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What REALLY Annoys Us…!

It’s a special person who can get through an entire day without getting annoyed at someone or something. Modern life, on the whole, is a positive experience but from time to time (and those times are more frequent for some of us) we see or hear something that gets our goat!

It could be that the things that annoy us are simply small cogs in a far bigger wheel and can be explained by scientific theory – ‘x’ annoys me because of ‘y’, and the net result is ‘z’ – but more likely, it’s because those things are just really, really annoying!

Fingernails on a blackboard. People talking through films. Your mother’s Facebook status updates.  Unexpected items in the bagging area. The list is endless and we all have our own, but last week, online gaming site mobileslots.com conducted a straw poll of 700 people to find out the 50 things that really wind us up.

Here is the list from 50 to one. Some you’ll agree with, some you won’t. Read through and mentally tick off the ones that do. You will either be angrier than you think you are or more accepting of modern society’s foibles than you think you are. Judge for yourself…!

50. Monday mornings
49. People who litter
48. Pigeons
47. Justin Bieber (genuinely shocked he wasn’t waaaaay further up the list)

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46. Jimmy Carr (that laugh…)
45. Clocks changing in the spring and autumn
44. ‘Liking’ your own status on Facebook (bad form)
43. Cat poo
42. Speed cameras
41. Cyclists who don’t ride single file
40. Finding the start of a roll of Sellotape
39. Overseas call centres
38. Katie Hopkins (see #47…)
37. All-day delivery times
36. The Voice (presumably this refers to all ‘talent’ contests on TV)
35. Mobile phone conversations on the bus
34. Other people listening to music without headphones
33. Packed trains

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32. Twitter trolls
31. Expensive mineral water (glorified Peckham Spring)
30. People putting their bags on train seats to prevent anyone sitting there
29. People who leave their phone on at the cinema or theatre
28. House prices
27. Slow wi-fi
26. Weather being news (a British institution)
25. Potholes
24. Incessant DFS adverts (do they ever NOT have a sale on? It that even legal?)
23. PDAs
22. Celebrity fitness DVDs (because we all have that sort of time to get into perfect shape)
21. Traffic wardens (who leaves school wanting to do that?)

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20. Spam email (around 80% of all email traffic worldwide is spam)
19. Rude shop assistants (they’re rude because they work in a shop, go easy on them)
18. People who don’t stand on the right on escalators
17. People who talk in lifts
16. Small talk (harsh)
15. The One Show (more annoying that Justin Bieber? We think not)
14. Josie Cunningham (the girl who had a boob job on the NHS)
13. PPI calls
12. BO on public transport (or indeed anywhere, ever)
11. Bad grammar

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10. People who do their shopping at petrol stations
9. Perez Hilton (he was in Celebrity Big Brother apparently)
8. Tulisa (something to do with music, drugs and fake sheikhs…)
7. Snow (eh? What? Snow is fantastic for kids but agreed, not so great for cars)

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6. People who put the milk in first when making a cup of tea
5. Public transport
4. Slow walkers
3. Nigel Farage (perhaps because he’s a dead ringer for Sam the Eagle from The Muppets)
2. Queue jumpers (yet none of us have the guts to ever say anything)

And the thing that annoys us the most…

1.  Self-service checkouts

Google ‘things that annoy us’ and you’ll find a list of lists that are broadly similar, give or take a few anomalies but it turns out that on the whole, as a species, we do annoying things. That’s the long and short of it. Often the things that annoy us are not done on purpose (leaving indicators on, going to the shops and forgetting why you went, plane delays) but some of them are (selfies, not cleaning up after dogs, parking where one shouldn’t to save three seconds) so the message is, take a good look at yourselves and try hard not to do the things that annoy you about other people!

Interestingly, one of the things that annoys our clients here at Euracom is them trying to find apartments in London with other firms, which is why they all end up coming to us. We are the antithesis of annoyance and our customer service is second to none. That’s why our clients have been our clients for years.

They don’t get annoyed because they get precisely what they want, every time. Browse our website for the best student apartments in London, the best holiday apartments in London and the best corporate apartments in London and then call us on 020 8420 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk today!

We’ll see you in March!

By Rob at 9 Feb 2015

2015 – A Throwback to Times Past!

Happy New Year! We hope the holidays were full of friends, family, food and gifts and you’re back to work or university raring to go! We are!

