that they deserved.

Choupette Lagerfeld in V MagazineChoupette + KarlIt seems apt in the absurd, beautiful world of fashion that one of the newest icons is a cat – namely, Karl Lagerfeld’s feline friend, Choupette. Her shoot in V Magazine with Laetitia Casta caused a fair amount of interest because, on the internet, cute cats pretty much rule supreme.

Kim Kardashian obviously cottoned onto this, briefly becoming the owner of Mercy – a teacup Persian kitten. Sadly, Mercy is no longer around because Kim Kardashian is totally self-obsessed and has no soul she contracted a virus and died…poor little thing. But then, having said that, you know that she really has gone on to ‘a better place’.

Mint M&Ms

Mint M&MsMy friend recently brought some of these M&Ms back from New York for me. They definitely didn’t disappoint – each one tasted like a little mouthful of mint chocolate chip ice cream! I don’t know whether to be sad or relieved that they don’t sell them at my local cornershop; in no time at all, I’d probably have a figure like that female M&M on the packet…

Mark Hix at Tramshed

I can’t wait to go back here. I love steak, and the chips were the best I’ve ever tasted.

I Wanna Go Where Nobody Knows…

Loving the new single from Splashh! This band can do no wrong, in my opinion.

The Society of Good Taste

Crispin, Porter + Bogusky have rolled out a Facebook app with a difference – it actually turns away Facebook users from a brand’s fanpage. This isn’t a case of a monumental digital marketing fuckup either – the app has been developed for their client, Grey Poupon, to screen fans and play on Grey Poupon’s exclusivity. Does that sound elitist to you? Well good, because it’s supposed to be! I have to admit, I’d never actually heard of this brand of mustard before, which is strange because I definitely recognise its distinctive packaging, and the way that the traditional French colours look so nice against the mild yellow. Anyway, despite not being a Grey Poupon devotee, I love mustard and I’m into digital advertising, so I decided I’d better try out the app to see what Grey Poupon thought of me, before I made any decisions about what I thought of it!The app analyses your Facebook information – whether you use correct grammar on your status updates, what pages you have liked, places visited, education, number of friends, etc. and processes the findings to give you a taste rating. The amount of expletives that I use on my status updates clearly didn’t faze these fictional snobs, because I passed with flying colours!So, apparently I’m a pretty classy broad? Thanks very much, Grey Poupon. Brands take note – the right mix of flattery and exclusivity will win you new fans, both online and offline.