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New Year's Resolutions

So you’ve polished off the last slab of Stollen and hovered up the pine needles, you’ve taken down the decorations and cancelled the subscription to the cookery channel that you drunkenly ordered on Boxing Day. Naturally, thoughts turn to the New Year and the dreaded water-cooler question – what’s your New Year’s Resolution?

Being such a self-improving bunch here at IWOOT Towers, we’ve opened up that question to the whole office and compiled some of the choicest for your perusal. We’re not all overweight, paranoid, force-feeding maniacs, honest.

 

Lee-Anne, Marketing: My New Years resolution is to stop getting parking tickets, and if I do make sure to pay them on time.

Chris, Customer Services: I have resolved to stop forcing my girlfriend to eat cheese. It’s not like I strap her down or anything, I just add it to every thing I cook!

Matt, Marketing: My new years resolution is to be “better, stronger, faster” like the Bionic Man but without the flares and with longer sideburns.

Beejal, Customer Services: Mine is to stop letting the weather affect my mood! I might as well get used to the fact I live in London and it’ll never be above 20 degrees, so yes, New Year’s Resolution is to think positive – whatever the weather!

Debbie, Customer Services: Mine is to write to my Granny more often.

Cathy, Customer Services: Apart from all the dull and necessary ones (lose 3 stone, be more motivated, get out of horrible, crippling debt etc etc bleurgh bleurgh bleurgh), to accept that it is no longer 1995 and that I am not:
a) 17
b) Going to marry James Dean Bradfield

Jenna, Creative: To die less.

Jemma, Customer Services: 1) Stop eating cake for breakfast, 2) Start treating my Kitten like a cat, not a new-born baby…I can’t help it, he’s sooooo cute! 3) Stop singing out loud when I have my earphones in on the bus…

Paula, Marketing: Mine is to buy better gifts, and to be more organised when it comes to buying presents for friends, and particularly offspring of friends. That may sounds a little sales-like considering who I work for though!

Helen, Customer Services: I’m resolving to stop making New Year’s resolutions. As you can see, I’ve not had much luck so far.

Simon, B2B: to be continuously better than JimboWoot.

James, Creative: To do a dive when I see a shark.

Ben, Customer Services: My New Year’s Resolution this year is to conquer Customer Service like no-one has before. Oh, it’s a dream. Also, to listen to London’s Heart FM for 8 hours every day. EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Oh cheer up Ben, life doesn’t get better than Heart Breakfast with Jamie and Harriet! Anyway, feel free to add your own resolutions below…

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Tattoo Sleeves Transform Folk Duo

We’re nothing if not supportive of the burgeoning folk resurgence here at IWOOT. Proof, as if it were needed (you should see the collection of Steeleye Span rarities lying around the office), comes in the shape of these great pictures from two acoustic types who call themselves ‘Men In Black’. We’re assured that it’s nothing to do with aliens and the polite face of modern hip-hop. Mid-set, possibly even mid-strum, they turned instantly from traditional folkies into biking ‘muthas’, thanks to IWOOT’s surprisingly convincing Tattoo Sleeves.

From their photographer:

“I thought you would be interested to see how amazing your tattoos look on 2 professional musicians! By professional, I mean that Paul is a Chartered Accountant and Charles is an Engineer. Together they are ‘Men In Black’ and they played last May at the Wimborne Music Festival in Dorset.

They did a costume change during their set and became ‘Men In Tattoos’. They really got into the swing of the mean and moody biker look with the tattoos.

By the way, the picture of Paul ‘Setting Up’: he hadn’t smoked a cigarette in years and thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Nice boas, lads...

Looking Mean

The guys' rendition of 'All Around My Hat' raised a few eyebrows...

Limbering up to folk out

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Advent Calendar Answers for December 24th and 25th

Last ones. Because Christmas is all done, why not kick back with some wine and, er… a robot…?

Yeah, why not. The final two products in our epic Advent Calendar competition were the Double Wine Bottle Chiller and the I Sobot. Which is obviously amazingly cool.

For the final time, here are the proper photos to exonerate us from all possible ‘IWOOT, you liars!’-type complications.

