Swipe your Co-op card to win things

November 20th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

The Co-op have unveiled a new promotion!

Entitled Swipe and Win, any Co-op member can swipe their card in a food store, and then get entered into a daily draw thing where there’s a prize budget of £1.3m, with booty such as vouchers, tellies and fridge freezers.

swipe and win offer banner live 500x212 Swipe your Co op card to win things

There’ll also be instant prizes such as a £20 voucher or just some freebies. The promotion runs until December 9th, so you’ve got a good couple of weeks or so to try your luck.

Steve Murrells, CEO retail at The Co-op Group said  “We hope our members will enjoy taking part in Swipe and Win,”

“Of course, there are many other facets to membership of The Co-operative which enables people to have a say in the running of the business, join campaigns and to take part in organised events with other members.”

Hark at him with his ‘facets’.

Free stuff with the Morrisons PudPod!

November 17th, 2014 1 Comment By Ian Wade

pudpod hero 258x300 Free stuff with the Morrisons PudPod!There’s nothing jollier than a van done up as a massive Christmas pudding handing out treats is there? Well, there’s about 5,000,000 things more jolly.

Either way, Morrisons are sending a massive pudding on the road!

The supermarket is taking the Pud Pod – or, inevitably #pudpod – on to the road to call at 32 locations around the UK ahead of Christmas. ['The Pudmobile' would've been better - Ed.]

The mobile pudding will also be handing out vouchers and free food as part of its ‘Make Christmas Special’ campaign this season.

Shoppers that visit the #pudpod will get £5 off a Christmas shop at Morrisons and will also get free samples from the Christmas range, including mince pies, panettone, roast turkey and pigs in blankets (bacon wrapped sausages, not actual porcines in a picnic rug).

If you want to follow the #pudpod, and if you have a largish Morrisons in your manor, then it’s likely you get a visit. Gander over here for further details.

We hope that we see it hijacked and entering into a high speed chase a la OJ Simpson, for a truly wonderful festive shoot-out that sees Morrisons being the unwitting star of 24 rolling death news.

Sky Broadband: Free, for a bit

November 11th, 2014 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

sky Sky Broadband: Free, for a bitIf you’re shopping around to a new broadband provider, you can take Sky Broadband Unlimited for a “free 3 month test drive”.

They say: “We’re so confident in our broadband that we’re offering existing Sky TV customers the ability to switch to Sky Broadband Unlimited on a 3 month free trial. If you’re not happy within 3 months you can leave without paying a thing.”

If you’re not a Sky TV customer, you can go whistle.

This ‘no commitment’, ‘no set-up cost’ and ‘no line rental cost’ is helped by the fact that, if you already have Sky TV, half the hard work is already done and they don’t have to send a man ’round your house to fix it up for you.

After the trial, if you like Sky’s service, it’ll cost you £7.50 per month and a Sky line rental will cost you £16.40 per month. There’s cheaper deals out there, that’s for sure.

If that sounds like your thing, visit Sky’s offer page.

Get around London town for nuffink

November 10th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

oyster swipe Get around London town for nuffink Fancy a couple of days of free travel around London? OF COURSE YOU DO, YOU NUT JOB.

Basically, London Transport are doing a couple of free days – Friday 14 & 28 November – which is on offer to those who pay with contactless or MasterCard.

You’ll need to register first, obviously. That’s what sensible people do.

The ins and outs are:

- Your card will be charged and then refunded within 28 days
- There’s a maximum refund of £21.80 a day, which is the price of daily peak cap zones 1-9 plus Watford Junction
- It’ll work on the tube, buses, DLR, Overground, tram and most national rail services (normal contactless coverage)

So again, you will need to register your card before midnight on the 14th and 28th November or it will mean nothing and you’ll be that complete mug paying for travel while everyone else lords it up for free.

Click here to find out more.

Cafe serving junked food

October 9th, 2014 2 Comments By Ian Wade

food waste 300x200 Cafe serving junked foodA cafe has opened in Bristol serving old food. Outrage!

