Bionase – Hayfever ‘cure’?

15 05 2009


"My hayfever vanished - as did my boyfriend!"

"My hayfever vanished - as did my boyfriend!"

Normally i don’t pay too much attention to the classified ads in the Metro (unlike those in the Innovations catalogue) but i’m glad i looked more closely at this one.

It fills me with joy the way the model on the top left attempts to look attractive – whilst demonstrating the Bionase.  

I can just imagine her joy when receiving the call from her agent telling her she’d just got a national ad campaign; followed by her crushing disappointment when she got to the shoot and realised she’s have to stick a wired peg up her nose.

At least the ad was in black and white – this lady didn’t get off so ‘lightly’ –

A night out in Bangkok's red-light district wasn't quite the same as it used to be

Bangkok's red-light district wasn't quite the same as it used to be


Once i started looking into the Bionase, i was so tickled with the pics i found that i thought i’d start a dedicated gallery here – 


Smells OK - but i'm still not convinced...


Bionase - 1992

This won't hurt a bit...

This won't hurt a bit...

"Have you taken the f**king picture yet?

"Have you taken the f**king picture yet?

I'm only doing this if you PROMISE it won't end up online

I'm only doing this if you PROMISE it won't end up online


We like to make our own Christmas decorations


You won't be smiling in a minute.

I think someone tagged the wrong photo...

Wrong tag (i hope)


Behind the Scenes – Sony X-Series – Press Launch

13 05 2009
"How do i check my voicemail again?"

"So how do i check my voicemail again?"

 The new Sony X-series Walkman has been released  – citing itself as the most serious contender to the iTouch.  With an Organic LED screen (something to do with carbon bits rather than vegetables) it offers a brighter, clearer picture for much less power.  Along with noise-canceling technology, Sony are marketing the device as akin to having a ‘cinema in your pocket’.

This week, to emphasise the theatrical feeling, Sony converted a London Underground tube carriage into a cinema!  
For the press launch on Tuesday 12th May, 2009 there was popcorn, pick ‘n’ mix and model Danielle Bux dressed as an usherette. How do i know this?  I was actually there…

The credit crunch takes its toll on Danielle Bux

The credit crunch taking its toll on the WAGs


At 8:30am i arrived at Stanmore station (the far end of the Jubilee Line) to help unload the required materials for converting a carriage.  

Mind the gap

Mind the gap


Our very own train took us all the way to Charing Cross (how did they do that when it’s not even on the Jubilee Line?!) and we parked up in a disused section of the Bakerloo Line.

We got to travel right at the front!

We got to travel right at the front!

We then had 1 hour to convert the 15 metre carriage with red velvet drapes, scatter cushions, cup holders, carpet and golden handrails.  There was an old-fashioned popcorn maker (assembled by yours truly in a speedy amount of time), fizzy drinks (in walkman branded cups) and a sweet dispenser.  

Product Demo

The X-series was available for people to try out.  Not overly intuitive (IMHO) but smart looking nonetheless and the screen really did look good.

The biggest obstacle for me was remembering that it’s not actually a mobile (whilst simultaneously hiding my own iPhone for fear of causing offense!)


London commuters are definitely avid users of portable video players.  We seem to like nothing more than isolating ourself from fellow passengers on the long ride home from work and if the noise-canceling technology does what it says then that would be a most welcome addition to the longer life/sharper screens.  The Victoria line has been measured as louder than a pneumatic drill – 118 decibels and at times i know i struggle to hear my music (despite it being at full volume).


I’m intrigued by the idea of linking an old-fashioned cinema style to a cutting edge piece of technology – it’s almost as if as consumers we need something familiar/traditional/safe in order for us to feel secure with the latest technological developments.  By grounding the X-Series with nostalgia and the collective experience of cinema, Sony are softening the rather solitary activity of engaging only with the screen.