Slanket Friday

For reasons best left unknown (here’s a clue: lunchtime pint), a cloud of tiredness hangs over the Creative department this afternoon. Friday is, traditionally, a day for silliness, occasional workplace high-jinks and the odd game of catch. Don’t get us wrong, we tried that (Pepe had the throwing of a lifetime), but there’s something markedly “…sigh…” about this particular Friday.

Thankfully, working in such a well-stocked office as IWOOT Towers, there are ways to get around the problem of feeling a little sorry for yourself – we’ve gone and had a Slanket Friday. Ahh…

Slanket Friday - a new initiative brought to you by IWOOT. An tiredness.

So. Much. Better. Have a nice weekend everyone!

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We've Received Our 25th Package!

At last, after some serious elasticated anguish, we have received our 25th package of red rubber bands. A dear benefactor, Brian The Legend, saw fit to donate an absolutely colossal amount of bands to ensure Pepe’s growth remains healthy – nay, unstoppable! Brian, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and a wee gift is on its way to you.

As you can see from the picture below, the excitement of receiving so many red rubber bands was a little too much for JennaWoot to bear:

Oh, happy day!

The packages have been trickling in still, and our wall of post for Pepe now looks like this:

Pepe's Post

It stands as a testament to his popularity that such an outpouring of public support now decorates our office – well done everyone! We need more packages though, so keep sending them in! If yours is the 50th package we receive, then you’ll win a prize!

All packages should be sent to:

Pepe, Creative Department
Unit C11 Parkhall Trading Estate
40 Martell Road
SE21 8EN

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Freddie Starr Ate My Go Go Hamster

Recent reports across the papers tell us that the must-have product for the kiddy-winks this Christmas is the Go Go Hamster. A cute little thing that runs around under your feet and will keep the tiddlers happy until Boxing Day at least, it’s a massive phenomenon that looks set to make the weeks leading up to Christmas a bit of a headache for anyone with children and word ‘aaaah’ in their vocabulary.

The problem is that they’re near-impossible to get hold of. Like Buzz Lightyear and Tracy Island before them, the Go Go Hamsters are just too darn popular, with tales of pushy parents grabbing them as soon as they hit the shelves cropping up with increasing frequency this week. Heck, they even crashed the Toys R Us website.

We think we know where all those Go Go Hamsters have gone – and it’s not pretty. Remember this headline?

Freddie Star Ate My Hamster

Well, it seems that Mr Starr is up to his old tricks again. Reports have reached us (don’t ask us how, you don’t want to know) indicating that the comedian is up to his old tricks – apparently he can’t get enough of the furry little things, despite the complex wiring and electrical wizardry inside. When quizzed about the health and tastiness implications of such a technological snack, Starr could only comment: “All them wires, they’re like a pie filling to me…” as he wiped the microchips from his lips.

Things look set to get worse for Starr as his hapless PA is sent repeatedly into town to see if Tesco has had another delivery of Go Go Hamsters. There is a light at the end of the tunnel for any parents looking for a Go Go, however, as an alternative has surfaced right here at IWOOT. Just don’t tell Freddie Starr, we’re worried about what he might do.

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With a little help from our friends…

Pepe’s cause has been furthered by this tremendous gentleman, a noble and upstanding example of the Royal Mail’s loyal foot soldiers. Here he is pictured with our very own Gadget Girl In Residence, EllaWoot, handing over what seems to be a gargantuan haul of precious red rubber bands, all in aid of making Pepe as big as he possibly can be. Admire the majesty of this joining of office silliness and excellent postmen (not that Ella in some way represents office silliness, obviously):



Thank you, kind sir. Thank you.

In other news, we’ve received a slightly strange package containing a whole new DNA strand – ‘purple’.

A new breed of rubber band ball?

Apparently these are for holding asparagus together, but we think they could be some sort of strange genetic insurgence that, if made to be a part of Pepe’s structure, could be harmful to our little (but rapidly growing) friend. So, Becky Newett (who sent them in), we’re supremely grateful for the bumper pack of red ones you sent through, we’re a little nervous of our new purple friends.

WE STILL NEED RED RUBBER BANDS! The 25th, 50th and 75th packages will all receive a prize, so get posting!

Send all packages to:

Pepe, Creative Department
Unit C11 Parkhall Trading Estate
40 Martell Road
SE21 8EN

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And The Winner Is… (Week 8)

Last week’s riddles competition meant some serious head-scratching on both our and your parts, and it was great fun to try and guess as many as we could (between bouts of extremely hard work, you understand. Ahem…). There were cryptic ones, silly ones, serious ones, puzzling ones and some slightly bizarre ones, and we were impressed (again, you remarkably clever bunch of people) by so many of them that it was a real challenge to choose just one.

But choose one we did, and it was this one from Lianne Johnson:


My first is in Noise and also in Din,
my second is in Plastic but not in Tin.
My third is in Hour but not in Min, and
my forth is in Goodies but not in Sin.
My fifth is in Needle and also in Pin,
my last is in End but not in Fin
and my whole is something I’d love to Win.

No prizes for guessing the answer (we’ve only got two iPhones left, you know), but the way in which it was delivered was quite charming, we thought. Well done Lianne!

