step. away. from. the. computer

1114566_snowflake_tree_1Five sure fire signs you need to take a break from social media this holiday:

– You couldn’t send your Moo Christmas cards because your iPhone lost your contacts
– You had no carols or Christmas songs because was down
– You burnt the turkey because you were twittering “I am burning the turkey”
– Your photos were up on flickr/facebook before the fat fella had got back up the chimney
– You tried to describe what you do for a job (including your use of social media) to elderly family members and were met by several blank and bemused faces (but *hopefully* resisted the urge to give a twitter demo)

Any more?

is wine the new vinyl?

I went to the London blogger’s meet up this week where guest blogger – Rob from provided some delish wines for us all to sample (I sampled heavily, ahem) and some wine related tidbits to pleasure our intellectual palettes….

Anyway, many of the people I talked to in the room and indeed many friends and colleagues who are “into” wine often remind me of the same types who (rewind 10-15 years) used to be obsessed with buying records. So without going all Carrie Bradshaw on you, it got me to thinking 😉 is wine the new vinyl?

Here are 5 things they have in common:

§ A passionate bunch of followers who often verge on geeky

§ A sense of competition for rare and hard to find vintages/releases

§ A habit of gobbling up all your disposable income

§ Something to talk in great detail about to everyone who comes round your house

§ Instead of “you’ve got to hear this mate” it is now “you’ve got to try this mate”

So anyway, the main point I took from Rob’s talk was that most wine is bought nowadays in supermarkets and many great wines just don’t ever make it onto the shelves.

So, given the similarities listed above between the wine and the record collector….your new age wine buff would surely relish the opportunity to spend hours in his local wine shop or deli perusing the rare specimens his pals won’t have? And surely, merely buying the odd bottle of plonk in Tesco is about as satisfying as grabbing a Coldplay album on the way to the checkout?

So why aren’t there more indy wine shops around? And why don’t more indy delis and restaurants capitalise on this market? Seems like a missed opportunity on both sides to me…

Anyway, a good night was had by all and it was great to meet several other bloggers/tweeple in the flesh (Jaz Cummins, Gary Andrews, Andy Roberts and his lovely pal Linda) and catch up with Wadds and Chris Reed for drunken debauchery.  I will be making more of an effort to go along to these next year. Huge thanks to Andy Bargery for putting it all together.

re-collocation…a made up word too far?


Well after lots of consideration, we have decided to leave Cornwall to try life ooop North near my family.  Whilst we absolutely adore Cornish life and the the place we live is beautiful, we want to try life nearer my family and see if it suits us.  I reckon we’ll know if 6 months and it’s the perfect time to try it before my daughter starts school.

We are renting our place out and renting somewhere there too so it is fairly low risk (we hate it, we move back) and the fact that neither of our jobs have needed to change has made the whole process so much easier.

Another win for collocation… doesn’t matter where you end up commuting from.

Now to sort out Pickfords (the only company that doesn’t feel the need to adjust its pricing despite the current state of the property market/general economy); BT (can’t find our address therefore we cannot have a phone); Sky/Tiscali and other providers that rely on BT.

Let the fun and games begin.

what a difference a fortnight makes….

Photo courtesy of Elton Harding

Photo courtesy of Elton Harding

Been off on hols for two weeks only to find that if you turn your back for a minute, by the time you look  around again, the economy has taken a few more heavy-footed steps towards disaster…….XL popped its clogs leaving me and a couple of hundred other holiday makers stranded and out of pocket….Alitalia is allegedly on the brink of bankruptcy but the sniff of an oilrag is keeping it flying…..Lehman is no more…..Merrill got bought……the women of Alaska have found their voices opposing  Palin….lots of events I wanted to go to happened and the world and his dog wants a PR agency/proposal. I picked a busy fortnight to go away it seems….note to self – go away in September again next year 🙂

Closer to home, my copy of David Brain‘s book arrived and he is now lying on top of Jackie Collins on a coffee table in my lounge ( #thingsithoughtidneversay )

And finally, not known to rest on their laurels, the Ruder Finn team have been yammering away all week and I logged on see various invites to another new network sitting in the inbox ….off to give it a whirl….

Holiday was ace by the way…

who are your LOL pals?

Do you have a couple of really old friends who know you inside out and who you really really laugh with? Here are mine. We don’t meet up often but when we do it is like we are 15 again.

Taken (with mature and classy yet huge plastic tumblers of wine for the walk home 🙂 )after a long and drunken dinner with our husbands and minus our children in August this year…