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New years Resolutions ideas

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Lose Weight and Get Fit
Quit Smoking
Clean House
Learn Something New
Eat Healthier and Diet
Get Out of Debt and Save Money
Spend More Time with Family
Travel to New Places
Be Less Stressed
Drink Less

Remembrance Day - Poppy Day

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Always remember the 5th of November; most importantly remember the 11th November.

(also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day
or Veterans Day)
is a memorial
day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the
members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty since World War I.
This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as special days for war
remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on
11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918;
hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th
month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice (”at the
11th hour” refers to the passing
of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.)

The day was specifically
dedicated by
King George V on 7
November 1919 as a day of remembrance of members of the armed forces who were
killed during World War I. This was possibly done upon the suggestion of
Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two
ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.

The red remembrance
has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the
poem “
In Flanders Fields“. These poppies bloomed
across some of the worst battlefields of
in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood
spilled in the war.

In the United Kingdom, although two minutes of silence
are observed on 11 November itself, the main observance is on the second Sunday
of November, Remembrance Sunday. Ceremonies are held at
local war memorials,
usually organized by local branches of the Royal British Legion – an association for
ex-servicemen. Typically, poppy wreaths are laid by representatives of the
Crown, the armed forces, and local civic leaders, as well as by local
organizations including ex-servicemen organizations, cadet forces,
the Scouts, Guides,
Boys’ Brigade,
St John Ambulance and the Salvation
. The start and end of the silence is often also marked by the
firing of a cannon. A minute’s or two minutes’ silence is also frequently
incorporated into church services. Further wreath-laying ceremonies are observed
at most war memorials across the UK at 11 a.m. on the 11th of November, led by
the Royal British Legion.[16]
The beginning and end of the two minutes silence is often marked in large towns
and cities by the firing of ceremonial cannon[17]
and many employers, and businesses invite their staff and customers to observe
the two minutes silence at 11:00 a.m.[18]

The First Two Minute Silence in London (11 November 1919) was reported
in the Manchester Guardian on
12 November 1919:

The first stroke of eleven produced a magical effect. The tram cars
glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead, and
the mighty-limbed dray horses hunched back upon their loads and stopped also,
seeming to do it of their own volition. Someone took off his hat, and with a
nervous hesitancy the rest of the men bowed their heads also. Here and there an
old soldier could be detected slipping unconsciously into the posture of
‘attention’. An elderly woman, not far away, wiped her eyes, and the man beside
her looked white and stern. Everyone stood very still … The hush deepened. It
had spread over the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with
a sense of audibility. It was a silence which was almost pain … And the
spirit of memory brooded over it all.[19]

The Cenotaph at Whitehall, London on Remembrance Day 2004

The main national commemoration is held at Whitehall,
in Central
, for dignitaries, the public, and ceremonial detachments from
the armed forces and civilian uniformed services such as the Merchant Navy, Her Majesty’s Coastguard, etc. Members of
the British Royal Family walk through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
towards the Cenotaph, assembling to the right of the monument to wait for Big Ben
to strike 11:00 a.m., and for the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery at Horse Guards Parade, to fire the cannon marking
the commencement of the two minutes of silence. Following this, “Last
Post” is sounded by the buglers of the Royal Marines.
“The Rouse” is then sounded by the trumpeters of the Royal Air Force,
after which wreaths are laid by the Queen and senior members of the Royal
Family attending in military uniform and then, to “Beethoven’s Funeral
March” (composed by Johann Heinrich Walch), attendees in the
following order: the Prime Minister; the
leaders of the major political parties from all parts of the United Kingdom; Commonwealth High
to London, on behalf of their respective nations; the Foreign
, on behalf of the British Dependencies; the First Sea
; the Chief of the General Staff;
the Chief of the Air Staff;
representatives of the merchant navy and Fishing Fleets and the
merchant air service. Other members of the Royal Family usually watch the
service from the balcony of the Foreign Office. The
service is generally conducted by the Bishop of
, with a choir from the Chapels Royal,
in the presence of representatives of all major faiths in the United Kingdom.
Before the marching commences, the members of the Royal Family and public sing
the national anthem before the
Royal Delegation lead out after the main service.

Members of the Reserve Forces and cadet organizations join
in with the marching, alongside volunteers from St John
, paramedics from the London Ambulance Service, and conflict
veterans from World War II, the Falklands,
Bosnia, Northern
, other past conflicts and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. The last
three British-resident veterans of World War I, Bill Stone,
, and Harry Patch, attended the 2008 ceremony but all
died in 2009. After the service, there is a parade of veterans, who also lay
wreaths at the foot of the Cenotaph as they pass, and a salute is taken by a
member of the Royal Family at Horse Guards Parade.

