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Halloween flew past scarily quickly, Divali has briefly lit up the sky, Guy Fawkes Night has been and gone with a bang, and if you listen carefully the Christmas bells are already jingling, but before we get to the back end of the year, Black Friday looms large. Naturally, I accept that Black Friday doesn’t […]

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The ASA recently upheld a complaint against a company running a paid-for prize draw, and I’ll come on to the specifics of that, but I was particularly interested in this ruling, because it reflects a trend for paid-for prize draws, which I’ve detected over the last few months. Prizeology is approached at least a couple […]

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Last Friday an estimated four million people worldwide took to the streets to draw attention to the climate emergency and demand action to save the planet. Striking school children made up the majority of protesters, but they were cheered on by plenty of adults, including, you might be shocked to hear, a substantial cohort from […]

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The other day I read a good piece in Vice by Lauren O’Neill, a staff writer specialising in millennials and the internet. It was a report about BorderlessLive, which, says Lauren, was billed as the UK’s first ‘influencer festival’ and which took place in East London in early September. The event focussed on the travel […]

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This is a text scam which is apparently in circulation at the moment and the prize is an iPhone XS or sometimes an iPhone XS Max. That makes it something of a classic scam, because iPhones frequently feature in fake prize promotions of all sorts (the scammers don’t seem to be using the iPhone 11 […]

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