Thoughts from August 2009

fold a friend

Wall of shilps

Taking inspiration from the folded face of Ross Kemp (a.k.a Grant Mitchell), some of the folk in the Tropics decided to have their own monthly competition, which has now been dubbed 'Fold a Friend'.

Each budding origamist chooses a photo of selected desk mate (this month: Dr. Shilpee) and employs as many creative creases as possible to make their own origami interpretation of said colleague.

Jim made a square face Shilps


Jeremy received a commended prize for his over-the-shoulder rework.


Fliss got fancy with the folds


Roberta plumped for toothy


And Miche went for the slightly crumpled look


In the end, it was James M who triumphed with his piece - 'Shilpee: The Philosopher'. Well folded indeed.


Next month: The many faces of IT Jim


easy, peasy open squeezie

Occasionally, the tubes for our squeezies prove to be tricksy little things to open. Due to the way the material tears when you open it, small hands have had an irksome time of trying to get into them.


Thanks to some hard work for our Jacqueline and her engineering friends, we're now working to improve this by coming up with opening solutions designed to get you to the puree pronto.

The little diagrams below depict one of the solutions that we've come up with already


For those not pictorially or technically minded, you used to have to tear up or down and sometimes, you couldn’t open the tube at all.

Jacqs et al have now added a channel mechanism (the squiggly bit, picture bottom left) and made the tearing mechanism more S shaped, ensuring you can get into the squeezie.

Obviously it was a lot more technical and complicated to get to this solution than that two line summary indicates.

But you get the drift.

birthday bellowings

Oyez! 005

This is a picture of me with my dad. My dad is a town crier, and you may have seen him crop up on our blog from time to time. He used to come to parents' evenings at my school dressed as a pirate. And he once performed a town cry in the nude on Studland nudist beach.

Growing up was hard.

Today he rocked up to Fruit Towers with a little cry he'd written just for us, dedicating it to Gurdeep (who had his birthday yesterday). The camera work is a little shaky, and the battery cuts out halfway through the cry, but like my dad always says, a man in weird clothes ringing a bell and shouting loudly in the middle of an office in London is definitely worth a watch.

Have a listen and if you're feeling creative, get guessing as to what the two and a half missing lines could be and the person who comes closest, or makes us laugh the most, can have some freebies (keep it clean, mind).

Just post your ditties below by Friday 14th August and we'll announce the winner (in the style of my pa) next week.

a window on our world


We were kindly pointed to this new page on the internet yesterday by one of our twitter friends, @sithlords. It's a truly marvelous thing that seems to find lots of pictures, videos, twitter things and web pages all to do with innocent, and then put them all into one big page.

We really like that it's a big mix of stuff we've made and stuff other people have made, along with old stuff and new stuff (pictures of our old bottles from six years ago next to twitter updates from a couple of minutes ago or example). Go and have a nose if you've got a minute.