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As usual, whenever there is some kind of excuse for festivities, we’ve held some competitions here in the office with prizes up for grabs. This year we had a fancy dress competition and a “Pimp my Pumpkin” award, with the winners getting a fistful of vouchers.
Fortunately for our fancy dress entrants, Gerry, usually the scariest sight in the building, is on holiday at the moment, and with Paul Twite also disqualified for lack of originality after entering as Nosferatu for the 12th year running (although he denies wearing a costume), the field was wide open and the standard was high.
Our winner was – skeleton Michaela (does that make her Boney M?)
Runners up were the green witch Ellie
And Sammi the Vampette
For the pumpkins, the standard was again high, with entries by Chloe, Michaela and Jude’s “Rob Balls” pumpkin taking the honours (although the pumpkin version of Rob looks considerably prettier than his real-life counterpart). Well done everybody!
Now all that remains is for the staff to munch their way through the remaining 70 gallons of pumpkin soup, and for everyone to get home safely without encountering the one spectacle which strikes fear into the heart of every Flux employee – Jules Carter without her make-up on.
Monday would have been PDA’s 41st Birthday so in memory of our good friend and colleague, the Flux staff had an additional dress down day (or dress up day, you could say.)
In a fitting tribute to the ‘Man’ himself, there was a Competition on the day with a Prize for the person who looked the most ‘Camp’!!!
I hear you all cry that its a fix and that Rob Balls is going to run away with the prize! We totally understand your concerns. So to be fair and to give everyone a fair chance of winning, Rob Balls was excluded from this contest!
After having a wander round and observing everyone the judges decided on a winner – Lloyd Geddes. Even without dressing up Lloyd still took the undisputed title of ‘The Campest of the Camp’. There’s more queen potential in his little finger (Ed: that’s not his little finger in the picture!) than Alex ‘AI’ Field bending Ashley Hewitt over in the boardroom. Congratulations to Lloyd, and a long wished for prize of pink Toni and Guy hair straighteners. He was highly excited when a 12 inch package was produced until he realised batteries weren’t required.
Lloyd was so overcome with emotion at winning that he couldn’t make the speech that he wanted, so on his behalf – thanks go to all of his friends, his colleagues and the readers of ‘Attitude’ magazine.
As the standard of campness was so high, some runners up prizes were in order.
2nd prize went to : ‘The Village Quotes People’ consisting of Steve Rush (sailor), Ashley Hewitt (cowboy), Darren Wood (Indian), Rob Aves (Builder), Gary Edgeley (cop) and Alex Field (bondage biker). After a 5 minute experience with them in the boardroom I am in need of some serious therapy………well done boys! Any volunteers for Steve to carry home a la Richard Gere/Debra Winger, please call ext 209 (look it up you young’uns)
3rd prize went to : David ‘Pimp Dogg’ Wilson who has clearly missed his calling in life – get down the docks and fulfill those dreams David!
4th prize went to : The quotes receptionists, all attired in such a way that it’s a wonder the male quotes floor staff have got any work done today.
All in all a day to remember and if PDA were looking on, he’d be proud of the efforts all of the staff made to out-camp him, even though we never got close to his standard.
We’ve started putting some of the better ones onto our Flickr, here.
I was there with a few of the other Flux staff, including the Flux Babes. Loads of the visitors were amazed when they realised that every single one of the Flux Babes works in a regular job for us, and they actually do know about insurance.
We also took some videos with various car owners, club members and other folk we met at the show, and we’ll be putting those online soon. I’ll post it here as soon as they’re ready.
If you were there, we hope you had a great time, and hope to see you next year!
If you weren’t, you missed out big time – get down there next year, or you’ll regret it.