In the United Kingdom, Armed Forces’ Day
(formerly Veterans’ Day) is a separate commemoration, celebrated for the first
time on 27 June 2009.”

Credit wikipedia.



The Forth Bridge or Forth Railway Bridge Business marketing

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

 The Forth Bridge or Forth Railway Bridge Business marketing and associated ideas?  Talking in riddles are we? well not really rather talkingforthrailbridge more about a few thoughts I had whilst visiting the Edinburgh, Lothian and Firth of Forth region over the past few days.


We were looking out from South Queensferry over the Firth of Forth admiring the wonderful structure and design that is the Forth Rail Bridge and it made me think how the ups and downs of this bridge that was once described as the eighth wonder of the world reminded me of the trials and tribulations of business marketing, infact for a few seconds I thought I was looking at a graph showing me the peaks and troughs of business marketing!


Like the Forth Railway bridge business marketing does have its peaks and troughs or highs and lows.  Through my own personal experience to give you just one small example of where I am coming from over the years I have delivered thousands and thousands of leaflets and on occasions I have delivered a few thousand without getting much feedback what so ever (troughs) and then just as I am starting to despair and feel like forthrailbridge1throwing in the towel suddenly after a  few hundred more leaflets delivered I get a few phone calls and from those maybe four or five new clients arrive (peaks).


Anyway enough about business marketing and back to just admiring the eighth wonder of the world that is the forth Rail bridge or Forth Bridge as is its correct title, enjoy my photos and feel free to leave a comment.


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Franchise Start Up Package Free Press Release

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Dolly Char is one of the fastest growing white-collar domestic cleaning franchises in the UK today and as a direct consequencedomestic-cleaning-franchise of our current success we are proud to offer for a short period of time few franchise business start up packages absolutely free.

We just require that you are self motivated, physically fit, possess basic computing skills (ECDL), hold a full UK driving licence and have your own transport, possess man management skills alongside having a great telephone manner and above all else you are looking for a superb business opportunity then we would like to hear from you.


If you would like a no obligation discussion, please feel free to phone either Robin or Carol on 07553 344 462 or just email us with any questions you may have to


Our Free franchise business package includes:


Defined, very large exclusive territory

In-depth initial minimum two days training at our headquarters

Further training when required in your area

Quantity of marketing material

A stationery pack

Company uniform for visiting clients

Comprehensive operations manual (containing all of our trade secrets!)

DVD with all our business templates

Inclusion on our various websites

Ongoing support


From month 1 the Licence fee is a fixed amount of only £125 + vat until the end of year 1, from month 13 the Licence fee increases slightly to £175 + vat and then finally from month 25 the Licence fee is capped at just £225 + vat for a minimum of 3 years.


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Junk Mail and associated rubbish

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Junk Mail and associated rubbish what is all that about I ask myself?  Want and where is the criteria that deems that a perfectly well designed and professionally produced leaflet  should become categorised as Junk Mail.  I have personally designed and delivered my own circulars/leaflets for almost ten years, and on occasions I have had people pushlincoln-leaflet-distribution my flyer back out of the door, even had people come out of their homes ranting, raving and sweaing at me and even on a couple of occasions had them chase after me. 

Some people have signs that read please NO JUNK MAIL, but when does mail become Junk Mail?  All my leaflets advertise my business and the service that we offer and have provided successfully for almost ten years and we certainly do not class ourselves as junk or a junk business!

I suppose a perfectly legitimate well designed piece of marketing material, leaflet, circular, pamphlet or the like could be categorised as Junk Mail if the recipient doesn’t have a need for the service that is on offer. 

The big dilemma that the leaflet distributors have is that they can not read the recipients mind to know who will and who will not respond to their leaflet.  Now if the distributors could read a recipients mind prior to delivering them a leaflet then that would really revolutionise their lives and businesses and cure the Junk Mail dilemma once and for all.

What are your views on Junk Mail? 

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1 England V DeadDad 2

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

I was working behind the bar during the World Cup (in fact, the last 2 but that’s irrelevant to the story) and I was quite friendly with the regulars. Especially this one chap, Carl, who this ‘blog’ is based on.

Carl turned up to every Man Utd and England match he could, that was shown at our pub. He used to bring a tobacco tin to every England match. The tin lid was decorated with a St George design and a British Bulldog in the centre. Inside the tin was, of course, Carl’s dad. Carl made a promise to his dad that he would take him to every England match he could. This sounds quite a thoughtful thing to do but….

As the place was getting quite busy and England scored their first goal against the opposition Carl had shouted to me, ‘Double rum for m’ Dad please, Steve?’. So I hurried and plonked a double rum in front of him, took the cash and carried on with my duties… Again a big cheer and …‘Double rum for m’ Dad again please, Steve?’ So I did.

