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Jan
6

New Year's Resolutions

By admin

Ah, the post-Christmas bloat. A general sense of over-indulgence powered by excess. Too much spending, too much eating, too much TV. No wonder then that the New Year is the time to make resolutions, motivated as we are by the vague sense of guilt and the desire to make some sort of amends for having eaten one of those massive tins of Quality Street. (On your own.) (In record time.) ...

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Ah, the post-Christmas bloat. A general sense of over-indulgence powered by excess. Too much spending, too much eating, too much TV. No wonder then that the New Year is the time to make resolutions, motivated as we are by the vague sense of guilt and the desire to make some sort of amends for having eaten one of those massive tins of Quality Street. (On your own.) (In record time.)

So we say we shall make ourselves better this year. We will not sit in front of the TV for hours on end, we will not eat ‘bad’ food, we will stop drinking too much at weekends. Unlikely? Almost definitely. The problem is that resolving NOT to do something is utterly dull. No one wants to stick to a regime of abstinence, and surely this is the reason why most New Year’s Resolutions are dead in the water by the halfway through January.

So this year, why not resolve to DO something? Isn’t saying ‘yes’ to something is infinitely preferable to saying ‘no’? Instead of focusing on self-improvement, why not take crack at making things better for others? This is what the charities we support are all about- positive changes for people, animals and the environment. Giving time or money to help your favourite cause could represent a New Year’s Resolution that’s actually possible to stick to. Rewarding both in terms of knowing you’re doing something good, and also when you get to feel smug when the good intentions of your friends have long since fallen by the wayside.

And you won’t be alone! We here in the Giveacar office have some new resolutions too! The seven hundred charities that we are registered with are so diverse in terms of size and aims, and we are proud to be associated with each and every one of them. It’s great to know that every time we receive a vehicle it will go to one of these fantastic causes. With that in mind, our aim this year is to find out even more about them. Before Christmas, two of us had pleasure of visiting the Starlight Foundation, a charity that makes dreams come true for very sick children. The team there made us feel so welcome, and we learnt a lot about how they work. We hope that in 2012 we can do the same with many of the other charities that we support. After the wonderful time we had visiting Starlight, we’re sure that this will be a New Year’s Resolution that we won’t have trouble keeping.

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Ah, the post-Christmas bloat. A general sense of over-indulgence powered by excess. Too much spending, too much eating, too much TV. No wonder then that the New Year is the time to make resolutions, motivated as we are by the vague sense of guilt and the desire to make some sort of amends for having eaten one of those massive tins of Quality Street. (On your own.) (In record time.)

So we say we shall make ourselves better this year. We will not sit in front of the TV for hours on end, we will not eat ‘bad’ food, we will stop drinking too much at weekends. Unlikely? Almost definitely. The problem is that resolving NOT to do something is utterly dull. No one wants to stick to a regime of abstinence, and surely this is the reason why most New Year’s Resolutions are dead in the water by the halfway through January.

So this year, why not resolve to DO something? Isn’t saying ‘yes’ to something is infinitely preferable to saying ‘no’? Instead of focusing on self-improvement, why not take crack at making things better for others? This is what the charities we support are all about- positive changes for people, animals and the environment. Giving time or money to help your favourite cause could represent a New Year’s Resolution that’s actually possible to stick to. Rewarding both in terms of knowing you’re doing something good, and also when you get to feel smug when the good intentions of your friends have long since fallen by the wayside.

And you won’t be alone! We here in the Giveacar office have some new resolutions too! The seven hundred charities that we are registered with are so diverse in terms of size and aims, and we are proud to be associated with each and every one of them. It’s great to know that every time we receive a vehicle it will go to one of these fantastic causes.
With that in mind, our aim this year is to find out even more about them. Before Christmas, two of us had pleasure of visiting the Starlight Foundation, a charity that makes dreams come true for very sick children. The team there made us feel so welcome, and we learnt a lot about how they work. We hope that in 2012 we can do the same with many of the other charities that we support. After the wonderful time we had visiting Starlight, we’re sure that this will be a New Year’s Resolution that we won’t have trouble keeping.

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Ah, the post-Christmas bloat. A general sense of over-indulgence powered by excess. Too much spending, too much eating, too much TV. No wonder then that the New Year is the time to make resolutions, motivated as we are by the vague sense of guilt and the desire to make some sort of amends for having eaten one of those massive tins of Quality Street. (On your own.) (In record time.)

So we say we shall make ourselves better this year. We will not sit in front of the TV for hours on end, we will not eat ‘bad’ food, we will stop drinking too much at weekends. Unlikely? Almost definitely. The problem is that resolving NOT to do something is utterly dull. No one wants to stick to a regime of abstinence, and surely this is the reason why most New Year’s Resolutions are dead in the water by the halfway through January.

So this year, why not resolve to DO something? Isn’t saying ‘yes’ to something is infinitely preferable to saying ‘no’? Instead of focusing on self-improvement, why not take crack at making things better for others? This is what the charities we support are all about- positive changes for people, animals and the environment. Giving time or money to help your favourite cause could represent a New Year’s Resolution that’s actually possible to stick to. Rewarding both in terms of knowing you’re doing something good, and also when you get to feel smug when the good intentions of your friends have long since fallen by the wayside.

