• Hmm.. it is quite serious what Google is doing. They are destroying peoples livelihoods, which can have a devastating effect on peoples mental health and wellbeing. BUT the people who work for Google… Googlers as they to be called like don’t care AT ALL!!!
    There is a good reason why Google have multi-billion dollar campuses with everything…[Read more]

  • I agree Google AdWords is a complete rip-off. Google is basically the internet mafia running an extortion racket.

    Google has been demoting and hiding small businesses in the normal search results for years now! Thanks to their search engine monopoly this means they can force small businesses into buying their worthless ads just to be found…[Read more]

    • Maybe it’s an indication that people have a better understanding of how clever they are, than how attractive/entertaining they are?

    • No, it just means there are a lot more vacuous idiots than there are academically gifted people.

    • There are twice as many people trying to punch each other unconscious every week, consensually of course, than there are applying to be on a harmless TV show. That is far more worrying to me, as a member of civilised society.

    • Could those 85,000 vacuous cretins not be herded onto an island (any island will do, the further from civilisation the better) and left there?

      I doubt it’d be too hard to con them into going, and they really wouldn’t be missed.

    • What fraction of Love Island’s applicants were black/minority? I don’t ever recall a reality show being blamed for the applicant pool not reflecting the nation’s ethnic mix.

    • The question must be, who applied for both? An each way bet, surely a sign of greater wisdom.

    • Let’s see now, which is going to be most attractive?

      The chance to spend a few weeks on an island with a bunch of (superficially,) attractive randy people, getting paid for doing it, with the knock on effect of Warholian 15 minutes.


      Studying your arse off for a few years with the chance of paying a small fortune to study your arse off some…[Read more]

      • I’m really proud of my younger cousin who went to Cambridge (he’s tackling finishing his PHD at the mo), but I basically agree. On the other hand, I was a little bit sad that Ellen MacArthur became a national hero in France (thanks to her French sponsor meaning she came to be noticed there) when she didn’t become one here during her sailing…[Read more]

        • Maybe you’re part of the problem if you feel that Ellen MacArthur didn’t get due recognition in the UK?

          The media that thrives is the media that we choose to use and take notice of. Even though sailing is way outside my range of sporting interests I was somehow very aware of her exploits.

        • My memory is that Ellen MacArthur was massively famous at the time, though maybe she got even more coverage in the East Midlands. On the same thread though, I do remember Tony Bullimore (clearly a very brave and formidable man) becoming hugely famous in the UK for being rescued, while in France, Pete Goss got the acclaim for actually doing the…[Read more]

          • That’s because A* is the new A, and lots of people get them. Having said that, she’s only 1 grade out and if it’s technically possible for her to get A*s then she should be allowed to apply.

            • yes, I know A* is now the top, even so for her course the required grades are A*AA, so she’s not far away. And the school can’t prevent her applying. But the point I was making was that even at a very high performing state school they are discouraging one of their better students from thinking Oxford is for them. This means that for many sub…[Read more]

      • You are wrong. A piece of paper with “Oxbridge Degree” written on it rightly or wrongly opens many doors which a piece of paper with just “Degree” written on it does not.

        • That’s assuming you manage get an “Oxbridge” degree of course, the chances of that will no doubt bear heavily of whether to apply to Oxbridge or Love Island…

        • @adam This observation is certainly true in many circumstances, like shortlisting cvs in some professions. But the favoritism would, at least in part, be recognized for the extra mile that many Oxbridge graduates are prepared to undergo to meet their objectives. A place at Oxbridge denotes a combination of objective setting and hard work that is…[Read more]

          • >This observation is certainly true in many circumstances, like shortlisting cvs in some professions. But the favoritism would, at least in part, be recognized for the extra mile that many Oxbridge graduates are prepared to undergo to meet their objectives. A place at Oxbridge denotes a combination of objective setting and hard work that is prized…[Read more]

            • Your description of the academic aspect certainly resonates with my recollection (and my daughter’s current travails at Cambridge). However, you present your “brilliant survivors” as the winners in the Oxbridge environment. My experience was of being surrounded by a thousand very able, very ambitious peers for whom the academic tasks were a tires…[Read more]

            • My problem was that I had to work really hard just to keep my head above water (lectures each morning then most of the rest of the day, often into the small hours, struggling desperately to understand my notes) and, far from aiming for a first, I ended up, after three years, more or less relying on some doable questions on seismic waves (!) to…[Read more]

        • @adam I suspect the difference in your experience to that of other posters is subject. Maths and physics simply are harder and require more work than modern languages or PPE, and that would be true at other universities as well.

