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Amazing Claims

I’ve been looking at a few of the more comical, or should I say amazing claims which have been made by people for injuries, so thought I’d mention a few of the most unbelievable ones. Now don’t get me wrong, if someone has had an accident which was genuinely someone elses fault then they should be entitled to compensation, however you decide if you think the following examples fall into that category:

Young Boy Hit By Car

OK on the surface of it, this sounds like a plausible and justified claim. However, the reality was that the boy walked out into the road without looking and ended up with a fractured ankle when he was hit by a car, he received £11.5k for that. So watch out when you are driving, you could be blamed for something which is totally unavoidable! No a good enough example? Ok read on…judge

Go Karting Accident – £15k payout

A man had an accident when Go Karting and suffered a head injury which meant that he ended up being demoted at work, so gained a payout of £15k in compensation from the operators. Sounds fair enough? Yes, it does until you discover that he was on a stag weekend and drunk at the time! Still not amazed at what people can claim for? How about the next example…

One from the Nationals

I expect everyone’s heard of N-Dubz, the UK rap artists from which Tulisa of TV fame originated. However her original counterpart in the band, Dappy was ordered to pay £4.5k for spitting at someone in an argument late one night in a petrol station. I remember talk of people spitting all the time at old punk rock gigs, it’s a good job nobody made a claim back then! Still not amazed? OK one more try…

UK Teachers £150k Payout

A teacher from London lost her voice shouting over a particularly riotous class of children and consequently lost her voice (not permanently I might add) and received an unbelievable £150k compensation! Now if that isn’t an occupational hazard I don’t know what is!

There is a huge growing culture of making no win no fee claims in the UK with numerous specialists all around the country as can be seen here, and regardless if you think it’s right or wrong, this is the way our culture is turning, it’s becoming more aligned to way things work in the USA. I just really hope that in certain circumstances the judge takes a more balanced view of why the claim is being made. For example in the Dappy situation mentioned above, was it possible that the other party knew that any actions would be caught on camera in a garage forecourt, but probably not what was said, so an argument could be instigated with someone who clearly had the money to pay out. I’m not for one minute suggesting this was the case, but it’s a possibility.

Interestingly the UK government has recently changed the law about no win no fee type claims. It used to be a case that win or loose you wouldn’t have any solicitor or court costs to pay, however these days it’s been controlled so you don’t have any fees to pay if you win the case, so as a result I expect less of the cases which are a bit dubious are being followed up just in case they loose.

 

Time for an Update

Times change and things move on, therefore so must we. The site has been around for quite some time now and while it has served it’s purpose over the last few years by enabling us to post updates, we have come to the conclusion that MKScienceFestival needs a bit of an update, with a new focused approach and appearance. As a result we are planning to completely overhaul the website in the near future.

There are a few considerations before we make any decisions. Firstly are we to remain with the WordPress platform, while it is robust and offers many enhancing features, to be fair, we use very few of them on here. There is also the website security aspect to consider, in the same way that attacks are much more common on Microsoft operating systems than say Apple, the same is true of WordPress, where although the security is constantly being updated and additional plugins can enhance it further, there are far more security issues with it than other platforms, or just reverting back to html.

web designer
No, this isn’t me, just in case you were wondering

Next is the appearance of the site, and to completely contradict the implications of the previous paragraph, WordPress is a dream for actually adapting the appearance of a site, simply installing a new template, adjusting the colour scheme and making a few changes through the control panel can completely overhaul the site, so to be fair this is where we are leaning, simply from the perspective of ease.

On the subject of colour schemes we are planning to stick with blue white and black, as this provides a professional look and keeps the site readable due to the contrast of the lettering on the pages.

I’m fortunate to have a friend john who runs a web design agency in Cornwall called Sharkfin Media, so I will undoubtedly be tapping him for some advice and guidance on the whole subject. I do quite like the overall design of their website with a large font and sliders on every page, they also have a nice menu structure with a different colour scheme for the pages under each main heading, you can see it here  although I am perfectly aware that being a web designer by trade means that the world and their dog probably ask and expect free advice, so I am aware that I can’t push my luck. I suppose it’s a bit like people asking me science related questions when I’m down the local on a Friday night.

