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Thoughts from June 2011

our new refreshing kids drink

Summer's starting to peek its head round the corner, and so we thought you might be in need of some ideas on how to refresh your kids.

Go to Thorpe Park for a flight down the log flumes. Have a waterbomb fight in your garden. Take up model boating and race your high speed water chariots around the local pond (just try to resist jumping in after them).

Or to make life easier, why not give them our new kids' juicy drink? It's a blend of pure fruit juice and spring water, so it gives your kids one of their 5 a day, and stops water being boring. Simple, really. It's available in juicy orange and delicious apple, and is perfect for lunchboxes.

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To celebrate the arrival of this new addition to our kids' family, we're giving away 20 innocent kids lunchboxes with goodies inside. To be in with a chance of winning one, just go here and tell us your top-tips for water-based fun this summer.

Here's a picture of us at Fruit Towers giving the new innocent race boats their first outing. Jules' team ruled the day, whilst Adam lagged behind.

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I am XXXXXX the lion

Lion chop

We've developed a bit of an obsession with this lion. Sal even printed off a picture of him and stuck it next to her desk. She says he makes her feel better about the spreadsheets she needs to fill in. She says he makes her feel better about pretty much everything, actually, and we have to agree. It's an amazing lion.

We realised we were calling it 'the amazing lion' rather a lot though. For a creature so close to our hearts (and so close to Sal's head), 'the amazing lion' felt a little impersonal.

After all, we'd gone to the trouble of establishing some of this lion's key attributes (namely an ability to cook authentic moules mariniere and play tennis to a more than reasonable standard), so why not give him a name?

We asked our Facebook followers what they thought he should be called and these are our five favourite suggestions. If you'd be so kind as to tell us which you think is best then we'll start calling the amazing lion something a little more befitting of such an incredible barnet. And probably send something nice to the person who suggested the winning name.

Carruthers Ponsonby-Smythe

Moses

Rupert Hetherington the Third

Dave

Mr Susan

- thanks to Emily, Peter, Elizabeth, Aimee & Richard for their suggestions

happy spa day

It's Designer Clare O's birthday today.

So we made a mini spa at her desk so she could have her very own spa day.

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Complete with herbal tea, fresh flowers, crudites, face masks, an array of nail varnish colours, cucumber eye pillows, more herbal tea, a desk detox and and whale music, she declined the lunchtime offer of a team pedicure (one toe each).

Her last treatment is at 6pm. At which point she's off down the pub to undo all her virtuous hard work.

who's on the front desk?

Everyone takes a turn at helping out manning the desk in reception. Today it was Richard's turn.

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Janel kept an eye on him, just to make sure he wasn't playing computer games or updating his Facebook status, which he never does anyway.

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All in all, it seemed to go rather well. He didn't break anything and most calls were put through to the correct person. Well done Richard.