Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Back on the Waitrose Fun Bus

Yep all that good eating has started again as we complete the the Royal Highland Show the first of this years agricultural shows. I don't remember it being quite as wet as this last year. I don't think we has a complete dry day. Though it was never raining on the inside. The presentation is revised from last year and we are only doing 4 demos per day rather than the epic 11. Which feels a lot better as i don't remember stopping last year.
Disappointingly we still had the same power troubles, though thankfully due to Fozzie and myself prep work they were not of our doing. The first night we lost power do to Lidl next door, their power installation is not overly water proof and seen as it was as damp and foggy as it gets the RCD on the common generator decided enough was enough. So that was quite dull but nothing a little modification with a terminal screwdriver wouldn't fix. Though the secon night the power went off at 10pm and unfortunately there was some confusion and the right electrician never got called. I arrived on sight at 6am to find the 125a 3phase and 63a phase lying in the grass. Now I wouldn't expect the over night security to know what to do with these but it was a bit obvious. Anyway some herrice fencing arrived for the final night and suppose surprise all is now good.

So we shall see what happens this weekend in Coventry.

It's great to be back with the team, Emeli the newbe is running with the gig and it's all coming together. Caroline well what can i say it started off with her being cold then it was a bet to see how long she would keep it on for. Needless to say it did cause quite a stir in the hotel bar.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Living the First Class Dream - GNER

Now you do have to think the nearly broadband on a moving train is a clever thing. If you don't know how it works it's clever and if you do it's really quick and clever.

So I am sitting here on the train to Edinburgh to the Royal Highland Show for Waitrose and I'm checking out the myspace pages for the bands playing at this years Norwich Lord Meyors Celebrations at Chapel Field Gardens. No that's not a bad way to spend a 4 hour journey is it?

Last week I did the first week of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang move from Bristol to Southampton, we were walking back to the hotel at 7ish which I think was quite a result as we were expecting that to be one of the worst outs to date. All went well going into Southampton PJ and Steve put unique ID numbers on all the boxes for the Carnet. So now it's just a case of waiting to see if it all works when we ship it off. Now you have to see the funny side that Southampton is the first venue we have visited that has a dock at trailer height. So the lorrys can back straight up and open the doors and load straigt off with out needing ramps. And this is the venue which we will load out on to containers. I've never loaded a container but I imagine they ain't going to be as straigt forward as loading onto a 40' trailer.

Sunday and this morning saw me with my Gofer shirt on at the Hellenic Centre Marlybone, a nice little gallery type space launching the new layour for their re-vamped store on Marlybone high street store. As with all the things I see by Waitrose I was impressed, their whole ethos and aproach i just think is very good.

Don't think the bandwidth is too good for blogging, myspaceing and email. so one is going to have is going to have to go now.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Update - What I've been upto while off line

Yes I am now finally back on line. Though Blogger has beaten me and I have had to upload all of these pictures rather than just the cool little flash movie I made. Ah Well
So since my last post in March I have been busy in our new house tiling the bathroom and getting our new drive done. Whilst moving and working on the bathroom I have also been involved with Drowsy Chaperone, I did a lot of the prep work and spent about four weeks down at the Novelo putting it all together. It seems like quite a nice little show.
At the end of April I was looking after front of house for the Guineas Ball at Newmarket Race Course with Gofer. Quite a nice little gig (Black tent picture) We had two bands and a mock SAS team storming the tent, all in the theme of James Bond.
It wasn’t the Cow racing festival but Waitrose’s Leckford Festival at the end of May that I took that picture of Fozzie. A May bank holiday weekend that started so dry and sunny, but ended so wet and muddy. Fozzie and I were doing the things we do for Waitrose, plumbing, emptying bins, pumping diesel. Oh and looking after the power and AV presentations for the demos (white tent picture). In a couple of weeks we’ll be up in Edinburgh at the Royal Highland Show doing it all again.
At the moment though I am sat in Fe’s parent’s place near Gueret in France catching up on things. I’ve also been doing a spot of good old fashioned hard labour, Buddy and I dug that big pile of dead roots out of the vineyard Mike and Alice have become involved with. What you can’t tell from that picture is the big crack in the Hoe Buddy achieved all the fact that it lashed it down with rain all morning.
It’s a bit disjointed but I think we should all be up to date now. Standby for a more frequently updated summer.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Back on Line Finally

Well when you move house make sure your sellers sort out a stop on their broadband and get a Migration code not just move out leaving you to pick up all the pieces. So yes my apologies for my prolonged absense, I am now back on line, very busy but as I am on holiday with the inlaws I'll hope fully get time to let you know what I have been up to over the next couple of days.