Archive for September, 2008

I just received the following box:-

Intrigued – I opened it:-

Still none the wiser, lifted the green nest:-

Berocca had sent me some goodies!

Inside the blogger’s relief pack are a load of goodies that are designed to de-stress!  Plus a tube of their orange effervescence multi-vitamin/mineral drink.  This drink is created for people with hectic lifestyles.  I have, as my friends and family will testify, had the worst, in terms of busy and hectic, few months I can remember, I am hoping this drink will be the tonic I need to pick me up!

UPDATE:  I just had a glass of the orange, already I can feel myself feeling mentally more alert.  Fingers crossed that it will help me in a meeting I have today in London.

The contents of the pack are below:-

Thanks for the pack, Berocca – I look forward to receiving more pick-ups in the future!  You can learn more about their range here.  Hopefully we’ll be able to run a campaign with these guys on Fuelmyblog soon. I will cross-post this over there too.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored nor paid post.  I was under no obligation to write about the product in any shape or form.


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I love Twitter, it is a great site, I can be found and added as a friend here.

They just deployed a new look and feel, not sure if I like it but am sure it will grow on me..only the changes seem to have affected the new found reliability guess who came back?

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I recently signed up and joined the Telegraph Business Club, it seemed to be a good venue for some online business networking along with a great list of events to attend. The only problem is actually networking.
As per their site “The Telegraph Business Club exists to give readers a forum in which to share their views, insights and challenges with each other. We hope this exchange will help to enhance your business performance.”

Ok, so to use the forum, you must click on one of a list of bullet point titles to view the “post”.  I did this, found someone requesting help on growing traffic online and using different marketing tactics.  Of course I know an angle there ;).  So I started searching for a place to leave a comment, a button some text…nothing?

Clicking back I read the following:-

“All member feedback is valuable – no matter how big or small. If you want to provide any comments, articles or raise any issues that you want to leverage input from your peers, then send an email to Talk Back.

Please note that comments may appear with your name and company. If you prefer your comments to be anonymous, please state this in your email.”

Come on Telegraph what is the point in vetting every comment if you allow anonymous comments, install real forum software and lets get talking.


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Dear Diary…

This was just sent to me, had to share, very very funny:-

Dear Diary,

For my birthday this year, my daughter (the dear) purchased a week of personal training at the local health club for me.

Although I am still in great shape since being a high school cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Brad, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.

My daughter seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started! The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.


Started my day at 6:00 a.m.Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Brad waiting for me. He is something of a Greek god – with blond hair, dancing  eyes and a dazzling white smile. Woo Hoo!! Brad gave me a tour and showed me the machines. I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!

Brad was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week-!!


I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door.

Brad made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I  made the full mile. Brad’s rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT-!! It’s a whole new life for me.


The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn’t try to steer or stop.

Brad was impatient with me, insisting that my screamsbothered other club members. His voice is a little too perky for early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying. My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Brad put me on the  stair monster. Why the hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Brad told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life. He said some other stuff too.


Brad was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn’t help being a half an hour late, it took me that long to tie my shoes.

Brad took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. He sent some skinny woman to find me.

Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine — which I sank.


I hate that Brad more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world.

Brad wanted me to work on my triceps. I don’t have any triceps! And if you don’t want dents in the floor, don’t hand me the damn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich. The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher.

Why couldn’t it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?


Brad left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing him made me want to smash the machine with my planner. However, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel.

I’m having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my daughter (the little git) will choose a gift for me that is fun — like a root canal or a hysterectomy. I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!

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Friday Five – my answers

I decided to start a new weekly meme over at the FMB blog, so I guess I should answer it!

1. What is your best joke?

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps: “My friend is dead! What can I do?” The operator says: “Calm down, I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says: “OK, now what?”
2. If you were a character in the Muppet Show which one would you be?

Fozzie Bear

3. Do you brush your teeth before bed?

Not always..

4. Would you employ Daddy Papersurfer?

One can never have enough tea, so yes.

5. When was (if applicable) the last time you lied about your age?

Phew, wish I never asked this one..I guess when telling the kids we are 21..or getting in to an over 40’s nightclub..which is not good actually..

There wasn’t too hard was it.

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Things change..

Those were the days…

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The secret project thing I have been working on has now sadly been delayed, hopefully with a launch in November. I have been lucky in that all supporters and people involved are still focused on it working, being a huge success and I am convinced that all the effort we have put in so far will bring that.

Organising this project has introduced me to some of the best people I have had the privilege of meeting. One has really stood out, not only as a huge support and help but a great bloke, and he always seems to be able to make time to talk, Stewart Townsend from Sun Microsystems, and he writes this blog.

Stew has a rather unique role, he helps Startup’s. He is in his own words “the man in the shirt that runs Startup Essentials in the UK”.

So what does Startup Essentials do? – (Visit the site here.)

Simply, it helps you interact with Sun and the power that brings.

*Sell servers at Startup pricing

*Hosting – again at Startup pricing

*Engineering Support – Do you have a scaling problem ? Have you thought about Scaling ? Help is there.

*Community events – Sun host and support events for the UK and Irish Startup community ?

*PR – As part of Startup Essentials customer base, you have access to our PR team to write a customer success story, that gets pushed out to Analysts globally.

And probably the icing on the cake:-

*Introductions – To Investors from Angels to VC, introductions to a larger network across different geographies.

So, what are you waiting for it is free to join, click here – Ok there is one more incentive:-

The chance to win a free exhibition stand at FOWA* in London, worth £2.5k – click here for more or:-

Are you based in the UK ?
Have you been trading for 6 years or less ?
Do you have 150 employees or less ? Answered YES to all, then SIGN UP HERE NOW and in the tracking code enter FOWA08, a draw will take place on the 22nd September and if you are the winner, then you will receive an email and telephone call on the Tuesday 23rd September with all the details required.

*FOWA – Future of Web Apps – If you have a website, blog or any interest in social media, this is a total and utter must visit and if you are going, let me know, we should meet up 🙂

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