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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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
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:


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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Win An iPhone Week 8

Can it be that there are only three iPhones left at IWOOT Towers? Well, yes. It can. So if you want to bet the one that makes it two, make sure you get involved in Week 8 – definitely the most cryptic week yet.

We want you to come up with the most ingenious riddle you possibly can and post it on our Facebook wall OR via Twitter. It’s very important that you do not answer it yourself – we want everyone to have a crack at guessing them, and no-one likes a spoil-sport so no giving them away! Entries via Twitter should have @iwootblog in the reply. Hopefully we’ll be able to solve as many as possible (no Googling!), and the most interesting, creative or original one will be sent a lovely new iPhone.

As usual we’ve got an example for you to get started:

What is yours but your friend uses more than you do?


Have a think, then head to our Facebook wall and add your own. Who knows, maybe we’ll tell you the answer later in the week. Anyway, same rules apply as ever. One entry per person, an make sure they’re in by Monday 23rd November.

Competition Terms & Conditions:

• Closing Date For this competition is 10AM on Monday 23rd 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, 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.
• 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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"Baby When The Lights Go Out…"

Us IWOOTers were forced to toil in darkness earlier today (well, it certainly wasn’t as bright as usual… and it was raining…) when our power unexpectedly went ‘pop’. Though the shock was initially overwhelming and asseverations of ‘blimey’, ‘crumbs’ and ‘oh, fiddlesticks’ were flying around the place like nobody’s business, we had to knuckle down and accept that it was someone else’s job to turn it back on.


So what did we do? We played Jenga, had a sing-song, kicked a football around, had an early lunch and generally invoked the spirit of the Blitz. What ho and all that. Who says Friday 13th is all bad?

Customer Services tune out the darkness


Just in case you’re wondering, the title is in reference to the 5ive song of the same name. Other power/electricity-related songs include Huey Lewis’ ‘The Power Of Love’ and Nelly Furtado’s ‘Turn Out The Light’.

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Pepe's Rise Continues

We’ve not quite hit the 25th package yet, so no prizes today, but we did receive another enormous amount of red rubber bands – we thank you all!

Pepe’s progress is now really gathering some momentum, as you can see from today’s picture below. He now feels a little more like a cricket ball than the rubber ball we were used to, it’s only a matter of time before he becomes football-sized…




My, how he's come on!

One person in particular sent an especially large number of bands – 427 if the letter is accurate – so super-thanks go to Tanya Embleton! Here’s her package of red rubber happiness:


Keep them coming in people, Pepe needs you to help him grow.

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Pepe Is Growing…

Thanks to the generous contributions of the general public, we’ve amassed a wealth of red rubber bands for Pepe after only one day of asking. He has officially grown in size, as you can see below:







The first package we received (special delivery, no less!) was from Julie Cole, who will receive a small token of our gratitude very soon. Maybe it will arrive bundled with other post and some more red rubber bands could be sent in… Anyway, we got a whole stack of post this morning, so there’s every chance that if your package arrives with us tomorrow you could be the lucky 25th sender and, therefore, another prize winner! Keep them coming in folks, Pepe needs you.

Here’s Julie’s letter:

Special Delivery!


Our first batch of red rubber bands looked a little like this:


And here is some Pepe hate mail we received:


Oh well. Still, we’re off and running, Pepe can only go from strength to strength!

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The Making Of IWOOT's Christmas Ad

So you’ve seen our Christmas advert, you’ve marvelled at its clear, concise, humorous message that simultaneously celebrates and debunks the very essence of a noughties festive period, and you’re wondering – “how on earth did they manage to make that happen? Elves or something?”

Luckily for you, we bribed someone to document the day as something of a memento of what was, in all honesty, super. The results are below:

Who knew it took so much effort? IWOOT’s sincere gratitude goes to everyone that made the ad possible! If you’re very unlucky, we might post some videos JimboWoot and I made on-set later this week. Cinematic masterpieces they are not.

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