Ticket Touts on Top

Have you ever wanted to by tickets to a gig, theatre or comedy show only to find the tickets have sold out almost instantly and you’ve been left without?

To add insult to injury those tickets appear on a secondary ticketing website such as Viagogo, Stubhub, GET ME IN! or Seatwave within minutes but at double the price.

In recent years there has been an explosion in the number of so-called bedroom touts, many of whom use software known as “bots” that automatically sweep up huge numbers of tickets the moment they go on sale. They then resell them via secondary market websites.

This is exactly what happened when U2 Tickets went on sale for their Joshua Tree anniversary tour. Tickets sold out in minutes leaving many fans devastated after missing their chance to get some. But to make things worse, there were up to 60 tickets available on secondary sites minutes after the concert had sold out, and not only that but the tickets were being sold at ridiculously high prices.

Prices for the UK dates started at £40 and rise to £187. The starting prices for the tickets being sold on Seatwave to see U2 at Croke Park were a massive £329! (excluding delivery price as well.)

A lot of people have spoken up about this injustice and asked the question, is this legal?
And unfortunately it is. The act of reselling tickets, even at a significantly higher price than the face value, is not illegal in the UK.
Ticket touts and unofficial ticket agencies are not authorised to sell tickets by the performers. Those purchasing tickets from ticket touts, either online or outside an event, run the risk of purchasing tickets that are counterfeit or stolen. There is no way of knowing whether tickets purchased on the secondary market are genuine, and when purchased from an unofficial source online, there is no way of knowing whether the tickets even exist.

Secondary ticketing might be legal but that doesn’t make it morally right.

One of the only countries in the world to have any laws restricting these ticket touts is Australia; they have banned people from selling on tickets for more than 10% above the original price.

This certainly seems fair but with so many ways to buy tickets online, how can it possibly be policed? I know how I feel about this issue but it seems that there are too many new routes being created to flout the issue and we live in a society that seems to reward “entrepreneurism” rather than find ways to stop blatant racketeerism.

I guess it’s back to camping out beside the local Ticketmaster agent rather than hope that in the interests of fair play and true fandom justice will prevail.

 

Aisling

Resolutions are Rubbish? More like Resolutions are Revelations!

Happy New year everyone! (it’s a bit late but with all the new work the new year brings, here at the blogging team we’ve been back into the grind and only now have finally found the time for some much needed writing).

Today I’m responding to an article from one of my fellow bloggers on how New Year’s resolutions are rubbish.
I can’t be the only person who couldn’t disagree more, right?!
To me, New Year is celebrated purely to remind people that time is moving forward. One chapter of the book is closing and new one is ready and waiting to be filled in and read and wondered and explored. Unless you have a really rubbish book, the new chapter is exciting and different! Of course we have bad pages every so often, but the fact is, it’s your choice how you fill it up!

So fill it!

Make good memories, plan things, make goals, learn new skills, dream bigger and accomplish the things you never got to in the horrid old year of 2016!
If it’s a pain for you to drag open the new pages of your book, if you are bored reading the same thing day in, day out- then change it up! No one is going to judge you for deciding you want to take Italian lessons or starting swimming or going to see the newest movie every week, and if they do you can send them my way because why shouldn’t you? It’s not their life.
Accomplishing such changes can be difficult, I get it, but there’s no point in wasting time waiting for it to change either. Therefore, I think that new year’s resolutions are amazing ideas, why even celebrate the coming of a brand new year if you’re just going to keep it the exact same as the last?

With that being said, here are my top 6 new year’s resolutions for 2017-

1) Learn a new skill every month
Personally, I have reached a “pilot mode” in my life where I know how to do what I do, and I just keep doing the same thing to get it done. This is NOT ok. There are so many things I’m not doing right now that I know absolutely nothing about. Not only could they be fun, but they could be smart, savvy and genuinely useful.

What could I learn in the space of a month you ask? Well there’s plenty, even if they’re just tiny.

Learn how to bake a cake, learn how to wash your own clothes, learn how to finally do those algebra questions that keep bugging you in math, even learn how to play the ophicleide?? ANYTHING!

2) Keep a memory jar
I cannot recommend this one enough. Back in 2015 I kept a memory jar and opening it up on New Year’s was such a wonderfully nostalgic experience. When 2016 rolled around, I figured that since I had lots of stuff planned for the year I didn’t need a jar to remind me because I’d have such an incredible year.

Ha! For 1) I don’t think 2016 was a very good year for humanity as whole and 2) there are five hundred twenty-five thousand and six hundred minutes in a year and every single one of them is filled with something completely new- it is guaranteed your going to forget a lot of it.

