Advent Competition

I’m only just starting to get my head around Christmas shopping, had a wonderful shopping expedition yesterday in Whitley Bay and Newcastle, so I have finally made some progress! Woo! In the run up to Christmas there’s such a lot to sort out isn’t there? It’s a very busy time – buying presents, planning menus,…

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Is your business a Flamingo or a Goose?

Last Thursday my daughter turned two. We took her to the Washington Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust to see the birds, because she loves birds. I thought she’d love the Flamingos in particular because they are pink (she likes pink), but they were really boring. They just stood about looking prawn-coloured and hauty, not living up…

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Spotlight: John Coatsworth

My mum’s just bought a fantastic book as a Christmas present for someone (someone who I hope doesn’t read this blog!) Naturally, I had to pinch it as the pictures are great! It’s by John Coatsworth and is called ‘Painting the Toon.’ John Coatsworth grew up in Byker and started drawing on huge sheets of…

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Unveiling Facebook’s New Timeline

Did you know that your profile as you know it is very soon to change to a new timeline? This is VERY different and could take some getting used to. To help you out, Whiteacres Design and Chatterbox Social Media have created a comprehensive social media workshop targeted at regular Facebook users who wish to…

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Safe Driving

You might have seen Ling on Dragons Den. If not there’s a link on her website. Ling asked me to create some safety instructions for her to use on a video and on a safety card. You can see the video on her website – you’ll need the sound on to listen to the voiceover,…

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Share a card for St Oswald’s Hospice

This years St Oswald’s Share a Card is a pretty sparkly angel, painted and glittered by two year old Imogen Donk. Isn’t it great? You can support St Oswald’s this Christmas by making a donation and sending one card instead of sending lots of individual cards to your friends, family or colleagues and help St…

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NEFollowers Online

NEfollowers Online is an online magazine which showcases and celebrates the North East. The magazine launched last week and has had lots of positive feedback so far. There will be another issue before Christmas, and then in the New Year it will be monthly – featuring section including business, places, events, people and pets. There…

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Brochure for Northern Experience Wildlife Tours

This week the brochures for Northern Experience Wildlife Tours came back from the printers. Martin is off to the Bird Fair with them today to spread the word about his holidays and short breaks in the beautiful North East countryside where with his expert help you can see spectacular wildlife including Black Grouse, Peregrine, Goshawk,…

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5 Ways your business image is like a wedding

On Friday I was at the wonderful wedding of my two friends Natalie and Gregg.  It was an absolutely fantastic day, beautiful weather, beautiful Bride (Gregg looked great too) beautiful venue, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful… I could go on, but that’s not the point of this post. A wedding takes a lot of time and effort…

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Judging a book by its cover.

Brian Cook was born in Buckinghamshire in 1910. At school he was hopeless at every subject except art. Leaving school he started work at the family business – Batsford’s, publishing books on the English countryside. As he was artistic, his job was to produce the dust jackets to wrap around the books. These had been…

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