Archive for June, 2013

So, the past couple of days have been awash with stories about Atlantis Market’s aggressive marketing campaign, complete with ‘cutesy’ Youtube video advertisement.  At the time of writing this, the video was closing in on 30,000 views.  Here it is, in case you missed it:

Atlantis did contact me to let me know this was coming a few weeks ago and put me in touch with the guy/gal (pretty sure it’s a guy) they hired to make the video.  I interviewed him (and got a sneak peek at two videos) but unfortunately he wasn’t quite as chatty as the Atlantis founders, so I never got around to posting about it.

But now that the whole damn thing is going viral, I might as well put it up so that I have something new to say.  So here it is. (more…)

In Puberty Blues (the book, not the movie or TV show), there is a classic line where the protagonist’s mother warns her not to sit on the aisle at the movie theatre because “some pusher might come along and jab god-knows-what into your arm”.

An Aussie classic

An Aussie classic

Growing up I was always being warned about malevolent people who would seek me out and trick me into trying drugs, providing them for free until I was hooked.  Then they would charge extravagant prices once they had me in their evil clutches.  We had police officers coming to school to scare the bejeezus out of us with descriptions of the tricks they would use, disguising them as lollies, or jabbing us unexpectedly, with one hit leading to a lifetime of addiction and certain early death.