And you won’t be alone! We here in the Giveacar office have some new resolutions too! The seven hundred charities that we are registered with are so diverse in terms of size and aims, and we are proud to be associated with each and every one of them. It’s great to know that every time we receive a vehicle it will go to one of these fantastic causes. With that in mind, our aim this year is to find out even more about them. Before Christmas, two of us had pleasure of visiting the Starlight Foundation, a charity that makes dreams come true for very sick children. The team there made us feel so welcome, and we learnt a lot about how they work. We hope that in 2012 we can do the same with many of the other charities that we support. After the wonderful time we had visiting Starlight, we’re sure that this will be a New Year’s Resolution that we won’t have trouble keeping.

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So we say we shall make ourselves better this year. We will not sit in front of the TV for hours on end, we will not eat ‘bad’ food, we will stop drinking too much at weekends. Unlikely? Almost definitely. The problem is that resolving NOT to do something is utterly dull. No one wants to stick to a regime of abstinence, and surely this is the reason why most New Year’s Resolutions are dead in the water by the halfway through January.

So this year, why not resolve to DO something? Isn’t saying ‘yes’ to something is infinitely preferable to saying ‘no’? Instead of focusing on self-improvement, why not take crack at making things better for others? This is what the charities we support are all about- positive changes for people, animals and the environment. Giving time or money to help your favourite cause could represent a New Year’s Resolution that’s actually possible to stick to. Rewarding both in terms of knowing you’re doing something good, and also when you get to feel smug when the good intentions of your friends have long since fallen by the wayside.

And you won’t be alone! We here in the Giveacar office have some new resolutions too! The seven hundred charities that we are registered with are so diverse in terms of size and aims, and we are proud to be associated with each and every one of them. It’s great to know that every time we receive a vehicle it will go to one of these fantastic causes.
With that in mind, our aim this year is to find out even more about them. Before Christmas, two of us had pleasure of visiting the Starlight Foundation, a charity that makes dreams come true for very sick children. The team there made us feel so welcome, and we learnt a lot about how they work. We hope that in 2012 we can do the same with many of the other charities that we support. After the wonderful time we had visiting Starlight, we’re sure that this will be a New Year’s Resolution that we won’t have trouble keeping.

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Dec
5

Through the Eyes of a Commuter

By admin

I am a commuter. A proper hard-core commuter. I am one of those sleepy-eyed creatures that stumbles onto a grey train from a commuter-belt town. Beneath that ineffective and half-conscious exterior however, we commuters are ruthless masterminds when it comes to securing a seat on the busy morning service up to the capital. In the vicious competition not to be the one left standing, I suddenly become an arch-villain, capable of elbowing fragile old ladies and darling little children out of the way (if they were foolish enough to venture out at that time of the morning, that is....

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I am a commuter. A proper hard-core commuter. I am one of those sleepy-eyed creatures that stumbles onto a grey train from a commuter-belt town. Beneath that ineffective and half-conscious exterior however, we commuters are ruthless masterminds when it comes to securing a seat on the busy morning service up to the capital. In the vicious competition not to be the one left standing, I suddenly become an arch-villain, capable of elbowing fragile old ladies and darling little children out of the way (if they were foolish enough to venture out at that time of the morning, that is. Luckily, for the moment my callous attitude remains purely hypothetical).

Thoughts of dignity calmly cast out of those funny train windows, I become that person who snores, drools and snuggles up to other passengers in my quest to be well-rested by the time I get to the office. I like to think that everyone else is so numbed by the whole process of commuting that normal social mores do not apply. After nap time comes wake-up time. During the ten minutes grace between East Croydon and Clapham I put on the clubbiest music I own in an attempt to stir from my stupor. Alighting, I leg it to the connecting platform, weaving in and out of the human traffic to make it to the local train that will take me to my destination, breathing a sigh of relief as I arrive and hot-foot it out of the clamour of Putney station. Here ends my drudge of a journey.

I had a reality check the other day however when I was heading home from work. As I legged it onto the platform to make the train that was just pulling up, my attention was caught by two beautiful Labradors sat on the platform. I registered the glossy fur, the alertness; then I saw the hi-vis jackets and the message they carried: ‘I am a guide dog’. I watched as the animals efficiently led their two owners onto the train, and I suddenly realised what a breeze my commute is. There are so many scenarios in life that I couldn’t imagine being able to carry out without the gift of sight, and negotiating train stations at peak times is definitely one of them. The number of people is perilous enough when you can rely on your eyes to guide you through. A quick check of the boards asserts whether I’m going to need to run for my train, or if, yet again, it’s been delayed. Taking for granted my ability to see, I had never previously considered how hard it would be for those who are blind or partially sighted.

Thanks to their trusty friends however, those two men were able to mitigate the difficulties of London’s rush hour. Guide dogs are truly a lifeline, allowing people to carry on without their disability depriving them of their autonomy. That is why we are so proud to be supporters of charities which are involved in providing guide dogs. So much training and patience goes into making those canine companions not only pets, but small-time heroes, permitting freedom of movement for people whose independence would otherwise be compromised. Their lives don’t have to come to a standstill. It’s a shame the same can’t always be said about the trains.

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Thoughts of dignity calmly cast out of those funny train windows, I become that person who snores, drools and snuggles up to other passengers in my quest to be well-rested by the time I get to the office. I like to think that everyone else is so numbed by the whole process of commuting that normal social mores do not apply.
After nap time comes wake-up time. During the ten minutes grace between East Croydon and Clapham I put on the clubbiest music I own in an attempt to stir from my stupor. Alighting, I leg it to the connecting platform, weaving in and out of the human traffic to make it to the local train that will take me to my destination, breathing a sigh of relief as I arrive and hot-foot it out of the clamour of Putney station. Here ends my drudge of a journey.