Anyone disappointed not to win should have a look at this week’s competition – we want you to show us the talent that only you can do, no matter what it is (within reason, obviously…).

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Win An iPhone Week 9

Everyone has something unique about them. Even if you think you haven’t, there’s definitely something you can do that someone else can’t, or something that you know that others don’t. Licking your elbow, reciting Pi to a thousand decimal places, juggling bananas… if you can do something, let us know!

This week, in our penultimate iPhone giveaway, we want you to show and tell us exactly what that one thing you can do is, using whatever medium you like. Make a YouTube video (like the one below), take a photo, post on our Facebook wall, inundate us with Tweets or comment on the blog – no matter which way you do it, just tell us what your individual skill is – the most interesting, funny or creative will win that coveted iPhone.

We’re going to leave this week’s brief at that – go mad and show us what you’ve got.

Competition Terms & Conditions:

• Closing Date For this competition is 10AM on Monday 30th November 2009.
• Sadly, you can only enter this competition once. (You can’t fool us, you know!)
• This competition is completely free to enter, no purchase is necessary.
• No cash alternative is available for the prize(s) offered.
• This competition is open to residents of the UK only.
• Employees of I Want One of Those and their immediate families and anyone professionally connected with the promotion are not eligible to enter this competition
• The winner will be chosen by the IWOOT team.
• The winner will be notified of their win via Facebook or Twitter or however they choose to enter, and under the name submitted on their entry. If a response to this notification is not received within 14 days, IWOOT reserves the right to randomly select another winner. In light of this, please ensure you submit an email address that you use regularly!
• No responsibility will be accepted for entries that are not received. Any obscene material submitted will be deleted and not count as an entry.
• 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.

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A disturbing turn of events…

Pepe’s Progress is, as we have previously established, pretty unstoppable. The show of public support for this red rubber band deity is second-to-none, and we, as an office, have been truly touched. Apart from Customer Services, of course. With all this positivity in mind, it is with great regret that we have to report another piece of hate-mail directed at our beloved Pepe:


We do not know who sent it, but we are taking this very seriously. The culprit is obviously just jealous of Pepe’s might and stature, and is TOTALLY LAME. What does it even mean? Send them where? Is it from the dreaded RAUL?! Are Customer Services to blame? We’re considering turning this disgusting artefact into a paper plane and lobbing it into the Thames. Tied to a brick.

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IWOOT's Children In Need Hat Competition Winner

After a day of mildly ridiculous headwear being bandied around the office, a consensus has been reached. It was decided that, due to sheer effort, interactivity, topicality and ingenuity that Cathy from Customer Services would be a worthy winner – one look at her Jedward-themed hat will surely convince even the most stony-hearted of cynics. The joy of it, people, the joy!


It really does deserve a close-up:


Here are some other notable entrants:

ElliotWoot masquerades as an extra from 'Chicago'

DebbieWoot is markedly more traditional

JennaWoot just misunderstands.

Don’t forget to keep on donating to our Just Giving page, here.

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Donate To Children In Need With IWOOT

As listeners to Terry Wogan’s breakfast show will know (and that includes me), Children In Need is tomorrow night. At IWOOT Towers we’ve decided to go all-out and do as many fun, interesting and down-right ridiculous things as we possibly can to contribute to this great cause.

As we reported yesterday, our Charity Football Match was a smashing success (partly because we won), and we’ve got whole host of things lined up across the rest of this week and next week to make us much wonga as we possibly can.

We will be doing the following in addition to our footy triumph:

  • Enforced hat-wearing
  • A swear-box in customer services (much-needed, apparently)
  • Indian Head Massages
  • Cake Sale
  • Professional portrait photos
  • A pub quiz this coming Wednesday

It’s so easy to donate – just click on the button below to go to our Just Giving page and give us what you can spare. It all goes to Children In Need, so you can be sure your money will do immeasurable good in their hands.

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IWOOT FC In Nail-Biting Charity Belter

Last night, the cream of IWOOT’s athletic contingent (the least unhealthy, in other words) took on the formidable might of Thumbs Up, one of our lovely suppliers in a charity football match for Children In Need. It goes without saying that it was a sporting encounter comparable with the big leagues, and a jolly old time was had by all at the Norbury Powerleague Centre.

The most important thing to note is that we won, 11-10, after being 4-1 and 7-2 down at certain points, so it really was a valiant effort from our own little Carlos Valderramas.


Here’s a convenient list of match facts:

  • IWOOT’s team was made up of Ben (scored 4), Sergio, Simon, Neil (scored 3), Neil and Paul (also scored 3), with lady support from Melissa, Wanessa and Jo.
  • One of our goals was an own goal from Thumbs Up. Whoopsie!
  • Simon grazed his knee quite badly (see below).
  • Ben was awarded a shiny medal for being Man Of The Match.
  • Sergio moaned before, during and after the game, and also brought a dressing gown with him for the shower.
  • Post-match, everyone went for a slap-up Mexican meal courtesy of Thumbs Up – big thanks to them for being such great sports and giving us such a good game!

Obligatory action shot

Sergio minus dressing gown

Simon, pre-knee trauma


Well done everyone!

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