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Events. Balloon, Magic, Etc / Care & Share dates for 2008
« on: March 25, 2008, 03:22:46 PM »
Here are the dates for those wanting to come along to the fundays,
more details can be found through the link,
http://sempertexballoons.co.uk/index.ph ... are%20Days
but confirmed dates so far for this year are,

Leeds, Tuesday 29th April
Birmingham, Thursday 1st May
Ashford, Wednesday 21st May
Mildenhall, Wednesday 18th June
Darlington, Tuesday 15th July
Manchester Thursday 17th July
Northampton Wed 22nd Oct

Graham Lee

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The "Star" Interview / Re: The Interview
« on: March 25, 2008, 03:17:31 PM »
For someone who is starting out with balloon modelling.

Just go slowly with what you learn and whatever you make, please just make it well.
So that it stays in shape, in proportion & does not untwist.
Then move on to the next model, when people come to the care & share days they
try & take in too much. Dont forget there is always tomorrow.

Expand the buisness.

You cant beat the personal touch, adverts do a job but to actually meet people &
show them what you can do with balloons will speak more than a 1000 words ever can.
Balloons are so tactile, people cant help but want to touch & hold onto them.
They then want to take them home with your phone number & contact details.

Graham Lee

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Balloon Chit Chat / Re: cow boy and idians
« on: March 25, 2008, 11:22:04 AM »
No I'ts the old one, been out about a year.
Here's the link,
http://sempertexballoons.co.uk/index.ph ... ent=9&pg=1
Hopefully the new one on flowers will be out shortly.

Graham Lee

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The "Star" Interview / Re: The Interview
« on: March 25, 2008, 08:56:17 AM »
Yes I like busking, but what I do is not traditional busking.
About 2/3 times a year in the school holidays I'll go to my local high street twisting the balloons and charging set fees,
so technically I'm a trader/vendor.
If you let joe public choose what to give you you'd end up with coppers, in my experience.
I usually go for about 4 hours & hope to get 75 but the good thing is that it's a PR exercise
as when I get home people generally ring for a birthday party.

Graham Lee

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Balloon Chit Chat / Re: cow boy and idians
« on: March 25, 2008, 08:47:37 AM »
Yes the horse I was thinking of is a little like that but with a full 260 into a figure of 8 for the ears
and a tail that is braided with a 260 as well. Must see if I can resize my pictures.
The instructions for the firing gun just happen to be on my DVD. ;)

Graham Lee

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Balloon Chit Chat / Re: cow boy and idians
« on: March 24, 2008, 11:27:23 PM »
I have a nice rideable horse, when we work out how to re size the pictures will try & post
or hopefully one of the others on the forum who come to the care & share days will have photo's already to load.
What about a basic gun that fires, the boys love these.

Graham Lee

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The "Star" Interview / Re: The Interview
« on: March 24, 2008, 09:12:45 PM »
Right here we go, apologies to those that already know the story, will try not to bore you to death, but when I get going?
I started the care & share days after my friend David Grist died in Jan 2005.
David & I always talked about how there were things going on in America & Europe for the twisters but nothing in the UK,
we always talked about starting something but never did.
Then in 2005 David died from cancer, so I decided it was time for someone to get off there backside & do something, so I did.
Having started to promote the day I needed a venue & supplies, so approached qualatex about whether they would like to sponsor the day.
They offered to supply a venue & product for people to try till the end of the year with I think about 4/5 days booked for 2005.
The days really took off from day one and as usual off I went in June to TMJ in Belgium where Leo who runs this convention said he had someone that would like to talk with me, that person was Oswald Loewy, otherwise known as Mr Sempertex who owns the company. He had heard about the days & wanted to get involved in some way and would like me to represent Sempertex in the UK, what an offer!
I explained that I had a verbal agreement with qualatex to the end of the year but after that we could see what happens.
I think it was in September/October that qualatex told me they were not interested in sponsoring the days in 2006 so I got in contact with Oswald & asked him to send over some samples, off I went very naively to a three day nurses convention in Scotland where I had to twist for eight hours a day with only Sempertex balloons with me, although I must admit I did have the qualatex balloons in the car as standby just in case.
Well the days went very well, no problems with the balloons; they were excellent and stood up to the test & the qualatex balloons stayed in the car.
The only problem I had at the convention was that someone stole my three portfolio books, amazing can you believe they walked off with all my pictures,
I nearly had to go into therapy over it.
So Sempertex told me what was on offer, I asked them to put it in writing which came within a few days and I signed in November 2005 to promote them for the next three years starting 2006.
Well the funny thing is that a few days after signing, qualatex were back in touch with me saying they had changed there minds and would now like to sponsor the days again, well to say the s-h-i-t hit the fan would be an understatement.
The days I think have gone from strength to strength & the rest is history, so that’s about it and how I travelled over to the dark side.
Should I get on my soap box telling you about how good Sempertex balloons are,
I think not because that’s for you to find out.

Graham Lee

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Welcome / Re: Hello from Bournemouth
« on: March 24, 2008, 06:05:53 PM »
Sounds very interesting,  is it with TGI friday's?
It's good to get out in the real world to see the reactions from joe public.

Graham Lee

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Balloon Chit Chat / Re: great video
« on: March 24, 2008, 06:02:01 PM »
That's Addi Somekh who travelled the world with a photographer friend called Charlie Eckert,
they have a fantastic balloon book which is called balloon hat. Well worth getting, they have some
amazing pictures with people wearing balloon hats in some very strange locations.
If you go to the link above he has quite a few films on you tube which are very interesting & revealing :lol:
Have met Addi A few times at TMJ & he's a very nice man who plays a fantastic balloon guitar.

Graham Lee

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Welcome / Re: Hello from Bournemouth
« on: March 24, 2008, 11:04:55 AM »
Hi Norm

Welcome to the site that will hopefully grow before your very eyes?
With luck anyway.
How often each week do you work in the themed restuarants?

Graham Lee

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Picture Gallery / Re: Dave from wiltshire
« on: March 24, 2008, 10:50:50 AM »
Seems a very big picture & poor quality,
no doubt someone will tell me where I'm going wrong?

Graham Lee

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Picture Gallery / Re: Dave from wiltshire
« on: March 24, 2008, 10:49:11 AM »
Attempting to download or is it upload a picture.
Fingers crossed.

Graham Lee

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Picture Gallery / Re: Dave from wiltshire
« on: March 24, 2008, 10:15:30 AM »
Wim,
I'm just going to try to download & re size some pictures,
hopefully I'll be back soon with the knowledge to up load the photo's.
Fingers crossed.

Graham Lee

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Welcome / Re: Hello
« on: March 23, 2008, 08:22:22 PM »
Welcome to the site,
what care & share day are you planning on coming too?

Graham Lee

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Welcome / Re: Welcome
« on: March 23, 2008, 12:42:57 PM »
Perhaps we should put all the sections on the Introduction page,
would make it nice & simply for me :D  :D
Just a thought.

Graham Lee

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