Our own Christmas Card

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Posted: Sun, 07/12/2008 - 17:46

Relating to the idea of a demonstration, which, as has been pointed out, is unrealistic, we could make a greetings card - plying on the idea of a Christmas card - which simulates the demonstration that we'd ideally like to be able to have.

Here's how:

Everyone rig up a banner at home saying what they'd like to say, take a pic of themselves holding it and facing the camera, and send it anonymously to a dedicated email address. Someone with basic Photoshop skills cuts and pastes each pic into a template until a sense of a mass of protestors is established. That, with a pithy caption, or bullet-pointed key questions surrounding this debacle, becomes an e-card to email out or a hard-copy card to post, if printed out.

If two or three of us are keen on doing this, and the response is strong enough, we can make up two or three versions of the card to send out.

If the image is strong and ironic enough in this festive time, it may be something that a newspaper would want to run as an indictment on the current financial crisis in general, but facing it with our plight in particular.

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Great idea........ how about also using them......

  • laserblues2
  • 12/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Wed, 10/12/2008 - 17:17

How about also using similar images on advertising on the sides / rears of buses throughout London?? I've added a thread about the costings... but would definitely get the image out there especially if it was driving past the Houses of Parliament every hour.....

Brilliant idea

  • Monkeyface3604
  • 10/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Sun, 07/12/2008 - 20:20

Brilliant idea, i would be up for it. We would need a lot to make an impact though but if done correctly would produce an excellent image. Could even do a slide show sort of representation on Youtube.

Interesting idea, and

  • ng
  • 11/10/08 31/12/20
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  • Sun, 07/12/2008 - 19:22

Interesting idea, and potentially hooks in to the "viral email" idea that I've proposed elsewhere. The photo-processing part could be automated. Downside perhaps, and why we don't encourage people to upload photos of themselves here, is the "personal privacy" issue. I wonder though, how many would "come out of the closet" if they believed it would help.

Setting up a "photo gallery" on here is perfectly feasible and not a huge amount of work for me. A page of thumbnails, each with a short message, could be produced. Would it help - we would seem more "human" I guess?

Viral Email

  • lorraine
  • 14/10/08 14/07/10
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  • Wed, 10/12/2008 - 09:20

As I've said before I think this is a brilliant idea. It is the fastest possible way to reach millions. The majority will end up trashed but not before it's read in many cases.

As ever on this website by the time everyone has had their say nothing happens. If someone who is computer savvy can put together an email that tells our story succinctly and interestingly then I will start it off by sending to around 2500 people via email and facebook.

It is not good to give too much info, interested parties can be referred to this website. It's only important to get across that people are suffering (this is where the faces would be good) and that HMG can put an end to it. A few pithy quotes and a seasonal wish (not xmas specific pref.) for peace, happiness and a swift end to the global economic crisis should do it.

I would volunteer to do this but i have enough difficulty reading these posts and replying, my IT skills are sorely lacking. I am more than happy though to provide a photo.

The most important thing is that offices will be closing for christmas in about 10 days so we need to have this out within 5 days. It can be done if we stop talking and start acting.

Anyone who wants my help please contact me direct. I check emails constantly but not always able to access this site.
leterry911(?)gmail [dot] com

card representation

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  • Mon, 08/12/2008 - 01:12

To represent ourselves in what eventually would be a card form, we'd need jpegs of photos, the kind one would send out to friends. 800 x 600 pixels is a standard size for printing, but I think much smaller than this would also work.

Face pics on the card idea could be completely anonymous, except insofar as one might be recognised by friends. An on-site photo gallery too, need not link to either nicknames or real names, yet carry impact if each photo came with a line or two of personal circumstances.

The card idea:

The questions would concern the mechanics of getting the work done. To make a card, jpegs would have to be sent to an email address, but if the response was good, there could be, say, three of us and three separate cards developed. A group of 50 placard waving head and shoulder images would make a strong representation, multiplied by three cards, if 150 of us stepped forward with pics. Anonymity could be graded by request to be in either the front row, middle row or background. By simple cutting and pasting combinations of each of the three groups of 50, we could form cards of 100 or 150 people. (I don't mean through slick simulation. The effectiveness of this would have to be a fine line between illusion and amateur sincere effort.)