          • I made a similar observation earlier and the awareness that the sciences required more hours of “compulsory” study did steer me away from Chemistry towards Languages. But science is not harder than the humanities. Once intractable maths and science problems are being solved all the time, yet a comprehensive understanding of the human condition (ph…[Read more]

            • You can argue that this is true for the subjects, but studying sciences is definitely harder than studying humanities, if only because understanding of a subject can be tested without ambiguity. You do not get far by providing your own “interpretation” of a maths or biology problem!

            • @songbird How does having a better definition of the correct answer make a subject harder? If anything that should single out the sciences as easier. Not that I’m making that argument since I’ve already observed that the sciences very obviously impose a greater compulsory workload.

              In literature or philosophy you are probing the mind of the aut…[Read more]

            • Being able to clearly distinguish correct and wrong answers in an exam leaves much less wiggle room for the student, no chance of getting by with some waffling and a good sales pitch! It is, therefore, possible to test a much larger body of knowledge in any given exam.

              I guess you will find that most science questions also do not simply ask for…[Read more]

            • “The regurgitating exams exist, but I would class them as simply lazy or even bad teaching practice!”

              I agree entirely. I don’t know about over in Germany (?) but here in the UK rote learning and regurgitation of formula keyed through Pavlovian training with certain question styles seems to the the main outcome of A-level sylibii and t…[Read more]

            • @ratface There’s also a lot of variation within the sciences. I started studying chemistry at university where there seemed to be usually be one single correct answer but for a variety of reasons dropped out of university for a while (ironically to get a job as a lab technician based on my chemistry skills). I later went back to study biology,…[Read more]

          • That may be true, but, by all accounts the Cambridge Maths course was (and probably still is) exceptionally demanding and fast paced. What’s more, you could be good enough to get in and then three years hard work later you could understand your stuff and still potentially be unable to do any questions in your finals – there were no questions just…[Read more]

          • > Maths and physics simply are harder and require more work than modern languages or PPE.

            Except for the truly brilliant few (and there were certainly some at Cambridge!) for whom the Maths course was apparently effortless. And unlike brilliant physicists, they didn’t have to do lab stuff and unlike brilliant humanities students, they didn’t…[Read more]

    • On the contrary, it seems to me that any country where the ratio of attention-seeking halfwits to academically able people is only 2.3 to 1 or so is doing pretty well.

      • To take the topic unnecessarily seriously;

        The populations aren’t the same. The applicants to Oxbridge are mostly 17/18 yo Brits, plus mature students and foreign students. I don’t think there’s an age restriction on ‘Love Island’ and there definitely isn’t a restriction based on your assumed grades. Naively it looks to me that, as a percentage…[Read more]

    • I’d be more worried about the number of people that read Digitalspy.com.

    • I think kids in the uk are often discouraged from thinking oxbridge and similar elite establishments are for them by the very people who should encourage them most, whether parents, friends or schools.

      • With 6 UCAS choices I really don’t understand why schools are so discouraging – and I really do think they are. Especially as Oxbridge drop people out of the process earlier on meaning they still get to make 1st and 2nd choices elsewhere.

        You’ve got to be in it to win it.

        The only reasons I see to discourage are (1) to protect fragile ego…[Read more]

    • Just to balance out the last few responses in case some of our younger members are put off applying, I absolutely loved my Cambridge years. Went from a Scottish state school aged 17 thinking I was way out my depth. It took roughly 72 hours before I realised I was in heaven. So many great people and so much going on. It’s definitely a ‘work har…[Read more]

  • By the sounds of it, you might have Sciatica which is caused by compression of the Sciatic Nerve. It is very common after pregnancy and usually goes away within 4-8 weeks. Taking painkillers can only get you so far with this. When I had Sciatica after suffering from a slipped disc I found wearing a lower back to help support and realign my back…[Read more]

  • Thanks everyone, I’ll take a look at the things that have been suggested 🙂

    @scarymary, my things are selling well in shops and at shows. I just need a way to drive more people to my Etsy shop – it’s not like Ebay, you need to drive traffic yourself

  • Are your products selling well in the shop and when you sell at shows and events? If so, you need to work out why that is not translating to your online sales – do you need to photograph your products better, would videos help demonstrate how good your products are, for example?

