Let's demonstrate and throw some custard!!

  • Alan Mauritius
  • 03/11/08 31/05/09
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Posted: Sun, 08/03/2009 - 07:37

A few days ago, one of our DAG members posted a Blog to request that as many people as possible should demonstrate our unfortunate case in some way so that the 'World would take notice'!

I quote from her Blog:

"The only other thing we can do is demonstrate our commitment to recouping our funds is to make the public at large aware of our plight. Not only are we likely to find some more members for our website this way (it was my suggestion to put our details on the Kaupthing website and since this went live our membership has increased considerably).

This is my final call to anyone based in London, IOM or near any UK city to band together and do something to raise our profile. It doesn't have to be complicated just all of us doing the same thing at the same time and alerting the media. The more public we are the harder it will be for the IOM to shaft us.

My email address is leterry911(?)gmail [dot] com if you want to join in and help to make our issues really public then please get in touch. This will work but only if enough of us are prepared to put in a little effort and go public. If i'm wrong please tell me why."

In a private email he/she pointed out that one person had caught the 'Worlds attention' by throwing green custard in someone's face.

Is it not possible for some of you very clever people out there (and I'm not being sarcastic) to think of something that we could do to make people (and the IOMG) take notice?

Add your suggestions here and/or email the address above.

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Sandwich boards?

  • bellyup
  • 10/10/08 09/01/10
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  • Wed, 11/03/2009 - 03:35

What about some brave souls donning a sandwich board and walking up and down the street in front of the treasury.

THE END OF OUR SAVINGS IS NIGH ( or words to that effect)

or

THEY HAD TO PICK A POCKET OR TEN THOUSAND

Person must look like an extra from Oliver.


What else

  • bellyup
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  • Wed, 11/03/2009 - 03:41

Someone could throw themselves in front of Gordon Browns car ( when it is going very slowly.)

But as they have hit us a broadside once this might not be very productive.

Chain yourself to the gates of Buckingham Palace ( asK her Madge if she will help us out ) her office has stonily ignored all emails - well at least mine-as has that of her waster son, business ambassador ( Ha Ha ) air miles Andy,

No we cant do this - London is full of policemen now armed with sub machine guns - we dont want to end up skint and dead!


Raise funds / Raise awareness on a worldwide scale

  • skintagainnow
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  • Tue, 10/03/2009 - 15:33

Had a thought, what is about the biggest media outlet, by far the cheapest for advertising in fact it's free, has worldwide coverage with millions of members - where we can raise awareness for the group unashamedly plugging our message and raise funds at the same time..

EBAY ---

If the DAG registered - after the description of each sale item, the page could & can carry a message from the dag - brief history of the DAG / Kauphing IoM / shafting by IoMG -- even deeper shafting by HMG,, in fact anything we what to put across to a worldwide audience.

We all must have either bought something / sold something or just plain browsed the various Ebay sites around the globe, we have sell something so what can we sell --anything, personal items donated to the DAG by members, therefore assisting with the running costs / legal fees ect,. novelty items -- a quick easy one would be a Black cube type candle with the DAG // Kaupthing Logo + web address etc, DAG logo T- shirts - the list is endless of these cheap / easy to make novelties. In addition most members will also have some clutter around their homes / offices to get rid of. There has been full "cottage" industries started on ebay so why shouldn't the DAG get in on the act, receive loads of free publicity, put over any message we want.

Ok could be a silly simplistic idea - but on the other hand what do we have to lose - where else are we drawing attention from?


@Skint - Raise Funds

  • IceCrusher
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  • Tue, 10/03/2009 - 16:13

Skint

You could be onto something here, especially the DAG Cube motto on T Shirts etc, who else is familiar with eBay?


Ice - we only have to reach a couple % of the audience

  • skintagainnow
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  • Tue, 10/03/2009 - 16:26

Ice - we only have to reach a couple % of the audience, maybe even highlight some of the stories from the public site

get people thinking IoM & savings = ordinary people lose out

highlight the bond companies approach - not our problem
how much will that affect bond sales and the IoM future plans for the finance industry.

Certainly bring it to the attention of a great many more expats - and we raise funds, maybe not a lot of funds but is that the point.


@Couple of %

  • IceCrusher
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  • Tue, 10/03/2009 - 17:48

I think we could get T Shirts produced in Bahrain quite cheap, maybe someone in Thailand could get it done even cheaper...


Printing t-shirts

  • lorraine
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The problem with printing in any of these countries is lead time - at least six-eight weeks. I worked in this business for many years. Also the necessity to order large quantities and pay upfront could be a drawback. Although I do like the idea of DAG tees. I'm just not convinced we could persuade people to buy them in quantity. I'm certainly happy to sell stuff on ebay for dag funds but i have no idea how we advertise ourselves. If someone can do a tutorial blog this would be great and is something that people can do in various countries.

