Monday, 30 November 2009

Xmas Countdown: 25 Days . . .

Pressie idea of the day:

Electric Rotating Buffet Server

D. Ilott
Gridstop Ltd

Friday, 27 November 2009

Xmas Countdown: 28 Days . . .

Pressie Idea of the Day:

Zone 40
Interactive Wireless Gaming Console

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Xmas Countdown: 29 Days . . .

Pressie Idea of the day:

Football / Soccor Travel Pack / Kit

D. Ilott
Gridstop Ltd

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Cyber Trap . . .

It was kept very quiet. I hadn't even heard the faintest of whispers regarding this, and quite frankly I am shocked that it managed to sneak by without any mention what-so-ever! But there's no denying it, and there's certainly no escaping it! As everyday goes by, it creeps slowly closer. Never should you feel safe from it, and never should you let your guard down. It lurks around every corner, and in every shadow. Even if you think you managed to sneak by without alerting it, you will still feel shocked when it catches up with you and bites you on the . . . nose.

Yep, you guessed it! There's no escaping the dreaded Birthday Blog!!!

A very happy birthday to our very own


The big day was on the 21st (I believe) and he was the same age as mother.


I'm sure you'll join everybody at Cybercheckout in raising your glasses once again to toast belated birthday wishes to father. I hope he had a wonderful day.

And on another note, all fans of our Facebook page and twitter (yes, we are making our presence known) may have noticed that I have started a Christmas countdown and daily suggested pressie ideas for those struggling as we get closer. So, you will also see, on the bottom of every blog, this same count. I hope it comes in useful for many customers out there . . . and help to build Christmas excitement at the same time. (I know I'm getting excited!)

Xmas Countdown: 30 Days! Today's Pressie Idea: 3 in 1 Games Table

D. Ilott
Gridstop Ltd

Monday, 23 November 2009

In The Furthest Corners Of Gaa Gaa Land . . .

We've been very cozy in the office today. Beanz, the fish is a permanent resident in here (unfortunately his partner, Baked, departed from us about a month ago), and most days we are graced with the presence of Missy the dog. She usually spends her day running riot around the office, hunting for food, pleading to everyone with her big, beauful eyes, and generally doing doggy things in the only way a doggy knows best.

But today has been special. Today is a day that deserves celebration - and I'm talking BIG celebrations!

Welcome Back Sarah!!

Yes, today is Sarah's first day back from maternity leave. And not only is it Sarah's first day, but also little George's! He's been brought in for visits before now, but he hasn't had the joy of spending the entire day with us, and boy has he run amok! During the lunch hour he danced around the entire office. All my paperwork got kicked about left, right and centre! The only way to calm him was to feed him, and this was when we discovered the real persona of our Spiritual Guide. All that we knew about our Drew is a facade. He really speaks in `Goo Goo` language, and lives in the land of Gaa Gaa. Yes, yes, I know. It's shocking . . .but the proof we have here should have warned us all along time ago. This is where he likes to go and hide when he is having a bad day.

Another visit we had - something else to add to our little professional menagerie - was from two members of the Sylvanian Family. Flopsom and Jetsom (not their real names, but something that was quite fitting for the moment) were purchased from our good local pet store by our very own Beckster during the course of the day, and the fact they've already tried to make a break for it doesn't reflect on the way we work in this office.

Still, it all helps the world to revolve a little easier . . .

D. Ilott
Gridstop Ltd

Friday, 13 November 2009

Beam Me Up Halogen Oven . . .

It's true! It's official! I warned everyone in a previous blog that they were invading us, but they all just laughed in this office. No one took me seriously, and now it is too late!

There's another one among us.

Another Halogen Oven!

It's smaller, but claims to have the exact same abilities as its other. And where as the other merely beamed my pasty away, this one looks pure evil. I'm going to wake up in the middle of the night with a halogen oven just glaring at me from the corner of my room!!

I'm frightened now! I know these Ovens are a much healthier cooking option, and I know my pasty was full of fat, but I only had the one! That's no reason to hunt me!

But despite the fact that I'm running around screaming "Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me!", these ovens are worth serious consideration. They are healthy and energy efficient, and allow your food to keep its original, wonderful taste. They're friendly to the eye (they don't shoot laser beams that turn you to stone, promise), they're quick to cook, and easy to clean.

What more do you want in your kitchen . . . a robot!

D. Ilott
Gridstop Ltd

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

In Honour . . .

At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the nation stood still and donated two minutes of silence in memory of those fallen, for those who gave their lives to shape our future, and for those who are still giving their lives today.

We in the office were no different. As the handle on the clock inched ever closer to eleven o'clock we were all standing and giving our two minutes silence in honour. You'll even be surprised to hear that our very own Bexter contributed too.

I was supposed to add some humour to today's blog, like I usually do, trying to make reading it less painful than what it already is, but it's hardly surprising that my humour escapes me. Instead I've found a poem that I thought I'd share on behalf of Cybercheckout, aka Gridstop Ltd in memory.

