Taking the Sheriff of Nottingham to the USA – Part One

The Sheriff of Nottingham Leon Unczur and his Lady
The Sheriff of Nottingham Leon Unczur and his Lady

Okay, we’re taking the Sheriff of Nottingham to the USA to see what they have to offer as the best visitor and tourist attractions in the world.

We’ll be looking at some big ones, some small ones and some obviously in-between. We’re aiming to see the very best…. But in fast forward.

The timetable is pretty grueling as you can see below, but we still have lots of flexibility and would welcome any advice as to what you think we really need to see.

Is it world class, is it the best it possibly can be and is it something we can learn from by seeing? If it is, we want to see, so all suggestions welcome.

I’ll list what is fixed on what days and I’d love you to help me shape the rest of our time.

I’ll be blogging as I go along, so hopefully, decent Internet connections allowing, you’ll see what we’re seeing very soon after we’re seeing it.

9th Sept
Arrive LA and then fixed meeting with:
John Paul Getty Museum

And possibly see from the following:
Universal Studios
California Science center
Melting Pot Tour
Hollywood Walk of Fame

10th Sept Lunchtime
Fly to San Francisco and then fixed meeting with:
Golden Gate Bridge

And possibly see from the following:
Segway Tours
Urban Safari

12th Sept AM
Fly to Seattle and then fixed meeting with
Mayor Nickels of Seattle

And possibly see from the following:
Rock N Roll Museum (definite we think)
Sci Fi Museum
Kkondike Gold Rush
Space Needle

13th Sept Lunchtime
Fly to Boston

14th Sept Lunchtime
Transfer to Plymouth for fixed meetings with:
Pilgrim Hall Museum
Plymouth Plantation

And then back into Boston PM for fixed meetings with:
USS Constitution
Sheriff Cousins of Boston

And possibly see from the following:
Freedom Trail
Newbury Street

15th Sept Lunchtime
Fly to New York and then see some of the following:
The High Line
Rockerfeller (Top of the Rocks)
Statue of Liberty/Staten Island
Ground Zero

17th Sept night
Fly home, Sleep.

Giving blood the easy way

give blood the easy way by taking the collection points where they're needed
give blood the easy way by taking the collection points where they're needed

I was in Peterborough yesterday waiting the four hours for my passport to be renewed as I’m off to the US next week and only had a few months left to run on my existing one.

Peterborough is not an easy place to spend four hours without an agenda, so I thought I would have a wander around the town.

There in the middle of a busy shopping arcade was a blood van. Not a van covered in blood, but one where you can roll up and hand over a pint or two.

I would class myself as a lapsed blood donor. I’ve given a lot over the years but because the donation centres never seem to be where I am and they seem to insist on giving you appointments at times that suit them rather than those that suit you I just got out of the habit of giving.

We all know that the opposite of love isn’t hate, its apathy, so my apathy towards giving blood must be very typical of many, many people like me. The same principles apply to any brand in any industry.

So anyway, whilst I was giving my armful of the red stuff, 25 or so people arrived at the door asking if they could give blood, only to be told that it was an appointment only session and that it was fully booked for the day. I asked what the capacity for the van was and on a good day they can collect 30-35 packs.

For there to be quite that much latent demand, to me, proves that giving blood has become a ‘spur of the moment’ decision rather than a ‘planned’ decision and as such, the business of blood collection, like any brand or organisation needs to evolve to survive and thrive.

Rather than spending fortunes on TV advertising creating a demand they can’t easily fulfil, why not mobilise a much greater proportion of their collection capacity and take their brand to the people rather than asking the people to come to them.

And, in the meantime, do something amazing – Give Blood

Thanks to UK Emergency Website for the image which is a slightly geeky collection of all of the know emergency service vehicles in the UK