The Death Of Local Business?

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When walking through Yate Shopping Center, it is hard not to notice the shops that have laid empty for months. Above, you’ll see the photography/camera shop that used to develop all pictures same day, and served most of Yate & Chipping Sodbury. With the introduction of camera machines in Tesco’s and Morrisons, the ease of use of touching a screen instead of talking to a human being, this long-standing shop shut down and moved to Bath; literally driven out of Yate because of large, multi-national corporations. The shop below for example, known as Jag before it closed 2 or 3 years ago, hasn’t even been touched.

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Phone shops and card shops plague Yate, with more and more popping up every day. The rent on each unit at Yate Shopping Center has gotten so high, that no local business can afford it – as is evident from a local sweet shop moving out of the smallest unit in the shopping center, making way for the much-needed second subway sandwich shop.

It’s not all bad though; If I could point out my favourite shop it would have to be Merediths Ironmongers – which you can see the edge of on the above picture. Merediths is a family ran shop that has been in the center for around 40 years! They stock household goods and random useful stuff – I can pretty much guarantee that if you go into Merediths you will find something that you NEED, not something that you WANT. I never feel ashamed to shop there, as keeping money local can only be a good thing!

Local business isn’t thriving in Yate – purely because of the rent being asked on Shopping Units in the center. There simply arn’t many other units around the town and definatly not with the footfall of the shopping center; but they are setting up their prices to accomodate chain stores that abuse their staff, the environment and the local economy.

Just ask yourselves this; if a large supermarket has recently arrived in your Town – what has happened to the locally ran butchers, grocery stores, newsagents and other businesses around you?

Why should we support local business?

  • Businesses owned by local people are far more likely to want to invest spare income in causes important to them; chances are that will be something in the area they live and work in!
  • Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.
  • Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
  • Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
  • Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.
  • Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
  • A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.
  • A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

The Search For Something Simple

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The average british person will spend their entire working life paying out the majority of the money that they earn in order to buy a house that has an artificially increased price. On top of this, they will pay utility companies to supply them with electricity/gas/water by any means necessary; without any real consideration for what those utility companies actually do to obtain the energy that we crave.

Everyone in society is guilty of it – driving to the supermarket across the road to pick up one pack of blueberries that were flown over from the US at the (corporations will say) small expense of the o-zone, buying in more food than you can physically eat and then watching as it is tossed into the bin without so much as a change in expression!

I like to think that many people in Britain and indeed the planet are looking at society as a whole, noticing that the current system isn’t sustainable. The current system works, because it was designed to benefit those who designed it – I believe that it is time to reimagine our livelihoods.

In 2001, the average UK household had a carbon footprint of 20.7 tonnes. That means that the purchasing power of the average UK household allowed them to make the choices that released 20.7 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, warming our planet up.

I have spent the last year looking for a place where I can live free from the chains of wage slavery – I even have some funds for land – but even that is priced out of the hands of anyone that could potentially want to do good with it. The funny thing about sustainable projects, is that there isn’t any money in it. If you want to build and live in a house that has absolutely no carbon footprint, then you aren’t benefitting a single corporation or bank on the planet – the further something travels and the more ‘qualified’ the staff involved along with the time it took to produce each product, the more it usually costs.

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Ideally, I would live in either a hobbit hole or earthship type structure, where everything has been constructed complimenting modern technology, not abandoning it. A laptop and 4G dongle can be ran from your solar and wind panels, an additional high efficiency wood burner can be added to any structure as a simple replacement of modern energy; provided that you have access to land where you are permitted to fell trees!

By living this way, I can get a part time job and give my full attention to what I love doing! I am going to be doing more blogs on this subject when I get round to it, until then I hoped you enjoyed this post.

#OpDeathEaters – Child Lovers, or Child Mutilators?

This is a subject that many of you will choose to ignore. It is difficult to discuss and I will never be able to put this into words, all I can do is provide you with the following videos and ask you that you make up your own mind.

On Friday 13th February 2015 at 6PM, Anonymous and friends will be assembling at Victoria Street underground station. They will be marching on the homes of the people responsible for covering up these atrocities. These people are not just child lovers. They are death eaters, preying on the children of our society.

I welcome contact from anyone who is curious, and I will happily point you in the direction of additional resources and materials. These people are our politicians, our celebrities, they are all around us. When you see a report of sex with children in the newspapers, on TV or anywhere on mainstream media – just have a read at the kinds of terminology they use, for example:
“Craving the love and devotion of their victims”
“We are all susceptible to feeling sexual attraction towards children”

Is that the mainstream media trying to normalise child abuse, because of previous persons of power playing a massive part in it?

Google Glass To Go On Sale On Monday – For A Whole Day

Google Glass in my eyes is a truly innovative device – the enhancements that proper use can bring into normal tasks is evident when you take a look at their website, or even the many videos that have swamped YouTube from Google itself, plus everyone lucky enough to have been enrolled on the Google Glass explorer program. Those people who didn’t get to have the explorer edition don’t need to worry however, as it will be released on a first come first serve basis to anyone in the United States – with the first UK devices being sent out to developers sometime in May.

Don’t get me wrong though, I’ve seen this before – kind of. An iconic device in a popular anime series I used to and occasionally still enjoy, the scouter from “Dragonball Z” ; a micro computer complete with heads up display that is worn on the face over one eye, enhancing and aiding a being’s sense of the world around them. When I first heard that this had been made a reality by Google, I was and still am extremely interested in the concept.

The device itself will be available from 2PM (BST) this Monday 15th April on the Google Glass website for the price of $1,500 (roughly £900). This price does seem expensive for what is essentially a remodelled smart phone – however by buying the device in its current state you are opting in to their public beta – the explorer program. We need to understand that Google have not stated an official release of the product as such because this product is still heavily in development.

The commercial release of the Glass, which I would imagine would be late this year if they where rushing would probably bring the price down to about the price of a high-end smart phone, making it perfectly viable for contracts and business customers. The full release of the Glass means we will begin to see them around locally more and more – which will eliminate the only reason I am not getting a Google Glass on Monday.

So, you’ve just paid £900 for this awesome kit (which hasn’t had a confirmed date for the UK yet – sometime around May) and you are really exited at the prospect of going about your daily business with your new third eye. It is a brilliant piece of kit and you’ve all ready started sharing videos and images – how comfortable do you now feel walking around with this device on your face knowing that people know how expensive it is?

I for one would be terrified of someone simply snatching the device off of my face on a quick run-by robbing (they do say not to leave your valuables on show) and wonder how durable the device is in regards to weather conditions. I am also a glasses wearer – is glass made to use with most main glasses frames?

I look forward to monitoring Glass’s progress and may even give it a go when it is announced in the UK. I’m more interested in development to be honest – I have a feeling that I could code an app or two just for fun with a Dragonball Z theme; imagine a Scouter app that would tell you the “power level” of people in the room or full mock functionality (you never actually see the menu of a scouter so there is a lot of poetic licensing and neat animations/code reel sequences that I could add for calling their remote-controlled transport and ‘calling’ other members of their organisation).

I plan to learn to code for Glass and maybe doing a fun project for myself is the perfect way to do it; if you want to learn something, you may as well enjoy the result!