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Jonathan Seyghal
Works at Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
Attended Bath Spa University
Lives in Surbiton, London, UK
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+Mike Elgan​​ knows whereof he speaks on Google+.  I don't always agree with him 100%, but we've both been beneficiaries of the enormously passionate audience on this Google+ "Ghost Town" since 2011.   We've survived all the apocalypses, all the ends are nigh, and all the changes, discontinuations, integrations, and deintegrations along the way.

When you see him or I giving up, then there may be something to it.  We bother to listen to what they actually say at Google, with a critical ear but not with a 'ready to pounce' vulture mentality.  I'm guessing it amuses him as much as I to watch the journalist crows peck at their crumbs of news thinking they're feasting on Google+'s flesh, though in reality they've been prophesying that doom since almost Day 0.

The problem with too many people in the tech media is they build a narrative that, regardless its inaccuracy, becomes Gospel, and Google is one of those companies that seems to get some of the harshest treatment: every Google thing ever has been 'dead'.  Just look back and you'll see it all the way to Google Search in the early days.

Even if somehow these people were right... Google did eventually 'Sunset' the Plus... it would not change the fact that there has been a vibrant community here since the start.  You couldn't fit us all in a stadium, even if we overspilled into the parking lot and surrounding neighborhood.  If every Google+ user in the world had a Hangout In Real Life, we would probably take over a major metropolis doing so.

If you have a nail, and I offer you a hammer, and you say, "No, I'm holding off, because the company that made the hammer might discontinue their hammer making business, and anyways maybe something better than a hammer will come along," you look foolish, not I.   As websites across the world wide web and apps across the app stores struggle to monetize, a vibrant and passionate community they've been ignoring, spamming, or trolling anytime they see the slightest possibly bad news, laughs at their pretenses.

The Key to Social Media is Being Social.  That goes for any network.  You can score it huge on anything from Snapchat, to Pinterest, to Instagram, to Tumblr, even Reddit... if you can learn the 'rules' of engagement on that platform.

The largest audience isn't always the best audience.  The easiest channel isn't always the natural one.  And if you live your life avoiding software that might go away some day, you should get it over with right now and go Amish.  You might still have to hire the English to do computers for you, but you won't have to worry about it yourself.
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Loving +Sainsbury's​ positive marketing on their fresh pasta..
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When the air support is not what you expected...

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Fenton will wash Mario while I serve up their food, but Little M will only tolerate it for so long...
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Has this year been windier than normal? A popular question, answered here... #c4news
One of the most frequent questions that I have been asked this year is: has it been a windy year? You may be surprised at the answer!
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Dry pasta is higher in both protein and carbs
"In traditional Italian cooking, the difference between fresh and dry pasta is simple.  Dry pasta is made from flour, water, and salt.  After the dough is made and pasta cut – the pasta is hung on drying racks until all the moisture has evaporated. Drying pasta was originally more popular in Southern Italy, where it is warmer, to prevent spoilage and extend shelf life.  Fresh pasta, more popular in colder Northern Italy, uses eggs instead of water to moisten the flour and make dough.  After the dough is rolled and shapes are cut, this pasta must be refrigerated or used immediately since the raw egg can spoil."
I did it!  I made pasta from scratch in class today and honestly - it wasn't that hard or tricky.  After these upcoming classes of Italian food and pasta making (per our instructor we will make pas...
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Twas it not just the other day you shared new tracks from both +The Chemical Brothers​ & +Beck​, even saying the latter was going from strength to strength +Suzanne Seyghal Buckingham​.
Well lookaye here, they're together on a rather mellow and nice track.
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Are you having a hard time letting go of old photos? #stopthemadness #photowisdom #oldtech
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Education
  • Bath Spa University
    1999 - 2002
  • Richmond Upon Thames College
    1996 - 1999
  • Gordons School
    1993 - 1996
  • Saint Paul's Cathedral Choir School
    1989 - 1993
  • Hollymount Primary School
    1989
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Looking for
Friends, Networking
Birthday
April 11
Relationship
In a relationship
Apps with Google+ Sign-in
  • Monument Valley
Story
Introduction
I am the only Jonathan Seyghal in existence.*
50% Spanish + 50% Iranian = 100% Londoner/British/European.

*I would love to be proved wrong.

