What do Roamlers do when they are not Roamlering? #myfirstsevenjobs

We asked Roamlers what their #firstsevenjobs were, and we learnt that Roamlers have been, and are, doing fascinating things! Among these are:

A crime scene examiner

A crime scene examiner

ambulance paramedic

An ambulance paramedic

 

audiologist

An audiologist

cake designer

A cake designer

 

 

poker manager

A poker manager

 

 

royal navy aircraft engineer

A royal navy aircraft engineer

 

 

ships registrar

A ships registrar

 

self employed artist

Several artists

 

soldier

A few soldiers

 

cancer specialist

A cancer specialist

tennis umpire

A tennis umpire

 

 

Other interesting jobs that Roamlers have been doing, or are still doing, are being a money counter, train driver, zookeeper, prison officer, stable hand and trumpeter. Many Roamlers are in creative fields like art and theater. Others follow and have been following more conventional career paths like engineers, police officers, data officers and ecologists.

An interesting recurring theme in the submissions for this task was that so many Roamlers enjoy what they do, because they like helping people. One of the police officers, Lesley Ann K said for example “I love working with people and it’s nice to know you have helped someone or made a difference.” We have  some nurses, teachers, bus drivers, paramedics, and cashiers (among many others), who all say that they enjoy(ed) their jobs, because they really like helping  people.

More than one postman noted that the reason why they love their job is the exercise and fresh air that the job requires. The soldiers tend to enjoy the opportunities for travel that the job offers. Some Roamlers in business positions enjoy the wining and dining that accompany the job.

Some women indicated that being a mum is both the most challenging as well as rewarding jobs they’ve ever had. We also had a submission in which a man explained how fulfilling he finds the role of househusband to be, because he gets to spend so much time with his family.

It was great to see that many Roamlers love their current jobs more than any other job they’ve done before. This is often because they say that it is in line with their career objectives and that they are doing what they’ve always wanted to do. On the other hand, many Roamlers who are now doing the more long term jobs that they have been aspiring to, really miss certain aspects of their previous, more temporary, jobs. For example, one Roamler misses being a night porter, a job that allowed him to watch the  sunrise everyday. There is a Roamler who thinks back fondly of her days working at a cinema where she could watch movies for free every day and a Roamler who is missing working as a stable hand, because she enjoyed so much being outside with the horses.

night porter

Some Roamlers find their jobs thrilling and exciting on most days. While others find their jobs super boring:

bored at work

The only thing all of these persons have in common is that  they are all Roamlers! We are excited to have such an interesting and diverse Roamler workforce!

 

 

 

Pokemon Go and others ways of Roaming your city

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‘Not all who wander are lost’ -JRR Tolkien

This month we asked Roamlers their opinion on the new craze that has taken over the world: Pokemon Go. As you know, this is a location-based augmented reality game in which players find, capture, battle and train Pokemons who appear on the screen of mobile phones as if they were in the same real-world location as the player. This app has become a global phenomenon and is regarded to be a new way to get people outside and moving, and to bring people of different walks of life together. However, it has also attracted a lot of criticism, because it is believed to contribute to accidents and to lead to public nuisance.

As always, Roamlers proved to have very diverse, but interesting perspectives on this phenomenon. So far 61% of Roamlers who completed this task said that they play Pokemon Go, while 39% don’t. 7% of Roamlers think that Pokemon Go is a good way to explore the city. 43% feel neutral about it. And 8% think it is bad!

Roamlers who do not play Pokemon Go told us how they prefer to explore their cities. The answers were interesting and often quite poetic.

Some Roamlers, like Gregory C, explore by foot…

boots

 

And some, like Chris C, by bike:

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While Roamlers like MK R and Mary W like to plan their explorations properly…

planning books           planning map

 

Others, like Hilton W and Patricia C, enjoy wandering  aimlessly and exploring paths that lead to unknown places:

path 1          path 2

Many Roamlers, including Hannah W, Lindsey K and Joanne M  are accompanied by their four-legged friends in their explorations:

dog    dog 3   dog 2

 

And others, like Ozgun L, by their human loved ones:

family

 

Last, but not least, many Roamlers mention Roamler as an excellent way to explore their cities and towns!

 

UEFA Euro 2016 Quiz: Which Roamlers came out on top?

Every four years, Europe comes together to participate in an epic battle of sporting mastery, national pride, and unity. The UEFA championship empties the streets during game time and unites people across national boundaries. This year, Portugal came out on top, despite having their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo (who has now played in more UEFA matches than any other player), taken off the pitch in the first half of the match due to an injury. Of the total 108 goals scored in the UEFA championship this year, 9 were scored by Portugal.

