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Urgently looking for Stage Management and Technician cover for the next few days. If available please email [email protected] for more details 🎭
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For her birthday, I took my wife to an orchard and we stood there looking at the trees for half an hour. Not the Apple Watch she was expecting apparently.
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@danbarker Peter André, first time around, genuinely. If I understand rightly the link was sort of there in that he broke Australia on New Faces - but I assumed because his records were so bad he was an actor/model. So ironic then that his most famous song made no.1 after the reality shows!
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Electrician over here today: "That's an odd reading," he said - "What's that?" I said "Well, to be safe it should be around 0.3." - "And what is it at the moment?" "400."
An unfortunate response from the hotel where the 4 year old Afghan refugee fell from a window.
@danbarker For years i thought James Corden was just some kid who'd worked in Greggs and won Big Brother or something. Couldn't understand why his face was everywhere for no apparent reason. Turns out he was an actor first.
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I only recently realised that Guy Fieri is actually purely a celebrity chef. For some reason I had assumed he had started out in one of those bands like Limp Bizkit. Any celebrities you have misplaced in a similar way?
This thread seems well timed re the news that Amazon may launch 'department stores'. As with most things Amazon, I expect they'll be experiments at first, and even they do not know how they'll pan out. See also: Drones, Whole Foods, Amazon Go, Kindle Fire, AWS, Amazon Ads... twitter.com/danbarker/stat…
It's understood that a 5 yr old who fell to his death from a hotel in Sheffield yesterday, was a refugee from Afghanistan. It's reported that the boy fell from a 9th floor window at the Sheffield Metropolitan where he'd been staying with his mother. Investigations are underway.
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An odd twitter bug: You can now see Tweets from people who've blocked you. Eg: I spotted this one in a quote tweet. I could not see it directly in the quote tweet, but I could click into it and see the tweet directly. (albeit could not reply)
This is a fascinating read, and incredibly smart if in anyway true: “Did America just lose #Afghanistan because of WhatsApp?” prestonbyrne.com/2021/08/15/did…
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Google's algorithms have downgraded Joe Biden to Vice President. The page itself says 'The President'. I expect there are so many references to the whitehouse, with him as VP, and the fact that the page contains 'Vice President', that machine learning deemed that most likely. twitter.com/thetafferboy/s…
There is an article in the print version of the British Journal of Photography (@1854). Article online here: 1854.photography/2021/08/cohort/
An interesting project I got to do some tiny bits on. Great work by @herepress, @jai_type, and @bpcg_. If you click through some of the 300 images at cohort.photography, it leads you through a path of related images, generating a different sequence you can view & save. twitter.com/jai_type/statu…
For reasons that are not exactly clear Frankie’s sister has been surrendered to the RSPCA, I feel so sad thinking of her at the rescue centre 🥺 if you’re in the derby area and looking for a pup this is herrspcaderby.org.uk/find-a-pet/dai…A
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Welcome to all our new followers! Thanks for joining us as we wander through all things nice. Here’s Rustie Lee and Les Dawson on TV-am for you to say thanks! @CharlotteDawsx #NiceThings
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In 2019, we gave £292m in aid to Afghanistan. (Source: Dominic Raab's own department) twitter.com/DominicRaab/st…
Here's something odd: - it was reported the UK government dampened the ping sensitivity of the Covid app on August 2nd (blue dot in image 1) - the number of Google searches for 'self isolate' dropped off a cliff much earlier, on July 19th ('freedom day') Seems strange, no?
Today we have launched a new Afghan Citizens’ Resettlement Scheme to: 📍 Welcome up to 20,000 people forced to flee Afghanistan. 📍 Prioritise women, girls, children and others most in need. 📍 Save lives.
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A photo that looks like it's out of a film. By @aprahmati. (As featured in: ft.com/content/65f61f…)
We tried to deliver *GRANDMA* today but no one was in. We will try and redeliver on the next working day.
