When Pubs Are ESSENTIAL Again. What Then…?

For the record, once again, I KNOW pubs are an essential part of our culture, society, and community, even if the government doesn’t seem to think so! I’ll go further, because I don’t own or run a pub, I just want to support them and give them a voice, so I’m not afraid of losing my license or being arrested, or fined unfairly, so I’ll say PUBS ARE DOING MORE THAN THE NHS to save lives, but aren’t taxpayer-funded! I also want to say pubs have been VERY unfairly singled out as ‘enemy number one’ by the government with no scientific proof for their actions, which is why I’ve been trying to help spread the word and raise money with my Christmas song, “I Got P*$$ed with Santa Claus” by Tone Def Tony, this year. But this post isn’t about promoting the song, it’s about the future…

Hopefully… Eventually… the government will admit they massively overreacted to this virus (there have still been no access/ extra deaths based on official Office of National Statistics data compared to previous years!) and will offer a formal apology to the pub and hospitality trade, that have gone above and beyond what they should have been enforced to do to comply with ‘ridiculously biased’ rules and regulations and restrictions.

But let’s now think about a brighter future… if anyone’s bothered to read this far! The summer of 2021… Little Johnny’s local football team needs a new kit. Where do you go? The local pub to tap up the punters! The local darts team needs somewhere to practice, where do they go…? The cricket team…? Where do you go to meet your mates…? ‘Oh, I’m having a fundraiser…’ where do you go…? THE PUB!

The BIGGEST FUNDRAISERS in the country have been left out in the cold!!! Approximately £100 million every year is raised by pubs in the UK. And they have been left without any form of charity this year – it’s disgusting what the government has done to them! The government is forcing FOOD WASTE, whilst people starve! They are encouraging home-drinking and depression! There are no codes and regulations to stop people buying too much alcohol at supermarkets or stores! No food needed. It’s ridiculous!

Boris, I don’t give a shit what you don’t do with Brexit, you’re probably gonna ‘Brikit’, you’ve fucked us already, so why worry! £2 TRILLION in national debt…! Doubled in almost a year!!! You need your own Magna Carta!!!

I have to stop, because I’m so angry it’s making me very depressed!

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH PEOPLE! LOOK AT THE FACTS. LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE. THERE IS NO PANDEMIC, THERE NEVER WAS. THERE IS A NEW FLU/ CORONAVIRUS BUT IT’S NOT THE FUCKING PLAGUE…!!! IF IT WAS, THEY WOULD NEVER HAVE TRIED TO SCARE US WITH SO MANY MADE UP DEATHS… THEY WOULD HAVE PLAYED DOWN THE FIGURES!!! GET A BRAIN. GET A LIFE. STOP BEING SUCH IDIOTIC, STUPID, BRAIN-DEAD, FUCK-WIT, ROBOTS…!!!

Expectations vs. Acceptance

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2000px-Kickstarter-logo-k-color.svgWith just over two weeks to go, we are way off target to hit our crowdfunding goal, which is a real shame, as we’ve put an awful lot of effort into this project, and it’s getting harder and harder to keep our spirits and hopes up. For that reason I thought I’d write a short piece about hoping for the best, but being open to failure.

THE EXPECTATION

When we set our target of £1,000 we figured that between the three of us we must know at least 20 people each that would have a tenner spare, which would have put us at £600. Some we hoped would have pledged between £30 – £100, and then we’d make up the balance from either their acquaintances or new people that heard about it.

THE REALITY

We had a huge cock-up using http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk who declined our fundraising platform because we used the word PISSED in our description, which wasn’t brought to our attention until the night before we were supposed to launch. Not only did this mean ALL of our preparation and promotion was wasted (and made us look really stupid!) it meant we rapidly had to find another platform to launch on, and it delayed everything. Thankfully www.kickstarter.com came to our rescue, and we were able to relaunch the following Monday.

BUT this now meant approaching ALL of our contacts with a new link, which the majority probably thought was either spam or a duplicate email, so they ignored it! In such a technological age where we are already highly desensitized to most promotional material we are constantly bombarded with, this most likely justifies the lack of interest in our project. Additionally many people have a lot less spare cash floating around, and Christmas IS just around the corner!

THE ACCEPTANCE

It has been a learning experience. We are doing our best to keep our hopes up, but we have to accept that we’re not going to hit our goal. This means we won’t have enough money to make our music video (or at least not the way we wanted to) and that means the promotion and reach of our Christmas song will be more like a soggy Yorkshire pudding rather than a red-hot sparkler!

It’s a real shame, as we have put months and months of effort into the song and the project as a whole, not to mention money. We just have to sit back, put our expectations in check, lick our wounds, and learn for the next time. What we have learned is:

“Success isn’t about NOT failing, it’s about how quickly

you can LEARN and REBOUND from failure!”

We still see the project as a success, in fact we believe it’s quite an accomplishment to build our own recording studio and release our own song. I mean, how many people just TALK of doing something like that? We ACTUALLY did it! Additionally there are big record companies out there that have really deep pockets and they have flops too. You don’t see them roll over and disappear, so we won’t either!

There IS still time, though, and we haven’t given up just yet, so if you do feel like lending a helping hand…

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