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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.



Dolly Char Franchise Annual Dinner and Franchisee Presentation

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Recently the Dolly Char Franchise Annual Dinner and Franchisee Presentation evening took place at the Admiral Rodney Hotel, Horncastle.  The event took on extra significance due to the fact that Dolly Char Ltd based in central Lincolnshire and the original Dolly Char Agency was celebrating ten successful years of trading.

The evening commenced with franchisees and guests having their photos taken upon entering the hall.  After a pre-meal drink and a group photo everyone sat down for a wonderful three course dinner at approx 7.15.  After the main course had been eaten, Magician Paul Cooke entertained each table with some of his spectacular close upnow-thats-magic magic.  At the conclusion of the meal Robin Harrison the Managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd stood up and spoke for a few minutes about his experiences and most importantly thanking everyone who had supported the event.

Unfortunately due to ill health the expected guest speakers could not attend so Mr Robert Bullard agreed at very short notice to fill the void left!  Robert did a brilliant talk for around 15 minutes on the subject of ten year cycles within business and received a deserving round of applause as he sat down.

Following Roberts talk it was time for one of the most important parts of the evening the presentation of the Dolly Char Franchisee awards.  One of the directors Carol Harrison presented the trophies after Robin Harrison first introduced each award mentioning about the criteria used for judging each award before finally announcing each of the 2011 award winners individually.

The Franchisee Award Winners for each catorgory were Best Monthly Growth Matt Duffy Edinburgh, Most improved Franchisee Phil Docherty Chesterfield, Best Franchisee Newcomer Deborah Guthrie North Lincs and finally the coveted Dolly Char (UK) Ltd Franchisee of the Year award for 2011 went to Chris Smith Eastbourne.  A special and surprise award was then presented by Carol Harrison to Robert Bullard in recognition of him having stepped in at such short notice.

With the conclusion of speeches and the presentation the rest of the evening was taken up by background music which was provided by the Deja Vu Roadshow and a Roulette and Blackjack Table with bottles of wine on offer to the most successful competitors.

At the end of the evening approx 12.00 Robin Harrison again thanked everyone and announced that next year’s event was already booked for September 1st 2012, same place same time!

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Spring Cleaning

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Have you ever wondered why we chuck the pets in the garden, open all windows and completely bottom the house?

Back in the old days of coal fires and straw matresses it was standard precedure for the housewives to clean the house from top to bottom. The idea was to wait for the winter chill to dissappear and completely freshen the house up. The housewife would clean out the fireplaces and the soot in the house created by the fires, this included the floors. walls, ceilings and furniture in all rooms.

There was often a smell which built up over the winter period due to not being able to air sheets and blankets. Spring was a chance to be able to hang out the laundry after washing and feeding through a mangle. The matresses were normally emptied, washes and refilled with fresh hay.

Jews believed that bread was a forbidden food during ‘passover’ So spring was a chance to remove every last breadcrumb from the house before passover which is in April.

Persians believed in completely bottoming the house in which they called ‘khooneh takouni’. In English ’shaking the house’. A similar tradition is the Scottish “New Year’s cleaning” on Hogmanay.

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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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.

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She is allergic to dust

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

We saw an elderly prospective client a couple of weeks ago and as is my way with the elderly and vulnerable i spend as long as it takes for them to fully understand the way that we work and how our charges are paid.


After telling me that he already had a cleaner I asked what the problem was. “She is a young lady and she is allergic to dust” funny you may think, but then he insisted on showing me allergic-to-dust-pompeiiaround and when we got to the separate toilet I opened the door and he said “she doesn’t do toilets, maybe she had a bad experience in the past” I was stuck for words and thought well here goes I’ll lift the lid, guess what? The loo was spotless, not bad for a gentleman in his late ninety’s. Anyway back to the cleaner, she was charging him £10 per hour with no insurance; he rang us up the other day and asked us to find him a cleaner, which we have so the only person not happy is his previous cleaner.

The lesson here is to go to a reputable company with insurance and not just pick a number off a notice board, you don’t know who you might end up getting!

Post kindly provided by Susan and Alan Marshall Dolly Char Bradford

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Domestic Cleaning Bradford Cleaning Service Video

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Susan and Alan Marshall who operate the Dolly Char Bradford & West Leeds domestic cleaning agencies have recently released the video below describing in depth the cleaning service that they provide locally in and around West Yorkshire.  

Dolly Char domestic cleaning agency offers the public a regular domestic cleaning service in and around the Bradford and Halifax area, with the same fully vetted and insured domestic cleaner on each visit. All Dolly Char Bradford cleaners are fully vetted and reference checked prior to them starting to clean for their domestic clients. Dolly Char Bradford offer regular weekly and fortnightly cleaning at a very reasonable price. Builders cleans, Spring cleans and one off cleans we are always pleased to quote you on. For further information please visit

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Dolly Char (UK) Ltd joins the video podcast age

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is proud to release its first video podcast.  We must thank Susan Marshall from Dolly Char Bradford for kindly accepting to be interviewed for the production of this video.

You can view the podcast also on Youtube by clicking on Franchisedirect

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Domestic cleaning agency Westminster Abraham Apaw

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Dolly Char (UK) Ltd is pleased to introduce to you our latest franchise Abraham Apaw who is now operating is own Dolly Char DomesticDomestic Cleaning Agency Westminster Abraham Apaw Cleaning Agency around the Westminster area of London.

Abraham comes from a background of accountancy but diversified into cleaning science. With his vast experience in domestic, commercial and industrial cleaning; He is professionally reliable, efficient and competent who ensures clients satisfaction as his top priority.  He has worked with several cleaning companies and blue chip clients.  He is currently an accredited member of the British Institute of Cleaning Sciences (BICs) and a member of British Chamber of Commerce.

Abraham is now proud to be the local face of the national Dolly Char domestic cleaning team and regularly meeting new Clients. He is now offering a first class domestic cleaning service in and around the Westminster area.

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