Thoughts from January 2010

fancy seeing your words on our bottoms?

Yep. You read it right. Your words. On our bottoms.


A couple of years ago, we ran a competition to come up with funny stuff to go on the bottoms of our bottles.

Loads of you entered, it took us weeks to whittle down the entries and in the end, there were so many gems, we decided to pick 7 winners instead of 3.

Since we're all about fresh and finger-on-the-pulse type thinking (and because our bottle man, Simon O, thought it was high time our bottoms had another face lift) we're doing it again.

So if you fancy writing something funny for our bottoms and having your words read by millions, here are the rules:

  • Messages must be 40 characters or less.
  • Spaces, hyphens, apostrophes and stuff all count as a character.
  • Leave your entry as a comment to this blog post.
  • Fill in the email bit when you leave a comment so that we can get in contact with you if you win.
  • As many entries per person as you like.
  • Extra points for making us laugh.
  • Our 3 favourites will be used on millions of bottles across the land. Something to tell the grandkids/impress future spouse/pop on the CV.
  • We'll send the 3 winners lots of smoothies too.
  • The deadline is Midnight on Sunday 31st January
  • So be quick (and funny).

This competition has now closed. thanks to everyone who entered. We're going to read through them all this week and then announce the winners next week.

flat pack pets

You might have noticed our rabbits hanging around recently


Since we're not allowed to bring pets to work, we bought this rabbit from The Garudio Studiage in lieu of installing a hutch in the office.

Flat rabbit
He currently lives on top of the shelf in Creative Corner, near the coin counter.

Flat pets are perfect for people who don't have enough space in their homes for a real pet or have a tendency to kill houseplants just by putting them on their desk.


As well as rabbits, you can also get White Kitten, Neon Ginger Kitten and Golden Yellow Labrador Puppy.

The best things about these pets (apart from never having to bother with cumbersome things like triggering allergies, emptying litter trays or dealing with worming tablets) is that they don't need a pet passport

Meaning you can pop them in your suitcase and take them wherever you like.




And when it comes to moving house, you don't need to get a special basket to transport them in or worry about them getting lost in the new neighbourhood.


The excellent Chris at Garudio has given us 6 flat pack rabbits to giveaway.

All you need to do by Monday 1st February is tell us the best name for your flat pack bunny and where he/she will live in your house. Top 6 names and locations win a hassle free house pet.

This competition has now closed. Thanks so much to everyone who entered. Well done to Jo B, Fran, Anthony, Kate, Em and Linz.

Hope that Fwuffles, Crumpety Jack, Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater, Tyson, PN and Ikea are all very happy on their respective windowsills/desks/imaginary wolf scaring stations.

new zealand's hottest home baker

Well, hopefully.

Our Eddie's sister, Monica, is currently competing in Kiwi TV sensation. New Zealand's Hottest Home Baker.

Eight budding bakers from across New Zealand battle it out through cupcake combat, sponge flan fighting and icing duels to secure a place in the final Bake Off.

The host, Colin, looks like the love child of David Dickinson and Laurence Llewellyn Bowen, so it's worth watching just to see him diffuse the bun fights (not his hair).


Monica loves baking and you can see her here in training with the unofficial best Kiwi baker in the land, Noelle (a.k.a Eddie's mum)

Monica and mum

Since you can't actually watch the show over here, we'll keep you posted on Monica's progress and any top tips she gets whilst on the show (including how the presenter gets his locks so silky soft).

talent stamina

Busy week planned? Got thousands of hopeful talent acts to sit through and judge with a wry eyebrow? Need to keep your energy levels up but no time to nip out for a quick sandwich or trip to the coffee machine?

Well if you need a rider to get you through the day without having to ever having to leave that massive judging chair, here's what Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent survival kit looks like


All in a portable plastic box (though noticeably not wearing a seat belt)

Si five

Talk about a Si Five to your 5-a-day (sorry)