Watch Sebastian play a little of an old time console classic.

Sebastian plays a little Dr Who Pinball on Pinball Arcade

Sebastian plays one of his favourites, Attack on Mars Pinball Arcade.

Over the summer of 2017 I got to spend some time with the London Vape Co in Camden. They were happy to teach me about the world of competitive vaping. 

Here is a short part of a longer film due to be released next year highlighting some of the key aspects.

By Sebastian Bowen 


Despite the fact that people usually find a way of irritating me every single day, I can’t believe I’m only up to rant number 18. It’s either a credit to my impressive tolerance or proof of my lack of time these days to write anything down.

It’s 2017 and there are still people who think it’s ok to throw litter on the floor. Seriously what’s wrong with these people. I remember in the 80s when I was a wee boy, there was a massive campaign actively trying to discourage the next generation from souring our streets.


For some reason that message stuck with me and as a result I have always binned or pocketed my rubbish rather than throwing it on the floor.


It really annoys me because it’s a completely unnecessary act and breathes a stench of arrogance and entitlement that somebody is going to come along and clean that up after you.


And don’t give me that ridiculous argument that it helps to create jobs for people and in some twisted way by you dropping rubbish it is actually helping the unemployment crisis. That’s an idiotic line of thinking and only highlights how narcissistic our society has become.

This rant isn’t exclusive to pedestrians either, in fact some drivers can be far worst. I have seen people literally pull over and chuck a whole family meal size bag and numerous cups onto the pavement and drive off without a care in the world. It’s disgusting and needs to stop.

It’s now the norm in most cities for school kids to regularly walk around after school eating hamburgers, fried chicken or pizza and throw their discarded bones and rubbish straight onto the pavement without any thought given. It makes me cringe every time.


What’s worst is when you see a parents doing it in front of their child or actually telling their child who is attempting to hand them back an empty sweet wrapper to just chuck it on the floor.

It’s been a while since I have seen an advert ย on television for litter. We seem to have many about recycling but nothing about not being a pig. In fact I retract that statement because that comparison is a disservice to pigs.

I’m not even going to bother reciting a load of unnecessary stats about how much it cost to clean up after litter bugs or how much it effecting the environment because it’s unnecessary. The image below sums up a typical Saturday morning after a Friday night in the city.


It’s simple the world is a worst place to live in with other people’s mess everywhere. Clean up your shit people!


As far back as I can remember I have always been interested in typography and graffiti.

Since my school days, people have been asking me to draw their names or tags in different styles. Here is a small collection that I have drawn recently. Enjoy!

If you have any requests please get in touch

Sebastian Bowen.
The Fishtank Podcast. 

PENNY

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CHYROS

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IMG_8767

ROBYN

TIA


SHINE

ART

TINA


MITROAE = MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL


STAN

FAM


NADIA




I haven’t had a good rant for some time, but this one had to be done.

It has happened to all of us. We find ourselves in a supermarket standing in a queue and the person in front of us is constantly trailing away from the queue to get other items.


This is called shopping, they should no longer be in the queue. The queue is for those people that have finished shopping and are now ready and waiting to pay.

It’s a simple concept but some people have figured out ways to try and manipulate the system. I’m here to expose those people and their deplorable tactics.

Don’t get me wrong people, I’m not an idiot I understand sometimes you might see the odd item that you didn’t know you needed within grabbing distance in the isle whilst queuing,


but if you have to walk more than a couple meters away from the queue to get it, then you have given up your queuing privileges. You are now back to shopping. Get the hell out the queue!

This one women took the biscuit. She started queuing before me with an almost empty trolley but every few seconds she would dart off and return moments later with more items until her trolly was almost full.

What’s worst, when it was time for her to pay, she still held up the queue by disappearing through the isles once again and somehow returned with another trolley full of stuff. Yes you read that correctly, ANOTHER TROLLY FULL OF STUFF!


It was as if she was using the trolley in the queue as some sort of place holder whilst she went gallivanted around the shopping centre returning once every so often to the queue just to dump a few items. Unbelievable.

This is not a fair way to shop people. Stop trying to be smart it’s not cute.

However, I am fair, there are one or two exceptions I am willing to allow:


1. If you are already standing in the queue and you notice an item is damaged or you accidentally picked up the wrong item and you want to exchange it for another one.

This is perfectly acceptable but should be done with an exaggerated facial expression whilst holding and looking at the item disapprovingly accompanied by a big sigh and a shake of the head.

Thus giving the people behind you an exlplanation as to why you are leaving the queue and your trolley unattended.

Please note: This technique should never be performed more than twice on the same shop. It is likely to attract less sympathy and patience from the people behind you on a second attempt. Just pay for your slightly damaged goods and move on.

2. There is also a time limit.

People leaving the queue naturally create anxieties for the others that are still queuing. Leaving them to ask themselves questions like:

When are you coming back?

Can they take your place if you don’t return before the cashier has finished serving the person in front of you?

What’s the correct shopping etiquette for something like this without causing an all out riot!

In some places like South East London where I grew up, jumping the queue could leave you with some broken limbs. You would be an idiot just to assume.

Queue Shopping is immoral and unnecessary unless you are purposely trying to piss people off. Nobody is fooled by your antics, but I can guarantee they are highly irritated. So the next time you are in your local supermarket, ask yourself one question, am I shopping or am I queuing?

Sebastian Bowen.

The Fishtank Podcast.

