I can picture a moment about two weeks into lockdown when I got back from the office at about 7pm, and looked at the sales graph. I refreshed and it jumped up by the equivalent of a week’s sales in one day. I had dinner, thought about how we’d manage that volume. Then I refreshed it again, and another week’s worth of sales had happened in an hour. That was overwhelming. But our delivery companies were set up to deal with seasonal changes in demand, so took on extra staff and vans. My staff were clocking overtime; our more experienced suppliers ringfenced stock; and I was driving sackloads of pool cue chalk to the post office. It was seven days a week, but we muddled through. There was a slightly guilty, awkward feeling to it, when things are so desperate for other businesses. But this stuff does give people a bit of a lift. … [Read more...] about ‘My parents helped me pack lube’: from sex toys to bidets, the lockdown businesses that boomed
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He allegedly messaged Mr Deuters: 'Amber is extremely upset and we're dying... Do you want to speak with her while we're there and give her some perspective on me and what I am and what I'm not? She thinks my Peruvian period has made me a monster and that I am ruining the relationship.' … [Read more...] about Amber Heard arrives at court with her squad hours after hitting the town with her sister until the small hours of the morning – as Johnny Depp prepares to take the stand for a third day of trial
The Loop, which launches next month, is one of the most ambitious attempts yet to eliminate plastic waste from the weekly shop. It is backed by major consumer goods companies Unilever and PepsiCo, who have created eco-versions of popular brands including Tropicana, Persil and Hellmann’s, to sell via the website. … [Read more...] about The milkman gets an eco-makeover as refill service knocks on door
Lisa says it is important for those who embark on the new scheme to be aware that it won't necessarily mean a full-time job at the end of it. After her work placement ended, she didn't have a permanent job for four years, but she believes the Future Jobs Fund was an important addition to her CV. … [Read more...] about Rishi Sunak’s ‘Kickstart’ jobs scheme: Back to the future?
I am an inveterate introvert who spent last year living as an out-and-out extrovert: I talked to strangers, survived networking events, performed standup comedy, went camping with hippies, took improv classes and generally tried to make my life as miserable as possible in the short term, in the hope of making it better in the long term. Then I invited the people I met along the way to my flat for a dinner party. In other words, I lived out my worst nightmares. But by embracing things I normally ran away from, I overcame my social anxiety, made new friends and now know what it feels like to bomb at the Edinburgh fringe (bad; very bad). … [Read more...] about My social anxiety was rekindled by lockdown. Could phoning up strangers help?