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Dear Google
So once again I'm tasked with a personal challenge to Google, I've better things to do and and any victory is a bitter one, but irrespective of size when they cross the line of acceptable behaviour and affect our independent business then the course for action is limited so must boil down to a 'personal tasking'.

what is the issue?, "reviews and star ratings", many will know my disdain and distrust of the review and star rating when they were presented as qualifying media in the search engines, to the point that we held back for years before entering into it because the ability to abuse the function was obvious, it's almost comical that the main pariah of this function were the merchant gateways, that soon realized that by clumping low ratings, medium ratings and high ratings the 'average' would be high and every possible keyword or phrase would be catered for. Allowing this clumped review rating to even appear in search results was morally wrong because independent shops and businesses could never hope to compete with such a vast number of clumped reviews, so independents would always lose in the game of 'sublime traffic gathering'. The fact that rating abuse was an obvious by-product of the review rating function, then there is no human alive that can convince me that, with all Google's human and technology resources they were unaware this happened/happens and so the only conclusion is 'collusion'.

I would sit amazed at the arrogance of Google but it's not the first time this has happened in the harnessing of traffic, it wasn't long after youtube opened up that we saw what could only be described as poorly made 'home video's' of product types, in a slideshow format, being mass produced and saturating (hundreds of thousands, hidden between millions) the platform, all made from the same region in the USA, all linking to the Amazon merchant gateway. 'stupid' is believing it wouldn't be picked up on by the 'watchers' and they were left on there to run, whilst Google penalized the genuine with inaccurate and often tenuous links to it's 'policy'.

So here I stand, in my little Alamo which I'll hastag #TTBSAlamo (almost sound like I have a hang of Social media), where success is a failure but success is a win for independents and economic infrastructure. This might seem like a long walk from the issue but every day I drive past closed businesses and services that people are all too keen to blame on the 'bankers' or the internet, the truth is independents struggling to address centralization (which moved from a 'low use' practice to saturation) looked to the internet to offer their services to a wider business audience, in a attempt to retain a working level of turnover and protect jobs. It would always be difficult to explain to the world how the practice of mass centralization destroys infrastructure which in turn will destroy those who practice it, and how the ripple effects everybody, will it happen?, I'm confident that it will continue to without education, you only have to look at the historical principle of commerce to understand that if it could be controlled by a few it would've been done by now, it can't because it needs to work at every level or it doesn't work at all, conditions dictate that not people. 

So 'Play your part' Google or 'play it out', your petulance is your own to keep in check. My demand is simple, reinstall our ratings 'immediately' or remove all ratings from adwords and search 'immediately' to avoid this turning into another escalation, justice is the latter anything less is this post being revisited many times over by many people.
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+Ginetta Cars are now an Google+,  a good motoring community follow. 
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One of last years customer projects attached, British Army F432 armoured personnel carrier, reminded me to post because the same customer is now tackling a Alvis Stalwart amphibious vehicle.
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I felt compelled to dispute a Google claim that questioned copyright regarding using a "popular" track for our information video's on youtube...
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Dispute claim:
The track is not copyright and is open source and royalty free in the format supplied, the original composer Gustav Holst might find it amusing that his classical track "Thaxted" is being disputed as being a "popular" song. 
For the record I don't even know the words to "the world in union" but I'm willing to learn them and sing the words over the beautiful track (possibly... spoiling it), to appease and then accredit if Google would like, please advise.
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In anticipation of the new Dr Who series, I give you the best #Dalek that never was "Storm". http://www.thetoolboxshop.com/blog/dalek-storm-dream-project-becomes-real-alan-clark.html
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This was a fun visit to the Wakefield store, Mad Max style custom rat trike, customer came in today for a bounce session, it'll make a good prop when finished for photo shoots, current at least with the new Mad Max film coming out this year.
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Just wishing everyone everywhere a very merry Christmas. xx
As part of our commitment to field service engineers we will be open and shipping on-line and open off-line throughout the festive period. 

If you're an engineer unfortunate to be working a 50/50 routine, rest assured you have a shoulder to lean on, please use it as a prop... not a handkerchief!. :-)
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