During the course of the championship, we asked Roamlers who they thought would win. Almost 200 Roamlers in the United Kingdom (UK) participated, but only 7 of those guessed Portugal! The top choice was France, with 43 Roamlers opting for it, and Germany came in at a close second with 41 Roamlers selecting it. The Roamlers who guessed correctly are*:

Jonothan. A, Francois. N, Jidapa. R, April. P, Aurora. G, Hayley. G, and Ash. R.

We also asked the Roamlers to take photos which represented their country of choice (although, no flags!). Below are some examples.

Ash Riley France

Italy teddies

Congratulations to the Roamlers who chose Portugal! They have been awarded an invite for their great guess work.

We have some more really interesting creative tasks that will become available in the app in the next couple of weeks, including one involving little Lego men…what could it be? Watch this space!

*Usernames have been shortened

World Turtle Day

Turtles are incredible animals. They live for hundreds of years, migrating in groups from one sea to another to find the best place to spawn. They have been rocking this earth’s seas for over 215 million years! Many species of turtles and tortoises are in peril, though. Their habitats are disappearing, due to the effects of climate change. Consequently, the association American Tortoise Rescue has sponsored the World Turtle Day since 2000, as an occasion to bring attention to these species, and increasing at the same time knowledge and respect for them.

Here at Roamler, we thought “What better way to spread the word about it than having a little quiz set up?” and a minute later we created a task for it. A good portion of you accepted the task and tested themselves about the topic. We asked you 3 true/false questions and here are the results.

“A turtle is cold-blooded animal, like every other reptile.”Matthew B.

True

This one was easy, right? Apparently, yes. 82% of you got it right! 😉

 

Jenna B.“The leather-back sea turtle is the largest turtle; it can weight up to 900 kg (2000lb)!”

True

Well, this one is very big, indeed…did you know that the largest leatherback ever found was an 8.5-ft-long (2.6-m-long) male weighing 2,020 lbs (916 kg)?? It washed up on the West coast of Wales in 1988. Almost all of you knew the answer (92%!!)…or was it a lucky guess? 🙂

 

Penny B.“An average turtle can stay under water for 12 hours in a row!”

False

This one was the trickiest, wasn’t it? I’ll probably never know what was going on with your minds in that moment, but 54% still selected “No”, meaning that average turtles can’t stay under water for a 12-hour period. In this case, the answer is correct! Indeed, a turtle is a reptile, and as such it has to swim up to the surface to breath. Sea turtles like Green Turtles can stay submerged for five hours; Leatherbacks for over an hour and Hawksbills for 45 minutes. Cool, isn’t it?

I hope that this task was useful in reminding you about the importance of respecting animals and the ecosystem we live in. Thanks for the many nice photos!

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Roamlers’ stories – part 2

As promised, the second part of the anecdotes task results is here.

“I started the Purdey’s drink task and realised I needed to photograph the bottles on the shelf so I put it back. I took the photo, got strange looks from other shoppers and totally forgot to put it in my shopping basket so failed to actually buy the product. Too busy distracted by wine section.” Penny B.

When photographing my cousins damaged fence panel I was asked by the neighbour why I had allowed to wind to blow it down and was I going to take responsibility for the damage. I did try and explain I was just a visitor and the storm caused the damage, but she wasn’t going to listen and even suggested she should call the Police! A weird conversation and maybe her eccentricity was heightened that day! 🙂”. Clayton P.

I was very nervous as it was my first task and I wanted to get it right. Each time I focused my camera phone and thought I had a good view an employer who was stalking shelves would walk past and then after a few times asked me if I wanted help choosing bananas, I just smiled and said I wanted a picture of the bananas minus the model. He felt good I called him a model”. Faith K.

A security officer walks up to a woman beside me. Her young child was playing a kids programme on her phone. The guard interrupts her and says that her son cannot take pictures instore of the displays. It was clear that it was I completing the check. The mother of the child giggled and dismissed the security guard, offering me a high five for looking so young. That I looked like a 2-year-old kid.” David M.

I was taking a photo of the items on the shelf when someone asked me what I was doing. I said I was a ‘mystery shopper’. They must have misheard me, as they replied, “What’s a mystery stopper?” We both then giggled.” Fil T.

I once was in a hotel as a covert auditor when my phone was called by reception. They thought they had been put through to the kitchen staff and began saying that they thought I could be the auditor, so to be on guard and make all staff aware. They were rather surprised to hear me ask if they had the right number.”  Caroline C.

This beauty cosmetic store was very small and empty. When I (a big, hairy and scruffy looking chap) started taking photos of various products the lady approaches me. I had to pretend I was interested In These products for myself, and boy, could this lady talk! For over 45mins I was humouring this sweet woman, and I still walked out without buying anything. (Didn’t want my £3 reward to be spent in there!). Haven’t returned since.”  Jack S.