What's the point in alcohol if it's the wrong temperature?!

ROBOTS ARE TOO COOL.

Thanks for following, everyone, don’t forget to enter our Shameless Social Networking Competition!

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The Shameless Social Networking Competition

Now that you’ve had your turkey (or you’re at least planning an Olympic swimming pool full of turkey sandwiches, platters and curry for the coming week), it’s time to turn your attention to more presents. If you got a whole load of stuff you didn’t really want, then what better way to get what you really wanted than getting your mitts on a whole hamper of IWOOT products? (Clue: there isn’t one. We thought about it for ages).

So, without further ado, we’d like to unveil our absolutely Shameless Social Networking Competition! There are three ways in which you can enter this festival of transparent self-promotion:

1: Post the following utterly shameless, attention-seeking message as your Facebook status update:

“YOUR MUM… would definitely change her status to try and win a GIANT IWOOT SALE HAMPER – why don’t you? http://bit.ly/sorrymum

2: Post this message on the IWOOT Fan page wall:

“YOUR MUM… would definitely post this message to try and win a GIANT IWOOT SALE HAMPER – why don’t you? http://bit.ly/sorrymum

3: Re-tweet the following @iwootblog on your Twitter feed:

“YOUR MUM… would definitely RT to try and win a GIANT IWOOT SALE HAMPER – why don’t you? #yourmum http://bit.ly/sorrymum

As we said, it’s totally shameless. Just post that as your status, we’ll do a search for anyone with that status on Facebook and Twitter and pick the winners at random from that selection and anyone who posted the correct message on our Facebook wall. Make sure you enter before midday on December 28th 2009!


The Prizes

You may have noticed that we’ve got a tremendous sale going on at IWOOT, and that it’s made up of 75 different items. Well, you might not have noticed that, but still. We’re making up three hampers for you to win – a selection of 25 of these products has a value of about £400. Have a look at the sale pages to see what you could win. All you have to do is enter the competition as per the above and you’ll be in with a shot.


Some important terms and conditions:

• The competition closes at midday on 28th December.
• All winners will be notified on the 28th December.
• All winners will be notified by direct messaging via the Facebook or Twitter profile used to enter the competition.
• Winners must respond by midday on 30th December or another entry will be randomly picked.
• Only full and complete entries will be eligible to win.
• To win via the Facebook status update the appropriate privacy settings must be in place, please see http://www.facebook.com/help.php?page=923
• The status update competition winner will be chosen with the aid of the Facebook search function. IWOOT reserves the right to use another means of picking the winner if this is broken / withdrawn.
• This competition is completely free to enter, no purchase is necessary. NO REALLY.
• Employees of I Want One of Those, their immediate families and anyone professionally connected with the promotion are not eligible to win this competition.
• No responsibility will be accepted for entries that are not received.
• There is no cash alternative available.
• The judges’ decision is final.
• This competition is open to UK residents only.
• From time to time we may include customer comments and feedback on the site, and in our catalogue and other media. By submitting your comment you are granting us permission to publish it and, if necessary, edit it for clarity and typos. We will never publish your name in full (first name and surname initial only).

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Advent Calendar Answers for December 23rd

Well this is something of a disappointment… actually, scratch that, it’s incredible. (Only two more of these ‘jokes’, everyone. Stay with it).

Yesterday’s devilishly difficult one to spot was the Profile USB Turntable, a favourite amongst several IWOOTers.

Here’s a bigger picture to stop you writing in and complaining that it looks like another turntable we stock. It’s not.

Wicky-wicky etc.

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Grenade Tree Ornaments

It may be Christmas Eve, but there’s always room for something else on the tree, isn’t there? We can’t think of anything more deliciously strange than one of these bad boys, a mini-grenade to hang ‘pon the higher boughs of your Weihnachtsbaum. Of course, these aren’t supposed to be quite as novelty as they appear: they are a bit more of a statement than that. Designed by the good folks over at Manchester design firm Dorothy, they are a reminder that there are people somewhere not having quite such a cosy Christmas as you might be.

