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Check your fluff.

“If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.” 

~ A. A. Milne

Windsor and Eton

If you fancy a wee jaunt to a pretty place, head over to Berkshire and visit Windsor and Eton.

Windsor, of course, is home to Windsor Castle - it's a tad pricey at £16.50 to get in, but that does give you entry for one year if you remember to get your ticket stamped.

Lovely. {^_^}

Now, let me get Buckingham Palace and Hampton Court Palace crossed off my list...

Shortlisted. PRCA Freelancer of the Year Award

Oh. Hi. PRCA Freelancer of the Year 2011 shortlist? Yep. There I am on it! {^_^}

Am utterly stoked and very proud to have made the shortlist for the work I did for UNICEF UK, in particular the #unicefirl campaign. Fingers crossed! x

Wahanda review: Failure to deliver. Again.

I'm no stranger to making purchases online. I've been filling up my virtual basket for half my life now, and back in March I tried my first spa deal through lastminute.com. When Wahanda grabbed my attention on Twitter shortly after that, I was keen to give them a go.

In theory, they sound brilliant. Like your Groupon or LivingSocial offers, Wahanda works on the same premise of group-buying. Because so many people are buying, you get a group discount and you get to enjoy a massage or a manicure, let's say, for a reduced price. Lovely!

My first experience with Wahanda didn't start out so well. I booked an hour long couple's Thai massage at Pho Thai in Islington for the bargainous price of £20. When I phoned up to book it however, I was told I would have to pay the full price for a massage - I'd already paid through Wahanda, but Pho Thai refused to fulfil the voucher due to its popularity... Great. Suddenly this didn't seem a hot deal. (Surely a cap should have been placed on the offer?) I contacted Wahanda for a refund, and they were perfectly nice about it - very lovely, in fact - so I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Last night we toddled off to Islington again, but this time to ZEN Health and Beauty for another couple's massage. This time round it was a bit more - £33 for an hour full-body massage, followed by a scalp massage for two people - except it didn't happen. The woman was very insistent that it was Wahanda's fault, but it just wasn't her deal on the website. She insisted that it should have been for one person and that we weren't the first couple who were led to believe it was for two. Whether it was the salon realising they weren't going to make a profit and refusing to fulfil, or whether it was a mistake on Wahanda's part, either way we had paid for one thing, but were then told that we wouldn't be getting what we paid for. Advertising Standards Authority, anyone?

So, once again I contacted Wahanda to ask for a refund not only on this treatment but on two other treatments I'd purchased but had yet tried to make those elusive appointments for. Wahanda has issued my refunds, but there has been no apology from them, other than their standard email: "Sorry it didn't work out this time, but we look forward to seeing you again soon".

Wahanda is a company that won't be getting my custom in the future, and I'd urge you to consider whether making that 50% saving today is worth the hassle of having to ask for that refund a few weeks later when you try to use your deal. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who love Wahanda, but for me they've failed to deliver twice and the lack of apology means they won't be getting a third chance.

Have you used Wahanda? x

Turtles are scary. (And Bambi is a girl.)

Thumper: I'm a mountain lion! Roar!

Bambi: I'm a... I'm a bear! Maaa!

Flower: I'm a turtle. Rrrr!

[pause]

Flower: What? Turtles are so scary.

~ Bambi
 
PS: Ronno: "Bambi? Isn't that a girl's name?" <-- Yes, yes it is. {^_^} xoxo

London Life: One Year On

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."

~ Søren Kierkegaard

Triple play: Queen

Today's triple play is in honour of Freddie, who would have been 65 today.






Oh, go on then. A triple play movie bonus... They also happen to be from three films I utterly love. *squeals* Has to be because of the Queen in them, right? {^_^}





Life of late [Photo blog]

Playing tourist in London with the family and Olly.

Eating yummy meals at Arbutus, Benares, The Ritz and Barbecoa.

Introducing Olly to the Dorset side of the family. 

Admiring cars (and getting wet) with Olly at Chelsea Auto Legends 2011.

Not to mention: Reading Festival, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Gotham City seats to see Batman Live, plus getting to grips with my new job. Life of late, Treacles? Full of Olly, and it's never been so fabbity. {^_^} HAPPY.

How are you all? xoxo

[FYI: All photos are mine, except the second restaurant set.]

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