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Greetings Cards and Gifts Giveaway

3rd July 2018

Win free Stuff!We are all fans blowing here at Dean Morris cards towers! And we thought we’d remind you about the biggest competition going on today … no not England in the Russia 2018 World Cup, but our very own giveaway. A box of funny greetings cards, mugs, coasters, and even the odd rude badge for you to give to your friends and office co-workers, or just to smugly keep on your desk. No more hunting around for your favourite mug in work, you’ll have 6 of them. You could use one to suit your mood maybe when you need a brew.

It’s super easy, all you need to do is head over to Instagram, like the image displayed here and then share it with two friends.

We’ll pick a winner at random on the 10th July and then be in touch with them to arrange delivery of your box.

We’ve picked a selection of designs to suit all occasions through the year, we sure you’ll love it!

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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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