Monthly Archives: September 2010

Marketing bollocks

How insecure do you need to be about a product to want to display the FULL specification on the bike itself? It amazed me seeing this yesterday. What were they thinking?

You might want to skip the images. Added to make a point!

Hotel living

I enjoy my job and I enjoy the travel. It is, however about time that people recognised that work travel is not a holiday, and while for some, hotels are rare and fun, for others they are tiresome and impersonal.

It is three nights now in a 4 star spa resort in Austria. It would be good if the pretty one was here, but she is off having fun. This isn’t a winge, just saying like it is. Imagine everytime you wanted a drink having to pay a service charge or not being able to prepare your own food. God, Germanic (see what I did) food is SO salty. Tastes of nothing else. English food was bland, we addresses it and have fantastic eateries and a real selection of worldwide cuisines. Germanic countries just add salt. Salty stodge! I am so looking forwards to my kitchen and cooking a good Thai Green Curry tomorrow. Tesco is delivering food just after lunchtime and coriander and lemongrass were top of the list!

Back to the hotel, there are some advantages. The gym was pretty good (and as a spa hotel the old people left it to me) and swimming everyday must be good for you. The trade show was dead today, so settled down to do the things you can’t do on a pda overlooking the lobby. That is he photo I share.

On way home now (literally) on a tiny plane (a Dash 8 400 geeks) with a fat person sticking their knees into my back through the seat! I don’t think they found he gym in the hotel by the looks of it.

Bike & Trimm

I am at another trade show. This one though is a bit different. It is smaller and more intimate. Aimed exclusively at Austrian shops, it is the first time that I have been here. Actually, this represents a different approach. I am concentrating on my customers for gains, rather than previously concentrating on opening new markets. Even the best customers have a lot of unexploited potential so simply talking to their sales people, or even just being there helps. My life over the next couple of months will see me doing a lot of this. Pleasant in some ways, as there is no-one missing me at home. On the other hand it can feel a little stagnant, and I am back to my personal hate of eating junk and salty crap while traveling. Hard to avoid in German as I am sure any non-German agrees.

Not ridden a bike now for nearly a month. 😦


So I have started writing again. Things with work are good, and The Pretty One has left me (albeit only for 6 months). That means I will have a little more time on my hands (perhaps).

Just on my way to Salzburg for a bike show. Flew there yesterday, realised I was a day early, so got on the train to Munich. A friend has just moved there (well a town to the north) so stayed with him and his good lady wife last night.

Right now, I am sat on an ICE at 90mph (high speed German train) heading back to Salzburg.

More to follow……..