Friday, 24 June 2011

First Great Western train service is far from great.

Friday 24th June was my mums birthday, which meant I was to make the two and a half hour journey back to hometown of Fareham. Every time I embark this journey I use South West Trains. Unfortunately this time round I was to use First ‘Great’ Western, which succeeded in increasing my journey time to around 3 hours plus.

My original plan was to arrive in Fareham by 19:45 however from the get go this was scrapped as delays were to make me arrive in Reading and miss my connecting train by 3 minutes, which of course gave me a large knock on effect to follow connections.

The delayed train to Reading eventually arrives and I climb aboard with already low hopes. This low expectations were then made greater with a strong aroma of the trains public toilet throughout the unfortunate packed out carriage I decided to sit in.

The train journey continues to spiral down hill when I eventually arrive at Reading. There I board the connecting train to Basingstoke which was not my original connection and had to wait 30 minutes for this train to leave, thanks to the Reading train being delayed. The train is sitting at the end of the line at Reading station to leave at 18:41 - However, for some unknown reason the train decides to eventually depart at 18:55. Which again means I was going to miss my next connecting train at Basingstoke.

I finally arrive at Basingstoke at a time that doesn’t matter from now on, as it seemed the time table just didn’t matter anyone at First Great Western, it seemed to me they enjoyed just making it up as they went a long.

Due to being delayed again at Reading my connecting train from Basingstoke was of course missed and meant I had to wait another 30 minutes for my final train to Fareham.

Throughout this whole journey I could not believe the shear volume of bad organisation First Great Western were giving to their passengers. So much so that one of the train drivers came over the intercom to inform us with; ‘Apologies to the delays there seems to be some problem at Reading...’ - That is clearly not very informative.

At the end of my journey I was of course unhappy with my whole experience spent with First Great Western that I went ahead and sent feedback to their website simply explaining their service is, shit.

I will also use this blog post to inform them further how bad their service is.

Let me know of your own experiences with First Great Western train service.

M x

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Returning To Youtube

For over a year now I've had a channel on Youtube called WatchingMatthew. Where I post videos every Wednesday about anything and everything. During the end of my studies at university I found it difficult to commit to this deadline I gave myself. And didn't make videos for a while.

However, now that I have completed I am back into the swings again, and my returning video was released yesterday. Here it is, I hope you enjoy!

M x

Monday, 13 June 2011

FENIXX NEWS UPDATES: The Separation Edit Process

With Fenixx Productions I have been working very hard in the 'Fenixx offices' (ahem) after finishing off the 'Call Off The Search' video I am now well underway editing 'The Separation's - Our Lives In Cinema' this is possibly one of the technically strongest videos to date and I will soon tease you with a little trailer once I've come close to my first Edit!

For now check out these teaser stills.

M x 

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Hangover Part 2 [Brief Review]

The other night I watched Hangover 1 to refresh my memory for what to expect to see in Hangover Part 2. To be honest, the refresh was not needed.

The Hangover Part 2 of course contains the same cast, plus a clever monkey and a few other characters to accompany the 'new' storyline. This theme of similarity follows throughout the film.

The storyline practically follows the same twist and turns from Hangover 1. Which at first I thought was a good idea, as it reinforces the comical element of the 'worst hangover ever!' as they have to run through the exact same situations. This can be looked upon in reality, we always have hangovers which you feel are just always the same.

However, this idea of similarity or in fact identical story brings the film down. You can't help but think, you could have just purchased the first one and saved yourself a fair bit of money from the overly priced cinema tickets. Part 2's only difference is the small selection of extra content which could have been used in the first one to improve the story line and grab more gags. And of course the location setting for the film is different, Bangkok.

Ultimately if Part 1 and 2 would have been merged together into perhaps a 2 hour film, you would witness a genius piece of comedy. Which would have you laughing from start to finish.

Having said that, Part 2 is still good and has its laugh out loud moments. I just wished they changed the idea of hanging exactly the same hangover a small bit. It simply shows laziness.


M x

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Why Superdrys 20% weekend was a let down in my eyes...

It is close to a year since I started working for clothing brand, Superdry and I have just recently started working full time after completed university.

Since the company started they have never offered their customers discount or sales, even during the January sales period. I have always thought this idea is great. As it keeps the customers loyal to the store and the brand, no matter what the price. We still received good numbers of sales through January, defeating what some people may think Superdy would loose out on customers.

However, this weekend the company offered everyone who is signed up to the mailing list to receive 20% through simply showing this voucher/coupon at the till when purchasing their items. They simply had to print off the email that was sent to them on Friday 3rd June at 12pm.

Myself included and the rest of the staff who worked on Friday were expecting a huge rush of customers clutching the printed voucher in handed from 12 onwards, however this was not the case. I hear this carried on throughout Saturday, then onto today which I worked. Where I was on the till for about 3 hours in the morning and processed only 3 discount vouchers.

I just find it strange how this could have happened. We always break our targets, and the amount of people we had sign up to the mailing list, well I couldn't even begin to give you an estimate to how many. Furthermore you only have to walk the streets surrounding the store to see the Superdry bags everywhere, and not to mention the public wearing the brand head to toe.

Giving it some thought, I believe the promotion of the event and the days leading up to the event could have been more forward. For instance the Facebook and Twitter page of course promoted the offer. Then the important email at 12pm Friday, but I think that was it. The rest of the promotion was down to word of mouth. I see what they were trying to achieve with this, keeping their customers loyal as they would have to work to find out when the sale started and ended.

But maybe putting a simple poster up in the store would have helped attract the customers and raise the already high profit margins of the weeks takings.

I guess that is just my opinion in the whole situation, I imagine It was in large still a success and the company will probably do it again. As I hear it was a tester to see how the customers would take it.

I just think may next time more promotion would have helped the great offer given to their customers.

M x

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Flickr Update 1

Today I was at my mums celebrating my brothers 18th birthday! Which isn't till next week, but we just decided to this a little early, so he can of course get drunk on his actual birthday with his mates!

I had to take my camera with me to this occasion. I took quite a few photos, but I thought only two were good enough to be uploaded to my Flickr page.

Have a look and tell me what you think, I would love to hear some feedback.

M x