    If they are not selling particularly well in the shop and at shows,…[Read more]

  • I would stay well away from Google AdWords! It is a scam. At best you will be just breaking even… most of the time you will just be throwing your money away. It does depend on what your selling but for most things, conversion rates are really lousy and if you’re not selling exactly what people are looking for at the right price (which is hard if…[Read more]

  • It might be worth you doing some Google Adwords for a bit. I can send you some links to keyword strategy sites that will help your Google Ads effectiveness. Also, make sure you have both a YouTube and a Google+ account. Whilst no one really uses Google+, Google loves its own and ranks those who bother to post to its two social platforms.

    Do you…[Read more]

  • I tried Etsy for 6 months and had no sales at all. I had adverts in magazines that maybe gave me 1 or 2 sales a year so weren’t worth the month. Tried a higher profile magazine spent £2 or £2k on adverts got zip from it.
    I do lot’s of shows and have got a very loyal following from that. Facebook is a wonderful tool for me. Twitter gives me zip b…[Read more]

  • Thank you both!

    I boosted posts on FB, and did some “like and share” giveaways, but although that got more people on the FB page it hasn’t translated into sales.

    I will look into Instagram again – I’m over 35 and don’t really get itbBut will make more effort.

    I’m not a member of Rural Crafts, although I belong to a local craft group and sell in…[Read more]

  • Excellent advice!

    I have a young friend who has recently started a small business making novelty wax crayons for party favours and the like. She has been very inventive with her photography, included small competitions, targeted the right age groups (pre-schools, nursery age, etc) and is doing really well for a business started just 3 months…[Read more]

  • Do you boost your posts at all? And are you targetting specific buyers within those groups – are there groups specific to what you sell?

    If your audience is under 35 you can’t afford not to be on Instagram (Pinterest is very US-centric, I think). However, there’s a knack to it. No one clicks on stories that look like ads, so you need to build…[Read more]

  • I have a shop on Etsy, and a page on Facebook for it. I try to post a couple of times a week, and share to local selling groups.

    I’ve tried Instagram and Pintrest, but they don’t do a lot for me.

    Are there any other easy to use sites which I could try?

    Thanks for any ideas

  • Crud replied to the topic Swollen Neck! in the forum Health 3 days, 16 hours ago

    A friend had this, all the medics advised getting a load of chewing gum and drinking lots of water to shift it!

    Apparently, people have stones all over their bodies and live with them with no symptoms. It’s only the occasional kidney or gallstones we get to hear about when they make a bid for freedom.

  • ricky replied to the topic Swollen Neck! in the forum Health 3 days, 16 hours ago

    Doc reckons it’s a stone in my saliva gland… I’ve been referred for tests and told to eat boring food.

  • mutt replied to the topic Swollen Neck! in the forum Health 3 days, 16 hours ago

    I had something similar but caused by a cyst on my sub-mandibular salivary gland: my neck would swell and then subside after meals. Then, after years of this, I eventually went to see my GP about it (I am a stereotypical “bloke” when it comes to illness – I will moan freely to friends but not seek any professional help until it’s too late). Over…[Read more]

  • ricky replied to the topic Swollen Neck! in the forum Health 3 days, 16 hours ago

    It’s gone back down again, and after speaking to the doctor husband of a friend I’m staying put until morning.

    Gland now just feels like it would if you had a minor sore throat.

  • redders replied to the topic Swollen Neck! in the forum Health 3 days, 16 hours ago

    Sounds like something I had – it’s not allergy, it’s a blocked saliva duct a small calcium deposit forms in the duct and blocks it so the saliva hasn’t got anywhere to go and the saliva gland swells, it subsided but will flare up repeatedly. First time they injected barium down the gland and took an X-ray – uncomfortable. I had a flare up if th…[Read more]

  • fran replied to the topic Swollen Neck! in the forum Health 3 days, 16 hours ago

    Ring 111 with that and they’ll send an ambulance. May as well go straight to A&E.

  • ricky replied to the topic Swollen Neck! in the forum Health 3 days, 16 hours ago

    Agreed. it’s just got worse after eating again (no seafood this time)…. will give 111 a call

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