While this blog post is a nice throwback to years past, it would be remiss of us not to acknowledge and condone the horrific, inexcusable yet wholly unnecessary executions of the defenceless writers, journalists and cartoonists at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last week. Here at Euracom, we cater for lots of French students and executives and our thoughts are with their friends, families and colleagues.

We digress. As we’ve alluded to, 2015 is a year absolutely jam-packed full of historical anniversaries so we thought we’d ease you into the year with a short(ish) but fun and memory-provoking trip down memory lane! Some will make you smile, some will make you sad and some may drive you into a seething cacophony of boiling rage…

January

The King, Elvis Presley would have been 80 this year. Winston Churchill died 50 years ago and 70 years ago in 1945, Auschwitz was liberated by the allied forces.

February

It’s been 25 years since Nelson Mandela walked free from Robben Island after 27 years, Bob Marley would have been 70 and 40 years ago, Margaret Thatcher was elected Tory leader.

March

Guitar demi-god Eric Clapton turns 70, Mikael Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviets 30 years ago and it’s been 50 years since US troops first landed in Vietnam.

April

Winston Churchill resigned 60 years ago due to his failing health, the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp took place 70 years ago and Saigon fell 40 years ago.

May

The Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U19-type submarine called SM U-20 100 years ago this month, it’s the 70th anniversary of VE Day in Europe and 35 years ago, Joy Division singer Ian Curtis died.

June

200 years ago, The Duke of Wellington’s Seventh Coalition defeated Napoleon’s armies at the Battle of Waterloo. 600 years before that, King John signed the Magna Carta, a series of written promises between the king and his subjects the he, the king, would govern England and deal with its people according to the customs of feudal law.

July

Harry Potter’s mum, JK Rowling, turns 50; it’s the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the first major campaign to be fought entirely by air forces and it’s been 15 years since the Air France Concorde flight 4590 crashed minutes after take-off from Charles De Gaulle airport into a hotel in the small town of Gonesse, prompting the demise of supersonic flight.

August

Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army invaded Kuwait 25 years ago, claiming they had both reneged on promises to waive the debt Iraq had run up fighting Iran and stolen oil and drove the price down by over-supply. In reality, Hussein wanted oil and access to the Persian Gulf and did everything he could to fulfil his objective.  It’s been 75 years since the Americans dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki and the King of Bonds, Sean Connery, the most Scottish man in the universe turns 85.

September

In one of the most high-profile crimes of the 20th century, Patty Hearst, granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst was arrested 40 years ago as part of an armed robbery of a bank in California after being kidnapped and brainwashed by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Coronation Street has been on our screens for 60 years and 45 years ago in 1970, four planes bound for New York were hijacked by the Python-esque sounding Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in what became known as the Dawson’s Field hijackings, so named for the airstrip in Jordan where two of the planes landed.

October

It’s been 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt, a major British victory for Henry V against a numerically superior French army in the Hundred Years’ War; it’s been 50 years since the Telecom Tower, one of London’s most iconic buildings opened and it’s been 85 years since the R101 airship crashed.

November

Thatcher walked out of number 10 for the last time 25 years ago and five years before that was the historic Reagan-Gorbachev meeting, known as the Geneva Summit.

December

25 years ago, English and French engineers met and shook hands under the Channel, the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra would have been 100 and 2015 years ago, Jesus was born!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this look back through the ages and don’t forget, Euracom has a great selection of apartments in London from where you can see 2,000 years of history right on our doorstep!

By Rob at 12 Jan 2015

Christmas in London

Christmas shopping in London is more than just going out, buying what you need and going home again. It’s an event. It’s a full day out that takes in inevitable sightseeing, a couple of coffee stops, the actual shopping and some lunch or an early dinner in a nice pub or restaurant.

We all have fond memories of going into London to ‘see the windows’. Everyone knows what that means and it was a highlight of the year. If you don’t, the premise was simple. Each of the department stores (along Oxford Street and Regent Street predominantly) would dress up their storefront windows with the most magical displays and we’d be captivated by their Christmassy themes. Today of course we see it as a cynical marketing ploy to get us to buy their stuff but that aside, it was something we loved and that tradition continues today.

