Santa Claus vs the Jolly Toy Scouts

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Are you feeling festive yet?

Jolly Toy Scouts

The Big Guy traditionally holds an unassailable lead when it comes to toy distribution at Christmas. But this year, fast-food giant Jollibee is upping the stakes with the launch of its annual ‘Maaga ang Pasko’ toy collection drive.

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Pleasant pluckers

Pleasant pluckers

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7quQcr4H68

Venturing into the great outdoors over the holiday season? Then you’ll appreciate that nothing quite compares to the warmth and comfort afforded by a genuine goose down jacket. There’s little comfort for the goose however. Down is a by-product from geese bred for the dinner table. And while most are reared humanely, in extreme cases birds are forced to endure live plucking and force-feeding.

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From Christmas waste to Christmas wonderland

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. More to come this week.

Christmas waste 1

Shopping. Giving gifts. Returning gifts to the store. It’s all part of the fun as the holiday season gathers momentum. But there’s an unfortunate consequence to all this. The increase in consumption means the volume of waste we generate around this time of year also rises dramatically. Here at Poke Towers we’re already ankle deep in food packaging and gift wrap. (Business as usual then.)

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Can’t afford lunch? Yes you can

Can’t afford lunch 1

Summer in Stockholm. It’s great to be young, free and totally irresponsible with your cash. Because here, even though you may have squandered your bus fare home, at least you won’t starve.

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Season’s greetings by (robot) hand

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Look out for more throughout December.

Season’s greetings

With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to ask the tough questions. Like, who gets onto the Christmas card list this year? The nice cab driver who returned your iPhone last week. Or Julie from Personnel, who was definitely a bit snippy in the elevator this morning. It’s a significant task, sharing the seasonal love, but fortunately help is at hand. A robot hand, to be precise.

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The bell falls silent

#onlyintheapp

Twitter? Silent. Facebook? Closed. Instagram? Blank. In what appears at first to be a wilful act of social media suicide, US fast food chain Taco Bell has chosen to go dark across all channels. Withdrawing from the web, the company states that the new way to Taco Bell is #onlyintheapp – a reference to the company’s mobile ordering and payment app.

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Changing with the seasons

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Look out for more in the coming weeks.

Changing with the seasons

If the holiday season puts you in mind of a cosy mountain retreat with open fires, bare wood walls and an alpine view, then we suggest you head into New York City. Here in a post-industrial gallery space, brand consultant Rachel Schechtman has set up STORY, a store that’s in a perpetual state of flux, with design and merchandise ranges changing completely every few weeks.

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Growing trends in packaging

Living fruit basket

After travelling a few thousand miles in a refrigerated container, fresh fruit and vegetables start to seem somehow less than fresh. Chances are, they’ve lost a lot of their nutritional value along the way too.

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A break from the norm

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Look out for more in the coming weeks.

A break from the norm

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJhB2lPLcmU

This comfy Fairisle sweater. It’s not just a sweater. No. It’s a work of art. It shouldn’t simply be slung over the back of a chair. It deserves to be displayed in a Chelsea art gallery.

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Mo than a screensaver

Screenshaver

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/110773488

As another Movember draws to a close, the campaign to promote men’s health worldwide has left many men with a luxuriously carpeted lip. Or at least just a light peppering of stubble. It’s unlikely that many of these ‘taches will last until Christmas before falling beneath the blade. But this year, developers Bas van de Poel, Daan van Dam and animator Wong Ping have come up with another way to further the fuzz.

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