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Thursday, 5 April 2007

"When I say Ikea, thou shalt not say.."

Discounting the first two half-baked attempts to experience the Swedish megalithic shopping phenomenon that is often wryly mocked, today was my first proper Ikea retail experience.

If I were to start my own business, I would take a number of tips from them - OK, so the Milton Keynes store has only been open a year so still has that 'just opened' feel, but the showroom seems comfortable and accommodating, the breakfasts are only 95p (!) and there's a free creche which both Lenni and Chris enjoyed.

Maybe, since it was a fairly quiet morning before the Easter holiday, I have a rose-tinted perception of the experience, but we got what we needed - and nothing more (save for a couple of 39p toys for the children as souvenirs) mainly owing to Beth's excellent preparation, and only spent about half the time going against the arrows!

That's about it for the news.. there's lots going on at work, but it's either too tedious to type about or just too indiscreet. I have a few days off coming up, though, and it's going to be a busy Easter weekend - there's a Good Friday service in the morning; Saturday is Eleanor's birthday, Sunday is Easter and Monday we're finally going to pop over and see Tamara, Lenni's Godmother, who is one of the many, many of our friends and family who we simply don't see often enough!

Right.. before I go - a quick link:

  • www.solidworkspilot.com : Paper plane throwing over the internet - it's simple, but addictive. Go on - challenge me!

... and despite my best efforts, I can't avoid a couple of YouTube links (although you're going to have to click to see them, because putting the little screen things on this blog makes all the text entries look insignificant!)

  • Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip : The next big one-hit-wonder 'thing' and I first heard it over a week ago. Ooh.. finger on the pulse!
  • Classic Pebble Mill Pop 'performance' : In some ways, it's lovely to see things unravel like this, and conversely to appreciate a live band when they do bother to play on live TV (despite my colleagues at work and their poor opinion of television sound mixes!). I especially liked the 80s hair in this clip, and would encourage everyone to model themselves on it.

Happy Holy Week!

Posted by james at April 5, 2007 9:25 PM


 
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