Ng, if you could set this up, we'd be most likely to place our trust in the process. I would help with the artwork, but again, it'd be reassuring to know that there were a couple of others doing the same, to be in touch with.

Could we have a poll put onto the site quickly, asking how many of us would submit photos to this idea and an on-site photo gallery?

Hphotos, Christmas card, viral email

  • ng
  • 11/10/08 31/12/20
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  • Wed, 10/12/2008 - 17:18

I'm not clear as to that your asking me to set up. I can provide:

  • a special email address where photos could be sent. It could be an @ksfiomdepositors.org address and mails automatically forwarded to somebody else (who?)

  • photo upload directly to the site, and optionally a "gallery view" of photos.

I do stress there is are risks involved with making identities clear - they are small, and obviously there are similar risks anywhere on the internet where you might post similar information. The difference here is that there's a clear association with the money topic.

Our Card

  • Julienne
  • 16/10/08 31/08/09
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  • Mon, 08/12/2008 - 12:14

I think it is an excellent idea- I do believe that being "faceless now" isn't helping us --- some - we all know who - were pictured and featured in the early weeks of this action - but now we need to show everyone that we are real people - - agreed that there will be some who don't want their family to know what has happened to them -- but at the end of the day - it will come out - so it may as well be now - -
I am up for photos and sending them to whoever can make a card - just post the instructions and we will do it..

Great Idea

  • bellyup
  • 10/10/08 09/01/10
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  • Mon, 08/12/2008 - 09:08

I think this is a great idea
Could it be got together befor Christmas ?
Its got to be grey gloomy ( thats what we are ) and hard hitting

A few simple banners
ie retired teacher - peniless


Down and out after a life time of work

British but invisible

Forgotton workers

Please lets do this

Intructions would be needed on what to do

An Idea for the Approach ...

  • Sheffield25
  • 17/10/08 31/05/09
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  • Mon, 08/12/2008 - 01:17

An Idea for the approach could be to imitate Microsoft's "I'm a PC!" ad-campaign which is currently getting air'd etc:

"I'm a UK Tax payer & I've lost my Savings!"

to highlight the fact that we're ALL UK tax payers and we've all lost our savings!

Just a thought but it sometimes helps to piggy-back on the back of successful campaigns


Lets come out!

  • cottesmore
  • 21/10/08 16/07/12
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  • Sun, 07/12/2008 - 19:46

I would certainly 'come out of the closet',never wanted to be in there in the first place!
I am not ashamed of who i am. I think if people saw who we are,then it adds real value and underpins who,what, why, we are here.This forum is about 'real' people,with real issues.Please tell me why we dont put our own names forward? We will soon know who every one is, when we get even more publicity.I expect this will cause a few comments but,hey ho!

Another reason for keeping

  • ng
  • 11/10/08 31/12/20
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  • Wed, 10/12/2008 - 17:11

Another reason for keeping identities hidden is the potential risk of identity theft - the theory being that members of this group might be considered good targets by some nasty people.


  • bellyup
  • 10/10/08 09/01/10
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  • Sun, 07/12/2008 - 19:53

Because not everyone wants their family to know what has happened and cause further distress.
Its hard enough having to deal with it oneself without putting this burden on ones nearest and dearest.

good idea

  • bellyup
  • 10/10/08 09/01/10
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  • Sun, 07/12/2008 - 18:54

Good Idea
This could be printed out in shades of grey
First two go to mr Brown and Mr Darling

Lets Do It!!!!

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  • Tue, 09/12/2008 - 12:55

Naming the faceless !

Great Idea!!

we could all send in attachments of our pix and could be added up in a format like On Micheal Parkinson Programme with a Christmaas Message! to the people that Matter!!!!