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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2008, 12:26:41 PM »
Tony

You can try this site it seems a good deal *Insurance*
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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2008, 01:57:02 PM »
I can't recomend joining equity enough.

from the website  "an artist who usually does short term paid engagements or gigs (clubs, festivals, street, pubs, children's entertainment, cabaret, storytelling etc) you need to have evidence of four of these within the last 12 months, plus one forthcoming engagement"

The cost is about £110 for a year.

You get a lot more than just insurance.

Danny  ;)
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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2008, 02:03:49 PM »
For those of you that have Equity membership / insurance could I just ask what kind of things you can get cover for?  I know they would cover me for my face painting and balloons but would they cover me for the mini-makeover parties that I do and is there an option for employers liability insurance?

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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2008, 04:34:57 PM »
Hi Yvonne,

I think they do cover you for other activities you do relating to your performing work. So when I teach clown workshops I am covered too.

I'm not sure about employers liability cover. Check out their website for further info or give them a ring in the new year. They are very friendly and helpful as they are on our side.


Have a great 2009

Danny
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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2008, 05:07:31 PM »
Cheers Danny I think I will do that.  Although to be fair my current insurance (through FACE) does not expire until April I think.  Actually does anyone know if it covers equipment either?

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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2009, 12:22:40 AM »
Hi Yvonne

I think you will find your Face insurance covers you for balloons and your make overparties

Pam
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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2009, 10:42:49 AM »
Bonny et al,

Would you mind either posting a picture of the bow and arrow you mentioned or telling me where I can find instructions for it?

Thanks,
Martin.
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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2009, 03:12:30 PM »
Here you go Martin:
http://www.balloonhq.com/photos/db/comp ... 36731&pics

I'm not sure if this link will work, but it's a pic of Andrew holding the bow and arrow:
http://www.balloonhq.com/photos/db/comp ... p?id=33689
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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2009, 07:27:16 PM »
Thanks Bonnie!

I did a few of these yesterday... only challenge was the repeated requests for replacement arrows. :lol:
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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #24 on: January 11, 2009, 09:05:02 PM »
*Bump*

any other hints for beginners?

or  questions from beginners?

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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #25 on: January 11, 2009, 11:36:28 PM »
Yes. Where do you buy round balloons from? Tesco do mixed bags (round and 5" sausages) at 2p each. The Internet suppliers seem to be charging three times that amount. Is there any difference?

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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2009, 08:57:49 AM »
Hi Henry,

I get mine from Up Up and Away, or Balloons To Go. I find that they have the right sizes of balloons I need and I can be fussy with the colours as they have the full range. I suspect that round balloons at Tesco would be inferior quality to Qualatex/Sempertex ones.

It depends what you use them for and in what quantity.

I hope this helps,

Danny   8-)
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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2009, 10:12:48 AM »
Kent Balloons are quite reasonable too and have a full range - the service is good too although their website is a bit basic it may be worth a look http://http://www.kentballoons.com/
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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2009, 11:20:48 AM »
I am sure Graham supplies round balloons and if you are using sempertex twisting balloons they will match in colour.

The balloons that are sold in the shops maybe cheaper but they are usually of a lower quality latex so you will find they burst more on inflation (if you are planning on fillingthem with helium read the label the float time is always shorter) and the neck on the retail market balloons compared to decorator and entertainer balloons you will find a lot shorter ( as with some other cheaper balloons) - be careful you could rip your fingers to bits with them, trying to tie them.

Pam
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Re: Topic of the month January 2009 - Getting Started
« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2009, 11:25:53 PM »
It would be interesting to see a comparison test with the various balloons. One to test actual performance. Anyone know of such tests that have been done anywhere?

Henry
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