Except it’s actually food that’s been chucked out by supermarkets and restaurants, ethically sourced from skips and the like.

Skipchen [urgh - Ed.] is being run as a not-for-profit cafe in Stokes Croft by campaigners highlighting the amount of edible food that is thrown away.

Naturally the venue varies from day to day, but there’s been such delights as lobster, gorgonzola omelettes and seafood platters.

Skipchen cafe manager Sam Joseph said: “We see them do it and get the food out and into a refrigerator straight away. We have a real mix of people coming to the cafe and they sit on two long tables, so you could have a businessman sitting next to someone who is homeless one lunchtime,” said Mr Joseph, before bursting into a rendition of Another Day in Paradise.

“People sometimes think they will be taking food from the needy when they come to us but the truth is there is so much to go round.”

It’s not all just ropey off-cuts, as they’ve also made a deal with Nando’s to take spare chickens from their bins. Sounds delightful doesn’t it? Bin chicken! Mmmmmmmm!

The cafe is the second of its type opened by The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP). The first opened in Leeds nine months ago.

How much for the world’s most expensive burger?

October 7th, 2014 3 Comments By Mof Gimmers

Restaurants love getting things that aren’t usually expensive and then tarting them up so they’re wildly pricey. It’s cheap PR and, in this instance, we’re suckers for meat on bread.

We’ve already drooled over pizza burgers and the fabulous nine-patty burger on Bitterwallet, and now we’re looking at some place in Chelsea called Honky Tonk who claim to have made the world’s most expensive burger.

We’ve already seen the most expensive ready-meal at £314, but this burger dwarfs the price of that, coming in at a whopping and preposterous £1,100.

worlds most expensive burger 500x332 How much for the worlds most expensive burger?

So what makes this burger so good then?

Well, it is embellished with gold leaf, lobster and caviar for a kick off, and has 220g of wagyu beef and 60g of venison in it too. In the middle of the burger, there’s a black truffle Brie that creates a “liquid pocket” once cooked.

The whole thing is seasoned with Himalayan salt and the lobster is poached in Iranian saffron. There’s also maple syrup bacon, hickory smoked duck egg and the aforementioned beluga caviar and gold leaf.

 

The bun isn’t just some crusty cobbler from down the shops. It is seasoned with Japanese matcha, which is a sort of green tea powder and for a bit of wet, there’s cream mayonnaise and a mango and champagne jus and grated white truffle.

It has over 2,000 calories and has the awful name of ‘The Glamburger’ and is a publicity stunt created in tandem with those gits at Groupon, who just so happen to be giving one of the burgers away for free. Sadly, you’ll have to go to Chelsea and put up with all the Hooray Henry sorts and women in riding boots called Chlamydia.

Amazon are giving away loads of apps for free!

September 26th, 2014 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

amazoninstant Amazon are giving away loads of apps for free!Once again, Amazon are giving away a load of apps for free. Yes, you’d normally pay for these particular ones.

There’s 29 apps on offer, and the offer is available until 12pm on September 27th. So act sharpish if you want some.

There are games and other useful things to be had like alarm clocks and dieting things.

You can get your paws on Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, Paper Camera and Office Suite Professional, as well as a Sonic the Hedgehog game and the popular Threes. You can even get an Air Harp, which is much less space-consuming than a real harp.

Some of the apps look like a load of rubbish, but those are the breaks with a deal like this. You really should check them out for yourself.

To download these paid apps for free, head to this Amazon Appstore page.

McDonald’s: now accepting rubbish

September 5th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

Sweden’s McDonald’s have come up with a green festival campaign. The Big Mac hitmakers are now accepting empty cans in exchange for burger-based treats.

Regarder.

mcdonald binbag 500x333 McDonalds: now accepting rubbish

In stores mainly around festival areas and green spaces, they are now accepting cards, cash and cans.

And so that collectors can have a handy guide as to working out the “exchange rate”, McDonald’s have provided bin bags with illustrations um, illustrating them.

For ten cans, you “can” HAHAHA have a hamburger.