We entered the store and I located the bananas and I was with my daughter and she shouted ‘mummy why are you taking pictures of the bananas’ which resulted in people looking over thinking I was strange” Sophie M.

I was performing this Pepsi challenge. I approached the manager and explained that I was a representative of Britvic and would like to take a few pictures in the store. He said no problem, I turned around and found myself standing in front of my partner looking suspiciously at me. He said, “Are you hiding something from me? I thought you were working for XXX”. Of course, he knows about Roamler and was only joking. We had a good laugh.” Kirill M.

My sister came along with me to buy a couple of things as she was waiting for me she was walking away looking at me another person and her walked straight into each other unfortunately she had a yoghurt in her hand the whole thing exploded all over her.” Rachel H.

Did you enjoy the reading? I hope you had fun like I did while selecting the best ones. The most part happened when going around for the very first Roamler paid task: the Banana check! Can you believe that? Apparently, supermarkets are good places for funny sketches. 😉

Roamlers’ stories

Here we are again dear Roamlers, this time to share with you funny (or sometimes embarrassing, :D) moments some of you have experienced.
Watch a staff member drop the entire box of bananas? Check!
Bump into another shelf trying to get a good angle? Check!
Hilarious things have happened to these Roamlers, who are the true main characters of this piece.  Their stories follow:

I was photographing the bananas in Tesco and a kid asked me if I was taking photos because I liked banana leaves so much. Alice S.

I was taking pictures as unobtrusively as possible but I was approached by staff members. I thought I’d have to explain myself but instead, they started chatting away, asking how I was doing, they hadn’t seen me for a long time, etc. I didn’t have a clue who they were and after contemplating trying to wing it, finally admitted I couldn’t remember them. Even after they explained we used to work together, I still couldn’t remember! I usually pride myself on remembering people so I was quite mortified and blamed it on age! Lindsay N.

I was in a relatively small shop, and the shop owner was watching me. He saw me take a photo, and came over and started shouting at me for taking photos in his store! As it was one of the first ones I did I was really nervous, so I abandoned the task and ran away! He came running out, probably thought I was a criminal!!Louise P.

I was taking a picture of the scratch card position and a sweet lady thought I was from Camelot and pronounced It could be you, pointing at me. When I looked at her she gave me a cheeky wink and walked off!! I didn’t imagine what she was referring to, lol. How bizarre it was. She had such a cheeky wink I dare guess what she meant but she was about 90, bless her lolAlan M.

A lady had parked her trolley in front of the bananas and I kindly asked her if I could possibly take a photo and if she would mind moving to the side, which she did. She then asked me what I was doing and I said I’m a banana enthusiast. She said… ohhhh, looking extremely confused hahahaha. Jodie G.

Barry and I tried to do the perfect packaging task, but Barry submitted a photo of his thumb, oh how I laughed 🙂 Helen T.

I had several funny looks from people walking by wondering why I was trying to take a photo of the bananas. I overheard someone say to his mate “He must be going bananas”. It made me laugh! Matthew B.

Many stories came through and it was difficult to choose just a few comments. That’s why this was just part 1 of the best comments of the task “What is your anecdote?”. Check the blog updates for the next round of good laughs. 🙂

What do you eat for breakfast?

What do you eat for breakfast?

Every morning we wake up and start a brand new day. Whether it’s a workday, weekend or holiday everyone needs a boost to start on the right foot. As many doctors say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and as such, it should be filling, healthy and able to give you the right amount of nutrients, proteins and vitamins that you need after a night with an empty stomach.

Breakfast is very beneficial for your body too. Did you know that eating breakfast reduces chances to become obese by one third? And that you are half as likely to develop blood-sugar problems? Cool how we can avoid major diseases by just paying attention to what we eat, but also when we eat it.

In these past weeks, we asked the community what they do eat for breakfast and around 200 Roamlers sent their contributions, by showing us the ingredients they use and how they combine them. As expected, most prefer to start the day by having oats/porridge and a warm drink (mostly tea and coffee). In addition, more than half of you are eat fruit and yoghurt during breakfast and this is a very positive thing, as we get the good vitamins and sugars from them. Surprisingly, not many mentioned the classic English breakfast made of eggs, sausages and bacon, even if eggs are very much present in your answers. For sure, it is very filling and full of proteins and fats, so maybe it is a more of a treat. I

Other products mentioned quite often were Weetabix, different types of bread and cereals, Belvita biscuits and Kellogg’s products. Quite a wide variety, I’d say! A nice finding is that almost everyone wakes up a bit before having to rush out of the house, just to have breakfast. Well done, Roamlers!

