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Top Donald Trump Questions You Need Answered… Well, Sort Of.

23rd March 2018

We’ve been trawling through what the ladies and gents around the world are asking about our favourite person, Donald Trump. Yes we can do that, didn’t you know?

And I have to say, the game’s up. We know exactly what it is that you’ve been asking Google about him and we’re here, right now, to answer some of those really burning questions.  Not the ordinary ones, mind you, like ‘What are his views on this or that international crisis’ I’m talking the big issues that you obviously really want to know, like ‘Is he in today?’. Read more in the complete post …

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A look back at Birmingham Pride

1st June 2017

This past weekend was Birmingham Pride, and my husband asked me if he could write a guest blog post for me about Pride and what it means to him.  Below were his observations of the weekend.

I’m 42 and have no idea what music kids today listen to – indeed I had no idea who most of the performers on the main stage were. Saturday’s main stage line up I knew two out of 15 acts, and Sunday four out of 13. The DJ I saw on the main stage was a performer – not just filler between acts – this is now a thing apparently!

I hate loud bars where the music is turned up to 11. I want to have a pint and a chat with my friends. Not stand shouting at each other and randomly nodding because it doesn’t matter how hard we try we have no idea what was said. And then when we remember we aren’t telepathic and have a conversation on WhatsApp because it’s easier.

I also hate bars and places that are busy, rammed busy. The kind of busy that when you breath out someone stands in the space in front of you where your chest was a second ago.

There are some bars I like in Birmingham, my favourite gay bars are Eden for music and cabaret, and The Fountain and Wellington for old man boozers – somewhere you can sit down with a pint and packet of pork scratchings.

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30 Posts of Travel – What is your Favourite City?

3rd March 2017

As my first 30 Posts of Travel this must have to be the easiest one to answer.

New York.  I first visited New York on the 28th August 1997 (not that I remember this stuff) at the start of a coast to coast US trip and like everyone always seems to say it was more New York than I ever imaged.   Fire hydrants, yellow school busses, steam coming from the pavements, the Empire State in the distance.  I was ticking off every NYC cliché.

I’ve been to New York since then about 35 times since that first trip.  Sometimes I travel with friends, the other half and quite often by myself and I never get bored of the place.  In the last twenty years I think I’ve ticked off all the tourist sights I have any desire to see, although out of all these I never get bored of walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, along the Highline or looking over the whole city from Top of the Rock.   That is one view that constantly amazes and humbles me.   In New York, as with most cities I’ll visit the real feel of the place is discovered just walking the avenues and streets finding that random little mom and pop restaurant the guide books never tell you about, or seeing a random bit of architecture or street art.  You miss this zooming on the Subway from one tourist tick off to another.

One aspect of the city I will never catch up with is the dining scene which is, in my mind, the best in the World.  From three Michelin star tasting menus to hole in the wall Mom and Pop joints New York has it all and with New Yorkers being an ever fickle bunch there is always somewhere new to try.   Keeping apace with all the new restaurant openings is an impossible task but I try my best aided by some great review sites The Infatuation and TimeOut New York.

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I want to talk about rude cards

20th February 2017

I think it’s something I am reasonably qualified to do, certainly more so than tiling (tried that once, never again) or football.   I also believe it’s a part of the greeting card industry that some people within don’t like to acknowledge and yet rightly or wrongly it’s the one aspect of the industry that often generates the most media attention.  This was very much in evidence towards the end of January when a less than kind post on Mumsnet about some of my ruder Valentine’s cards made it to a selection of national tabloids.

I’m very proud of my place in the industry but I’ll always feel like the naughty young offspring despite my eighteen years or so within it.  There will never be a trade show where I don’t have to explain that “the old dears” actually do have a better sense of humour than the retailer may think.  Or that over half of my collection is perfectly clean but one bit of profanity means it must be on every card.  And then there’s the “I love these but I couldn’t possibly stock them”.   I’ll always provide humour at the edgier end of the spectrum and I’ve always accepted some of the restrictions because of this.  But – and in a moment of epic trumpet blowing  –  I’d like to stress the very important place rude cards have in the marketplace.

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30 Posts of Travel

7th January 2017

If you have followed me on Instagram you may have noticed I like to travel the country and the world.

Over the coming months, I will be completing a 30 Posts of Travel blog series. These are sometimes called “30 Days”, but that implies 30 days in a row which I’m not going to do – trade shows and travels will get in the way of doing that!

Here is a list of the 30 posts that will feature in the series. If you would like to use them on your own Blog please feel free and let me know! I’d love to see what your answers are.

  1. What is your favourite city to visit?
  2. What makes a hotel great / memorable?
  3. What are the best seats in the house when eating or drinking out?
  4. When you travel do you have any rituals or must take items?
  5. Where is your favourite city, and what are three must do things someone visiting for the first time?
  6. What do you dislike / hate most about travelling?
  7. Where do you want to visit that you haven’t been and why?
  8. Tell us your favourite anecdote or funny story from your travels?
  9. Where do you research your travel plans and find places to visit?
  10. If spending three nights in a city what are your must do’s, must see’s etc?
  11. Post three of your favourite pictures from your travels?
  12. Land, sea or air? How do you like to travel?
  13. Give us your three top travel tips?
  14. What’s been the site / museum / gallery / landmark you most treasure the memory of visiting?
  15. Food and drink … does the local restaurant and bar scene interest you? How do you decide where to eat and drink?
  16. Camping, back packing, spa breaks, bare foot luxury, walking in the hills … something else? What’s your ideal get away?
  17. Where is on your bucket list at the moment?
  18. What’s on your iPod when you travel? Share some tracks that remind you of travels, or trips?
  19. Where is the most over-rated city or destination you have been to?
  20. What’s the secret to packing when travelling?
  21. What was your first trip abroad, or if you’ve not been abroad where would you like your first trip to be?
  22. Have you had any travel disasters?
  23. Has anyone inspired your travels? Have you visited somewhere based on someones recommendation, or visited somewhere inspired by someone / tv show / film?
  24. What’s your travel destination guilty pleasure?
  25. Do you have a favourite travel writer / blog / magazine / guidebook?
  26. What’s in your camera bag? Do you take snaps for you, facebook, to show friends a slideshow? What’s your Instagram / Flickr?
  27. What’s been the weirdest / craziest food you’ve eaten or seen?
  28. What are the best apps to have your on phone when travelling?
  29. Do you have a favourite part of the World to visit?
  30. What’s the best thing about travelling? Why do you love to travel and see places?

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