However, anyone who has been to Sweden will know that everywhere is quite pricey, so you’d be better off just buying McDonalds instead, but hey – the planet and all that.

Now, who knows anything about Maccies and deforestation?

Russian bank actively encouraging pussy riot

August 29th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

cat chart 300x200 Russian bank actively encouraging pussy riotForget toy meerkats and some ephemera, as a Russian bank has upped the ‘free gift’ stakes, by handing out cats.

Actual cats!

Yes, anyone who takes out a mortgage with Sberbank (which if you say in a certain way, sounds a bit like ‘spermbank’, arf!) gets the choice of ten pussies.

The bank showcases the felines on the website, and once selected, they’re delivered to the home.

Unfortunately, the cats must be returned to Sberbank after a few hours once they’ve mooched around the new property and no doubt took a leak on the sofa and dragged half a raven into the kitchen ‘as a gift’.

A popular Russian superstition maintains that it is good luck if cats are first to enter a new home.

Wonders never cease.

Panic on the streets of Derby

August 22nd, 2014 2 Comments By Ian Wade

Jet2.com logo 300x110 Panic on the streets of DerbyMass fighting scenes in Derby, as a promotional stunt by an airline went horribly wrong.

A load of young women (why they had to women, but hey – patriachy) ran down the street dressed in red morph suits, brandishing Jet2 tickets.

The stunt was to celebrate five years of flying from East Midlands Airport.

Whereas the same stunt had gone relatively smoothly in Nottingham and Leicester, Derby saw reports of people tackling some of the promotional morphs to the ground, and general mayhem.

Comments on the Jet2.com Facebook page suggested the event turned a bit mob-like.

Jet2 said in a statement: ”We had three events across the East Midlands yesterday and while Leicester and Nottingham went smoothly, the giveaway in Derby generated a little more excitement than anticipated.”

“Whilst one or two of our team were a bit shaken, we took care to make sure everyone was OK.”

‘A little more excitement’ indeed.

Here’s some people on Facebook talking about what happened, with one person saying that the whole thing turned into a bit of a “Fight Club”. Helps pass the time doesn’t it?

77072666 tpjet2 Panic on the streets of Derby

Flappy Birds chap reveals Swing Copters

August 20th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

Flappy Bird lovers unite, for the creator has announced a new game which will entertain you in a way that is so frustrating that you might chew your own hands off!

The brilliantly named Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has come up with a new time-wasting bit of addictive nonsense in the form of Swing Copters.

swing copters 500x292 Flappy Birds chap reveals Swing Copters

The scrolling game demands its players to tap to make a character, handily wearing a propeller hat, fly from side to side, while avoiding troublesome platforms and hammers.

It’s out on August 21st as a free download, and there’ll be the option for players to pay 69p via an in-app thing which lays off the adverts.

Poor old Dong got it right in the neck when he took Flappy Birds down in February, after he was a bit concerned at how huge it had become.

Online critics gave heavy shade, and even – you big people – death threats were being thrown at him. He did however remain unkilled long enough to launch Flappy Birds Family on Amazon’s set-top box thing.

So anyway. Put down those weapons and rejoice again!

Meow Chat is here and a bit suspect

July 29th, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

meow Meow Chat is here and a bit suspect“What is Meow Chat and why is it plaguing me?” yelped Twitter today, inbetween discussions about Gaza, as users were bombarded with invites to join it.

Meow Chat (nee Meow) has raced to the top of the apps chart, and reckons it is one of the fastest growing social networks in the world.

It ‘s similar to apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, BBC as well as having elements of dating apps like Tinder or Grindr, allowing the user to message random fellow users.

The random chat feature suggests people you may be compatible with, and you can scan nearby users in your area (possibly for some bumming).

It was set up by New York company Minus, which was set up the precocious sounding John Xie, who invented his first website when he was nine, and Carl Hu, ex of Microsoft and Amazon.

It has almost overnight become the most popular app on the itunes chart, and in the Top Ten for Androids too.

