The Seekers are celebrating a very special time in their lives, and including their fans in the festivities. Dudith Durham, Bruce Woodley, Keith Potger, and Athol Guy have been a band for 50 years. That's right, a Golden Jubilee means 50 years in show biz. Before we have a look at the latest media attention, here's a quick background into the world of Seekers tours.
Judith Durham said on 60 minutes that they really had an easy career. Judith now realises she took for granted the instant TV coverage they received just a day after they arrived in England. Success welcomed the group whenever they wanted it. Judith then chose time off from the group for independence and to find her own identity. But the memory of The Seekers stayed with the public. And hence the later tours.
Judith has continually been able to return to the group with the same support from fans ever since. Their 25th anniversary Silver Jubilee (when I was 4) sparked a decade of performances. They united aft…
The Sydney Morning Herald has implemented a monthly charge for users to access articles on their web site. Only the first 30 articles are free. Under the current system, readers would pay up to $300 a year. This dollar value assumes such a news source is not substitutable. Or is it? There was talk of this being planned for quite a while. But it is still a massive shock to the loyal readers.
The good old SMH has kept a flow of revenue from advertisements for some time. That should be enough. Sometimes a pop up would grab our attention before being closed. A banner in the footer of the home page (that is an attempt at descriptive techie lingo) is all about American Express. Links on the right hand side promoted anything and everything. That should have been enough. Our favourite brands would have paid big bucks for exposure on a very popular online site.
Let's hope there is a very good reason for the SMH to suddenly restrict the site to subscriptions. A monthly payment is too much…
On the seriously popular app Pinterest, we can all be an artist. Or a cook. Pinterest allows egalitarian sharing of crafty creations and web sites with absolutely anyone. This how-to-DIY-guide of the social networking world is changing creative expressions of thousands of people.
Pinterest is a potential shopping mall of the future. Amazingly unique and exotic gifts can be found on the site and ordered by price. Why wander around the shopping mall in search of something different when we can buy it at the click of a button? When we don't want to wait around for an auction on Ebay, there's always this collection of references to bargain sites.
This R2D2 bin was sold on Etsy (& so was its image above) after some free advertisement on Pinterest.
The DIY world is another reason to join the crowd at Pinterest. I took a bit of getting used to the technology (I'm getting old fashioned), but you just click on the picture and the referenced web page will appear.