Thoughts from category: friends

a shed, some veg and lots of busy bees

It's not all spreadsheets and calculators in the merry land of innocent finance.

Last week, the whole Finance team spent a day at Kew Riverside Primary School helping the children to build an allotment on the school field so that they can grow their own veg and maybe some bee friendly flowers. Next thing you know they'll be putting the veg in pots (that rings a bell).

This feels like hard work

But it wasn't all gardening. We also did a spot of shed building too with Rob and Lynne (crowned master shed builders).

We thought the shed would be handy for storing all the gardening tools but the children thought it was more useful for a sneaky game of 'How many people can you fit in a shed at one time without it falling over?'. If anyone is interested the record so far is 10.

The cheeky shed

And with the help of lots of little hands (sorry about the paint on their school uniforms) we transformed a plain old boring white wall...

Told you that it was a boring white wall

... into a beautiful mural that the children designed.

Budding artists

That's Roberta in the red T shirt. She's in the Finance team and not a pupil in case anyone was unsure.

We figure friendly finance folk couldn't have done any of this without the amazing help of Gareth Miller from the Open Living Company and Paul Munckenbeck from M&S Power Hire. They both donated their time, expertise and lots of materials to our little project at no cost.

They kept us on track on the day and rallied their suppliers to help as well.

Big thanks also go to John at Brewers for the paint, everyone at Alsfords for the timber and Nick from Motive8 for putting us in touch with Gareth.

Here's Gareth and Paul looking tired but happy after a hard day's work. They aren't used to grafting.

Gareth and Paul

Paul even let Lou B (aka The Stig) have a go on his digger.

Lou in the digger

Thanks to Debbie and everyone at Kew Riverside Primary School. Maybe you could all drop in to see us at Fruit Towers one day?

The grassy van was a big hit

We'll send a grassy van round to pick you up.

the world's first head mounted iPhone App

Here's one last update on the AGM consumer cam before it launches as 'the world's first head mounted iPhone application' with a fanfare tomorrow morning. If only Tomorrow's World was still on the telly we'd be famous for something other than smoothies. Potentially.


What's it all about?

To mark our 3rd annual innocent AGM this Saturday May 22nd 2010 we have commissioned London design partnership RIG to create a 'consumer cam' which will record the day's events live from an attendee's head. This hat mounted live feed consists of an iPhone, hosting a bespoke app that takes photos every few minutes, elegantly sellotaped to a climbing helmet. These photos are then uploaded to the dedicated website which is fed by flickr and twitter and geo location updates live from the consumer cam for around 8 hours on the day of the AGM (10am-6pm).


Who's going to wear it?
In the full spirit of social media democracy, we invited our community of digital followers on twitter, facebook and those in the innocent family to apply to wear the hat on the day. Luke Wicker (@lukeandwilf) was chosen as the final winner to wear the camera with Jo Walters (@jowalters) acting as his understudy in case of illness.

How was it made?
The iPhone app automatically uploads geotagged photos to Flickr. A bespoke website then weaves these with messages from @innocentAGMcam on twitter to provide a single place for Luke's perspective on the event. The idea was worked up over a fry-up around the corner from the RIG studio from an original brief to ‘interpret the AGM from a consumers perspective along side innocents own’. The consumer cam was tinkered together over the space of 4 weeks in the RIG studio. Progress reports on it’s development can be found in the AGM category of innocent’s daily blog.

And here's what it currently looks like. Be sure to tune in between 10am to 6pm on Saturday (the actual AGM bit is from 12 noon to 4pm) or check back next week to view the full archive.

the world's oldest man in the making

long live Alex

Please say hello to our friend Alex Horne, and his death defying world record attempt to become the world's oldest man. Over the course of the rest of his life Alex will be attempting to live to be the oldest man in the world. And we're proud to be supporting him in his attempt.

You can follow Alex's progress on his new website long live Alex where he'll be blogging, tweeting and posting videos live from the attempt. Please feel free to get behind him in his attempt, wish him luck and give him any top staying alive tips that you might have.

Long live Alex indeed.

designer honeys

Back in March, our designers, Kat and Zoe, went out to Naples to oversee the print run of the new Buy One Get One Bee cartons for our special guest lemon, ginger and honey smoothie.

While they were there, they met Francesco who makes sure our carton designs are all okay for printing.

Honey man1

In one of those freakish yet excellent coincidences, turns out Francesco's dad makes his own honey and he very kindly potted some up for Kat and Zoe to bring back.

Since their return, it has passed many a toast test to the point where the jar that Zoe was given hasn't left her desk (or her eyeline) since.

Designer honeys

Proof that the proof is in the pot is, er, just that.