21, English restaurant chain (and one-true love of any backpacker in London) Pret A Manger announced they would be trialling their first loyalty program, Pret Perks.
It turns out that being able to buy a Birkin or Kelly bag from Hermes is part of a loyalty program customers don’t know about.
The paid loyalty scene has long been an arena that many retailers have been hesitant to get involved in. But is this framework the future of loyalty and rewards? Should brands consider a paid loyalty program?
Check out luminous projections, party with sharks and make your own burrata.
Wine, dine and get a big ol’ dose of culture with dazzling drag shows, early morning rave sessions and swingin’ country tunes.
For Concrete Playground: Head to Sydney Opera House for a night at the pub with nine affable — and wildly talented — blokes.
For Concrete Playground: How are your new year’s resolutions going?
Teaching Girls, Teaching Boys
For BULL Magazine: When I was in high school, I remember once being told by a new teacher that she had to take a different approach to teaching us because we were an all boys class. She continued to explain that she had to treat our class more harshly than any class at an all girls high school, simply because we were another gender.
For ARMED: In recent days American singer Taylor Swift and music video director Joseph Kahn have come under fire for their representation of ‘Africa’ in Swift’s newest hit video ‘Wildest Dreams’.
Where are the bi men on TV?
For Honi Soit: There is absolutely no denying that television shows and films have begun to feature more diverse LGBTIQA+ characters in recent years.
For Honi Soit: Last month there was significant debate when Mackay Member of Parliament and Liberal Party politician George Christensen announced that he was to attend and speak at a Reclaim Australia rally in Queensland.
For the Sydney Environmental Institute: Eden Caceda describes what it’s like to represent Iran in a mock COP21 conference.
For the Sydney Environment Institute: Eden Caceda on Paris COP21 and how experimental negotiation methods can change how the United Nations discusses climate change.
Australia, Cultural Appropriation and I
For Aphra Magazine: On November 14th, I got a call from conservative columnist Tim Blair while at dinner with work colleagues.
For Hijacked: Foodies and lovers of Asian culture at the ready, for the time has come. It’s Chinese New Year and in between the dumplings, buns, lanterns, dancing dragons and firecrackers it’s going to be hard to escape the festivity that comes with the cultural celebration. And hey, no complaining here.
For ARMED: “Love it or leave it” implies that we must love the land that we came to unconditionally and unreservedly, and should we want change, leaving is the only remedy because that criticism is not welcome here.
For Hijacked: The nominations have been nothing less than unexpected, with some predicted favourites from earlier awards being snubbed while others received far more recognition than they have all season. Here are Eden’s predictions for the big wins. You’re welcome.
Our cultures are not your costumes
For the Sydney Morning Herald: Wednesday’s revocation of the Sydney University staff party’s “Mexican fiesta” theme, as organised by the Vice-Chancellor’s office, has been met with virulent backlash.
Redfern Tent Embassy: five months on
For Honi Soit: Eden Caceda reports on the ongoing protest for affordable Aboriginal housing.
Black, White, Asian, Other
For Honi Soit: A few weeks ago I was walking down the street with a close friend when we came across a promotional poster for comedian Gabriel Iglesias on the side of a building. His face stretched across the gluey paper in a glorious display of his buzzcut and trademark handlebar moustache and beard – my friend turned to me and jokingly remarked, “Wow, look at that guy! Could you look anymore Mexican?”
Living in the face of biphobia
For Honi Soit: Eden Caceda is not confused.
Between The Sheets
For BULL Magazine: Eden Caceda investigates the legitimacy of sex addiction.
Axe the tax on Aussie TV
For Honi Soit: Our government punishes success before Australian television even gets there, writes Eden Caceda.
Back In Our Blood
For BULL Magazine: Eden Caceda investigates the reasons behind escalating rates of HIV/AIDS in Australia.
Naturalism In Performance
For BULL Magazine: Very few newly released films break the mould of existing movie genres, and rarely do new film movements have momentum to warrant the creation of a new subgenre. Mumblecore is a relatively new and unknown subgenre that has critics and historians arguing if the movement is likely to continue or dwindle.
Villawood: Surviving Detention
For BULL Magazine: Forty years ago my grandparents arrived in this country escaping the economic and political upheaval of 1970’s Argentina.
Ice Caps In South America
For BULL Magazine: Few people would associate South America with anything but images of llamas, Incan ruins and Shakira, but should any traveller venture far below the capitals Buenos Aires and Santiago, they would discover sights easily confused for the South Pole.
A Student’s Guide To The Galaxy
For BULL Magazine: Don’t panic, Eden Caceda and Whitney Duan are here to show you the way outside of the university walls.
The Next Big Thing
For BULL Magazine: With social media buzzing about the new wearable computer, and technology enthusiasts awaiting the final retail version to be released later this year, Google Glass is expected to be the “next big thing” in computing.
Mardi Gras: Queer Screen Festival
For Aphra Magazine: After boasting what is called the “best LGBTIQ films being made in Australia today, and from around the world”, the annual Mardi Gras Film Festival comes to a close in coming days after an incredibly successful run.
How A Drug Smuggler Rocked Australia
For Aphra Magazine: It’s the name of a girl who divided a nation.
For Filmink: The creators behind the hilarious Tropfest short ‘Ca$h Cow’ have conjured up an equally funny pilot for a potential new comedy series.
Behind The Bars
For Filmink: Co-director, writer and star, George Basha, teams up with Aussie legend, David Field, for the pair’s second collaboration, the explosive jail drama, ‘Convict’.
For bULL Magazine: Over the counter medicine addiction is one of society’s unrecognized forms of substance abuse and a growing problem in Australia.
The Andes of Peru
For BULL Magazine: With its blend of history, culture and natural beauty, there is truly no reason that Peru should not be a travel staple among the likes of Argentina and Brazil.