Friday, 10 December 2010

Qype: eccles market hall in Manchester

Manchester - Shopping - Markets

I have been visiting Eccles Market Hall, locally known as Eccles Old Indoor Market, regularly for the last 6 months. The stall holders are friendly and willing to help you and offer a wide range of fabulous fancy goods, local produce, fashion and accessories, crafts and computer games, and tools and furnishings for your home and motor car, and a large area dedicated to all types of carpeting, laminates and wood flooring. It also has a cafe which supplies a simple but quite extensive menu.

I have bought free range chicken from the small butcher and knitting wools, cakes and of course had a coffee in the cafe.

There is so much to discover here, and the market has been looking after the community for over 50 years, that must say something.

Check out my review of eccles market hall - I am VOMnet-UK - on Qype

Wednesday, 21 July 2010


I am tidying out the office over the next few days, and just had to blog this.  Today, I found an index book in which I had started to log my personal goals and where I would like to be in 5 years time. 


Writer / publisher : well yes you could say that I do a little bit of blogging and in 2006 / 7 started writing my historical novel, with one chapter to finish, called "Flandrina's Conquest".  Also if you stay tuned you will see my serialisation of another long lost treasure here on VOMblog called "Steak and Oyster Pie".  I also know how to publish my own work without having to pay for it and going through the process of trying to find a publisher even if they would accept my style of writing and inflict the world with it.  So on the whole we are getting there ...

£20,000 per annum : sorry but I would love at least 10% of that at the moment, it would certainly solve a few financial questions.

Visits to holiday home : yeh, but mainly someone else's.

More time with the grandchildren : well they are growing up now and have their own friends.

Give more back : now this I can wholeheartedly say I am doing, as I have organised a class locally for Eastern European neighbours to teach them my own language for free and learn theirs, along with some voluntary work, and an appearance as a Calendar Girl for the Bramhall Village Calendar in aid of St Ann's Hospice.

Second home abroad for family and friends : well what do you think?

Improved marriage : I think, even though we still don't always see eye to eye on all subjects, we are friends and have learned to give each other space, and I think that is crucial to a successful marriage.

So be careful for what you wish.   It doesn't always turn out the way you would like it too, but you know along the way you learn new skills, discover the real you, and even if you do not reach your goals, you always achieve something.  It is not a crushing blow to know that I did not achieve all my goals, but I am proud of the ones that I have, and  yes, there is always the next 5 years isn't there!  I suppose the lesson in all this, is never give up!

T/as VOMnet-UK
Author of VOMblog
Tel: 0844 884 2867

Wednesday, 5 May 2010


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Have you ever had to 'start over' when you needed all your emotional and mental strength to push a project through to its end and it seems that everything is doing its best to impede your progress?

Then "Fight for this Love" and 'when it gets rough you have got to fight some more' because being successful is 'worth fighting for'.

Ring any bells? Well I am going to help you 'fight for what is right' and see it through with 10 ways to test an idea before starting to build your project and how to develop it when you take the plunge.  "Simples!"

It actually doesn't cost much to research and develop an idea as there are a lot of FREE facilities out there to help you, for instance:

1.   Get the honest view of a friend
2.   Involve a potential customer in your development work
3.   Run a Twitter / Facebook campaign to ascertain response
4.   Write an editorial using free press release websites
5.   Talk to a marketing colleague for ideas to pitch your project
6.   Create a market research form for your website
7.   Join a group or facilitate one in places such as LinkedIn or Ecademy
8.   Find out who else is promoting a similar idea and learn from it
9.   Google it and research it
10. Just do it but limit your risk

  • Use a spreadsheet to calculate how much a project is going to cost.
  • Investigate your market and build a database of contacts.
  • Research funding and how much you need to sell to break even.
  • Keep it simple.
  • Just know that you are not in this alone.
Most of all enjoy the process and when things get rough, work harder to achieve your goal.

*An idea based on "The Entrepreneur's Book of Checklists" by Robert Ashton.

T/as VOMnet-UK
Author of VOMblog
Tel: 0844 884 2867