I had a reality check the other day however when I was heading home from work. As I legged it onto the platform to make the train that was just pulling up, my attention was caught by two beautiful Labradors sat on the platform. I registered the glossy fur, the alertness; then I saw the hi-vis jackets and the message they carried: ‘I am a guide dog’. I watched as the animals efficiently led their two owners onto the train, and I suddenly realised what a breeze my commute is. There are so many scenarios in life that I couldn’t imagine being able to carry out without the gift of sight, and negotiating train stations at peak times is definitely one of them. The number of people is perilous enough when you can rely on your eyes to guide you through. A quick check of the boards asserts whether I’m going to need to run for my train, or if, yet again, it’s been delayed. Taking for granted my ability to see, I had never previously considered how hard it would be for those who are blind or partially sighted.

Thanks to their trusty friends however, those two men were able to mitigate the difficulties of London’s rush hour. Guide dogs are truly a lifeline, allowing people to carry on without their disability depriving them of their autonomy. That is why we are so proud to be supporters of charities which are involved in providing guide dogs. So much training and patience goes into making those canine companions not only pets, but small-time heroes, permitting freedom of movement for people whose independence would otherwise be compromised. Their lives don’t have to come to a standstill. It’s a shame the same can’t always be said about the trains.

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Thoughts of dignity calmly cast out of those funny train windows, I become that person who snores, drools and snuggles up to other passengers in my quest to be well-rested by the time I get to the office. I like to think that everyone else is so numbed by the whole process of commuting that normal social mores do not apply. After nap time comes wake-up time. During the ten minutes grace between East Croydon and Clapham I put on the clubbiest music I own in an attempt to stir from my stupor. Alighting, I leg it to the connecting platform, weaving in and out of the human traffic to make it to the local train that will take me to my destination, breathing a sigh of relief as I arrive and hot-foot it out of the clamour of Putney station. Here ends my drudge of a journey.

I had a reality check the other day however when I was heading home from work. As I legged it onto the platform to make the train that was just pulling up, my attention was caught by two beautiful Labradors sat on the platform. I registered the glossy fur, the alertness; then I saw the hi-vis jackets and the message they carried: ‘I am a guide dog’. I watched as the animals efficiently led their two owners onto the train, and I suddenly realised what a breeze my commute is. There are so many scenarios in life that I couldn’t imagine being able to carry out without the gift of sight, and negotiating train stations at peak times is definitely one of them. The number of people is perilous enough when you can rely on your eyes to guide you through. A quick check of the boards asserts whether I’m going to need to run for my train, or if, yet again, it’s been delayed. Taking for granted my ability to see, I had never previously considered how hard it would be for those who are blind or partially sighted.

Thanks to their trusty friends however, those two men were able to mitigate the difficulties of London’s rush hour. Guide dogs are truly a lifeline, allowing people to carry on without their disability depriving them of their autonomy. That is why we are so proud to be supporters of charities which are involved in providing guide dogs. So much training and patience goes into making those canine companions not only pets, but small-time heroes, permitting freedom of movement for people whose independence would otherwise be compromised. Their lives don’t have to come to a standstill. It’s a shame the same can’t always be said about the trains.

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Thoughts of dignity calmly cast out of those funny train windows, I become that person who snores, drools and snuggles up to other passengers in my quest to be well-rested by the time I get to the office. I like to think that everyone else is so numbed by the whole process of commuting that normal social mores do not apply.
After nap time comes wake-up time. During the ten minutes grace between East Croydon and Clapham I put on the clubbiest music I own in an attempt to stir from my stupor. Alighting, I leg it to the connecting platform, weaving in and out of the human traffic to make it to the local train that will take me to my destination, breathing a sigh of relief as I arrive and hot-foot it out of the clamour of Putney station. Here ends my drudge of a journey.

I had a reality check the other day however when I was heading home from work. As I legged it onto the platform to make the train that was just pulling up, my attention was caught by two beautiful Labradors sat on the platform. I registered the glossy fur, the alertness; then I saw the hi-vis jackets and the message they carried: ‘I am a guide dog’. I watched as the animals efficiently led their two owners onto the train, and I suddenly realised what a breeze my commute is. There are so many scenarios in life that I couldn’t imagine being able to carry out without the gift of sight, and negotiating train stations at peak times is definitely one of them. The number of people is perilous enough when you can rely on your eyes to guide you through. A quick check of the boards asserts whether I’m going to need to run for my train, or if, yet again, it’s been delayed. Taking for granted my ability to see, I had never previously considered how hard it would be for those who are blind or partially sighted.

Thanks to their trusty friends however, those two men were able to mitigate the difficulties of London’s rush hour. Guide dogs are truly a lifeline, allowing people to carry on without their disability depriving them of their autonomy. That is why we are so proud to be supporters of charities which are involved in providing guide dogs. So much training and patience goes into making those canine companions not only pets, but small-time heroes, permitting freedom of movement for people whose independence would otherwise be compromised. Their lives don’t have to come to a standstill. It’s a shame the same can’t always be said about the trains.

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Dec
2

Life in the fast lane

By admin

As any car knows that when you spend extended periods of time with a human you are bound to have some good times and some bad. Let me tell you that I have spent extended times with a Giveacar intern named Edmund. This story entitled life in the fast lane is all about my admiration for driving with Edmund...