Basically it’s quite pushy, connecting up with your facebook friends list and flooding them with requests. It makes Linkedin sound quite laid back.

If you don’t want any part of it, you can block requests via the Games bit on your Facebook, but by then it will be too late and you’ll be trapped. Possibly.

But halt! It also sounds a tad fishy, as it comes laden with adverts and some iffy material that you may not want the nippers to see.

And the reviews are, let’s say “mixed” to say the least.

So be cautious of it. It could be an elaborate spam, or even a BOMB.

(It’s not a bomb).

Free Spotify! Kinda!

June 4th, 2014 1 Comment By Ian Wade

spotify logo Free Spotify! Kinda!Spotify is offering three months of Spotify Premium for the price of one.

That’s right, you can get a Summer of ad-free groovin’ for almost next to nothing. You have until June 15th to take advantage of upgrading your account to Premium as part of Spotify’s first Super Summer of Music promotion thing.

As part of Spotify’s first-ever Super Summer of Music promotion, users pay £9.99 for the first month – Spotify Premium’s regular price – and the next two months are free.

That’s right. FREE.

The streaming service hit 10 million premium subscribers in May and has 40 million active listeners. If you sign up, you’ll be making 9 hour playlists dedicated to Balearic, sharing it on a social network and then arguing with your mates about ‘what defines Balearic anyway?’

Just let’s not ask any acts about royalties though eh?

wine glasses 300x199 Dream job alert  wine and beer testers wanted #freeboozeGood old Aldi. Not only are we all fans of their low prices (and the best supermarket ads on telly), they are now seeking to win the hearts of many more by seeking official wine tasters on Twitter.

The ten “aspiring wine connoisseurs” will receive two free bottles of wine, plus tasting notes, each month, and in return need to produce a measly 140 character review. And drink the wine, of course. Potential applicants have until June 2 to apply with a 150 word spiel and their Twitter name.

And if wine isn’t your bag, drinks retailer Oddbins are also out for public input. Oddbins already run an annual wine taster search and now, we kid you not, they are looking for beer testers. Consumers over the age of 18 who think they  could possibly put themselves through the hardship of drinking beer on Oddbins’ behalf can apply for the role, which will go towards the decision making process of deciding choosing which UK ales to stock.

By tweeting @Oddbins and including #OddbinsBeer, you don’t have many characters left to convince the company why you are the best beer-swiller for the job, but if you’re interested, you have until the end of May to come up with something short and snappy. The role is unpaid, but the chosen candidate will receive monthly deliveries of cases of craft ales in exchange for their guidance in the beer-picking process.

Ayo Akintola, managing director of Oddbins, said: “We are committed to placing our customers at the heart of our business model and recruiting a customer beer taster is consistent with that philosophy.”

While these are just two examples of businesses seeking customer engagement, it does show a growing trend towards using customers, in more than one sense of the word, and how this can be mutually beneficial. Even if you aren’t successful in becoming the Aldi wine taster, next time you buy wine, you know Aldi has wine tasters, which might make you more inclined to buy Aldi wine. And for the cost of a monthly case of beer, Oddbins generates publicity worth many times that amount, and even gets a mention on consumer sites whose readers might appreciate the opportunity to drink free beer…

Vodafone 4G-ers, now with free Netflix

May 23rd, 2014 No Comments By Ian Wade

netflix transparent Vodafone 4G ers, now with free NetflixVodafone are tempting to woo new customers to its 4G network with six months of free Netflix.

It’s true. If you sign up to a 4G plan from July, you will have the option of choosing Netflix, or you could have six free months of Spotify Premium or even Sky Sports Mobile. But what if you’re already a Netflix-er? Well you’ll still get that free.

You have to sign up to a package over £26

To be eligible, you need to sign up to a 4G plan worth over £26.

To put it into saving money chat, Netflix costs £6.99 per month for new customers, so the deal would save them £41.94.

That doesn’t sound so bad does it? Before you know it, you’ll be obsessed with Orange is the New Black or a whole host of grotty 80s horror films.