Kiss Me Quick, Text Me Quicker
A SURVEY reveals
holiday makers in the North West can't wait to share gr8 holiday
moments with friends.
Smug holiday makers from the North West are just as likely to go on
holiday to show off to friends and family back home as they are to
experience new cultures and places according to research from mobile
postcard company Mobycards.
Over half (59%) of holiday makers in the North West said they would
exaggerate about the weather in a postcard home while 70 per cent
admitted they would be more likely to send a postcard home to
friends and family if they were holidaying in exotic climes.
When it comes to rubbing their friends' noses in it people in North
West are opting for the instant gratification of text message over
the traditional British holiday postcard. Just under two thirds
(62.4%) of holiday makers from the region text home while abroad
compared to 58 per cent who send postcards.
The North West is leading the way in a national trend that is seeing
the traditional British holiday postcard come under threat from a
generation that prefer the speed and convenience of text and email
to the conventional 'wish you were here' holiday greeting.
Questioned about the death of the postcard a over a third of people
in the North East claimed they could not be bothered to go through
the hassle of finding stamps and a postbox while abroad with a
further third claiming postcards arrived so late there was no point
sending them anyway.
Steve Procter, CEO, Mobycards, a company which enables holiday
makers to send customised physical postcards of themselves direct
from their camera phone said:- "Sending postcards is a British
holiday tradition along with fish and chips and sea-side rock. But
the death of the postcard is imminent unless it is embraced by a
younger generation. Mobycards avoid any of the hassle of sending a
traditional postcard, buying stamps, finding a postbox, which will
hopefully keep the postcard alive.
Imagine receiving a picture of your friend standing on top of
Ben Nevis or in front of the Taj Mahal. Capturing the spirit of your
holiday and sending it home for friends and family to share the
moment is a cool way to say 'hello' and a lot more personal than the
tired scenic postcards that pile through the letter box every year.
And as Moybcards are sent first class anywhere in the world, unlike
traditional postcards, they arrive home before you do for a change!"
Sixty-five per cent of Brits send postcards while on holiday and a
similar number (64 per cent) text. However, sending postcards
remains most popular amongst the older generation, with 77 per cent
of people aged 55 and over still choosing to send postcards compared
to 85 per cent of 19-21 who text when on holiday.
Over two thirds (67%) of boastful Brits admitted they are more
likely to send a postcard to friends back home if they are
holidaying in exotic climes while over half (57%) claimed they would
exaggerate about the weather in their postcard in order to make
friends and family jealous. The worst offenders were the Northern
Irish with a staggering 70 per cent admitting they would lie about
the weather, closely followed by the Welsh (65%).
The 21 per cent of holiday makers from the North East who admitted
that they didn't give a second thought to people at home while on
holiday and would claim their postcards have been lost in the post
despite never sending them in the first place might be interested in
the Mobycards mobile postcard service! Holiday makers simply take a
photo with their camera phone or select one they have already taken
and use it to create a new MMS picture message. In the text part of
the MMS message they type the word "mobycards"
followed by the full name and address of the recipient and their
personal greeting. The personal greeting can be as long as you like
but must fit onto the back of a standard sized postcard.
They then send the MMS
picture message to +447921 50 50 50.
WHAT DO BOY GEORGE, CAT DEELEY,VINNIE JONES, DANNI MINOGUE & RIO
FERDINAND ALL HAVE IN COMMMON?
EVER fancied Boy
George answering your mobile phone?
Getting hardman Vinnie
Jones to dump your
Or how about Hollywood
actor Stephen Dorff letting you know about a secret admirer?
Footballer Ian Wright
playing a prank on your best mate, inviting him to a football match?
Or Cat Deeley wishing
your dad a happy birthday !
This week the next mobile-messaging phenomenon will hit Britain’s
mobiles and PCs as greetings, video
messages, alarm calls, ring tones, caller tones and e-cards from
authentic, real-life celebrities are
offered to the public for the first time.
BOY GEORGE, CAT DEELEY,
VINNIE JONES, STEPHEN DORFF, DANNI MINOGUE, JENSON BUTTON, RIO
FERDINAND, IAN WRIGHT, GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN, BEZ, VERNON KAY, TARA
PALMER TOMKINSON, LAUREN LAVERNE and DAVE BERRY are amongst a host
of stars launching
Available to buy through mobile-phone text, WAP or direct from the
Celebrity Messages website, they can be sent to your mobile phone or
PC via email to your friends, loved ones, or even not-so-loved ones!
Through Celebrity Messages’ introduction of ‘gifting’ - the
ability to buy content from one mobile as a gift to be sent to
another - this wide-scale use of buying
mobile content for others is also a first for the UK.
Celebrity Messages is a subscription-free service, making it a
trusted and safe provider of mobile phone
content. Whether you want to tell your best mate you’re running late
via Jenson Button, or get Boy
George to break it to your mum and dad that you’re gay, dump your
boy or girlfriend through Rio Ferdinand, wake up to the sexy tones
of Mariella Frostrup, or cheer up your best buddy with the help of
Tara P-T, Celebrity Messages has the star-quality solution. Messages
and tones have been recorded by Mr T, Cat Deeley, Vernon Kay, Goldie
Lookin’ Chain, Vinnie Jones, Dannii Minogue, Ian Wright, Bez, Dave
Berry, Neil Fox, Stephen Dorff, Tom Baker and many others.
With a range of greeting and message options including:-
Good Luck; Happy Birthday; Happy New Year; Valentines; I’m Late;
Happy Christmas; Sorry; Thanks; I’m Gay; You’re Dumped; I Love You
This site should be one
of the next in line to take center stage of this rapidly growing
market that's seen everything from a frog singing to text date
Rio Ferdinand, one of the many celebrities to have endorsed the
project and who has recorded for
Celebrity Messages, said:- "The idea of being able to send
messages to friends and family from genuine celebrities is a really
wicked idea. I'll be sending some of the messages to my friends and
my team mates! People will love getting a happy birthday or
valentines message from a celebrity they like; but I hope that I
never get a message saying that I've been dumped...!"
Gina Dawson, Managing Director and founder of Celebrity Messages,
said:- “Celebrity Messages is such an innovative service. It
will be supplying fun and entertaining messages from an enviable
line-up of top celebrities aimed at people of all ages. The ability
to have a genuine celebrity deliver messages to friends and family
has never been available before. Celebrity Messages is about the
genuine article, which enables users to get better content from a
trusted content provider. Unlike other content providers, we don’t
charge a subscription service and so people only pay for each item
they purchase. We have had excellent feedback from our pilot
audiences and the celebrities involved. Celebrity Messages will
become an extremely popular and quirky way for people to
OBITUARY "Jan Holden"
Jan, Actress, born 9 May 1931 in Southport, died
peacefully after a short illness, in Clapham South London, on 11
Beloved Mother of Simon and Arabella, as well as step mother to
Charles, Tony, Benita, Rosa; Alistair
Jan's roles in TV, film and theatre in the 50's included:- The
Avengers, The Saint and Agony.
A vibrant woman who will be greatly missed by many, especially by