When it started I loved it, do you remember Caggy from the first series? It became a very different programme over the years, budgets went up, media coverage exploded, and careers were made and forgotten about. Of course it reached it’s peak with the Davina parody character’s iconic line “You’re live on Channel 4 – don’t say fuck or bugger!” Read more in the complete post …
8th November 2018
10th October 2018
Oh no! Secret Santa gift time, again! Bah humbug!
So, we’re hurtling towards that time of year AGAIN – how is 2018 going so quickly, eh? It’s been a bit of an odd year – again what with Brexit and Trump! – and if you don’t know what I mean, then where the hell have you been hiding? So we thought we’d do a quick update post on our Secret Santa gifts to help all of you get into that Christmas spirit, if you’re not there already?!
Secret Santa presents are a little bit of a prickly subject, and if you’re a bloke and didn’t realise the peril of buying the wrong present for someone, then it’s time you woke up and took some notice.
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.
15th September 2016
I came. I saw. I conquered. That’s the trade show season over with for this year and only another four months until it starts all over again with Top Drawer Spring in the cold depths of January. Let’s not think about that just yet though.
I can’t lie and say it was the most amazing show ever as it wasn’t and shows have changed for all exhibitors over the sixteen years that I have been doing them. Footfall was particularly quiet on this one so it’s good that I got the orders I did. Still it was as always fun to see my existing customers for a catch up, gossip, and to make those Christmas orders and to meet new people who have only just discovered Dean Morris Cards.
Today I’ve mostly spent catch up raising invoices and sending out catalogues. All good!
10th September 2016
I’ve been busy the last couple of days down in London Town setting up Top Drawer. I’m a little bit more organised than I used to be. I almost l know how the stand will look before I get here now. In the olden days I simply used to bring all my cards and gifts and pretty much make it up as I went along. Oh for being older and wiser now. That said there’s still a bit of flying by the seat of my pants and changing it around and making it up.
Now armed with the pre requisite hi viz gear (health and safety requirement) I can set up ZB9 – my home for the next four days. There wasn’t too many dramas this time, only one wall panel not installed and the carpet has been laid over a screw on the floor so that’s going to bug me for the whole of the show. Just deal with Dean.