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As any car knows that when you spend extended periods of time with a human you are bound to have some good times and some bad. Let me tell you that I have spent extended times with a Giveacar intern named Edmund. This story entitled life in the fast lane is all about my admiration for driving with Edmund

Let me start with my name which is Mr Panda Fiat. I am of Italian extraction although my steering wheel is on the left. I am less than five years old and in that time have seen much of London and have even ventured to Sussex and Wiltshire. I am not an everyday kind of guy more of a once in a while kinda of dude. My horn is not loud, my radio not clear and my boot is no spacious but I can park in any spot that is a metre long and three foot across.

I remember first being introduced to Edmund all those years ago and I knew we were going to get on. Since that time I have had the pleasure of his company on numerous trips. He will step in, adjust the driver’s seat so that it is close to the steering wheel, turn on Heart FM open the window and like that we are ready to go. The greatest pleasure is when he is at the wheel. This is because he is such a great driver and knows his way around the roads too well! When he is at the wheel I am comfortable and confident that everything is going to be ok. I know his generosity only too well and that he is only too prepared to give lifts to others.

What can I do but admit that I enjoy driving when Edmund is at the wheel? It is a pleasure and an honour to have such a kindly intern at the steering wheel. If only all the interns at Giveacar were as kind to their cars as Edmund, it would make the world a more mechanically pleasant place.

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As any car knows that when you spend extended periods of time with a human you are bound to have some good times and some bad. Let me tell you that I have spent extended times with a Giveacar intern named Edmund. This story entitled life in the fast lane is all about my admiration for driving with Edmund
Let me start with my name which is Mr Panda Fiat. I am of Italian extraction although my steering wheel is on the left. I am less than five years old and in that time have seen much of London and have even ventured to Sussex and Wiltshire. I am not an everyday kind of guy more of a once in a while kinda of dude. My horn is not loud, my radio not clear and my boot is no spacious but I can park in any spot that is a metre long and three foot across.
I remember first being introduced to Edmund all those years ago and I knew we were going to get on. Since that time I have had the pleasure of his company on numerous trips. He will step in, adjust the driver’s seat so that it is close to the steering wheel, turn on Heart FM open the window and like that we are ready to go.
The greatest pleasure is when he is at the wheel. This is because he is such a great driver and knows his way around the roads too well! When he is at the wheel I am comfortable and confident that everything is going to be ok. I know his generosity only too well and that he is only too prepared to give lifts to others.
What can I do but admit that I enjoy driving when Edmund is at the wheel? It is a pleasure and an honour to have such a kindly intern at the steering wheel. If only all the interns at Giveacar were as kind to their cars as Edmund, it would make the world a more mechanically pleasant place.

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As any car knows that when you spend extended periods of time with a human you are bound to have some good times and some bad. Let me tell you that I have spent extended times with a Giveacar intern named Edmund. This story entitled life in the fast lane is all about my admiration for driving with Edmund

Let me start with my name which is Mr Panda Fiat. I am of Italian extraction although my steering wheel is on the left. I am less than five years old and in that time have seen much of London and have even ventured to Sussex and Wiltshire. I am not an everyday kind of guy more of a once in a while kinda of dude. My horn is not loud, my radio not clear and my boot is no spacious but I can park in any spot that is a metre long and three foot across.

I remember first being introduced to Edmund all those years ago and I knew we were going to get on. Since that time I have had the pleasure of his company on numerous trips. He will step in, adjust the driver’s seat so that it is close to the steering wheel, turn on Heart FM open the window and like that we are ready to go. The greatest pleasure is when he is at the wheel. This is because he is such a great driver and knows his way around the roads too well! When he is at the wheel I am comfortable and confident that everything is going to be ok. I know his generosity only too well and that he is only too prepared to give lifts to others.

What can I do but admit that I enjoy driving when Edmund is at the wheel? It is a pleasure and an honour to have such a kindly intern at the steering wheel. If only all the interns at Giveacar were as kind to their cars as Edmund, it would make the world a more mechanically pleasant place.

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As any car knows that when you spend extended periods of time with a human you are bound to have some good times and some bad. Let me tell you that I have spent extended times with a Giveacar intern named Edmund. This story entitled life in the fast lane is all about my admiration for driving with Edmund
Let me start with my name which is Mr Panda Fiat. I am of Italian extraction although my steering wheel is on the left. I am less than five years old and in that time have seen much of London and have even ventured to Sussex and Wiltshire. I am not an everyday kind of guy more of a once in a while kinda of dude. My horn is not loud, my radio not clear and my boot is no spacious but I can park in any spot that is a metre long and three foot across.
I remember first being introduced to Edmund all those years ago and I knew we were going to get on. Since that time I have had the pleasure of his company on numerous trips. He will step in, adjust the driver’s seat so that it is close to the steering wheel, turn on Heart FM open the window and like that we are ready to go.
The greatest pleasure is when he is at the wheel. This is because he is such a great driver and knows his way around the roads too well! When he is at the wheel I am comfortable and confident that everything is going to be ok. I know his generosity only too well and that he is only too prepared to give lifts to others.
What can I do but admit that I enjoy driving when Edmund is at the wheel? It is a pleasure and an honour to have such a kindly intern at the steering wheel. If only all the interns at Giveacar were as kind to their cars as Edmund, it would make the world a more mechanically pleasant place.

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Nov
23

Christmas Ad Controversy...

By admin

Ah, the John Lewis Christmas ad. Triggering responses ranging from the moistening of an eye to the outrage of mortified Smiths fans. If you haven’t seen it then you may have been living in a box, and in all honesty, the rest of this will make very little sense to you. So for those of you who apparently have had apparently no access to a television, the internet or any newspapers in the last fortnight then have a quick look on youtube and meet me back here in five. ...