  

To whom it may concern at Currys & PC World,

I have long been a fan of technology and reserve at least a few hours a month to check out the latest gadgets on offer. However over the last year I have noticed that my local Curryโ€™s/PC World appears to be struggling. 

For example, recently my old crappy printer eventually stopped working. Actually it stopped working after I smashed it to bits with a hammer for consistently jamming on me. 


I recently wanted to purchase a new colour printer/scanner that was able to print double-sided. I needed to be sure about a few of the specifications before completing my purchase so I asked for some assistance at the counter. 

I was told somebody will be with me in a moment. I assumed that this would be a five minute wait followed by a five minute conversation with a sales assistant and then I would be on my way home printing counterfeit money in no time.  

It didnโ€™t take me too long to realise that I was going to be waiting much longer than five minutes. 


You see, I wasnโ€™t the only one waiting for assistance, there were 7 of us in total. I am a patient person so I waited, and waited, and waited some more, and after 25 minutes a member of staff became available. 

You might assume the reason for the long delay was because your store was extremely busy that day and your staff were rushed off their feet and doing all they could to attend to all of the requests made by the demanding customers, but you would be wrong. In fact there were less than 15 customers in the whole store but the problem was there were only two members of staff on duty and one of those members of staff was stuck behind the till.


In a store as cavernous as yours, it is ridiculous to think that two members of staff would ever be adequate, especially when customer queries can last up to fifteen minutes per person. 

Unfortunately the lady behind the counter received a torrent of abuse from angry customers that had had enough of waiting around to speak with somebody. I have never seen anything like it. I did feel sorry for her, she looked like she had been severely battered with words.

One customer was picking up a repaired PC. He asked the lady at the counter for a bag to put it in, so he could carry it home. That suddenly turned into a huge fiasco that would have fitted perfectly in an episode of Faulty Towers.

Apparently there were no bags big enough behind the counter and the woman at the counter was not allowed to leave the counter so the situation became gridlocked. The guy needed to leave to make an appointment but had no way of transporting the PC home. The women behind the counter had no way of contacting the one assistant that was on the shop floor. 


To make matters worse, the guy became even more incensed and animated when the women behind the counter asked him why he didnโ€™t just bring his car. That was like adding paper doused in petrol to an overheated printer. Needless to say the guy went nuts. I had to interject with a bit of light humour to calm the situation down. 

Once the calm had been restored, the women behind the counter remained silent and refused to say another word, the other customers continued to try and talk to her. Things got awkward really quickly. You could see in her eyes that she was considering one of two things, either quitting her job or killing everybody around her. At this point I just slowly backed away.

I have been shopping with Currys for many years and this is the worst I have ever seen it. I am used to having to wait a little bit of time but this one took the biscuit. Is this a glimpse of the future for Currys or do you have a plan to curb experiences like this in the future.

I look forward to your response

Regards,

Sebastian Bowen.

Currys Response. 10/09/20

Dear Sebastian, 

Case Reference: CC2793321 

Thank you for your email dated 8th September 2015. I have been unable to locate a telephone number to contact you on. 

I am sorry to learn of your recent experience. Your complaint will be referred to the Manager of the Store in order that action can be taken to pursue this matter internally to ensure that other customers are not disappointed in the same way. Could you please advise which store you had visited. 

Every complaint that we receive is taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly, there are also occasions when aspects of feedback will be utilised to identify improvement opportunities, however, we are not obliged to share all our findings. 

Although it is a disappointment to hear from an unhappy customer, it is through feedback such as yours that we learn where we can improve our customer services. Please accept my apologies for the frustration and inconvenience caused as a result of this matter. 

Thank you for contacting Currys KNOWHOWโ„ข. 

Kind regards, 

Fares Sailan

My Response 17/06/2016

Hello Fares,

Thank you for responding to my email back in September.

Sorry for such a long delay in responding back to you. Ironic considering the subject matter in my first email. It was not my intention but I have been busy. I’m sure you of all people will understand. 

Currys Barnet


The store that I was referring to is in Barnet. they had me waiting around forever. I have recently returned to the store to find it better manned with staff. However the level of shared intellect or knowledge of products remains the same. It’s getting to the point where I feel I know more about the products than most of the staff do. Do you even have a training policy anymore?

On my last trip to Currys I wanted to buy some Thermal Paste to carry out some 

repairs on an old PlayStation 3. I already predicted before I entered the store that nobody was going to know what the hell I was talking about despite the fact it’s a common item when repairing most electronics. 

The first member of staff I asked told me to try B&Q across the road. The second member of staff said she had never heard of it and had a look on her face like I was lying or making the product up. In the end I searched the massive store for fifteen minutes and found it in a section next to the keyboards. Why? I have no idea. 

When I showed the two members of staff that I had indeed found what I was looking for, they just stared back at me gormlessly and appeared completely unfazed by the whole situation.

It’s still a stressful experience no matter what you go in the store to get. Quick and easy transactions are extremely rare.


Also is there any reason why I can never find compressed air in a can. It’s a great tool for cleaning dust out of electrical appliances. That should be an item you always have in stock, sitting next to items such as Thermal Paste in a section that is clearly marked PC repairs. But hey what do I know.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to your response.

Regards,

Sebastian Bowen. 

Awaiting response from Currys. 

Still waiting for a response from Currys. 


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Posted: June 24, 2016 in โœ๏ธ Art Work