I sit at my computer most of the day so don’t really want to do the work in my evenings and weekends, however I don’t work right through the Christmas period, so I’m planning to get working on the redesign then and have it ready by the time we all get back to work in the new year, so you can expect to see a sparkling, fresh new website in 2014 with possibly some new sections (although they may come a little later). The web science trust has a nice site, so perhaps we could make it along the same lines with the tabs and section the site out properly.

The aim is for the new website to be simple and easy to navigate with lots of images, I understand that we are now able to lift the images from other websites provided we give them the credit for them, so that could be very helpful, especially seeing as most science related graphics are copyright in books.

I’d appreciate any feedback or suggestions, or even better if you are an expert in web design and have a little time you could spare, some advice/help/do it for me (delete as appropriate) would be great, OK I’m joking about building the whole website for me, but the advice and help would be good.

Giveaway Ideas

Running events is quite a strange thing, when you start the initial planning and sorting out of ideas it’s quite relaxed, then once a date is set the real work begins, then finally you have the mad rush and stress of the event itself, followed by the assessment of it and starting the planning process for the following year. For the attendees it’s a simple case of deciding if they will attend, buying a ticket, turning up on the day and then, all to often, forgetting about it again. So the question is, how (if at all) can you keep it fresh in peoples minds after and leading up to the event?

Firstly lets be realistic about this, they aren’t going to be as enthusiastic about it as the event organisers no matter what you do. But there are certain things which can be done to keep it fresh in peoples minds.

Firstly a promotional idea is to have bags with the show or event literature in them, these are very handy for the attendees, because they then have somewhere to put all the brochures and leaflets they pick up as they work their way around the various stalls, plus they are very cheap and reusable. Pens are a common one too as it means that people keep your brand at the forefront of their mind, at least until they are lost or chewed. A good idea are mouse mats, while not as cost effective as pens, they can last for literally years and do have a higher perceived value. The beauty of mouse mats is that if you have a good design they actually make peoples desks look better, while keeping your logo, telephone number and email address right in front of them for much longer, one of the reasons a lot of companies had them out to their customers. there are numerous companies who will make them to order, or do a quick web search for examples of systems where you can design your own online.

Your website can also be a great tool to make sure people don’t forget about the event. If you incorporate some useful tools on there which people need to use on a regular basis they will keep coming back to use them, particularly if there is a website address on the mouse mats or other promotional merchandise. But it needs to be something which is really useful to keep them coming back, then you can have updates down the side of the page, so there is no avoiding seeing what’s coming up at the next event and then eventually ticket info for the following years event.

UK Partner

We are proud to announce that we have teamed up with Eco Seo for any search engine optimisation services for our clients. Because this is a completely different skill set to design we made the decision to work with a specialist in their particular field. It was important to us that we worked with a local online marketing firm, seeing as all our customers are based in England and in the vast majority of cases only need to be found in the UK search engines.

Eco Seo have a wealth or experience in optimisation projects for a broad range of business sectors, they also have experience in pay per click and internet marketing, so will be our first point of call for anyone who needs to increase the traffic to their website.

Working alongside them we can together optimise the pages of your website to increase the number of visitors who become a buying customer.  By analysing the way people enter, leave and move around a website, we can identify the pages which are working well and those which aren’t, then adapt them accordingly.

We can also develop micro sites, so if you are launching a new product, you may need a website which is totally dedicated to that product, again this can be fully optimised to make sure you reach your goals.

Eco SEO are in Wiltshire very close to Marlborough, although they already service clients from all around the UK, so whilst we usually design for more local companies, our combined skills are available to companies from all around the country.

If you need a new website, or a redesign of an existing site, combined with an effective, results driven search optimisation campaign, get in touch as we will be able to help.