Thoughts from January 2012

a new bench

We like fruit and we like sitting down, so really it was only a matter of time before we got ourselves a bench modelled on a banana.

It wasn't something we could create ourselves though, so luckily help came in the form of builder and wood carver extraordinaire Neil Melville Rae.

The banana is one of a number of fruit sculptures that Neil's been working on which were submitted to last year's Arundel Gallery Trail as an exhibition called "The Temple of the Strange Fruit".

The Source

The wood used for the sculptures came from a 200 year old oak tree which was sourced locally to Neil in West Sussex. The tree had been dead for some time and was in a dangerous condition, so it was carefully felled and put to good use.

The Model

Here's the model for the banana sculpture.

Work in Progress 1

And here it is being made.


It took a few strapping men to carry it in.


And now it sits pride of place in the chill out.

win a valentine's breakfast in bed

Breakfast in bed hamper[2]

At a loss as to what to get your beloved this Valentine's Day? Need to atone for last year's diamond ring keyring stunt? Maybe we can help, as we've got 3 luxury Valentine's Day breakfast in bed hampers from Forman & Field to give away. Stuffed full of bubbles (of the drinking variety not the blowing kind), smoked salmon, coffee, jam, crispbreads and lots of innocent smoothies, we'll even arrange the hamper to be delivered straight to whoever it is you want to spoil.

To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is tell us about the worst romantic gift/gesture you've ever been on the receiving end of below by 9am on Monday February 13th. The 3 that we feel most sorry for will be rewarded with a delicious hamper and our deepest sympathies.

This competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered, and well done to Linda Guest, Stana Magnusova and Alison Blencowe who won the hampers.

dress up friday

Because the majority of us at Fruit Towers wander about the place looking like a gap year student who's had his shoes stolen, we took the opportunity last week to dress in proper business attire to see what effect it would have on productivity.


Janel and Charlie managed to do the things they needed to do in record time, all because they were dressed so powerfully.


The lads from IT tore through their workload too, solving a lot of problems by telling people to turn their computers on and off and cross their fingers. This left them with a bit of spare time to hang around on the roof terrace and live out their fantasy of becoming contestants on The Apprentice.

Team Hansome II

And the ladies who'd chosen to wear heels found themselves unable to leave their desks after 11.30am, meaning that lunches were skipped and productivity hit an all time high.

All in all, it was a huge success, and by forcing people to pay for the pleasure of dressing uncomfortably we even managed to raise some money for LEAP, a fantastic charity who work with young people and jobless adults and help them to overcome their circumstances to fulfil their potential and play a fuller role in society.