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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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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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Rise of the roboristas

Rise of the roboristas

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGbc-G1lTaU

The robots are coming! They’re taking over our cities! Our primitive weapons are useless against their superior technology! Oh, hang on, it’s OK… they just want to show us some cool coffee machines.

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The latte mermaid

The latte mermaid

What does the Jolly Green Giant do at weekends? Where does the Michelin Man go on holiday? Is Ronald McDonald always that cheerful? Unless you’ve got a lot of time on your hands, you’ve probably never imagined the world’s favourite brand mascots going about their daily business.

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Feel-good shopping

Feel-good shopping

Eco-friendly. Upcycled. Community-focused. Artisanal.

No, we’re not playing buzz-word bingo. These are the four categories of product stocked in Nordstrom’s new shop within a shop: TMRW TGTHR. (That’s ‘tomorrow together’ for anyone who hasn’t used a mobile phone.)

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Off the catwalk, onto the superhighway

Off the catwalk

London. Paris. Milan. New York. The hearts of the fashion world, where the rich and famous mingle with the young and trendy. The source of style for millions of people all over the world. Now we can add Leiden, Puri, Medan and Newcastle to the list, thanks to eBay’s latest adventure.

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Exercise by numbers

Exercise by numbers

Gyms. Sweat dripping down grey walls. Stale carpet tiles. Broken air conditioning units. Boxy TV screens showing music videos from the ‘90s. Row upon row of slippery, smelly treadmills.

Sound familiar? If your gym is still stuck in the dark ages, it’s time to move on. Research shows that more and more of us are shunning traditional high-street chains in favour of fitness and running groups, or re-considered gyms that place greater emphasis on design and style.

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Window dressing

Window dressing

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZXucLUfh0U

Stereotypical things you will never hear a man say #34: “I’m just popping into town for a spot of window shopping.” Well that may be about to change thanks to NEO’s new concept storefront in Nuremburg.

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The flat-pack filter

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IKEA is a great place for young people to buy tables/ chairs/ shelves/ ice cube trays. Instagram is a great place for young people to share photos of their food/ trainers/ post-work pint (#longday). So it was only a matter of time before the two paths crossed, which they did in Russia recently.

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