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Ah, the John Lewis Christmas ad. Triggering responses ranging from the moistening of an eye to the outrage of mortified Smiths fans. If you haven’t seen it then you may have been living in a box, and in all honesty, the rest of this will make very little sense to you. So for those of you who apparently have had apparently no access to a television, the internet or any newspapers in the last fortnight then have a quick look on youtube and meet me back here in five.

Right, all done? So…are you teary or indignant? These seem to be the two main reactions to this little nugget of marketing gold, in which an adorably liquid-eyed mite impatiently watches the time tick away until the 25th. Keen for presents, we assume, remembering those interminable Christmas-eve vigils of our own childhoods. But no, the heart-wrenching/ vomit-inducing twist (delete as applicable) is that the little boy is so excited not because of what he might get, but what he’s going to give. He bypasses his own presents in his rush to give his parents the clumsily wrapped box in a moment that he has spent a month anticipating.

There are plenty of haters of this advert. Charlie Brooker in the Guardian bemoaned people’s heartfelt response to it, pointing out that it was just sickly promotional material for a shop. Now, I’m not one for the syrupy sentimentality and Mr Brooker in my eyes rarely gets it wrong, but on this occasion I just can’t pitch my tent in the cynic’s camp. I’ve seen this video several times now and it still gets me. I love the ending, so thoroughly debunking the usual stereotype of spoilt brats on Christmas ads whose love for their parents is directly proportional to how much money has been spent on tacky bits of plastic. I literally couldn’t care less that the John Lewis ad is on exactly the same bent as the ghastly Littlewoods monstrosity which is offensive on so many levels. It really doesn’t bother me that it is produced by a big retailer in an attempt to win my money, because the advert in no way compels me to run out and spend, spend, spend.

My appreciation, as I think does other people’s, stems from the selflessness behind the act depicted. The mass approval of the public is not proof of the manipulative success of consumerism, but instead the exact opposite. It suggests a desire to move away from the ‘greed is good’ slogan; a slogan that may have been crushed with the close of the eighties, only to re-emerge unpleasantly in the ensuing festive seasons as people scramble to buy bigger and better. Maybe in face of austerity and tighter belts, the public are happy to sacrifice this mantra to the pleasure not of receiving, but in the enjoyment of giving. Rather than taking part in the desperate bid to accumulate, we find ourselves looking to give what we can. We see this sort of selfless generosity every day here at Giveacar when people chose to donate to their favourite charities via us. The satisfaction of doing something for somebody else’s benefit truly does prove to be its own reward both in the advert and in our office. So perhaps it’s time to throw off the cynic’s cap and accept that maybe the festive season has not become completely about the retail sector. Surely one of the great things about Christmas is that it gives even the most hard-hearted of us the licence to indulge in a little sentimentality, something which the John Lewis ad and opportunities for acts of selflessness permit us. And all in all, that seems to be no bad thing.

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Right, all done? So…are you teary or indignant? These seem to be the two main reactions to this little nugget of marketing gold, in which an adorably liquid-eyed mite impatiently watches the time tick away until the 25th. Keen for presents, we assume, remembering those interminable Christmas-eve vigils of our own childhoods. But no, the heart-wrenching/ vomit-inducing twist (delete as applicable) is that the little boy is so excited not because of what he might get, but what he’s going to give. He bypasses his own presents in his rush to give his parents the clumsily wrapped box in a moment that he has spent a month anticipating.

There are plenty of haters of this advert. Charlie Brooker in the Guardian bemoaned people’s heartfelt response to it, pointing out that it was just sickly promotional material for a shop. Now, I’m not one for the syrupy sentimentality and Mr Brooker in my eyes rarely gets it wrong, but on this occasion I just can’t pitch my tent in the cynic’s camp. I’ve seen this video several times now and it still gets me. I love the ending, so thoroughly debunking the usual stereotype of spoilt brats on Christmas ads whose love for their parents is directly proportional to how much money has been spent on tacky bits of plastic. I literally couldn’t care less that the John Lewis ad is on exactly the same bent as the ghastly Littlewoods monstrosity which is offensive on so many levels. It really doesn’t bother me that it is produced by a big retailer in an attempt to win my money, because the advert in no way compels me to run out and spend, spend, spend.

My appreciation, as I think does other people’s, stems from the selflessness behind the act depicted. The mass approval of the public is not proof of the manipulative success of consumerism, but instead the exact opposite. It suggests a desire to move away from the ‘greed is good’ slogan; a slogan that may have been crushed with the close of the eighties, only to re-emerge unpleasantly in the ensuing festive seasons as people scramble to buy bigger and better. Maybe in face of austerity and tighter belts, the public are happy to sacrifice this mantra to the pleasure not of receiving, but in the enjoyment of giving. Rather than taking part in the desperate bid to accumulate, we find ourselves looking to give what we can. We see this sort of selfless generosity every day here at Giveacar when people chose to donate to their favourite charities via us. The satisfaction of doing something for somebody else’s benefit truly does prove to be its own reward both in the advert and in our office. So perhaps it’s time to throw off the cynic’s cap and accept that maybe the festive season has not become completely about the retail sector. Surely one of the great things about Christmas is that it gives even the most hard-hearted of us the licence to indulge in a little sentimentality, something which the John Lewis ad and opportunities for acts of selflessness permit us. And all in all, that seems to be no bad thing.