We Shall Keep the Faith
by Moira Michael, 1918

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valour led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honour of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

D. Ilott
Gridstop Ltd

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Happy Birthday Blog . . .

The Cybercheckout aka Gridstop Ltd blog only normally graces you with its prescence three times a week but this week is an exception. Yesterday's blog was a very sad blog indeed, so today's is designed to try and cheer everybody up. We always like to break the rules when it comes to birthdays!

A Very Happy Birthday to our very own

Mother Redstone!

Yep, she's 21 today (I feel it rude to ask how old she really is . . . but 21 is a good age!)

So I'm sure you'll all join me in raising your glasses to toast a very happy birthday to Mother Redstone!

Yay . . . !!!

Except Farva . . . he may burn the kitchen down with his toast . . .

D. Ilott
Gridstop Ltd

Monday, 9 November 2009

A Remembrance Sunday to Remember . . .

Forrest McWolf

12th July 2000 to 8th November 2009

Beloved dog of Marie and Jim had been suffering from an immune system disorder for a few weeks, but even after many tests and blood transfusion, he wasn't responding to any treatment. His health deteriorated and it was decided that he wasn't strong enough to continue his fight. After a trip to the vets, he died peacefully in his mummy and daddy's arms.

Forrest will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him, but he has left us all with many happy memories and he will be forever in our hearts.

Rest in peace, my little man

x x x

Friday, 6 November 2009

To Boldly Go Where No Pastie Has Gone Before . . .

We've had some monstrous items in just recently. One of these is a halogen oven - yes, you heard right - a halogen oven!

For those who are taking the healthier route down life, this is perfect for you. It cooks via a hot halogen light at the top, and it allows you to grill, bake, steam, roast . . . and much more that I can't think of off the top of my head. It's great for those who suffer with high cholesterol too, as it reduces the amount you intake. It's very healthy and easy to use, and it cooks at lightning speed. The catchphrase is "Get that Oven taste at Microwave speed . . . "

However, I don't think cooking food is all this machine is capable of doing. The fact that it looks like a little robot from outer space instantly gave me food for thought. It conspired against me yesterday - yes, it did, I tell ya. It stole the Cornish pastie I was going to have for lunch - a Cornish pastie fresh from the Western shores - and hid it so that I couldn't get to it. The halogen light doubles as one of those `transporters` from StarTrek, and it just beamed it right off my plate!

And then it recorded a strange image of me and stored it in its database! It's obvious that it's got a photographic memory, and it stored my profile for later use. God knows what it's got in mind for me. If there are no blogs next week, you'll know where to find me. I'll be squished inside it's glass bowl. But at least I'll be reunited with my pastie.

Other than that, I imagine that it can cook up a rather good meal . . .

D. Ilott
Gridstop Ltd

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Blazing Competitions . . .

Well, as many people have asked me, the date today is the 4th of November. Tomorrow is the 5th - bonfire night. It's not as good as Halloween in my eyes, though. Being a horror writer, it is the only time of the year when I can freely let my imagination run wild without people giving me strange looks (but they still do that anyway, so why should Halloween be any different?)

But not only is tomorrow bonfire night - or Guy Fawkes - it's also the day that gives you just 10 whole days left to enter our competition. Again, rules are simple with no hard questions to answer. All you have to do is subscribe to our news letter. It's free; it's simple; and it gives you a chance of winning one of our fantastic sunrise alarm clocks! (They're great! I swear by mine)

So, go on. Go on, go on. Go on, go on, go on . . .

And on that note, I'm going to leave you with a little rhyme in celebration of Guy Fawkes:

November the 5th has come and gone,
But thoughts of it still linger.
I held a banger in my hand,
Has anybody seen my finger?

Regardless of whether you are celebrating on the 5th or at the weekend, have a safe bonfire night.

Enjoy . . .

D. Ilott
Gridstop Ltd

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Blowing Ones Own Trumpet . . .

Every now and then it's nice to flick through the `Customer Feedback` left on our website. I've blogged about it before and published some really nice comments left by customers about us. Afterwards it was rather difficult for some members of staff to fit through doors as their heads had swelled to extreme sizes. Having sat back and watched them struggle, taking amused delights from seeing them trying to squeeze through small spaces, I thought I'd give it another go. I can do with a laugh today.

Thank you! Excellent service. You deserve success with that customer service attitude.
Best of luck.

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Thank you so much for your help and efficiency - and always with such a happy voice!
Much appreciated.

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Thanks very much.
Full marks for customer service throughout. I will check your site next time I'm shopping
for anything similar.

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Your customer service is fab and I'll be recommending you over and over again !!
Thanks from a satisfied customer

Our customer service team should be proud of the level of service they provide, and believe me, they've evolved immensely over the last year or so. So many changes have happened in here, and things are running so much more efficiently now. Well done to all involved. Unfortunately we are out of trumpets now, so I can't blow it, but if you have one, please do so in our honour.

And here we have photographic evidence of our graphic ingenious paying homage to Cybercheckout. We are that great . . .

D. Ilott
Gridstop Ltd