update: #altnational

Earlier I put a blog post up with an idea to do something positive and useful with my general and growing dislike of the Grand National. A number of people gave me some nice feedback on Twitter along the lines of “that’s a good idea” and “yeah I was thinking about that”.

Simon Gray signed off on a name (we tried some puns around totes, and gambling but they didn’t stick so we’ve ended up with): #altnational. It’s not that original but it does the job.

Shona McQuillan helped me choose a charity: I wanted something with racehorses, education and Just Giving enabled so I’ve gone for Greatwood. Cheers Shona!

And now, it’s a real thing: #altnational on Just Giving.

So, if you’re with me this far here are some things I’d like you to do, if that’s OK…

How it all works

  1. Go to the Just Giving page and donate the sort of money you might have put on a horse in the Grand National
  2. Please Facebook and Tweet your “bet”, some suggested text:
    “Just made a bet I can’t lose – I’ve donated to charity instead of betting on the #grandnational http://www.justgiving.com/altnational #altnational

Trios, accumulators and other fancy bets

If you prefer a different charity then go ahead and do that – the important bit is the principle of donating your gambling stake and telling people about it.

Jon Bounds had an idea about running an “alternative sweepstake” where we’d draw the name of one of the people who do this out of a hat, and they get a winner takes it all prize. I’d still like to do that. If you can donate a prize, please let me know.


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By Jon Hickman

Hi, I'm Jon. I teach and research digital culture, social media and new media practice at Birmingham City University. Find out more about me with this lovely CV: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/jonhickman Find out about my work at the Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research: http://interactivecultures.org