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It's only officially 'Annual Leave' if you're staycationing overseas once per year. twitter.com/cybergibbons/s…
"According to Health Ministry figures, the results are very promising. Third-dose recipients appear to be 2.5 times more protected from infection than those who only received the first two doses of the Pfizer vaccine." timesofisrael.com/a-million-isra…
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Sean Lock wrote a kid's book... What could possibly go wrong? #CatsCountdown
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I found this engagement ring at Vauxhall station at about 22:30 last night. Would love to get it back to its owner and station staff were pretty unhelpful in my quest. RT🙏🏼@TfLf@BTPLondono@TimeOutLondono@EveningStandardrdC
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The Afghanistan crisis reminded me of the UK-backed scheme to encourage migrants not to head for Europe. The org behind it also carried out activity in Afghanistan. Here they explain they had persuaded 2000+ potential Afghan migrants to abandon their 'irregular migration' plans. twitter.com/danbarker/stat…
This thread is to clarify the location of DAB (Central Bank of Afghanistan) international reserves I am writing this because I have been told Taliban are asking DAB staff about location of assets If this is true - it is clear they urgently need to add an economist on their team
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I do not know if they'll open more. Perhaps it is a plan by Neville to expand quickly, with Amazon backing, or perhaps - as I guessed - a way for Amazon to get access to 'pro' salon products, without breaking industry rules. Either way: Service great + a well put together place.
Summary: I got my hair cut at Amazon. It's not *really* Amazon, it is Neville Hair, very lightly rebadged. There are no robots or drones or any fancy tech over and above a regular salon. The staff are 10/10. The price is 1/3 and 1/2 what it would be at their 'normal' salons.
None of these are exactly 'Mr Toppers' prices, but - in other words: by going to the Amazon Salon, you are getting an expensive 'high end' salon cut, from the same staff, for between 1/3 and 1/2 the price.
Here are some of the Amazon Salon prices (left) and the normal Neville Hair price list (right). You can see from this: - at Neville, a Cut & Blow Dry is £155, at Amazon Salon it is £53 - Men's hair is £75 at Neville, or £36 for 'short haircut' at Amazon - Braids = £30 vs £15
They said they'd been open a few months now and that they love working there. Everything wa clean & well put together, it basically looked like it had just opened.
There are extra signs this isn't a fully Amazon service: 1. You cannot actually book via Amazon. In fact you cannot book on the web at all. 2. The email address for booking is at '[email protected]', not a standard Amazon domain. 3. No link with your Amazon account.
The staff were incredibly lovely. There were 3 staff in there, and all were just fantastic. The person who cut my hair said she loves it, and that the clientele are all really nice. She spent an hour cutting my hair & was super careful, offered various options, etc.
It is not mentioned on the up front info on the Amazon Salon website, but you can also find it mentioned in the blog post they publicised at launch, and tucked away in the FAQs.
Neville is a favourite among celebrities & influencers. They also manage a salon at the Bulgari Spa. They do not advertise this fact ati the salon, but there are various clues out there. For example, here is the MD of Neville, describing herself as 'service provider' for Amazon.
The actual hair stylists are very good. They are not employed by Amazon. In fact, if you dig around, you find out the service is delivered by another stylist company entirely: Neville Hair & Beauty - a name which will be well known to anyone who knows the salon industry.
Upstairs there are 4 or 5 chairs. Downstairs there are many more - maybe 10 or 15. They also wash hair downstairs, and they have a little setup to take phone photos of clients, or show them how they look in front of a beauty light.
You sit facing the window, with a mirror in front of you. Note the Amazon arrow at the top of the mirror. Pretty much everyone who walks past looks in, intrigued at the idea of an Amazon Hair Salon it seems. One of the team told me they often get people coming in just to ask Qs
Inside it is all clean & well organised. There is no fancy tech (at least nothing beyond a normal salon), and no peculiar Amazon features. The only references to Amazon are decals on the walls, stickers on mirrors, the logo on gowns, towels, etc. Staff don't wear Amazon outfits.
The salon itself is nicely set out, and is quite a large space. It has 2 floors, and is accessible from both inside Spitalfields Market, and from the street.
For example: On the left is the navigation from Redken's website, showing 'Blonde Idol' within a section intended for 'Salon Pros', and on the right is a selection of Blonde Idol products available to anyone on Amazon.
My assumption when it opened was the salon might be a clever trick: in some areas of retail, you can get better pricing, and access to different products, if you have physical stores. In hair styling, there are pro ranges that only companies with physical salons get access to.
I remembered it today, because someone much cleverer than me was talking about what a great idea it was for Amazon to get closer to their customers by cutting their hair. And I thought: Actually, I am not sure the salon is about that at all.
I went to get my hair cut tonight: at Amazon. I had forgotten, but they launched 'Amazon Salon' in London, a few months ago. Here it is, over in Spitalfields:
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