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My Toaster

  • Posted by howies
  • 30 October 2008



We have had our toaster for years. We bought it when we sold up in London as a treat. Right from day one, it never quite worked properly. It would toast the one side a fraction quicker than the other side. I donÕt know why, but it just did. But we soon learnt its ways. We just had to keep our wits about us.

The best technique we learned was to flip the toast half way through. Of course, there were some mornings when I would be day-dreaming, busy doing other stuff, or just plain forget. Needless to say the smell of burning toast would be no stranger to our house.

I should have taken it back. I should have complained. And now it is too late. But people don't complain, as a rule. I don't why that is. Maybe, we are a bit shy around stuff like that. But the sad thing is that when I go to buy a replacement one day, it won't be from the same company. That toaster might have been a rogue one, a blip. And maybe they would have loved to know my problem. Maybe, I should have given them the chance to put it right.

So the reason to write this is to ask you if there is anything that we have done that bugs you. Like a button falling off, like something shrinking, like a fit not being quite right. You know those small things that just niggle you. And stay on niggling you. Well, I would love to hear them. So we can put them right. If we are to build a great company, we need you to complain.

So go on, let us have it.


Live The Life You Love

  • Posted by howies
  • 30 October 2008


Sometime last year, a guy called Tom asked to have a placement. We said yeah, come on down. He rode down from North Wales to West Wales on his bike. Then he pitched up his tent and slept in a field close by.

We liked him and his energy. We invited back for the summer. He brought his tent and slept in the woods for the whole summer. We couldn't help but admire the guy. The only job we had for him was working in the warehouse. It wasn't his thing, we knew that. He knew that, too. And as much as he loved howies, he couldn't stick it. He loved being outdoors too much. So he got a job working with the local canoe company. (He would still carry on working for us 1 day a week) To an outdoors guy, the river held more attractions than a cold warehouse. Who could blame him.

He came on the Go Wales Tour with us. To cut a long story short, he ended up taking his bike on the top of the van one night and riding down the front of it. The result was he broke the windscreen of the van.

Like most of the things he did this summer, I wish I had done that.


  • Posted by howies
  • 30 October 2008


Better than paracetomol.
Better than alka-seltzer.
Better than pepto bismol.
Better than black coffee.
Better than mint tea.
Better than a greasy fry-up.
Better than pints of water.
Better than going back to bed.
Better than more booze.

Take 1 in water.
Repeat as necessary.
If symptoms persist consult
your doctor.

Tenby South Beach, Sunday 11am
The best hangover cure in Wales.

Reset Yourself

  • Posted by howies
  • 30 October 2008


We are creatures of habit.
Of routine.
We are all in our own groove.
So try new. Try different. Try crazy. 
Try unexpected.
Like punk? Try opera.
Wear black? Try white.
Love bubbles? Try still.
Speak Spanish? Learn Chinese.
Love to ride? Try running.
Always grumpy? Try happy.
Like science fiction? Try romance.
Never cook? Bake some bread. 
Forever cynical? Try love. Try Trust. Try hope.
Take a different route to work.
Say yes when you mean no.
Wear your watch on the other hand.

Leave the comfort zone. 

1 Percenters

  • Posted by howies
  • 30 October 2008


They are the activists.
The difficult sods.
The awkward ones.

Those who don't toe the corporate line.
Those who ask questions.
Why? How come? Says who? 

Those who don't take things at face value.
Who don't bend in front of popular opinion.
Who put their body on the line for their beliefs.
Who see the big picture when we see 
only tomorrow.

Society struggles to accept them.
Governments try to ignore them.
Big business would like to silence them. 
But they cannot be silenced, lobbied 
or bought off.

They are driven to protect this planet of ours. 
Belief is all they have. And all they need.
And they fight on all our behalfs.

Yet we will not say a thank you. 
There will be no monuments built in their name.
They will never be asked for their autograph.
We will not even know their names.

But without them who will speak for the trees? 
Who will speak for the rivers, the seas, 
the wild places? 
Who will speak for the air we all breathe?
Indeed, who'll speak on behalf of this planet 
of ours. 

Not you or I.

We have the right to remain silent.
What is worrying is our desire to do so.

(illustration Matthew Harrison)

Hope - Could you send us some

  • Posted by howies
  • 30 October 2008


The theme for the next catalogue (Spring 06) will be hope. We would love to include your thoughts on the subject.

Here are some questions just to get you thinking about it.

Who, what or where gives you hope? Was there any point in time when you had more hope than you have today? Or do you hope more now than ever before? Is there a photograph that represents hope to you? A song? A phrase? A speech? Is there a book, a film or even a t-shirt that sums it up best? Is there a particular season that fills you with hope more than any other? Is there one person on planet Earth that gives you hope above all others. Is it your Mum? Your Dad? Your children? Or someone you have never met? Could it be a single graphic image, a cheap two minute doodle, a piece of graffiti on a wall? Or something as simple as the ride in to work.

Whatever gives you hope, we'd love to know. We will put the best ones in the catalogue.

It should be an inspiring read. We hope.

Email us at [email protected]

jpegs and pdfs are a good way for us to view stuff.

We will give a credit to all those featured.

A Soundtrack for Life

  • Posted by howies
  • 30 October 2008


Music makes us bounce up and down on our beds like children.
Music gives us goose-pimples.
Music makes us feel good.
Music defines a decade.
Music changes our hairstyles and the clothes we wear.
Music labels us.
Music is our way of switching off.
Music comforts us when things aren't so good.
Music inspires us to ride faster than our talent would normally allow.

Music has been to all our birthdays.
Music touches all ages, creeds and colours.
Music goes with us to wherever we go.

Music is an industry.
Music is all powerful.
Music lifts our spirits or sells us a pair of jeans.
Music can make a bad film better.

Music is boom-boom.
Music gives us energy.
Music quickens the pulse.
Music makes plants grow faster.

Music moves us to silence.
Music witnesses our most humbling moments.
Music gets through to us in ways words just can't.
Music reminds us of people and moments in time.
Music is about those we love and those we miss with each breath we take.
Music is singing at the top of your voice and not caring about what you are singing or who is listening.

Life. Now playing.

Find your love

  • Posted by howies
  • 30 October 2008


You know that dream you carry around with you each day?
It's kinda important.
Wasn't it what you were put on planet earth to do?
They say everyone has a calling, can your still hear it?
Doesn't it eat away at you? That treadmill you are on, did it ever get too much?
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to do your thing?
Did you ever feel time was passing you by?
Just how many days have you left before your last?
Did you ever wonder about stuff like that?
Did you ask yourself 'what was stopping you?'
There is never a right time.
You will be too old. Too young. Too something or other.
When was last time you took a risk?
Did you remember how alive it made you feel?
There are no guarantees of success.
It's not called a leap of faith for nothing.
It's not too late, honest.
You might fall.

You might fly.

Own Less

  • Posted by howies
  • 30 October 2008


If you don't own the latest thing, it won't go out of date.
If you don't own much, you won't have much to lose.
If you own next to nothing,you won't worry about ending up with nothing.
If you own less than you want, you will still have more than you need.
If you spend less money on things, you can spend more time on you.
If you own less, you will value it more.
If you own only what you can carry,you will carry
less baggage around with you.

Travel light.

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