It wasn’t always like this though. The humble department store rose, not coincidentally, alongside growth of a consumerist society in the early years of the 19th century. Entrepreneurs like Josiah Wedgewood (the cups and saucers guy) pioneered what we now call marketing to influence the tastes and trends of the day. To this end, window shopping became a legitimate leisure activity and department stores acted as safe havens for Georgian ‘society’ women with disposable income who could shop unaccompanied without a slight on their closely-protected reputations.

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Oxford Street in the late 1800s

There is some conjecture as to what was the first department store and it seems like the truth has been consigned to the annals of history but Kendal’s in Manchester (now House of Fraser) has been trading under various guises since 1796 and has a legitimate claim. If you know of an older department store, tell us on Twitter@EuracomLondon!

Perhaps the most famous department store in the world is Harrods in Knightsbridge.  A former grocery store located in a grim part of London’s East End, Charles Henry Harrod saw a gap in the market when the East India Company lost its monopoly on tea pricing in the 1830s and swooped. Harrods moved into semi-rural Knightsbridge around 1850 and started on a path to greatness.

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Over 12,000 bulbs light up Harrods every night

Harrods claimed to sell literally everything ‘from a pin to an elephant’ and this claim was put to the test by then Governor of California Ronald Reagan who called the store to ask ‘do you sell elephants?’ ‘Would sir prefer African or Indian’ came the reply!

A million square feet of shopping space was sold by Chairman Mohamed Al Fayed for £1.5b to the ruling family of the emirate of Qatar soon after his son Dodi Al Fayed was killed in the Paris car crash that also claimed the life of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

London is home to a vast array of department stores (all of which, ironically, sell basically the same stuff) including:

Debenhams – recently the subject of a £25m makeover on Oxford Street

Fenwicks – on Bond Street is at the luxury end of the scale

Fortnum & Mason – not usually considered a ‘department store’ and they have come under fire in recent years for their insistence on selling foie gras but they do sell luggage, home wares and clothes alongside their world-famous selection of luxury foods

Harvey Nichols – noted as much for its fashion at its restaurant for the beautiful, rich and famous on the fifth floor

House of Fraser – sits perfectly in the space between Debenhams and Harvey Nicks

John Lewis – perhaps the best loved of all, they are ‘never knowingly undersold’

Selfridges – recently the subject of a dramatized TV series, contrary to popular belief, they don’t sell fridges

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Selfridges under construction, c.1908

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Selfridges on Oxford Street, 1960s

They all have some incredible sales on over Christmas so if you are coming to London to do your Christmas shopping, you better book your accommodation quickly!

Here at Euracom we have some great deals on vacation apartments in London, on the doorstep of the stores, the sights and everything London is famous for! There’s still time to secure your London apartment but we are getting booked up very quickly so don’t delay, call 020 8420 7666 today! You can also email info@euracom.co.uk and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.

All that’s left for us to do is wish you a very happy Christmas and a healthy New Year. We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you, our loyal clients who have used Euracom in 2014 and we hope to serve you just as well in 2015 and beyond.

By Rob at 8 Dec 2014

Britain Remembers the Fallen of WWI

It’s been 100 years since the start of the first World War and over the last few weeks, there has been events up and down the country (and around the world) to mark the armistice.

Here at Euracom, we are honoured to have let apartments in London to a number of visitors who have come to London especially for the remembrance events.

What do you know about WWI? Let’s start with the war in numbers:

  • Britain’s entry into WWI was declared at 11pm on August 4th 1914
  • Globally, 65m fought, including 5m British soldiers
  • Soldiers had to be 18 to sign up and 19 to fight abroad, but…
  • …the youngest British soldier (Sidney Lewis) was 12 who lied about his age
  • Estimates put the number of troops killed at 8.5m, including 750,000 British, with…
  • …21m troops wounded, including 1.5m British soldiers
  • 12m letters were delivered to the front every week
  • By the end of the war, 2bn letters and 114m parcels were delivered
  • Around 2m soldiers, sailors and airmen died from disease and malnutrition
  • 13m civilians were killed
  • The cost of bullets fired in one 24h period in September 1918 was £4m

While these numbers may represent an abstract concept, WWI changed Britain and the rest of the world forever. Paying for the war came at a massive cost and we changed from the world’s largest overseas investor to one of its biggest debtors with interest payments forming around 40% of all government spending. Also, inflation more than doubled. In a perfect example of irony, repatriations from Germany in the form of free coal depressed local industry and precipitated the 1926 General Strike.