The basic concept of a memory jar is that every time something makes you laugh till you cry, or someone does something incredibly lovely for you, or something substantial happens in your life, you write it down on a little piece of paper with the date and put it in a jar along with cinema tickets or bus tickets to important places or sweet wrappers that remind you of an adorable day or memory. Then, on New Year’s Eve, you open it up and reminisce before auld acquaintances are forgot and never brought to mind.

3) Keep a journal
I bought myself a journal on the 13th of January because I couldn’t find one that suited me until I came across my little blue leather treasure. This idea is rather like the memory jar, however journaling daily allows you to express yourself on a much larger scale to literally a blank sheet. You can complain about all the things that bug you (because as they say, if you don’t like people talking back to you, buy a journal), you can document ideas and concepts, you can describe daily events and leave yourself goals and lessons for the next day- I even write what music I’m listening to on that day. Personally, I can’t wait to be one of those people who comes back home and finding a big old dusty box of journals so I can see how much I’ve changed throughout the years.

4) Learn a new language
Languages are so important to me- and to everyone else on the planet. Without language learning, you wouldn’t be reading this blog. I study A Level French and adore my lessons. I think it’s so incredibly interesting to learn about where our English words come from when studying European languages such as Spanish, Portuguese and Italian that all get their origins from Latin, as well as the fact that learning new languages makes you more employable and is generally an amazing skill to have as you can connect with people from all around the world. Mainly for that reason, on top of my French, I am also taking lessons in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

It’s true that I’m not exactly fluent in any, but my reading of them is relatively proficient. If you’re considering language learning as a goal, I cannot promote the app Duolingo enough. It’s a free language learning app that offers lessons in so many different languages and you can even compete against your friends. It’s fantastic.
Also, why limit yourself to verbal language? Ever since I watched A Miracle on 34th Street as a child and saw the scene where Santa Claus signs to the little deaf girl, and her face totally illuminates with joy, I have always wanted to learn sign language. It must be so isolated for a deaf person to only have a limited circle of people to communicate with, so I am determined to learn how to talk to someone who doesn’t have the immense privilege of hearing.

5) Create something once a week
In 2016, I greatly struggled with the feeling of unproductiveness. NOT ANYMORE JILL, NOT ANYMORE! In 2017, I am striving to create something new every week, be it a poem, a song, a friendship, a new way of thinking, a new place to store pens.

I DON’T CARE.

ANYTHING.

The list goes on and on and on- just like time, time that is not gonna’ wait for me! This year, I’m going to have something to show for those previously discussed five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes, be it my final grades or the paintings on my wall.

6) Make a new goal every month
Change, as already said, is difficult. A lot of people don’t like it at all. However, I am not like that, or more accurately, I don’t want- under any costs- to be like that. As I said, there is no point in wasting time when it’s going to keep moving forward without you either way, so you have two options- 1) enter into denial over the fact that you do nothing (AKA 2016 Jill), or 2) get up off your butt and try the things you’ve been wanting to try all this time (AKA 2017 pending Jill).

So much can happen in a year that I know every month I’ll discover new things that I want to accomplish, and I most definitely am going to. Instead of limiting to yourself to New Years resolutions, why not have New Months resolutions? I mean, new month, new me??… Right??? Well maybe it’s not as catchy as the original, but it still holds true.

I hope these points are good starters in making your own resolutions.

Remember, no matter how late in the game it is, there’s no time too late for a good ol’ change.

Have a good day 🙂
Jill

Resolutions are Rubbish

It’s 2017 and I’m sure there are plenty of us thinking about how to improve our lives in a variety of different means for the New Year.

Some might want to be healthier, some may want to be more active and others could be experiencing an overwhelming desire to get those less than spectacular grades up. However there is one very simple flaw with all of this:

New Year’s resolutions do not work.

Now there’s nothing wrong with setting goals for ourselves to make changes in our lives, which lead to healthier, wealthier and downright happier lives. But here’s the thing; these ‘goals’ that we set for ourselves are far too general. For instance, how much weight do I plan to lose? How do I plan to do it? Diet? Exercise? Where? When? Why?

A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year’s resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as a “2 pounds a week” instead of saying “lose weight”, while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.

So whilst they may have good intentions behind them, New Year’s Resolutions are, in essence, just statements about what you plan to do in the year ahead, and unless broken down with even just a little careful planning, are most likely not going to be fulfilled.

To sum up, if you do have any ‘resolutions’, break them down in to small daily, weekly, or monthly goals and plan ahead:

Who can help me fulfil this?

What am I going to change or do in order to make this successful?

When? – Think of a start and end point for your goal

Where do I plan to implement this plan? Home?  School? The workplace?

And of course before you start to plan all this out,

Why am I doing it?

 

So if you ask me: frankly, goals are great; but resolutions?

Rubbish.

 

Shane.