3 goals, then 4 to England then a fifth each with a double rum. Next thing I saw were flames licking the front of one of the tills where Carl is calmly sat staring at his ‘Dad’. I rushed over and asked what the hell is happening. At the same time England scored for the final time and Carl eagerly answered, ‘Nothing mate. Looks like m’ Dad needs another rum.’

I swiftly poured a large rum and passed it over, to my surprise, Carl poured this into the flames, which I saw coming out of the tin, luckily extinguishing the fire that was coming from the tin.

I then discovered that Carl’s Dad’s Ashes were in that tin. When his dad was alive he knocked back a double rum each time England scored. Carl was pouring the spirit into the tin and setting fire to it to evaporate the liquid.

This was Carl’s way of still celebrating ‘The Match’ with his old man.

Is this funny or sick?? Air your views!!!

sexy young domestic cleaning maid

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

I  have recently redesigned some my companies marketing material and on my companies business leaflets I have included a photograph of asexy young domestic cleaning maid sexy young domestic cleaning maid. The photograph covers about 25% of the front side of the leaflet. 

We have already delivered in the region of 16000 of these new business leaflets and I can honestly say that my hit rate per thousand as doubled. Is the reason for this increase the picture of the attractive cleaning maid or is it because all of a sudden people have more disposable income available to them?

My gut feeling is that it is the sexy cleaning maid more than the increase in disposable income, what are your thoughts and have you tried something similar in the past?

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Franchise arrangements are often called chain stores

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Franchise arrangements are often called chain stores.

Franchising (from the French for honesty or freedom) is a method of doing business wherein a franchisor licenses trademarks and tried and provenFranchise business methods of doing business to a franchisee in exchange for a recurring payment, and usually a percentage piece of gross sales or gross profits as well as the annual fees. Various tangibles and intangibles such as national or international advertising, training, and other support services are commonly made available by the franchisor, and may indeed be required by the franchisor, which generally requires audited books, and may subject the franchisee or the outlet to periodic and surprise spot checks. Failure of such tests typically involve non-renewal or cancellation of franchise rights.

A business operated under a franchise arrangement is often called a chain store, franchise outlet, or simply franchise

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Starting your own domestic cleaning business

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Starting your own domestic cleaning business requires a lot of research and plenty of courage.

I firstly began by researching my local area looking through newspapers and phone books to determine what competition there was around, and what they charged for their services, if they were a company or an agency? In general an agency can operate with less overheads than a company so potentially they can operate more economically and Starting a domestic cleaning businessoffer a first class service at a cost effective price for their clientele.  Also I had to determine if I were to enter into that market place then how and where would I start? What would I charge? Where would I find clients? What about cleaners?  Whichever way I turned I seemed to be putting a barrier in the way of myself with further questions and concerns.  A problem I have always had is that I am not really a gambling type of person, I had always been used to going out doing a days/weeks work and then getting paid for it, I had to change my attitude and for once take what I thought at the time was a massive gamble, in hindsight I don’t believe that it was a gamble and I still feel that I’m not the gambling type.

I decided in the end to set myself a start date and to channel my energies towards achieving that goal. I set about creating some advertising material ready for the day that I had chosen; also I decided upon a small local market town to use as a guinea pig to learn my new trade in. I got myself insured had some contract books printed and when the day finally arrived I began walking the streets spreading the word from house to house and has they say the rest is history, I have never looked back its proved to be the best decision that I ever made for myself and my family.

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Robin Harrison is the managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd. Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of the fastest growing domestic cleaning franchise companies in the UK today giving people the opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home.

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Franchise business opportunities

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Franchise business opportunities give budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to start up a business in a field of their own choosing without the usual risks that can be associated with new business start ups. 


Franchise business opportunities offer the budding entrepreneur a domestic cleaning franchise management teamgreater degree of confidence and security when setting up in business by presenting  them with a business model and recognised brand that has already been tested out and proven to be successful, unless it is a brand new franchise it will have been marketed successfully in various locations nationally already.   Often the newer franchise businesses will often offer certain extra incentives to the budding entrepreneur such as a cheaper initial franchise package fee and larger franchise territories in which to operate. 


Franchise business opportunities will usually offer the entrepreneur an exclusive area in which to market and trade their business, indepth initial training, ongoing regular support and stationary and business templates that they will require to operate, build, maintain and grow their business. 


Entrepreneurs although usually have a personal requirement to be self motivated, dedicated, regimented and above all else have an overwhelming desire and will to succeed with their new business venture.  A franchisor can only help to motivate their franchisees to a certain extent.

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Robin Harrison is the managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd. Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is one of the fastest growing domestic cleaning franchise companies in the UK today giving people the opportunity to work from the comfort of their own home.



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