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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
London
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:

Sick.

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!

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It really does deserve a close-up:

EVEN MORE AMAZING.

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

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Well done everyone!

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Review a Product By Tuesday and Win £150 of IWOOT Vouchers!

Have you bought something from IWOOT in the last month? If you did, then why not write a review and stand a chance of winning some serious spending money for your next visit? We’ve got a £50 voucher for the best written review, a £75 voucher for the best photo review and a whopping £150 voucher for the best video review submitted before the 24th (that’s this Tuesday!).

Normally the voucher for the video review of the month stands at a still-hefty £100, but we thought we’d celebrate our brand spanking new review system with a little extra, just cos we’re nice like that.

Just think – you could spend £9.99 on a Hexbug, upload a super-duper video review and then buy another fifteen Hexbugs to go with it. You’ll probably want to spend it on something else, but we’ll leave that up to you. You never know when a Hexbug army might come in handy.

Anyway, the main thing to remember is that you could end up with up to £150 in IWOOT vouchers if you get your product reviews in by the 24th. Get typing/photographing/videoing!

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Pepe's Progress

As you can see, Pepe is now something of a minor giant, stalking the IWOOT office with the ease and demeanour of a jungle cat. It’s all thanks to you, generous blog readers and rubber band senders – we are truly touched by your dedication to Pepe’s cause.

The tail-end of last week saw a mammoth package containing a reported 427 elastic bands (as detailed here) and, truth be told, it was this behemoth that saw Pepe truly take off. As things stand currently, we’re wrapping each band around only once rather than twice or three times. That’s how serious things are getting.

Day 4

Of course, we still need more, so keep them coming in:

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

If yours is the 25th, 50th or 75th package we receive then you’ll win a small token of our gratitude, so make sure you include your postal and email address along with your phone number. We’re getting there, folks!

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And The Winner Is… (Week 7)

As you may have read on our Facebook wall, this week’s decision was another difficult one. Some entries were just unfeasibly cute or funny or weird, but we opted for one that ended up ticking all three of those boxes. We got a great response this week on a particularly tasking challenge (apparently getting cats to stay still when they’re dressed up is a bit tricky – who knew?), so well done to everyone who had a go, we’ve now got a thoroughly strange gallery of dressed pets.

Someone has to win, though, so we’d like to congratulate Elliott D’Alvarez on dressing his rabbit as Super Mario:

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How cool is that?!

We were also impressed by these two, amazing efforts all round!

Lianne Johnson (SNAILS?!)

Sarah Cank

There are only three iPhones left, so make sure you get your thinking caps on for this week’s competition too.

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