In February 2012 a colleague was diagnosed with breast cancer and, within a month, had surgery and began a course of chemotherapy.
To say staff at Cockermouth School were shocked is a huge understatement as this colleague is the type of person who, no matter what is going on in her own life, is always thinking of others, and, no matter how busy she is at work, always finds time to listen to everyone else’s problems.
Front of the Purple Princess T-Shirt produced and donated by PomPrint for the Cockermouth ladies’ entry in their ‘Race for Life’.
Many staff have rallied (as we all do in these circumstances) and baked and cooked and offered lifts for the family. It’s not a lot but everyone feels helpless at a time like this, which is why we all decided to enter a Cockermouth School team into this year’s Race for Life. We set up a Race for Life group called Paton’s Purple Princesses (purple being our colleague’s favourite colour!) and a fundraising page, then emailed all staff asking for team members and/or donations to our fundraising page. Currently, we have 38 team members and £295 in sponsorship; this doesn’t include any money that has been raised in school, which will be added at a later date. We are grateful to everyone who has donated so far, but I’m sure we can do better. If anyone would like to make a donation to this very worthy cause, please visit our fundraising page (Click to go to link).
We must also extend our thanks to PomPrint, who have generously donated our team t-shirts; we may not be the fastest on the field but we will certainly be the smartest!
Just in case you are looking for the photos of this year’s Moonlight Prowl, it is here at last. Please click here to re-direct.
This weekend we celebrate what is undoubtedly the most important event of the year. People will be milling about dressed in Red, White and Blue; both tiaras and jewelery will be in abundance, and a party atmosphere will be evident in the streets all around town. I, amongst many, admire these people for doing what they do year in, year out, giving up their time and energy for little or no reward to themselves, but solely for the benefit of others. We, as a company, have made our small contribution to the festivities and hope that you will join us by making your own contributions to this ‘special event’. Continue reading →
One of the policies that we enthusiastically adopt at PomPrint Designs is to offer our customers a chance of bidding for our business wherever possible. This usually means that we try to use electricians, plumbers and joiners, for example, that have come to us to have their vehicles liveried up, or had their work wear embroidered with their company logos. We also like to advertise with media that supports us, such as our friends at Waves Radio in Peterhead, more about that coming soon.
When it comes to large corporations, councils, schools, charities and private individuals, however, it is not necessarily as easy to work a reciprocal arrangement. We don’t have much of a use for ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) here in Mintlaw and, despite what my colleagues tell you, I am not quite a charity case as yet!
On that note, we come to one of the ways in which our company is able to offer its assistance to these customers – ‘Charity’. Continue reading →
Just over a week ago, I gave readers of this blog a list of things to come in the near future. If you refer to this list and compare with what we have posted during the ensuing period, I’m sure that you will agree that we have very nearly completed ‘our manifesto’. In light of the aforesaid, I am producing this by way of an update to give you a taste of what is to come on this blog over the next couple of weeks.
Rock Challenge news from several schools in England and an update from Fraserburgh and Westhill as they prepare for the Dundee Scottish regional finals.
News about our support for 3 cancer charities, in Fraserburgh, Cockermouth and (now) Nottingham.
Tutorials on using the Inkscape vector graphics program to produce ‘Art Nouveau’ style borders and motifs.
More tutorials on using Gimp to produce elementary photomanipulations.
Pictures and news about one of our stock car racing customers.
More ‘Special Offers’ from Billy.
More clip art, photoclips, fonts, flags, borders and more.
Another Caption Contest, this time ‘just for fun’.
Results of the March competition, along with the winning entries.
More details about the April contest (the lottery).
Anything else that crops up during everyday life at PomPrint Designs (hopefully more local photographs if the weather holds).
In support of items 3 and 4 (above) I have put together a piece of artwork to illustrate some of the techniques that I intend to cover in the next few tutorials.
Nouveau Tabletop - click to enlarge
Here you can see that I have made up a simple curvy motif and used it to make a border and a set of mathematically-inspired ‘subjects’. I have also included the use of textures and gradient fills (on the table top) and the superimposing of one of our photoclips (a lily in this case, to give an eastern feel), complete with shadow.
Although I have had a little bit of feedback about my GIMP tutorials, mainly about the way they were written and presented, I have yet to hear from anyone who has used them successfully. Please contribute if you can!! This site is specifically designed for all its members to share ideas and resources.
Believe it or not, this blog is not a random collection of posts about whatever takes my fancy, interspersed with Billy’s offers and customer feedback, but is actually planned a few weeks in advance. (Hard to believe, I know, but true none the less)!
By way of proof, if proof were needed, here is a list of what is coming up over the next few weeks:- Continue reading →