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Plants galore Exeter – a year on

It seems ranting about the illegal activity of Plants Galore in Exeter is the most searched post of my blog.

Having dealt with various companies including a number of gardening centres when putting together media for Hospiscare’s Open Garden booklet, I have heard nothing positive come from anyone talking about Plants Galore.

If you are going for an interview there, run! Want plants that last longer than a month, go elsewhere!

I am glad I never got the job with my role now managing a team of 8 in a till recent events well respected organisation. I am making a real difference to an organisation and people’s lives. I just hope all who are looking for answers about that cesspit of a company do, no matter what it is.

Not what I asked for

Tonight I went out for dinner at the waterfront. The food was great, with a great range of yummy dishes awaiting to be eating. That us what happened though; we waited for over 20 minutes to be asked what we wanted to drink. It was different for the couple that turned up 15 minutes after us, as they were served straight away.

This was not upsetting as it just became more a game to try and catch their attention as they disappeared.

I do not like milk chocolate but I do like white chocolate. There are few desserts that I can eat because of this. So you can probably understand my excitement when I saw that there was white chocolate porfitoroles on the menu. You can probably understand my sadness when these white balls of yum came out smothered in milk chocolate sauce.

I stood my ground and asked for one not with milk chocolate and thought I had my way till I opened up the little ball… It was full of milk chocolate cream! Why call it white chocolate when 90% of the chocolate was milk!

After trying it and it being vile, I was seen by the same waitress dish push forward, and me looking like “a kid who had been told Santa had died just before Christmas” apparently. After a few minutes of trying to get me to try a another dish (making it my 3rd dessert attempt) we managed to escape, but it still annoys me.

I was so happy to see that and it was an utter disappointment and dad ending to the night.

Not only did it take forever to get served, but the waitress didn’t know what was in the dishes she was serving…

Hopefully the next resturant outing will go better!

Why people don’t take the bus

Since Friday I have somehow or another been in pain with my leg. Because I need to give it a rest I decided (and was told by Purpose) to take the bus to work and back.

Now I have seen some pretty good and bad bus services through all my travels, but every time there is a bad service (only everywhere outside of London it seems), I still can’t help but think “this is why no one rides the bus!”.

To get home today, though leaving the office at the same time, is going to take at least an hour more than walking! Now you can see why the 30 walk has been my option all week. To further put it into context, this trip, which on my push scooter take 15 minutes door to door, costs me £3.50.

I can’t help but feel revolted that because I am injured that it should take so long nor cost so much! But because of poor service, vital routes are stopped so you don’t have to take 2 buses to get every where in a small town, and costs so much.

I have seen though in the past a 10 mile journey take 2 1/2 hours and only possible in one direction, leaving me stuck!

I have had enough though! With such fantastic service in London, I just want to demand the driver take me straight home every time. I am paying enough for it to warrant a door to door service, so why not?

Why does everything have to be in London!

I have a new man, new flat and now I’m going to need ato begin the job hunt with my contract coming to an end.

This is the difficulty how now that I have met someone, finding a job near him that does design is proving to be difficult with everything in London! On alot of the creative and normal recruitment websites, all of the jobs I want are in London or near by. Even though most of the population are still scattered throughout the UK, there seems to be a focus on London in terms of new jobs.

I hope that I will be able to come across a good job near Exeter soon!

I remember wanting a job in London when I first graduated, yet now I love the ability to walk down my street on my own at night, or see beautiful views of the countryside in the distance as I walk to work. I do miss the ability to get food at any time at night, or see any show, or even randomly  getting lost in random parts of London.  Shopping in London is incredible, with the chance to buy anything you want, from rock gear to disney plushes.

I love the safety of Exeter, but wish it had more going on here than it does, a chance to go to a chippy at 7pm at night and find it open (and I am not joking here!)

So many typos!

Yesterday I launched the brand new Men’s Walk for Hospiscare with almost the whole day going off without a hitch after months of trying to plan and sort the day.

Yet there was one thing I forgot to plan for in my communication role… the frequency of typos in all the social media pieces done through the day.

With the Hospice recently getting Netspark to help with the admin of events, the plan was for the Netspark to work as the sign up section, with the registration form and payment handled. Unfortunatly due to a number of delays and illness within the office the sign up had to fall into my hands, leading to mistake number two – forgetting to change the sign up fee after testing the page worked.


When launching an event remember the following:-

1. Sort out all your social media gluff with tweetdeck before hand to automatically send out tweets and facebook messages as you make the site go live

2. Remember to change the test amount if it involves money back to the full price

3. Make sure you have a great PR person on hand (we had Mark Astley, previously editor of the Express and Echo) who can get it on the front page of certain websites and mentioned on the local radio!

4. Plan plan and plan some more!

5. Plan as if plan b is plan a, as with me it constantly appears to be the case!

6. Get all the SEO and website searching stuff up and running beforehand! Its going to take a while now before it turns up in google, bing or other search engines!

7. Except that for the next day or so you will be fixing everything you got wrong on the launch day!

and 8. most importantly of all, get a friend or collegue to check that any sign up system online works (and that you haven’t set the price by accident to £1…)

So here’s to a great event! There’s already alot of buzz and I have certainly made my mark in terms of the design, look and feel of the event!

Will you be going?


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