Can someone write an email that we can circulate, this is cheap, effective and easy way to get our message across. Everyone can send them it doesn't mean they have to admit to being personally affected if they don't want to.


Bunch of losers

  • lorraine
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  • Mon, 09/03/2009 - 08:02

I posted the blog and the result has been negligible. I see loads of people are happy to send in jokes, pick over the bones of every word spoken or written about this mess and fight with each other. Every newspaper article is posted, every tv extract recorded but only FIVE people have replied to me - sadly three of them are overseas, one in the uk and only one in London (and that one wishes to be anonymous for personal reasonss).

The anti Heathrow campaigners got front page publicity in every newspaper, top ranking on every news bulletin, innumerable prime time interviews and it can be watched over and over again on YouTube. EVERYONE knows that PM got custard in his face - who knows that thousands of people had their money stolen? Everyone I speak to thinks the icelandic problem is done and dusted and we all got our money back. If we didn't then it's because we're fat cat tax dodgers and we don't deserve it.

I am ready and willing to do anything that I am able to but I need back up - I need ideas, I need help to design, print and distribute flyers and most of all I need help to alert the media. I will walk the walk, talk the talk and stand in front of the cameras but I need someone to put the words in my mouth - I'm not so keen on ending up in court and without a scriptwriter I think the chances of me defaming our dear prime minister are just too great.


Let's GO! GO! GO!

  • Alan Mauritius
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  • Wed, 11/03/2009 - 03:14

Well Lorraine, it looks as if we have a few good ideas at last - Ebay, T-shirts, email shots, etc. There is a large group of people which is being ignored in all the 'help' given out by our generous politicians; and that is the millions of SAVERS in the UK.

Here is a group who would be very sympathetic to our cause. This group contains all those people who are getting very low interest on their savings and, like us, they have been left by the wayside in the Government's hurry to give out loans and mortgages to those who have not, or been unable, to set aside savings for a 'rainy day'.

I know that Lorraine would make a very good leader in this Project, so keep the ideas coming. Three of my children live in London so I already have my proxy demonstrators ready for action!!

Let's GO!!...


Bunch of losers

  • conned
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  • Tue, 10/03/2009 - 14:46

Hi Lorraine, trouble is many of us are too far away from London to be of any help in your custard throwing exercise. I think it is difficult to get sympathy from the public when people are losing their jobs, getting shot in Ireland, dying of cancer etc. We are a bit stuck for a riveting expose of our predicament. Seems to me there is a media clampdown about the subject of Kaupthing, as you never hear it mentioned in spite of constant bombarding TV, press, members of Parliament etc.,. I wonder who could be doing that then??? How about an air baloon or a light aircraft trailing a message over the city of London or anywhere Darling is going to be? Abracadabra Kalamazoo, the money has vanished, not leaving a clue, Kaupthing's the target, the methods are murkey, depositors stuffed like a cold Christmas turkey. I can write poetry but that is not a lot of use is it? I can understand that you, like most of us are incensed that we are being stuffed like Christmas turkeys. Be aware that there are people, (many of them) working all hours to find a way out of this mess.


Air Ballons

  • bellyup
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  • Wed, 11/03/2009 - 03:22

I mentioned air balloons months ago - well at least one large Balloon tied to the Treasury fence.

However letting lose lots of small red balloons with KSFIOM depositors all over London might help.

Each with a tag with the appropriate poem attached

Need a big bunch - and someone with a camera standing by

Hoever balloons are expensive and as most folks cant /wont stump up 5 pounds to pay for the site will they pay for a balloon?

Many of cant all go to London and protest as we are at all points of the world and to go to London needs money and right you guessed it we dont have the money..............................


N-Ice gesture?

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  • Sun, 08/03/2009 - 11:58

How about delivering 550 million ice cubes to someone in the UK Govt... representing our money in the ICE-landic bank, FROZEN by them...

With a message that we depositors will not just MELT away.

Just a thought.


Ice cubes

  • grandmaparis
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  • Tue, 10/03/2009 - 23:38

Brilliant idea. Could be delivered to national newspapers or the BBC (how about Robert Preston?)


10,500 ice cubes

  • Alan Mauritius
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  • Mon, 09/03/2009 - 01:12

Good idea! It would be more practical to deliver 10,500 ice cubes, but with the weather you're getting in the UK this year, perhaps they wouldn't be noticed.

Keep the ideas coming as something simple like this may be more effective than 100 academic letters!