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Right, all done? So…are you teary or indignant? These seem to be the two main reactions to this little nugget of marketing gold, in which an adorably liquid-eyed mite impatiently watches the time tick away until the 25th. Keen for presents, we assume, remembering those interminable Christmas-eve vigils of our own childhoods. But no, the heart-wrenching/ vomit-inducing twist (delete as applicable) is that the little boy is so excited not because of what he might get, but what he’s going to give. He bypasses his own presents in his rush to give his parents the clumsily wrapped box in a moment that he has spent a month anticipating.

There are plenty of haters of this advert. Charlie Brooker in the Guardian bemoaned people’s heartfelt response to it, pointing out that it was just sickly promotional material for a shop. Now, I’m not one for the syrupy sentimentality and Mr Brooker in my eyes rarely gets it wrong, but on this occasion I just can’t pitch my tent in the cynic’s camp. I’ve seen this video several times now and it still gets me. I love the ending, so thoroughly debunking the usual stereotype of spoilt brats on Christmas ads whose love for their parents is directly proportional to how much money has been spent on tacky bits of plastic. I literally couldn’t care less that the John Lewis ad is on exactly the same bent as the ghastly Littlewoods monstrosity which is offensive on so many levels. It really doesn’t bother me that it is produced by a big retailer in an attempt to win my money, because the advert in no way compels me to run out and spend, spend, spend.

My appreciation, as I think does other people’s, stems from the selflessness behind the act depicted. The mass approval of the public is not proof of the manipulative success of consumerism, but instead the exact opposite. It suggests a desire to move away from the ‘greed is good’ slogan; a slogan that may have been crushed with the close of the eighties, only to re-emerge unpleasantly in the ensuing festive seasons as people scramble to buy bigger and better. Maybe in face of austerity and tighter belts, the public are happy to sacrifice this mantra to the pleasure not of receiving, but in the enjoyment of giving. Rather than taking part in the desperate bid to accumulate, we find ourselves looking to give what we can. We see this sort of selfless generosity every day here at Giveacar when people chose to donate to their favourite charities via us. The satisfaction of doing something for somebody else’s benefit truly does prove to be its own reward both in the advert and in our office. So perhaps it’s time to throw off the cynic’s cap and accept that maybe the festive season has not become completely about the retail sector. Surely one of the great things about Christmas is that it gives even the most hard-hearted of us the licence to indulge in a little sentimentality, something which the John Lewis ad and opportunities for acts of selflessness permit us. And all in all, that seems to be no bad thing.

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Right, all done? So…are you teary or indignant? These seem to be the two main reactions to this little nugget of marketing gold, in which an adorably liquid-eyed mite impatiently watches the time tick away until the 25th. Keen for presents, we assume, remembering those interminable Christmas-eve vigils of our own childhoods. But no, the heart-wrenching/ vomit-inducing twist (delete as applicable) is that the little boy is so excited not because of what he might get, but what he’s going to give. He bypasses his own presents in his rush to give his parents the clumsily wrapped box in a moment that he has spent a month anticipating.

There are plenty of haters of this advert. Charlie Brooker in the Guardian bemoaned people’s heartfelt response to it, pointing out that it was just sickly promotional material for a shop. Now, I’m not one for the syrupy sentimentality and Mr Brooker in my eyes rarely gets it wrong, but on this occasion I just can’t pitch my tent in the cynic’s camp. I’ve seen this video several times now and it still gets me. I love the ending, so thoroughly debunking the usual stereotype of spoilt brats on Christmas ads whose love for their parents is directly proportional to how much money has been spent on tacky bits of plastic. I literally couldn’t care less that the John Lewis ad is on exactly the same bent as the ghastly Littlewoods monstrosity which is offensive on so many levels. It really doesn’t bother me that it is produced by a big retailer in an attempt to win my money, because the advert in no way compels me to run out and spend, spend, spend.

My appreciation, as I think does other people’s, stems from the selflessness behind the act depicted. The mass approval of the public is not proof of the manipulative success of consumerism, but instead the exact opposite. It suggests a desire to move away from the ‘greed is good’ slogan; a slogan that may have been crushed with the close of the eighties, only to re-emerge unpleasantly in the ensuing festive seasons as people scramble to buy bigger and better. Maybe in face of austerity and tighter belts, the public are happy to sacrifice this mantra to the pleasure not of receiving, but in the enjoyment of giving. Rather than taking part in the desperate bid to accumulate, we find ourselves looking to give what we can. We see this sort of selfless generosity every day here at Giveacar when people chose to donate to their favourite charities via us. The satisfaction of doing something for somebody else’s benefit truly does prove to be its own reward both in the advert and in our office. So perhaps it’s time to throw off the cynic’s cap and accept that maybe the festive season has not become completely about the retail sector. Surely one of the great things about Christmas is that it gives even the most hard-hearted of us the licence to indulge in a little sentimentality, something which the John Lewis ad and opportunities for acts of selflessness permit us. And all in all, that seems to be no bad thing.

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Nov
16

I heart my car?

By admin

Yesterday I was asked if I was interested in cars. Working in an office where our life source is the donations raised from scrapped and auctioned autos, the reaction that clearly is required to that is probably, “Of course!” or at the very least a noise that sounds vaguely enthusiastic....

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I struggled to muster the energy to do even this. It’s not only that I can’t really understand the zeal of car enthusiasts, who love the ins-and-outs of an engine and even find the noise a thrill (why?!), but that’s not the real issue. There are a lot of things that other people get excited about that I just don’t get (football, new technology, The X Factor) and that’s completely fine. To each their own.

