Archive for April, 2011

Mr and Mrs Bukowski

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Mrs BukowskiIf you are looking for a cute but inexpensive teddy bear gift then get along to Teddy Bear Friends and buy one of these brand new Bukowski Bears. They’re full of fun and are certain to raise a smile from anyone who receives them.

Mr and Mrs Bukowski are a couple of handsome teddy bears who can be given as gifts to your husband, wife, girlfriend or boyfriend as a fun gift at any time of year or to mark a special anniversary. Send one (or both) to someone you love to remind them of you when you’re away.

Mr BukowskiBoth bears wear a full-length dressing gown made from a cream-coloured towelling fabric, together with matching slippers on their feet.

A fab tedy bear gift that is available to buy from Teddy Bear Friends.

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Olympics mascot - will you buy it?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

I was thinking about the London Olympic Games 2012. I put in my bid for tickets at about 11.30pm last night. It kept crashing but then it half-worked and I managed to pay for tickets that I’d selected about 3 weeks ago but hadn’t finished the transaction process. OK, so I should have done it earlier, but with a million and one things to do life is just so busy.

So that gives me about a 1 in 1000 chance of seeing the mens 100 metres final which will probably be the most sought after event. Or am I being a little over optimistic? Perhaps 1 in a million? Who knows?

I didn’t bother putting down anything else. I wonder if that will be the same with the other hordes who applied. Are we all applying for the same tickets and will there be loads left during the weekdays, and especially for events that are not as popular?

Anways, what Teddy Bear Friends is now thinking is will there be a soft toy mascot for the London Olympics - there’s that strange logo which took ages for me to realise it actually read 2012! I thought it was a lion or something at first. Wasn’t it supposed to be a moving logo that worked in animation? Has that idea been dropped quietly. Maybe someone should remind the PR types.

There’s always a soft toy or teddy bear mascot. But have you seen what’s been dreamed up for this event? A motley crue of the most bizarre looking things you’re ever likely to see. Take a gander at these London 2012 mascots and tell me what the heck is going on. Mandeville and Wenlock - more like power rangers who didn’t make the grade.

I guess we’ll be seeing more of these delightful characters in the months leading up to the games but I’m not sure if they’ll go ‘missing’ along with that animated logo, only to be replaced with a teddy bear wearing an Olympic logo on a t-shirt. We’ll see. And if there is, you’ll find him at that last link.

Working to Offer Customers Best Prices on Quality Gifts

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

It looks as if interest rates are to remain low for the forseeable future. Would our weakened economy be able to take increased rates as well as inflation?

Of course, either way the standard of living is slowly falling as the pound in your pocket begins to purchase less and less: as costs of pretty much all raw materials rise and speculators move more and more into commodities having messed up elsewhere and taken their profits. The growth of India and China as consumer economies will also impact on prices and the only way is up.

This has been a difficult period for many people including those who we would normally consider comfortable. If you’re unemployed then you’ll really be feeling the pressure and you have my sympathies: I’ve been there before and I know that it is one of the most awful experiences to go through. Not knowing when it will end (it will end so hang in there) and having a sense of worthlessness is no easy situation.

Even those in full employment are feeling the strain as we pay off all the credit cards and excesses of the last decade. I suppose it’s all relative and when you feel the pinch in your wallet then it doesn’t always matter to you that others are in an even worse position than yourself.

Things We’re Doing To Give You Low Prices

At Teddy Bear Friends we always strive to offer our customers the best deals on the best quality teddy bears and baby gifts. We hope that our efforts to reduce our costs are bringing benefits to our customers through lower prices on gifts of distinction. We have brought together our best offers on one webpage - click to see our teddy bear special offers and see how much money you can save.

The costs of Royal Selangor pewter have outstripped most gifts due to the skyrocketing of tin prices, but we hope that our long-term low price deal on their teddy bear bookends offers those who are looking for quality, an excellent birthday gift that will last a lifetime.

Our fantastic DEAL Of The DAY gives everyone the opportunity to buy a brilliant teddy bear from Steiff or another top brandname at a super knockdown price. We change the deal every day and all products are brand new and often showcase new editions or collectible teddy bears that you may otherwise be unable to afford.

Teddy Bear Friends - always offering quality and value

Teddy Bear Friends endorses Bing

Friday, April 1st, 2011

I was there when Google was just a buzzword - hey have you heard about this brilliant new search engine. It’s super fast, gives great results, has a clean interface and is easy to use.

I switched from AltaVista mainly although in those days of the late 1990s we had a reasonable choice including excite, Hotbot, Lycos (remember the dog), dogpile and of course Yahoo! I was never a really big fan of Yahoo! as it was created: employing a series of directories that you had to navigate. It could take a good few minutes to get a result and these were limited to those websites who were established.

Google was the new kid on the block. It was fast. It was relevant. It seemed less corporate. It was better.

Yahoo! must have thought so, they started using Google to do the search queries. Very quickly, no one bothered searching through directories anymore. Unfortunately for Yahoo!, they didn’t see the future. Should have built their own search facility (or bought out Google) but they were wedded to the easy bucks of people paying to be in a directory. Didn’t realise the opportunity cost they were missing.

Soon Google streaked past Yahoo! and became top dog. And that’s when it all started going wrong.

Google got religion

Google got all preachy. You mustn’t do this. You mustn’t do that. This is what we want. If you don’t do as we say. And of course, Google doesn’t do evil so they must be right. Hmmm. Global corporation not doing evil. Doesn’t quite ring true. Can it be real?

Google says put your hands on your head

So now Google was telling people how they should develop websites. Build links if you want to appear in our listings. You must be great if you’ve got loads of links says Google.

So the savvy guys built lots - and I mean lots - of links. Google put them at the top. What a brilliant set of results Google now had. Or did it? No, of course, it was just filled with pages of SERPs where people had gamed the engine. No normal website would get that many links so quickly.

So, Google changed the algorithm. Tweaked it a bit here, tweaked it a bit there. Each tweak, rather than taking it nearer to better results ended up taking it further from great results and concluding with a front page full of spammy links and results from the savvy guys who were now tweaking their sites as soon as Big G tweaked the algo.

Anyone without a budget of millions to throw at SEO and all it entails slipped further down the list. Websites that had had their content scraped were now ranking below the scrapers - often not even ranked at all with the scraper listed instead. So much for the quality.

Google had tied itself up in knots. On top of this the results pages jumped up and down, changing as you typed, markers and signposts added left, right and centre, cluttering up the interface - the clean interface was a distant memory. So we had rubbish results and a rubbish interface.

Google advertises Bing

Meanwhile Microsoft had bought out Yahoo and renamed Live to Bing. They had a proportion of the search but weren’t pulling up trees. And then Google shot itself in the foot. Started a debate about Bing stealing its results. Bing?? thought the general populace. Who are they? Wonder if they’re any good? Can’t find what I’m looking for with this revamped Google. I’ll give Bing a try.

And, what did those looking at Bing for the first time discover? They saw a brilliant new search engine. It’s super fast, gives great results, has a clean interface and is easy to use.

Sound familiar??

Teddy Bear Friends is endoring Bing. We don’t get paid by them. We don’t expect payment. We just want a half-decent search facility when navigating the web and now that Google has decided to move away from it’s core values, it’s time for a change. Goodbye Google, Hello Bing.