#First International Football Tournament – Vodafone

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Last week I attended an event at the Arsenal football stadium. I can hear some of you who know me well say "Whaaat? What were YOU doing in a football stadium?". I can assure you that it was for a good cause! I am not a huge fan of football but the whole idea behind the Vodafone #First campaign is to make people's dreams come true, so I guess that was worth it. You may have seen the viral video of the old ladies that had never flown before, and this time, they brought a team of young lads from Ghana to play with a team in London. How cool is that?

"Work hard and remember where you're from"

Those were the words Sani, the football coach said to the boys as they started their journey to the UK. Those are wise words and good advice to anyone, I would say.

I am sometimes a bit cynical when it comes to advertising but, in this case I think Vodafone did a nice thing. Much better to help a few people achieve their dreams and try something for the first time they wouldn't otherwise be able to do, than pay a bunch of celebrities to feature in their campaigns. Seeing the happy smiles on the boys' faces was certainly worth it and it's the kind of thing that makes you feel happy just for watching.

I had a lovely time with other bloggers and the ladies from Tribal Media. thank you so much for the opportunity to see this first hand!

Watch the trailer here:



Share In Style – White

According to recent blog posts here on the blog, it would appear that I currently spend my life in cemeteries. It's only half true - I still go to the one close to work almost every day.

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That said, I ended up spending a couple of hours at another one of London's Victorian cemeteries (Bromptom Cemetery) the other weekend. It's quite big and overgrown. I took a few pics, of course. Do not think this was a gloomy day, because it wasn't. It was sunny and the crickets could be heard all around.

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this is what I wore on this particular day: vintage dress from ASOS Marketplace, Irregular Choice shoes and white bobby socks from Primark. Yes, that's the only white thing about this outfit, but oh so important. (I'm adding this post to Mis Papelico's Share-In-Style)

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On blogging honesty

 

It was with astonishment that I learned about recent news that a French judge fined a blogger for publishing a bad review about a restaurant on her website. The owners of the restaurant she reviewed weren't happy with the fact that her blog post was showing so prominently on SERP's (Search Engine Result Pages) and took her to court for damages.

"This decision creates a new crime of 'being too highly ranked [on a search engine]', or of having too great an influence'," Ms Doudet told the BBC.

"What is perverse, is that we look for bloggers who are influential, but only if they are nice about people," she added.

The judge told Ms Doudet to amend the title of the blog and to pay €1,500 ($2,000; £1,200) in damages to the restaurant, as well as €1,000 to cover the complainant's costs.

Does this make any sense? What does it mean for bloggers, as this opens a serious precedent?

Does this mean that there will be a new kind of censorship being enforced and that one will have to be careful about writing negative reviews, even if they are true? I'm not the kind of person to write a scathing blog post about anything, but really, is this right? If someone is providing a bad service or distributing poor quality products, shouldn't we be able to say so openly, without fear of repercussions?

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