Monthly Archives: July 2018

Thomas Cook — SeaWorld’s Next Enemy


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In this 21st century, a PR nightmare can spread for quite a long time.  Any business that gets hit with one can suffer for days, weeks, months, even years.  All it takes is one bad story to spread poison throughout your business.  And with social media on the rise, that poison will stick longer than ever.

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Just look at SeaWorld for instance – Five years after Blackfish was released, SeaWorld was hit with serious PR nightmares.  It spread like a plague, causing people and businesses to flee far away from SeaWorld.  Celebrities tweeted their personal shocks over the film, businesses cutting ties, former employees speaking against animal cruelty; the list goes on and on.  SeaWorld’s is now dealing with a new adversary – Thomas Cook.

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Thomas Cook, a travel agency based in the United Kingdom, recently axed its trips to SeaWorld in Florida and Tenerife.  This decision was made after they found that 90% of its customers were concerned about animal welfare.  Even though both parks met standards and made significant improvements, the company won’t be selling anymore tickets next summer.

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Last year, Thomas Cook began its audit of 49 animal parks to see if they met its policy on animal welfare They based their research on the standards set by ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents).  About 29 parks failed the audit and travel firm stopped selling tickets to those locations.

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So here we are, five years after Blackfish was released nationwide.  The PR nightmare continues with Thomas Cook refusing to sell tickets to two SeaWorld locations.  No matter what kind of PR tactic they come up with, SeaWorld continues to make new enemies each time.  Animal captivity has been lingering around many people’s mind since the film’s release.

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This is the kind of things PR nightmares will do to you.  Even after the tragic events unfold, there is still a lot of work in the future.  Five years later and SeaWorld still has a lot of work to do.  Either way, this PR nightmare will only come with a tragic ending.

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How will SeaWorld muddle its way out of this mess?  Is there still hope for the infamous animal park?  What other companies will cut ties with SeaWorld next?

We’ll just have to wait for the next chapter of this PR nightmare.

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Evening Machines — October 5th


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One of my favorite folk singers is Gregory Alan Isakov.  Gregory Alan Isakov emigrated to US from South Africa and was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He is now a Colorado-based Indie Folk artist who makes music and is a full-time farmer.  His music is a combination of Indie and folk, featuring instruments like banjos and guitars into his songs.

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Gregory Alan Isakov released six albums since this year.  His latest album was with The Colorado Symphony in Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony.  Many of his hit songs can be heard of in shows like Suits, Californication, Rectify, The Blacklist, and even Girls (which features my personal favorite song ‘Amsterdam’).  Fans nationwide go to see this famous folk singer whenever he is in the area.

When he is not making music, Gregory Alan Isakov goes out on his nationwide tour every year.  This year he has other plans in store for audiences.  Fans can be happy to know that Gregory Alan Isakov plans to release a new album this year.

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The new album is called Evening Machines and it will be released on October 5th.  This album features twelve new tracks to listen to.  You can listen to the track ‘Chemicals’ online to get a taste of the album.

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This is really exciting news!  I saw Gregory Alan Isakov last year in Boston and he was absolutely amazing.  He played every famous song and more, giving the crowd quite a show.  The best part was when he broke into the starting notes for ‘Amsterdam’.  Gregory Alan Isakov played such an awesome show that summer.

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I’m really looking forward to Gregory Alan Isakov’s Evening Machines.  The featured song ‘Chemicals’ was already great to listen to and I’m sure that his other songs will be even better.  Fall is looking to be even better with the release of Gregory Alan Isakov’s new album being released.

If you’re looking for some good Indie Folk music, be sure to check out Evening Machines by Gregory Alan Isakov on October 5th.

7/29 Sunday Funday Quote


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A minute later the bailiff and four of his men rode past him on their journey back to Southampton, the other two having been chosen as grave-diggers. As they passed Alleyne saw that one of the men was wiping his sword-blade upon the mane of his horse. A deadly sickness came over him at the sight, and sitting down by the wayside he burst out weeping, with his nerves all in a jangle. It was a terrible world thought he, and it was hard to know which were the most to be dreaded, the knaves or the men of the law.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The White Company