Thoughts from October 2009

video monday

If the prospect of a Monday roast isn't enough to make up for the fact that it's sunny outside and that it's, er, still Monday, here's a few ideas on how to make hometime come round that bit quicker.

You could try David's alternative gym workout

Maybe have a go at solving the mystery noise in the fridge

Or seeing as it's so nice out, just gather together a group of your friends/colleagues/randoms in the street and take on Emma's smoothie challenge

Either way, having watched all that, Tuesday (and hometime) are now that little bit closer.

say hello to the Big Knit Choir


There have been a couple of stories in the news and papers about our ambitions to reunite St Winifred’s School Choir and top the charts this xmas. It's all true, we're going to re-record the 1980 xmas number one 'There's no one quite like Grandma' (below) with a reunited St Winifred’s Choir and release it as a charity single this winter.

You can find out lots more about the Big Knit Choir here and help get involved in the search for the original choir in our new big knit choir FaceBook group. There's also a fair bit of chatter going on on twitter about it all at the minute.

We're hoping to raise over £250,000 to help keep old people healthy this winter through the Big Knit (the smoothies wearing little knitted hats) and this year through the sales of our charity single.

calling all angels

We're looking for a couple of people to come and help us keep Fruit Towers in ship shape, tip top condition and make sure all the fun stuff keeps happening.


Like the time we managed to fit 35 people into the post room

Or the day we rolled back the roof, turned the hosepipe on and made a massive paddling pool in the chill out area.

First up, we're looking for an Office Angel to be the face and voice of innocent. From welcoming our visitors and answering the bananaphone to helping our People's Champions with getting back to all our drinkers, you'll need a winning smile, the best banter this side of Chat City and the ability to juggle a myriad of jobs. Like taking care of all the little but vital touches like birthday cakes, summer lunches, welcome packs on new starters desks, smoothies for when you're feeling poorly and organising the odd party or two.


We're also looking for a Mother Hen/Father Rooster (a.k.a Office Manager) to cover our Jenny W while she's away on maternity leave. As well as making sure the office runs like clockwork and managing a team of 5 excellent people, you'll be looking after budgets, making sure everything looks beautiful and being the stand in parent when it doesn't.

Both people need to be of cheery, kind and exceptionally well organised dispositions. And get on well with Ian the builder.

So if that sounds like you or you know someone who fits the bill just right, then check out the job specs right here.

slowcoast odyssey

Back in June, we told you all about our friend, Nick Hand, who was cycling round the coast of the UK, making little films about artisan crafty types he met along the way and raising money for the Parkinson's Disease Society at the same time.

Lots of you got in touch to suggest other crafty coastal folk for Nick to visit on his travels as well as recommending a myriad of good cake shops to help sustain him enroute.

Nicks foodie pic

From Norwich to the Orkneys, along the way Nick has met everyone from saddle makers, surfboard carvers, tea tasters and a man who makes walking sticks to the likes of Tilda Swinton and Paul Smith. And you can watch all his excellent little films here.

70 films, 5000+ miles, over £5,000 raised for charity and countless slices of cake later, Nick is now back from his cycling odyssey. He's asked us to say a big thank you to everyone who got in contact with their tips (especially the biscuit related ones). So thank you from Nick.

Nick last couple of days

Having been back in Bristol for about 4 days, he's just about to take a little cycling holiday to Cornwall with his partner, Harriet for a week.

Talk about a busman's holiday.