If returning to normal means shopping is in vain, then forget it

The past few months have been a time to re-evaluate his life. They not only work at home, but also at home and their bodies, tidying up, getting fit and tidying up everything. They have tips on how to structure our days as we marry our souls.

But that year wasn’t like that for me. The large pile of clothes and shoes in the corner of my room remains unsorted. These are things that I cannot live for and I cannot live without. Marie Condo asks if an object brings joy. My answer is whether the object provokes a story. An old dress can evoke memories of returning the favor, even knowing you may never wear it again. How can you throw away a shoe you can’t fit into, but that’s not just heels, but a golden ticket to a world you want to visit again one day? Deed and treasure.

There is madness that clearly underlies all this. Seriously, when will I wear heels again? Do I even want a highly respected person in a bathrobe in the corner shop. An advertisement pops up on my screen for something called a homemade dress – before you get to underwear. I don’t have a terrace so everything looks fine, like Palm Springs. This is a big, wide dress that we usually call a muumuus or a kaftan or even a beach blanket. Here they are, they condone weight gain and are a little more casual than pajamas.

In this crisis, everything I “put on myself – I don’t care what anyone else thought” turned out to be a scam. It turns out that people who dress themselves don’t bother with dressing at all. How many coworkers just get annoyed with Zooming up and down for the rest of the day?

All this caused a fashion crisis, or rather the retail sector. Fast fashion seems increasingly unsustainable as the “stuff” changes every three months. It’s not that people have forgotten the pleasures of dressing in our recession, so many “fashions” – especially for young people – seem bolder and irresistible even when turned down at a low price.

Oxfam’s September Second Hand was just getting started. We want us to commit to buying used goods within 30 days. “Every week 13 million items of clothing end up in landfills in the UK,” he said. When I finally tidied up my room, it was 14m away.

I love this campaign because it really breaks the madness. They say we can look great in old things. We don’t need to update our clothes and looks endlessly. The consumer’s logic says the opposite: You can never have enough. If you buy one more item, all the better.

The pandemic changed all that, but politicians don’t seem to understand how much the consumption cycle has changed. There’s no point telling yourself to go back to the sandwich chain or grocery store out of patriotic debt when we find a small business that suits us better. Many of us also find that we don’t need all the things we have thought about.

The shopping shift from shopping to entertainment – “retail therapy” – is one of modern life’s most unfortunate drawbacks. Do people ever look happy in these big malls? Even as a social activity, shopping is completely compartmentalized. We consume to maintain our individuality as if this is our true purpose in life – but it is happening en masse. We are in a completely passive relationship with what we want: clothes, food, or household items.

The gap between what we consume and where and how it is produced has long been established, but it is a small gap during a pandemic. Not in what many see as Puritan environmental lectures, but in recalibrated and reassessed relationships with local, independent, community-based businesses.

If the idea of ​​getting back to normal leads to useless spending rather than tackling more sustainable trends – diversions, home improvements, secondhand shopping, small business support – I don’t want to get back to normal. The main roads of our homogeneous city had to be diverted long before the coronavirus.

The desire to dress will not go away. I predict a new romantic reconstruction in which the creative generation will fall in love with great effort. You don’t need a chance to get dressed; You will be the opportunity. It can sit next to a hug in casual clothes. Maybe we actually wear what we really feel good about, also to work. Radical.

“What consumerism really is, at worst, is getting people to buy things that don’t really improve their lives.” Who said that? A French Marxist in the early 1970’s? No, Jeff Bezos.

What makes your life better is very personal. You can actually find them online. Or you can find it in the pile of clothes at the bottom. If something good has come at this terrible time, it is time. Reconnecting with our material existence, a meaningless pause in consumption. “If it’s hard, it’s hard to shop,” they said. Well that’s not true anymore if ever.

It’s hard to find, if we’re lucky, we actually already have a lot of what we need. We don’t need to add to the pile.

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We already have 250 virtual visitors at the same time?

The coronavirus is destroying many industries, and one of the biggest hits is travel and tourism, where millions of jobs are lost and billions of pounds are lost.

However, the damage to some tourism sectors was even greater than others, as charities and other experiences that were dependent on public funds lost much, if not all, of their income.

One company that needs to find new and alternative ways to increase its revenue is South African Elephant Adventure.

Managed by 37-year-old Sean Hensman and his wife Jenna from Kent, the couple offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with the seven elephants on their farm.

The operation began when the Sean family received their first two elephants in a massacre in Zimbabwe.

The two orphans wanted him to play on his farm before they realized they were too young – so they took on a full-time elephant.

After learning more about him, the family agreed to accept more orphans and “problem” elephants before being forced to do so by Robert Mugabe.

The elephant adventure founded in the Limpopo region began in 2010 and has welcomed 15,000 guests every year since last year.

Activities include bathing the elephants, swimming with them, or walking through the bush with them.

They also organize weddings and other events where visitors can interact with wildlife.

In the photo, Sean must find new ways to keep doing business during the +5 pandemic
The Sean pictured must find new ways to keep business going during the pandemic

Mr Hensman said: “Without a doubt, our herd of elephants is the largest in Africa and the world. We learn everything about them.

However, all of this must stop when the pandemic erupts, which means entire operations are closed for months due to the blockade.

“We are really struggling. There is no tourism and no international guests, which is an absolute disaster.

“We have no income, so this park is struggling.

“Even though we have some emergency funds, it is expensive to care for the seven elephants and related care.”

While African elephants must consume five percent of their body weight per day, adult bulls eat about 200 kg of food every 24 hours.

Elephant Adventure uses visitor fees to cover this huge expense, as Sean’s herd of two bulls, three cows and two calves requires nearly a ton of feed per day.

In the absence of any incoming money, the garden must think and diversify its functions.

This has been a problem zoos also face – today’s costs are high and no income is a difficult scenario.

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The adventures of elephants include adapting to the power of technology.

She holds private birthday meetings and lessons from Zoom for schools in the UK and around the world to interact practically and learn about elephants.

Up to 250 people can be contacted in a session to give children an idea of ​​how elephants behave – and to offer new ways to make money from elephant adventures.

With schools in the UK gradually retreating, this is undoubtedly a good learning experience for them after months of uncertainty.

Nowadays, families can go on independent tours of farms in South Africa to watch elephants migrate instead of having to be taken out by Sean’s team.

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The rent for the elderly is increasing

The rent for the elderly is increasing due to the increasing demand for nursing homes.

According to real estate consultant Knight Frank, apartment rental professionals will grow 160 percent in five years.

The blockade is said to have accelerated the trend towards a later release.

The Inspired Village pension fund stated that interest rates had “risen significantly” since March.

The blockade is said to have accelerated the trend towards a later release.

The Inspired Village pension fund stated that interest rates had “risen significantly” since March.

Since lock down more and more elderly cant find places to move into with many new builds that have been put on hold which raises the cost of the places that have space so this puts lots of pressure on the elderly trying to find a place to move into.

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