The main reason that I don’t feel more attached to our four-wheeled friends is that I hate the actual process of driving. Don’t get me wrong, in theory it appeals. Convenience, the joy of windy country roads, breaking out the ballads at top volume knowing no one can hear me, safe as I am in my metal container. But there’s always that knowledge that I am constantly at risk of damaging one of the most expensive things in my- or someone else’- possession. This completely sucks any enjoyment I might have out of being a vehicle owner, and I have a feeling that if I were to try and fire an interest in cars at all, it would only increase my neurotic tendencies. I currently view mine as a worrying liability so I dread to think how much more panicky I would get about driving if I was in awe of the engineering and aesthetics.

Some people donate their cars to us out of love. It has been a precious companion to them in their travels and they like the idea of it finishing its life serving a useful and worthwhile purpose by converting them into a charitable gift. Personally, I’m all about the scrapping process. When the time comes, I will donate my car for a sense of pure catharsis. I can’t wait for the day when the source of most of my worldly anxiety is taken off my hands and crushed into a cube of metal. I will see it as a beautiful metaphor for my worries being minimised and disposed of. No longer will I have to stress about its bodywork or mechanics! No longer will I have to break into a sweat whenever faced with a busy car park and one single cramped space! All that responsibility gone! And the best thing of all; that scrap metal cube will no longer be a burden, but an opportunity to make some money for whichever charity I chose. A final pay-off to make the worry worthwhile. [summary] => [format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

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I struggled to muster the energy to do even this. It’s not only that I can’t really understand the zeal of car enthusiasts, who love the ins-and-outs of an engine and even find the noise a thrill (why?!), but that’s not the real issue. There are a lot of things that other people get excited about that I just don’t get (football, new technology, The X Factor) and that’s completely fine. To each their own.
The main reason that I don’t feel more attached to our four-wheeled friends is that I hate the actual process of driving. Don’t get me wrong, in theory it appeals. Convenience, the joy of windy country roads, breaking out the ballads at top volume knowing no one can hear me, safe as I am in my metal container. But there’s always that knowledge that I am constantly at risk of damaging one of the most expensive things in my- or someone else’- possession. This completely sucks any enjoyment I might have out of being a vehicle owner, and I have a feeling that if I were to try and fire an interest in cars at all, it would only increase my neurotic tendencies. I currently view mine as a worrying liability so I dread to think how much more panicky I would get about driving if I was in awe of the engineering and aesthetics.
Some people donate their cars to us out of love. It has been a precious companion to them in their travels and they like the idea of it finishing its life serving a useful and worthwhile purpose by converting them into a charitable gift. Personally, I’m all about the scrapping process. When the time comes, I will donate my car for a sense of pure catharsis. I can’t wait for the day when the source of most of my worldly anxiety is taken off my hands and crushed into a cube of metal. I will see it as a beautiful metaphor for my worries being minimised and disposed of. No longer will I have to stress about its bodywork or mechanics! No longer will I have to break into a sweat whenever faced with a busy car park and one single cramped space! All that responsibility gone! And the best thing of all; that scrap metal cube will no longer be a burden, but an opportunity to make some money for whichever charity I chose. A final pay-off to make the worry worthwhile.

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I struggled to muster the energy to do even this. It’s not only that I can’t really understand the zeal of car enthusiasts, who love the ins-and-outs of an engine and even find the noise a thrill (why?!), but that’s not the real issue. There are a lot of things that other people get excited about that I just don’t get (football, new technology, The X Factor) and that’s completely fine. To each their own.

The main reason that I don’t feel more attached to our four-wheeled friends is that I hate the actual process of driving. Don’t get me wrong, in theory it appeals. Convenience, the joy of windy country roads, breaking out the ballads at top volume knowing no one can hear me, safe as I am in my metal container. But there’s always that knowledge that I am constantly at risk of damaging one of the most expensive things in my- or someone else’- possession. This completely sucks any enjoyment I might have out of being a vehicle owner, and I have a feeling that if I were to try and fire an interest in cars at all, it would only increase my neurotic tendencies. I currently view mine as a worrying liability so I dread to think how much more panicky I would get about driving if I was in awe of the engineering and aesthetics.

Some people donate their cars to us out of love. It has been a precious companion to them in their travels and they like the idea of it finishing its life serving a useful and worthwhile purpose by converting them into a charitable gift. Personally, I’m all about the scrapping process. When the time comes, I will donate my car for a sense of pure catharsis. I can’t wait for the day when the source of most of my worldly anxiety is taken off my hands and crushed into a cube of metal. I will see it as a beautiful metaphor for my worries being minimised and disposed of. No longer will I have to stress about its bodywork or mechanics! No longer will I have to break into a sweat whenever faced with a busy car park and one single cramped space! All that responsibility gone! And the best thing of all; that scrap metal cube will no longer be a burden, but an opportunity to make some money for whichever charity I chose. A final pay-off to make the worry worthwhile. [summary] => [format] => filtered_html [safe_value] =>