For those that didn’t participate to the task, what do you eat for breakfast, if you have one? Is it looking like one of the below?

Breakfast

Photo a Week – March 2016 – Winners

Over the last couple of weeks you have been voting for the best, most beautiful photos of this edition of the Photo a Week competition.  The categories were Food, Heart, Morning, Balance and Animal.

Many of you participated to each task and I have to say that it was very difficult to choose the finalists for each category.  Some of you have a real talent in taking photos and being creative. 🙂

Here are the names of the winners:

#FOOD

Congrats to Karen W. and her sweet dragon cake! So full of detail….I wonder how much time it took her to prepare it. You definitely have an artistic flair, Karen. Bravo!
Do you think it also tasted good? 🙂

Food

 

 

#HEART

This one belongs to Lidia S., who took it while on a trip to Poland. I think it is a very beautiful photo and 66% of the voters did think the same. Hopefully this one makes you smile and spreads some love around you. 🙂

Heart

 

#MORNING

Great photo Rebecca P.! It was taken from a boat at first light and its colours give it such a magical atmosphere…I find it so calming, don’t you?

Morning

 

#BALANCE

What’s more important than having a good balance in your life? Laura E., you certainly do and 43% of the Roamler community thought this was great proof of your balance.

Balance

 

#ANIMAL

Awwww. Here I am, staring at this photo without finding any word to say. It just leaves me speechless, as if I’d start typing, I’ll wake up this cute, little puppy. Amazing job, Rebecca D.!

Animal

 

Winners, you have one week to complete the task that will grant you your reward! You will find it in your task list. Congrats to everyone and be prepared for the next Photo a Week edition!

And the Oscar goes to..

The topic for this blog is quite obvious! On February 28th the Oscars 2016 to award the best actors, actresses and movies of the year took place in Los Angeles, at the famous Dolby Theatre. Prior to it, we tried to understand how popular the Oscars were among the community and we asked you to make a prediction about the winners. Only 36% said they would have watched it, but the majority of us has certainly heard or read about it.

I don’t know if many of you follow the news about the Oscars, but it seemed to me that there has been lots spoken and read about the event. I think we all know why. 😉 Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for the Oscar for the 6th time and finally…he won! His performance in The Revenant was exceptional and he absolutely deserved this reward. Do you agree? J Certainly, most of you were sure he would have won. For the people who missed it for any reason, here’s the video of the speech. 😉
Important and meaningful words, don’t you think? It took him a long time to win the Oscar, but his speech couldn’t be better and more inspiring. Well done, Leo!

Results of the question “Who do you think will win “Best performance actor in a leading role?””

bEST PERFORMANCE ACTOR

Quite unexpected was the victory of Brie Larson, for her interpretation in Room. I did not see that coming, honestly and frankly neither did most of you. Only 20% believed in her apparently. 😀 Are you happy she’s the golden statuette?

Immagine1What about the other categories? As most of you correctly guessed, The Revenant of Alejandro Iñárritu won Best Achievement in Directing (53%) and Best Picture (41%). The title of Best Animated Feature Movie was instead won by the movie Inside out, as 67% of you were thinking. It seems a simple and easy-to-watch movie, but in the end, it gives us the opportunity to see feelings and human life from a different perspective. Everything in a fun and light way, though. J

To conclude, some of the creative photos Roamlers sent in with this task. Can you guess to which movie they are connected?

On the Roam!

As Roamlers we all perform tasks, answer the questions correctly and take clear photos. Of course that is not all that you, as a Roamler, have to take into account when performing tasks.

Even before being able to perform a task, you have to reach the location of the task. In this blogpost we are taking some time to appreciate this small, but very important part of being a Roamler.

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A while ago there was a task, called On the Roam, in which we asked you to answer a couple of questions about being on the road to perform Roamler tasks. This task was available in different countries, namely the UK, Sweden, Poland, Germany and Chile.

As you can see in the chart below, the most popular means of transport is the car, followed by a huge walking crowd of Roamlers. The use of a bicycle is almost at the same level as the use of public transport, except in Chile, where the bicycle is a strong number three. This might be explained by it being summertime there at this moment.

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What about UK?

On average, UK Roamlers travelled 21 kilometers for the farthest task they performed. The longest distance a UK Roamler has traveled for a task was 280 km! However, he did admit he was also on vacation at the time. A funny little fact is that, even when the tasks are nearby, half of the UK Roamlers walk and the other half takes the car.
The checks most mentioned in going the distance for is the banana check, but UK Roamlers also travel for creative explore checks, a lot of Roamlers mentioned to have traveled for the Street art task. Very dedicated UK Roamlers!

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