Well, you are looking at the IWOOT Blog on Christmas Eve, and it doesn’t get much more cosy than that. Go and have a Quality Street or something.

Festive.

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Advent Calendar Answers for December 22nd

Stop drooling! You’re supposed to be solving today’s advent calendar puzzle!

That’s right my non-vegan friends, it’s the Thorntons Chocoholic Hamper, definitely one of the best products we’ve ever received in the office for ‘testing’. Yum.

Here’s the proof (in this case, it’s not in the pudding. Shame).

Where does one begin with a selection such as this?

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December's Review of the Month Winners

It’s that time again, time for us to announce the winners of this month’s reviews competition. You’ve all come up trumps as usual and given us a shedload of barmy reviews to sift through (not an easy or quick task, we assure you), all so you might stand a chance of winning either a £50 (written), £75 (picture) or a massive £150 (video) review.

So without further ado, we’re pleased to announce that the winners are (it’s at times like these we’d kill for a drumroll sound effect)…

 

Papasken for his extremely thorough written review of the Mili Power Pack:

“Superb gadget add-on:

I was a bit sceptical when I saw this Battery Pack going so cheap. I thought it would be rubbish but being a constant user of my iPhone and having to charge it two or three times a day, urgent action was required. Hence the BP was purchased at IWOOT.

First thing I noticed was the packaging. None of the cheap plastic wrap that no one can open without a knife or scissors. No – this gadget comes in a presentable box, not unlike the iPhones to be honest. Upon opening the box and revealing the Battery Pack, it was a shock to discover how small and light it was. Even after fitting the iPhone in to it, I was still able to fit in my pocket.

I charged the gadget to full, fitted the iPhone and then proceeded to use it all day. 48 hours later the pack was displaying 25% battery left and the iPhone was still 100% full. I find that astonishing considering, I watched videos, browsed the web, read eBooks’, did crosswords, email, checked the weather, Twitter, Facebook and God knows whatever else I got up to in that time.

For a Battery Pack under £50, this is a bargain, easy to use and delivers on power.

My friends have been so impressed they are after one now :)”

Excellent emoticon use there, Papasken.

We also went for Griffo’s Shaun Of The Dead-inspired picture of the Magnote:

The Magnote in action

Sadly, no-one entered a video review this month, which means someone missed out on a whopping £150 to spend at IWOOT. Now who in their right mind would do that?! Come on Britain, let’s make videos in January, eh?

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Advent Calendar Answers for December 21st

Can we convert you to our point of view on this one? Will you change the record?!

Oh me, oh my, it’s the U-Record Music Converter. Of course.

If you don’t believe us (and you should, we know some people), then have a look here at the full-size affair:

 

 

 

Dust off your vinyls and get converting, squares!

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The Pytheas Club Atlantic Row

The Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race is, by all accounts, a bit tricky. In essence, a load of two-man boats have to row the Atlantic (from the Canary Islands to Antigua), not only enduring the swelling seas and turbulent conditions, but enduring them for about 7 weeks. So we’re extremely chuffed to be supporting out the Pytheas Club as they embark on this amazing adventure (look out for the IWOOT logo on the side of their boat, The Spirit Of Montanaro).

The Pytheas Club are Adam Rackley and James Arnold, two gung-ho outdoorsy sorts that seem to literally thrive on near-impossible challenges. They’ll be taking it in turns to row for two hours at a time each, meaning that they spend literally 12 hours a day rowing. They’ve elected to send any sponsorship money they can raise to Save The Children, so it really is important that they make it – a worthy course, we’re sure you’ll agree.

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Now, we’re a considerate bunch here at IWOOT Towers, so we’re sending them off with a few select IWOOT bits and pieces which they’ll show off proudly as they row themselves silly. We’ll keep you updated on their progress and let you see those handy products in action (we were thinking of sending them a couple of inflatable wigs, but it turns out they’ve already got lifejackets), so make sure you keep checking back.

Weather permitting, they’ll set sail (well, set oars, I suppose) on Tuesday 29th December. You can read more about The Pytheas Club here, and more about their challenge here. Good luck guys!

La Gomera, the starting point for the challenge.

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