Wednesday, August 29, 2012

#30days30testimonials - Day 11

11 days into our festival of testimonials, we are at last going to a take-away restaurant!

These guys do not deliver... but why risk this gorgeous grub going cold any way? Today's testimonial is all about a quality food product - but it just so happens that the service is a smiley one too ;-)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Where's all the #30days30testimonials gone?

I'm sat here asking that very same question!

In my rush to help others, I forgot one key fact. In order to complete 30 enlightening testimonials in 30 days, I would need to be getting great service. Like every day.

So, a vital flaw in an otherwise awesome plan has popped up.

To that end I wish to announce that the challenge is still on, BUT with one very important change. Instead of completing one testimonial per day, I will post them up on my blog as and when I receive them. So long as I total 30 testimonials in a period of 30 days, no more, no less; my challenge is still valid!


The #30days30testimonials lives!!

We are on day 10 and already 4 testimonials down... yes we have some work to do. Or to be more precise - local business have some work to do!

You like that? See how I turned it around like a seasoned spin doctor? Yeah? Eh?

You got the idea.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Monday, August 27, 2012

Bank Holiday Creative Interlude

How about those lies?
Shrugging of shoulders, followed quickly by loss of eye contact,
Your stomach flips, heart rate skips, jerky motions, this is it…
The self satisfying ooze of despair and misconception, opened ended deception,
A tide of complete confusion, overbearing the truth at every imaginable resurrection.

Detached view of the conversation, the truth, a misrepresentation, working in unison,
Clouding your intentions, clouding my intentions, a haze of objection,
The mind finally accepting the delusion, the objective conclusion, the truth is told, validation…
Calmness was our intention, a truth and a lie, no longer polarised, just ever so slightly...revised.

Cubes 2005©

Saturday, August 25, 2012

#30days30testimonials - Day 7

Today was mostly spent recovering from a 'saki' hang-over. Even in my rather dishevelled state [both mentally and physically], I managed a 9 check-ins; which could have resulted in perfect customer service or an introduction to a fantastic product.

I am going to tell you all about a product today, and this 'product' doesn't strictly follow the rules which I set out when I began this challenge. BUT count yourself lucky, as I was very close to reviewing a car park for your enjoyment!

I didn't do a blog post testimonial for it in the end, because I need that car park to stay empty for my use ;-)

This testimonial is for a tourist spot in the centre of St Albans...

#30days30testimonials - Day 6

Good afternoon! This is a late update - please forgive my tardiness. I unexpectedly got drunk yesterday. To those of you who follow me on Foursquare - no I didn't get a tattoo done last night, I merely check'd in nearby ;-)

During my travels I manage to check-in to 8 locations which had the opportunity to wow me with perfect service or a great product.

I was right royally treated at 2 places, but as I said on Day 5... only one check-in gets the blog post.

Last night I was schmooze'd by the staff in a Japanese restaurant...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

#30days30testimonials - Day 5

So we are a few more days into the challenge and as expected, I am being pushed hard to find excellent services or products all over Hertfordshire - during a working day that is.

On Day 5, I managed 5 Check-Ins which could have resulted in me being bowled over by some quality product or customer service. To tell the truth, I wish that I could write about 2 of today's encounters; but sorry it's the rules of the game - 1 only. So, I'd like to shout about something that blew me away...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FOURSQUARE – it's like MARMITE. But why?

Incase you have been asleep or not paying attention for the last 3 years, Foursquare happens to be a social network and a game. You share your location with other community members [or by Facebook & Twitter] by checking yourself into various locations - any where in the world. These sites have been created by other helpful members using their mobile devices. These include shops, forests, carparks, and streets… just about anything really. It doesn’t even need to be a site which is permenantly situated in a single location! #movingtarget

So that’s great, but why do it?

Actually the membership has now crept to over 20 million and since 2009, 25 billion check-ins have been counted. So there are a great many people already out there who love Foursquare. So it is fair to assume that there is something about it. 

Foursquare helps it’s users to explore the land and city-scape around them for interesting places to visit, and take advantage of hints and tips which other users have left behind. These tips can be negative as well as rocking testimonials for someones business or magnificent service.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

#30days30testimonials - Day 3

Day Three of #30days30testimonials [see here for more details].

