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Twitter power! The fabbity @OECD

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know sometimes I like to have a little moan. And yes, I know you're all reading that as I like to have a massive moan on Twitter. ;)

Yesterday at work I was a wee bit stressed out as I was solely in charge of the magazine, which is at the frantic last-minute, we're ridiculously-close to signing this off stage. I had pages and pages of amend notes, as well as stacks of proofs in front of me; I had copy to write (on space exploration and mountain climbing - not my two most knowledgeable subjects!), and I also had a 329 page hot-off-the-press document to read from the OECD  to update some article stats.

Now, I'm no stranger to Economics - two of my modules at University were 'Macroeconomics' and 'International Political Economy' - but after an hour of trying to find the general government net financial liabilities forecast (as a % of GDP) for 2010 for the US, Japan, the UK and the OECD total ... and not seeing it amongst the pages and pages of figures, I really was ready to cry.

So, I tweeted my frustrations. Like I do. And amazingly enough the OECD saw this and were able to explain why I couldn't find that stat (I wasn't been thick - the stat I need is in the statistical annex which won't be published until June 6th. A-ha!).

My frustration was replaced and I became very impressed with whoever looks after their Twitter account. Not only are they keeping an eye on the search queries for the OECD, they are following through and helping ordinary folk out. I say ordinary folk because the OECD, if you don't know, is an international organisation that brings together governments of various states committed to democracy and the market economy ... funnily enough, I'm neither a government member nor an economic player, other than my heavy contribution to the retail sector, that is. ;)

For me, this was an amazing and brilliant use of Twitter by an organisation that doesn't necessarily have to bother with everyday moaners like myself. Instances like this one is why I love Twitter - when people and companies get it right, it truly is an amazing thing to be a part of. Brilliant. {^_^} xoxo

EDIT 31/05/10 - Received this tweet today. Seriously. Impressed. Even more so than before.

And the winners are...

Am slightly late in choosing my latest giveaway winners, but I have finally done so!

Drum roll, please!

Congratulations to Han for winning Polly William's How to be Married. And to Helen for winning Tess Stimson's What's Yours is Mine! Hope you enjoy your books!

Make sure you all watch out for future giveaways, and keep an eye on my Twitter feed - I sometimes randomly give books away on there, too. Have a gorgeous day, Treacles. x

Dublin, April 2010

I'm slightly late blogging about my trip to Dublin last weekend, but it's been a manic week, and I honestly didn't think I'd even get to fly to Dublin with the volcanic ash cloud (linked in case you've been living in a cave and didn't notice the lack of planes in the sky/haven't seen the news).

My trip started out well when the girls at the Aer Lingus desk told me they liked my style (shame I wasn't fly long-haul - they'd have *so* upgraded me). Despite never flying budget before, I was pleasantly surprised; picking up a gorgeous tweed Suzy Smith bag for a mere £27.60 (should have been £70) may have helped matters. 

The weather was gorgeous when I arrived in Dublin, so I quickly dumped my bag at the Global Internet CafĂ© (€3.95 for the day) and went to explore. I ended up catching some rays in the garden behind Dublin Castle, before going on a tour there and buying my obligatory souvenir thimble. The tour was worth it just so I could get some background on Dublin, though I was mortified, like always, when our lovely tour guide started telling us about the Irish War of Independence. It does get very embarrassing to be constantly told by others about the consequences of Britain's Empire days.

After this, I tried to find the Leprechaun Museum... and failed. Leprechauns were soon out of my mind though as it was time to meet friends and have cocktails. We went to Spy Club, which has an eclectic crowd. I tried a Black Velvet there, a disgusting mixture of champagne and Guinness, but at least it meant my obligatory "have a Guinness in Ireland" was drunk! After that we grabbed some Mexican food at Acapulco, which was tasty, but it's no Salsa Mexicana!

Saturday morning was spent at the Botanic Gardens (free, and lovely), The National Wax Museum Plus (over-priced, so give it a miss), wandering around Trinity College (pretty), before lunch at Pygmalion in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (I had amazing bangers and mash there). We then spent the afternoon shopping. Dublin is good for shopping, but the exchange rate makes it pretty expensive for us Brits. I did, however, pick up a cute dress from Carousel (previously Sabotage, it's on Exchequer Street) for only €19, as well as some fabbity sunglasses.

The evening was spent enjoying cocktails at Ron Blacks, before dinner at Saba. Saba is an amazing award-winning Thai-Vietnamese restaurant, and despite us booking at the start of April, the only slot that was available for us was half past 9. It's worth eating late to eat there though.

So, that was Dublin. I flew back on Sunday, and it was lovely to catch up with friends and tick off another country. Now, all I have to decide is where I'm jetting off to next! Any suggestions? x

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