Having posted a long rant about Freelancer.com, I have just won another project via the site today. This time it’s a 1000 word article, again on the subject of cosmetic surgery, for a e-book on anti-ageing. Looking forward to hearing more about it!
Further to my post on Wednesday about the joys of Freecycle, I thought I’d share with you an amusing little anecdote regarding a Freecycle advert that I responded to the other day…
Ad (Fri 12th Feb 2010): OFFER: Swivel wheeled office chair
Fully functional swivel office chair with arms. Upholstery needs minor attention. Rest of chair is excellent. Black frame, muted red and grey fabric.
Me (Tues 16th Feb):
Hi I was wondering if the office chair is still available? I am going to start working from home and need to set up a home office. This would be a great start. My boyfriend can pick up tonight (Tuesday) or Thursday.
Thanks, Lisa 🙂
Freakcycler (Thurs 18th Feb):
Pardon that I’ve not responded until now. A “moving-house” tornado has rather overtaken us, but at the last minute we decided to keep the office chair, and the shredder is gone. The truth is that I would strongly suggest that you get a cross-cut shredder. The strip- cut variety is not only rather insecure, but the actual strips are very bulky, and do not pack well at all.
Sorry for the delay in responding. We’ve moved into a house and BT has just told us it would cost over 10,000 pounds to get a phone connection!!! There are no connections remaining in the small village we are in, and we would need to pay to run a cable to the nearest exchange, 5 miles away. We’ve found an Internet Cafe about 6 miles away…. Ooops!
[Notes: I didn’t even mention the shredder – I guess he had another ad on Freecycle. Why is he giving me advice on shredders? Why is he telling me his life story? Why does he call himself “MidAtlantian”?!]
Me (Thurs 18th Feb):
Thank you for your very detailed response. I have now got another office chair from someone else on Freecycle, so it’s not a problem that you decided to keep yours. Enjoy swivelling on it.
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I’m a big fan of Freecycle and it’s UK-run counterpart Freegle. Freecycle, an American organisation, was set up in 2003 by one man who thought it would be a cool idea to see if anyone wanted his old stuff, in exchange for other people’s stuff. It worked. Now, Freecycle, which is run through a Yahoo! groups message board system, has thousands of local groups all over the world, comprising millions of members. The aim is simple: advertise your unwanted belongings to save them from going to landfill. There are local variations of the rules, but the common theme among them is that you must offer your goods for free – no strings attached.
Some Freecycle groups in the UK had a barney with the US organisers and decided to split from them in 2006, renaming themselves Freegle. I’m not really sure what the beef was – they look pretty similar to me! – but the aims are the same: to recycle unwanted possessions, for free.
As the boy Tom and I are soon to be moving in together, we’ve become ever so slightly obsessed with Freecycling. The house in Bidford-on-Avon we’re moving to is completely unfurnished and because we’re both coming from fully-furnished rented accommodation, we haven’t got much to fill a two bedroom house (not unless you include my clothes, anyway…)! Momma and Poppa Benj have kindly offered to buy us a mattress, so we won’t be sleeping on the floor, and Mummy Martin has kindly donated her old sofa to our cause, but apart from that and a bookcase that I bought from Ikea a few years ago, we have nothing.
We’re not moving for 3 weeks yet, but we’ve already started the Great Freecycle Hunt. So far we’ve managed to bag ourselves a TV unit, microwave, small chest of drawers and an office chair (very important as I will be working from home) – it’s a start! We could still do with a fridge/freezer, washing machine, desk, wardrobes, more drawers and other miscellaneous knick-knacks, but there’s plenty of time yet, and Ikea is just down the road if we need it!
Don’t worry, I’m not just taking from Freecycle – I’ll be sure to give things back. I know that there are vast amounts of trash under my bed and in my cupboards, so when I start packing up my London flat I’ll re-Freecycle them and hope that they will become another man’s (or woman’s) treasure.
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My boyfriend Tom *loves* cricket. He keeps wicket for Temple Grafton Cricket Club who are raising money to build snazzy new changing rooms. To this end, they’re holding a Race Night at Binton Social Club on Friday 26th February. Last year it was a really good night out (even if I did miss half of it owing to travelling up from London…) and this year they’ve got some excellent prizes including a batting lesson and dinner with none other than Andrew Strauss. If you’re in the area, pop on over.
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