The same as yesterday, I managed 3 different Check-Ins* of establishments which had the opportunity to surprise me, with either a great product or service.

I met a local Architect for a business meeting in this venue, and found enough space to table some project drawings. Very convenient!

Monday, August 20, 2012

#30days30testimonials - Day 2

It's Day Two of my 30 day festival of giving [see here for details].

Today has been a little sparse on Check-Ins* due it being a rather busy day at work - I managed to visit 3 different establishments which had the opportunity to surprise me, with either a great product or service.

In this instance, both the service AND product were aces!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

#30days30testimonials - Day 1

It's Day One of my 30 day long festival of giving [see here for details]. The field of play is just about anywhere I end up over the next 30 days.

Since this is a working month - you can bet that most of my Check-Ins* will be in St Albans and Harpenden though.

Today I managed to check-in in seven different locations; but one stood head and shoulders above the rest; due to a warm and welcoming smile :-)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Apocalypse Bunker - how to build one

Interesting title? Sure, but not as interesting as the dream that led to me writing this post for you.

Imagine, lying in the bed that you grew up in to be woken up by the smell of burning turds [sorry I can't explain it, let's just say the smell was NASTY]. Calling out to your parents or siblings is met with no response apart from a strange muffled screaming sound in the distance.

30 Days and 30 Testimonials [the preamble]

St Albans is fantastic. Especially during the week, when I can park my car :)

Good sandwich, but no testimonial
today sorry
I am big on giving back, shouting about the great places I visit or the 'above & beyond' service I receive. When I'm sharing the love, my first port of call is usually Foursquare, and writing a Tip for others to share and enjoy.

For the next 30 days though, I'm going to take my 'shouting' to the next level, and beyond.

Each day I will be writing a new testimony on this blog highlighting a local business venue which I visit, on Foursquare and Twitter. That's 30 of them!

The self imposed rules are;

Friday, August 10, 2012

Golden Hour. Not my finest.

Marching on 3G Navigation -
Berkhampstead Railway Station to
The Boat
Been a fantastic meet with some local networkers from Berkhampstead. Big shout out to @Oseland.

The turn out was low on numbers, but seriously high on quality.

But that's what I have come to expect from Afternoon in the Pub. Real interesting people.

As usual, I'm in the dog house cos I'm home late... but my four wheeled chariot [I'm sure] will deliver me to my beloveds side in as fast as time as possible.

All in all - a great  Afternoon in the Pub meet.

Looking forward to our launch in Harpenden :)


Berkhampstead Railway Station


Beer, Interesting People & Sunshine

Nuts, not going to get time to write an engineering blog post before  Afternoon in the Pub kicks off.

Arrived in a timely fashion for my train journey to Watford Junction though.

This will be my first  Afternoon in the Pub 'networking' event with my serious head on... as I will be reporting back to my other two Harpenden buddy hosts.


So, I'm arriving on four wheels obviously. Nothing like having a mobile [and useful] conversation starter ready at hand.

'Big up' beer, interesting people and sunshine [not necessarily in that order] \m/


Sunday, August 05, 2012

Creative Interlude

Cold harsh lines of a new world gone crazy; buzz.
Faint blue glow of remote feeling arriving hazy; beep.
Prolonged anticipation of the next touch; bleep
Now just an irritation; beepbeep - beepbeep.

[You have a new message]

Cuba [2007]

Face-lift Sunday

Been chilling out watching the Olympics today... I must say the marathon is dragging on a little more than usual. Yes, I know - I'm a runner too.

Decided to finally update my blog site here to once again off load a ton of new stuff in my head. So watch out for photos, ideas and some general moaning.

Last night I was re-tweeted by a local bar which I was drinking at [Waterend Bar, Wetherspoons, St Albans] - after I mentioned beer and Olympics. This has happened thrice in St Albans now.  I have also been re-tweeted by Homebase last week after I left them some great feedback on one of their employees.

You are not my friends. I can't help but think that I'm being taken advantage of by guerilla style marketing.

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