Some of my circles:
IT/Tech
Football
Cycling
Politics/Economics
Humour
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Art
Bragging rights
Was in Saint Paul's Cathedral Choir (singing solo on one album no less), have a photo of mine on the album art of a Jean Michel Jarre album and was featured on Dutch TV clearing up dog poo in a documentary about a dog shelter in Spain! Truly a life well lived. Also, I've had the honour of Google's own Matt Cutts +1ing one of my comments to a post! I made the Google+ 'What's Hot' list with a post reaching close to 2000 +1s and close to 1000 reshares! https://plus.google.com/u/0/118192208095972247007/posts/dyrLGUDRecQ I've had a comment on one of my posts from Vic Gundotra! https://plus.google.com/u/0/118192208095972247007/posts/Cynjzgw7u7t
Work
Occupation
Cycling Instructor
Employment
  • Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
    Cycling Instructor, present
  • Kingston University
    Admissions Administrator, 2010 - 2013
  • Deutsche Bank
    2009 - 2010
  • EasyJet
    2008 - 2008
  • WasteWatch
    2004 - 2007
  • Kwest
    2005 - 2005
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Currently
Surbiton, London, UK
Previously
London, UK - East Molesey, Surrey, UK - Wimbledon, London, UK - Albacete, Spain - Berlin, Germany - Worcester Park, UK - Bath, UK - New Malden, UK
Food: I'm not a Thai food fan but was reluctantly dragged to The Lemon Tree, it turned out very well! The food was excellent, veggie versions of all dishes available (and cheaper, which is fair and refreshing) and incredibly cheap for central London (about £6 for dinner)! Lovely service too. Drink: A nice selection of 'real' beers, if you can't decide then you can take their 3 1/3 pints of different ale offer. I'd been past this place many times but won't ignore it anymore!
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Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
It might seem a little strange to review a place like this, and to give it 5 stars, but I was seriously impressed when visiting to take my Driving Theory Test. Very well organised and the security is so tight! Tighter than any airport I've been through; lockers for all belongings, you can't take anything into the testing rooms (not even water/chewing gum) for fear of cheating. You're assigned a testing terminal in a room watched over by an employee; there's no cheating done here for sure! At the terminal you're given a hand wipe and even earplugs if the sound of other people is a distraction. I actually loved it and the sanitised, secure environment helped me focus on the test (which I passed nicely)!
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Not a restaurant and as a café, has no inside seating. Just a shop.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Woo! Rock! ...in Surrey! Whilst this place might be 'authentic', serving up something those into rock/metal/whatever might like, it's hardly a nice place, but hey.. that makes it more real. The dirt is real here, yeah man. I've been here for gigs and comedy shows in their backroom and well, the entertainment could have been anyone, but I was still happy to go home on all occasions. It's pretty grimy and cramped (keep it real) but what really gets me is that this place (principally a place that serves drinks to punters) has awful bogs that stink, look like they've never been cleaned and don't have soap. It's very rock and roll and should you enjoy the idea of a sweaty, dirty night soaking up other sweat and possibly other fluids, this is the place for you! Real... but take hand sanitiser with you.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Badly, badly dated in every aspect. Akin to the Overlook Hotel from The Shining, even the staff seem to come from the 60s. The box seats aren't much of an advantage, in fact the rear row of seats provide a poor view.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Pro: Surprisingly good breakfast, swimming pool is nice, having children's fun park in the hotel grounds is convenient and good fun, a nice way to end each day. Bad: Room was not ready on arrival (old wet towels, hair in bathroom, beds without sheets, no bin, ashtray on terrace full) took many requests (3/4) to fix. No WiFi for entire stay. Toilet smell when using swimming pool. Electrocution from bathroom plug located next to light switch! Often no hot water on old fashioned shower. Air conditioning often stopped working. Due to outside entertainment in park, often noisy until midnight.
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
An unusual place to review perhaps, but my grandmother is here and whilst being in a home isn't 'nice', this place... is. Not her first home I'm able to compare to the previous homes she's been in and this one is vastly superior. There room, space for the 'guests' to move through the wide corridors to the main lounge room and also a garden (all of this on the ground floor) for them to visit should the weather be ok. The main thing that makes me rate this place highly is the staff. Compared to the poor attention I've seen given out previously, here the staff are like angels. They're great with visitors and most importantly with the residents, treating them fairly, not as patients but as real people who simply require assistance. I've been there at visiting times and also meal times when I've seen that all the staff there treat all the residents as individuals even under very trying circumstances. A thank you to them.
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Public - a year ago
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