However, whatever the reasons for the war and whatever happened in the aftermath, this week we have been remembering the fallen.

The most popular remembrance exhibition is the poppies at the Tower of London. 888,246 ceramic poppies have filled the moat at the Tower to represent each British military fatality. The installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins is called ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ and has welcomed millions of visitors from all over the world and although it ended on Armistice Day, you can still buy a poppy to help support the vital work of a number of service charities in the UK here.

If you want to read more about World War One, we suggest the BBC website. It has a wealth of information, films, images and personal stories including an incredible story about the role animals played in the conflict and finding out how we let 250,000 underage soldiers fight.

We went to the Tower to see the poppies and here are a few images from the day:

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Christmas in London

So, what are you up to this Christmas? There are so many events, festivities, shows, pantomimes, markets and fairs happening this Christmas in London it’s hard to know what to do first!

We could list hundreds of events but the best thing to do is to look at sites likeVisitLondon and Time Out for things to do in London (we promise you there’s something for literally everyone!) and of course if you are coming to London, you’ll need somewhere to stay!

Here at Euracom, we have a comprehensive choice of serviced apartments in Londonbut we urge you to book quickly! London is one of the busiest cities in the world over the holiday season and we are filling up fast!

Please call us on 020 8420 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk to reserve your holiday apartment in London and make sure you look at our special offers, including two-bedroom apartments in Baker Street/Regent’s Park, available from December 16th. The apartment sleeps 2-5 people and is available from just £700/week!

Remember you can join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter@EuracomLondon!

Before we go, we thought we’d relay a fantastic testimonial from one of our oldest and most regular clients –

‘Yet again, you have exceeded our expectations. I come to London with colleagues at least five times a year on business and my company wouldn’t trust anyone else with our accommodation. Richard and Kelly know precisely what we need and deliver high quality apartments close to where we need to be every single time. If you’re coming to London, don’t bother with Google, just call Euracom.’

Another satisfied customer!

Have a great month and we’ll see you in December.

By Rob at 13 Nov 2014

Is Social Media Important For Business?

A decade ago the answer would have been ‘probably not’.

Today, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.

If you Google ‘benefits of social media to businesses’, you’ll find almost 39m results and the chances are you’ll also get 39m different answers, so which one is right?

Well, a lot of them are. Naturally it depends on a number of factors including the nature of your business, your audience and how you want your business or brand represented but for us at Euracom, perhaps the biggest benefit to us is how cost-effective it is.

Most of the sites we looked at have the same, clinical reasons why social media is good for our business:

  • Business exposure
  • Increased traffic to our website
  • Grow a loyal client base
  • Improved sales
  • Improved rankings on Google

They are all fine, but how does a small business like us (and you) effectively market ourselves to get our voices heard above all the noise in our industry?

This is what we think and please, if you have something to add about how you use social media, please let us know, via, ahem, social media! You can follow us on Twitter@EuracomLondon and ‘like’ our Facebook page!

  1. Setting up social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest etc. is cheap and it gives you the ability to reach a targeted audience very quickly.
  2. According to socialmediatoday.com, 83% of customers like to connect with their favourite brands on Facebook and 53% on Twitter and a study by Nielsen suggested that 50% of purchases are made based on recommendations your customers see on social media outlets.
  3. Facebook has 1.3 billion monthly active users and Twitter has around 280 million. That’s a lot of people who have potential access to what we’re saying and selling!
  4. We now have the ability to interact directly with our customers. We can respond very quickly to questions and issues and we add value to our service offering by writing monthly blog posts (like this one). Company engagement is now a two-way street. We don’t know what you want unless you tell us!
  5. Ultimately, we’re a business like any other and we have competitors so we need to do all we can to generate leads and sales. Another report by socialmediatoday.com said that 71% of social media users are more likely to purchase products from brands that they are connected on social media websites.

Since we’ve been active on Twitter and Facebook, we have seen our enquiries forapartments in London increase dramatically and we have been able to convert more of those enquiries thanks in part to social media but also because we are all lovely people to deal with and we have the best selection of vacation apartments in Londonand student apartments in London!

The flip side of using social media to drive awareness of your brand and to drive sales is the all too familiar ‘social media fail!’

This is precisely how not to engage with your audience on social media!

Call us today on 020 8420 7666 or email info@euracom.co.uk for the best accommodation in London!

By Rob at 17 Oct 2014

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