World Blood Donor Day


Since it’s World Blood Donation Day/National Blood Week, and I missed the blood mobiles last time they were in work, I’ve been trying to find somewhere to drop off my 38th armful. Unfortunately I can’t make it to any of the other local sessions, and so far I haven’t been able to find out when I can next have a nice cup of tea and a sit down at work. I’ve been to the Southampton Blood Centre in the past but I need to find out if you can still donate there.

Anyway, to keep them stocked up until I can next make it, it would be amazing if someone reading this donated blood for the first time. If anyone is crazy enough willing to volunteer and wants to leave a comment, I have a cunning plan for a suitable prize. (Based on previous competitions here, I wouldn’t get too excited about the prize!)

Photo © Leo Reynolds (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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And the winner is…


The heated competition for a once in a lifetime opportunity to receive a postcard from Hursley has been won with a last minute entry of an impressive 6807 miles!

Congratulations Martin, the postcard will be on its way from this marvellous antique letter box the next time I walk past it!

hursley-postbox

Commiserations to everyone else who entered:

  • The prize for first entry goes to Jo
  • Pete’s promise of an entry from Antarctica which never arrived!
  • Wooden spoon goes to Nick for not being any further from Hursley than Jo!
  • Wearing the yellow jersey for most of the race was Kelly
  • Andy, who had plenty of time to travel somewhere remote, but didn’t
  • It could have been the winning entry, unfortunately Richard couldn’t hang on in New Zealand long enough
  • And of course Martin with his dramatic last minute entry

Thank you to everyone who took part; you made the competition far more successful than I was expecting!

(The judges decision is final!)

Competition time!


No idea whether this is going to work but I have a postcard of Hursley which I bought on some strange impulse recently. I don’t even send postcards when I’m on holiday usually, and I have no idea who would want one of Hursley…

hursley-postcard

…so, here’s the plan: this amazing swag (ok it’s just a postcard but it’s very rare!) is up for grabs. To win, just leave a comment below, and the comment from the furthest away wins. Simple; no need to buy anything, or annoy people with daft hashtags on Twitter!

I’ll even post it from the Hursley post office.