Marketing Tips

2012 was a pretty huge year here in the UK – with the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics and the Euro football (soccer) tournament… But none of this could hold a candle, or an Olympic Torch even to the awesomeness that is the annual Celebrating Cromford village festival. “What on Gods green Earth does that have to do with Marketing?” I hear you ask. Well, read on and you will find out via my 12 Kick-Ass Marketing Lessons From Al’s Tea Shoppe… Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and have not heard of this huge festival – probably … Read The Full Article …

Water (aka Why You Should Drink More H2O)

I reckon it’s fair to say that a lot of us take this ‘free raw material’ for granted… Can you imagine a world without water? It wouldn’t be very nice, would it? …but access to good, clean, drinkable water is a privilege and don’t you forget it – and a privilege to relatively few people if you look across the globe. Drinking More Water Drinking more water is definitely a good idea. How many calories? Zero. Well, there you go then. Did you know that often when we feel hungry, it’s actually our body craving water. At least if you … Read The Full Article …

Untitled – Afraid I Can’t Tell You This One In The Title…

Why all of the mystery all of a sudden? Well, it’s not that exciting but has something to do with the way I thought about writing this post. You’ll see soon enough and will probably work it out before I tell you. I’ll shortly be going on holiday – skiing if you must know – and I intend to take about 200 books with me. At least 200. Even though I’m certain I will have very little time to do any reading at all (our skiing holidays are quite exciting you see). “How will you fit all of those books … Read The Full Article …

Parking: Why You Should Look for Free Parking

Most major towns and cities have restrictions around parking, whether yellow lines or paid parking bays or controlled zones, it’s often difficult to find parking. However, there is often free parking not so far away if you know where to look. It’s worth spending a bit of time to find out where these free spaces are, sometimes you may have to walk a bit further to get to and from your car (which is good for you!) but these places do exist and when you find them, there’s no more worrying about rushing back to your car in time before … Read The Full Article …

Give and Take Days

Ever heard of a ‘Give and Take Day‘? No? Neither had I. Until we went to one. We’ve now been to two of these, the most recent one took place at our local church here in Cromford. We turned up, deposited a number of items we were ‘giving’ on one of the tables then proceeded, with the kids to look through all of the other items laid out on various tables which were free for us to take. You heard me – free for us to take – anything we wanted and as much as we wanted. At first this … Read The Full Article …

Bargains

Do you like a good bargain? These days the shops seem to be teeming with bargains. Happy days, right? Well, I have to admit I do love a bargain myself just as much as the next man. Scratch that. I probably like a bargain more than the next man. I really do love getting a bargain. But not just any old bargains. One thing I have to remember – and I would urge you to remember too, is that if it’s something you really weren’t looking for, don’t really need or want (even if it looks nice and sparks a … Read The Full Article …