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Jäger bombs, Jäger bombs, Jäger all the way! Oh what fun, they are to drink, at your work’s Christmas party!

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Right, well we’re almost there, presents have been bought, wrapped and carefully placed under the tree (or in my case they are sitting in the Amazon delivery depot – please come tomorrow!), everyone’s done their big Christmas food shop and on Saturday the logistics of family members arriving from all four corners of the globe begin so that we can all eat, drink and be merry on Sunday.

As you can see from the pictures we had an excellent time at our Christmas party at The Eastbury on Friday. Plenty of mulled wine helped along the festivities, and by mulled wine I mean shots of Sambuka and Jäger bombs!

All that’s left to do is leave you with some Christmas jokes from the team…

Merry Christmas from Positive PR

Joanne ……….

What is never hungry at Christmas?

The turkey – he is always stuffed.


What is Santa’s favourite pizza?
Answer: One that’s deep pan, crisp and even.

Katie …….

What did Adam say to his girlfriend on December 24th?

It’s Christmas! Eve


Knock Knock…………Who’s there?
Mary………..Mary who? ……………….Mary Christmas!


What do elves learn in school?

The Elf-abet!


Mum, Can I have a dog for Christmas?
No, you can have turkey like everyone else!


What do you call a reindeer wearing ear muffs?
Anything you want. He can’t hear you!


Why was Santa’s little helper depressed?
Because he had low elf esteem.

James …

What do you call a group of chess fanatics bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?
Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!

(Saving the best until last!!)

December 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

To Yorkshire or not to Yorkshire. That is the question…..

In the words of Johnny Mathis, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Sherborne. Twinkly Christmas trees have gone up all around the town, there’s a nativity scene in the Conduit. Father Christmas is probably picking the lint off his red suit as I write for his guest appearance at the Post Office.

Meanwhile, food as ever is the main topic of conversation in the office. Having successfully pulled off her special roast potatoes in Fussels Fine Food rapeseed oil, Katie is now intent on mastering the next thing on her Christmas Day menu  – Yorkshire Puddings. Eh, I hear you cry (or at least that’s what I did). Yorkshire puds on Christmas Day? Whatever next: mint sauce and turkey? Apple sauce and turkey? Surely this Yorkshire delicacy should be reserved for roast beef alone.

Well, it seems like I’m in the minority. A quick straw poll of the office showed that Yorkshire puds had their place at the Christmas dinner table as much as roast potatoes, pigs in blankets and Brussel sprouts. Shaken as I am by this news, I can see the logic – it is a roast when all is said and done, and if you like a Yorkshire pudding, tradition should be swept aside in the name of progress. Joanne’s from Leeds so it should stand to reason that Yorkshires would feature on her Christmas Day menu but while she says she doesn’t serve them herself, she knows many, many people who do. But it doesn’t sit easily with me. What do you reckon? To Yorkshire or not to Yorkshire? That is the question….

P.S….Great to see that London Unattached loved the samples we arranged – click here for their last Minute 12 Day Christmas Shopping Guide


December 13, 2011 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

Stretch that streaky

Amid all the festive talk in the office about making our own mincemeat for mince pies (Hollie) and whether chestnuts are a good idea with brussel sprouts (Katie – soon to give Nigella a run for her money in the kitchen), there is also the question of whether you should wrap your turkey in bacon for Christmas. Delia says yes, and we’re right behind her (as we are on most things).

The idea is that the bacon acts like a snug little scarf, wrapping it up and sealing in the moisture, so the turkey meat is juicy, succulent and melt-in-the-mouth instead of dry, cardboardy and reminiscent of a cream-cracker-eating contest. Nickie, our resident Denhay bacon expert, contends that it has to be the right bacon, though – none of your flabby back bacon that leaks water and foam and is beloved of motorway caffs; only the best salt-cured streaky will do. And it’s worth paying a little bit more for the decent stuff like Denhay’s Spoiltpig. After all, it is Christmas Day. You’ve worked hard all year. Spoil yourself – be a spoilt pig.

You’ll also need a bit left over for your pigs in blankets. A little goes a long way because the tip is to stretch that streaky as far as you can without breaking it before wrapping it around your stubby little chipolatas. And back on the subject of making your own mincemeat for mince pies as Hollie plans to do this Christmas, I’ve heard that for lesser mortals an almost similar homemade effect can be achieved by sloshing a bit of sherry and some toasted almonds into a shop-bought jar. Not as impressive as saying you made it yourself, but a touch more impressive than saying it came straight off the shelves of your local supermarket, untouched by human hand. I, for one, might be giving that a whirl when the mince pie season descends upon us.


