D - 1. My future friends the beekeepers have just sent over this little video. It's making me even more excited. I'm just concerned that when I meet Dessie on Monday, he won't be walking around with subtitles under him so now I'm off to brush up on my Amharic - language skills.
Bored at work? Perfected your headstand in the loos, completed a full scale post-it note replica of Mount Rushmore and made everyone tea (twice)? Well, here's a new way to alleviate boredom/ stationery abuse. Back in March, Mr. Luke was a bit bored at work. So he sent us this picture to show us how bored he was.
We liked this idea so much we've made it into an official competition called the Big Knit Hat Tag. All you have to do to enter is take a photo of a little woolly hat (comically positioned at a distance over a person / object / building), upload it to Facebook, tag it up and maybe win yourself some smoothies.
We've already kick-started the game in the office. Here are just a few to get the ball rolling. George gets a boat on the head.
Kirsty opts for a more classic Nordic hat look.
And I also got caught out by Emma, mid-texting.
We've even made a free special kit to get you started. To bagsy one, just click here and let the tagging commence.
In preparation for my trip, I wanted to find out what people thought of the Ethiopian honey I'm going to be working on, so I organised a little taste test in the office: Amar honey vs UNC (Un-Named Competitor.) It got a bit messy in the kitchen but we have a clear winner 13 votes to 2:
Olivia's reaction says it all: she didn't really like UNC.
Is it that important to have the moisture content on the front of the label? This, along with other branding aspects, is one of the areas I'm going to look at. The beekeepers want to start selling their honey in supermarkets in Addis Abeba (and not just local markets in the North) so it's all about making sure the honey pots look as great as possible.
Last week saw a mythical battle between a unicorn and a charmed frog. The unicorn huffed his hooves, whilst the frog removed his waistcoat for the fight. Waving his butterlfy catching net in a provocative manner, the frog charged at the unicorn. He nearly caught the horn in his net, but it was magical and defied capture. He sashayed his silvery mane, and with a quick charm, won the day. Very well done to Susan Smith, the knitter of the unicorn.
And now, on to this week's hat of the week: the tag teams. Another rhyme has reared its head in knitted form, as we have the Owl and the Pussycat bobbing along Goldhawk Road.
And in the shell corner, we have an Egg and Spoon (with fully bendable openable egg top).
Will the owl end up with egg on his face, or will the pussycat claw through the shell? You can decide, here.
We've had lots of people getting in touch to say that they'd still like to take part in this year's Big Knit, and that they still have hats at home which they haven't yet sent in. Just to make sure that we get as many hats as possible, and that every knitter who wants to can get involved, we’ve decided to extend the deadline to October 29th.
To make sure that we get the hats in store on time, please can you send in any hats that you've already made, and if you want to carry on knitting then please do.
Almost a year to the day since the last official car park workout, rugby stars Dan Hipkiss (of England Leicester Tigers fame) and Tim Taylor (of Gloucester and John T's brother fame) came in to do a special rugby training session in the car park.
John T, Phillippa, Alex W, Mel, Dan P, David I and George won the session in an auction to raise money for Accounting for Africa.
Their hour long training involved a combination of smashing out some serious weights in the gym
Followed by some speed and agility training using ladders and parachutes in the car park
And then a quick game of touch rugby where they all taught Dan and Tim a few tricks (commonly known as cheating then runningawayveryfast)
Thanks so much to Dan and Tim for coming in, helping sweat money for a very worthy cause and teaching everyone to fake pose so very convincingly.