As an Aladdin's cave of toys and other festive gifts, Christmas time at Woolworths was always a glittering affair! Shoppers would flock to enjoy the Christmas cheer, including Santa's grotto and a multitude of baubles, tinsel and other sparkling decorations. Nothing compared to Christmas at Woolworths - a tradition that dated back to 1880! The very first Woolworths opened in New York city in 1879, when Frank Winfield Woolworth launched his first shop in Utica, in the Mohawk Valley, on 22nd...Continue Reading
We all have our own ideas about what makes the best Christmas shopping experience. It might be finding plenty of bargains, making a day of it and having lunch as well, being surrounded by sparkly decorations and listening to festive music as we browse, or being immersed in an Aladdin's cave of designer brands. According to a survey, British consumers adore Christmas shopping. A survey of 2,000 shoppers by Intu revealed that we would be dedicating, on average, 18 hours to shopping in the la...Continue Reading
However hard we all try, there's always going to be a Christmas present that just isn't suitable. Whether it's clothing that doesn't fit, an item of jewellery that you simply don't like, or you have been unlucky enough to receive an item that is faulty, you may wish to return something to the vendor. This can be a minefield for those of us who don't know how to return goods and don't understand our consumer rights. Some people think they have an automatic right to return non-faulty present...Continue Reading
Amazon has grown from a tiny startup operating from a second-hand computer, in founder Jeff Bezos' garage, to a global retail giant with estimated total assets of $131.31 billion. Owning big names such as Zappos, IMDB, LOVEFiLM and Woot, the company accounts for around one-third of all eCommerce sales in the United States and boasts more than 180,000 employees. It also owns the publishing arm, Amazon Publishing, as well as its own TV and film studio, Amazon Studios. Furthermore, the com...Continue Reading
The countdown to Black Friday 2018 has begun, as retailers and consumers gear up to the annual mega-sale pencilled in for 23rd November. The concept began in the United States, when Black Friday was traditionally the day after Thanksgiving - an annual celebration at the end of November. The event has become a market sensation since 2005 and has spread to the UK. It has become the busiest shopping day of the year, on both sides of the Atlantic. Retailers online and in high stre...Continue Reading
The famous British singer, Dame Vera Lynn, known as the "Force's Sweetheart", released one of the best-known wartime anthems of all time, We'll Meet Again, in 1939. Now 101 years old, the veteran star, whose concerts boosted the morale of troops during the Second World War, is still a firm believer in the emotional value of music. As an ambassador for BBC Music Day, which took place on 28th September, she spoke of the "powerful and unique ability" of music to "console and comfort" us. D...Continue Reading
Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-3.0The British pop band, Right Said Fred, enjoyed a surprise hit with their debut single, I'm Too Sexy for My Shirt, in 1991 - even though their booking agent sacked them on hearing it because he hated it so much! The band started out in 1989 as a duo, compris...
American singer and songwriter John Denver was a folk music icon who became one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s. Selling more than 33 million records across the world, he released around 300 songs, having written some 200 of them himself. He became one of the United States' most beloved artists of the decade, in part thanks to his wholesome image - as a country boy at heart, he sang about the joy he found in nature and his dislike of city life. Achieving four platinum ...Continue Reading