November 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

Abbie has been working with Rod and Ben’s on some exciting new projects including a little link up with Joules (a clothing brand that Abbie loves!) on their facebook page.  Rod and Ben’s offered up a veggie box to one lucky winner – all entrants had to do was describe how they got their little ones to eat their greens.  The winner, Ali Kennedy, creates a little Farm Yard scene for her children with the veg – as you can see in the pic. Ali loves making the little scenes so much she has even started doing it for herself!!

This weekend we welcomed Alex Mead, Editor of Food & Travel down to Dorset.  Iain Hemming, owner of Thyme & Tides deli in Stockbridge took Alex under his wing as part of his (soon to be launched) Deli Academy. Iain has all the experience and know-how to help people that would like to run their own deli bring their plans to fruition – and if there are more  fantastic delis like Thyme & Tides dotted around the country that’s no bad thing!

I made my directorial debut down in Blandford for Badger on Friday. It’s a short film on the development of the new brewery and it has received rave reviews so far (albeit only from Nickie!). I had considered showcasing it at Sundance Film Festival or even Cannes………. but in the end I just popped it up on the Badger YouTube channel!!


February 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm Leave a comment

On Monday, bright and early, Katie and Joanne were up with Chomette at the NEC in Birmingham for the 2011 Spring Fair (everything you can imagine including home, kitchen, gift and all manner of gorgeous things). It was the first time that Chomette had shown Rösle (the beautifully crafted kitchen tool and gadget brand), including 12 brand new innovative kitchen gadgets – all of which Katie and Joanne were desperate to take home for their kitchens!

In the afternoon the trade press and retailers were invited onto the stand for champagne and things to dip, and to discover more about the new products – Joanne and Katie then spent the remainder of their time taking in as much of the show as they could. They managed to see four halls worth of products but there were 20 halls in all!

Just last week Nickie was on her own expedition with Badger Beer.  She was on hand as an assistant artistic director (or so she seems to think!) on a photo shoot in Shoreditch. They got some great shots with photographer Gareth Morgan, even though they were all sipping mulled Badger Beer first thing in the morning! After a long day taking photos they ended up in The Hoxton drinking Martinis – so it wasn’t all hard work!

At the start of last year we helped with the launch of Salcombe Harbour Hotel and after a full year’s successful business things are really starting to take off.  It’s a beautiful corner of the world and journalists who have stayed there seem to agree. Along with the editor of Coast Magazine coming to visit, this week there is a great review in the Star and Express series, and even the Irish Times has picked up on what a great job the Hotel has done since re-opening…. In February Half Term children stay for free – so take a look if you need a last minute escape.

February 11, 2011 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

The Royal seal of approval…

Here at PPR – we all know that Denhay bacon is fit for a king (well at least the heir to the throne!) but finally it has been confirmed. Denhay has been granted a Royal Warrant, to HRH The Prince of Wales – the first time that His Royal Highness has granted a Royal Warrant to bacon curers.

Even Chris Evans thought it was a great story – Moira Stewart used the headline in her daily competition with Jonny Saunders (to see who picks the best of the day’s news) and Chris decided that the Denhay story was the best, so it won her a well earned point!

Not quite a Royal seal of approval but still a pretty big vindication – Kate Cater from the Guardian made Dorset Cereals’ Marmalade Granola her ‘Buy of the Day’ – Dorset Cereals are in fact giving away 288 boxes of the yummy stuff – so if you fancy trying it for yourself just click here.

The competition to find the Deli of the Year 2011 – the delicatessen with more ‘deli attitude’ than any other – is being run for a second year by Olives Et Al. If you think you know where the best deli in the country is, don’t miss your chance to vote.  Last year OEA received thousands of entries and the winners had to go through a rigorous judging process to win – in fact Joanne was one of the judges – and I can confirm that she is very hard to please when it comes to good food!


February 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

The gloves are off

Country Homes & Interiors is a real favourite in the office and in February’s addition there is a beautiful feature on Southcombe Gloves.  Abbie has been working with Caroline and David Southcombe for a little over six months and along with the guys from Country Homes & Interiors, she has fallen in love with the business.  They are fifth generation glove makers and as you can see they make the most incredible handmade leather gloves.  Click here for more on Southcombe or pick up Country Homes & Interiors for the full story.

Briony recently started work with The Horn of Plenty, a beautiful hotel in Tavistock, Devon. After one meeting Briony was so taken with the place that she couldn’t resist booking herself a little break!  As well as being set in five acres of spectacular gardens and wild orchards, they have an incredibly talented Head Chef, Stuart Downie and he has created a fabulous menu for their award-winning restaurant. Last week he even shared some of his closely guarded secrets in a Westcountry Life Feature!

As well as press activity Briony, Joanne and I have been working on a good deal of copywriting already this year. Between us we have written over 15 brochures for park homes and hotels in the past few weeks.  After writing about all these lovely places to stay, we all feel like getting away for a little break ourselves


January 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

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