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I struggled to muster the energy to do even this. It’s not only that I can’t really understand the zeal of car enthusiasts, who love the ins-and-outs of an engine and even find the noise a thrill (why?!), but that’s not the real issue. There are a lot of things that other people get excited about that I just don’t get (football, new technology, The X Factor) and that’s completely fine. To each their own.
The main reason that I don’t feel more attached to our four-wheeled friends is that I hate the actual process of driving. Don’t get me wrong, in theory it appeals. Convenience, the joy of windy country roads, breaking out the ballads at top volume knowing no one can hear me, safe as I am in my metal container. But there’s always that knowledge that I am constantly at risk of damaging one of the most expensive things in my- or someone else’- possession. This completely sucks any enjoyment I might have out of being a vehicle owner, and I have a feeling that if I were to try and fire an interest in cars at all, it would only increase my neurotic tendencies. I currently view mine as a worrying liability so I dread to think how much more panicky I would get about driving if I was in awe of the engineering and aesthetics.
Some people donate their cars to us out of love. It has been a precious companion to them in their travels and they like the idea of it finishing its life serving a useful and worthwhile purpose by converting them into a charitable gift. Personally, I’m all about the scrapping process. When the time comes, I will donate my car for a sense of pure catharsis. I can’t wait for the day when the source of most of my worldly anxiety is taken off my hands and crushed into a cube of metal. I will see it as a beautiful metaphor for my worries being minimised and disposed of. No longer will I have to stress about its bodywork or mechanics! No longer will I have to break into a sweat whenever faced with a busy car park and one single cramped space! All that responsibility gone! And the best thing of all; that scrap metal cube will no longer be a burden, but an opportunity to make some money for whichever charity I chose. A final pay-off to make the worry worthwhile.

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8

Extra large stocking required

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Christmas used to be my favourite time of the year, but that was long ago. I remember those cold crisp mornings when I had been up all night in eager anticipation hardly feeling the cold, all the family would get together and go on a great expedition. The fun we would have and the places that we used to go! Everybody was so cheerful, it really warmed my insides. They were very generous with the seat warmers and let me tell you it is not just humans who enjoy the use of seat warmers....

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That sadly was long ago. I am not taken on the Christmas outings anymore; they have a new car now. Apparently I have a broken cambelt but it feels more like my axel has been ripped into two. I heard that there is a service for unwanted cars where you are once again used to serve the needs of others. They are called Giveacar and they give poor neglected cars like me a new home, a new use. At Giveacar they accept any car, you don’t need to be new, shiny or even work. They take unwanted cars and make them feel special again. I don’t ask for much for Christmas but there is just one thing that I need, all I want for Christmas is Giveacar, Giveacar!

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That sadly was long ago. I am not taken on the Christmas outings anymore; they have a new car now. Apparently I have a broken cambelt but it feels more like my axel has been ripped into two. I heard that there is a service for unwanted cars where you are once again used to serve the needs of others. They are called Giveacar and they give poor neglected cars like me a new home, a new use. At Giveacar they accept any car, you don’t need to be new, shiny or even work. They take unwanted cars and make them feel special again. I don’t ask for much for Christmas but there is just one thing that I need, all I want for Christmas is Giveacar, Giveacar!
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Give your car a great Christmas, give him to Giveacar.

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Oct
24

A helping hand

By admin

Charities

Every one of us will be struck by disaster at least at one point in our life. It’s sudden and unexpected nature disrupts our lives and causes us much pain. We don’t invite disaster rather it is inflicted upon us and those affected deserve our sympathy and support....

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Sep
26

A World Wide Opportunity

By admin

About Giveacar

We are so proud to have been nominated for the BBC World Challenge award. This is an international award which features entries from great social enterprises and ideas that positively affect communities. Find out more about it and VOTE FOR GIVEACAR here: http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/finalists/10/Bangers_&_Cash:...

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http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/finalists/10/Bangers_&_Cash:

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We are so proud to have been nominated for the BBC World Challenge award. This is an international award which features entries from great social enterprises and ideas that positively affect communities. Find out more about it and VOTE FOR GIVEACAR here:

http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/finalists/10/Bangers_&_Cash:

Winning this would be great as it would raise the profile of car donation allowing us to raise more money for UK based charities.As the only UK entry, a vote for us is a vote for your country. Thanks for reading: please follow the link and vote.

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Sep
19

Scrap cars and Indian railways

By admin

Charities

We just had an email from Railway Children, a charity we have supported steadily since the early days of Giveacar. Last year we raised £2,749 for them from the generous gift of twenty cars or more. Railway Children is perhaps best known for its highly imaginative space in the old Eurostar terminal at Waterloo, but they have been reaching out to help children who are alone and vulnerable for over ten years. ...

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They have projects here in the UK, but also in East Africa and India.  Their outreach workers go out onto the streets to talk to the children, work out why they are there and see if they can help them, if possible by reuniting them with their families.  It only costs £1,000 to pay the annual salary of an outreach worker doing this important work, but Railway Children also provide food, clothing, schooling and a safe haven for their children.

What struck me is that £5 is enough to feed 10 street children for a day.  So if one of our scrap cars typically raises around £100, we can turn this hunk of useless metal into square meals for over 500 children.

Imagine how few children you could feed for £100 in the UK.  Schools allow a budget of over £1.50 a head, so you would be lucky to get 70 free dinners in this country.  And that’s just one of the three meals they might expect in the day.  So it’s fair to say that our donors’ money will go nearly ten times as far in a poor country like India.

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What struck me is that £5 is enough to feed 10 street children for a day. So if one of our scrap cars typically raises around £100, we can turn this hunk of useless metal into square meals for over 500 children.

Imagine how few children you could feed for £100 in the UK. Schools allow a budget of over £1.50 a head, so you would be lucky to get 70 free dinners in this country. And that’s just one of the three meals they might expect in the day. So it’s fair to say that our donors’ money will go nearly ten times as far in a poor country like India.

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They have projects here in the UK, but also in East Africa and India. Their outreach workers go out onto the streets to talk to the children, work out why they are there and see if they can help them, if possible by reuniting them with their families. It only costs £1,000 to pay the annual salary of an outreach worker doing this important work, but Railway Children also provide food, clothing, schooling and a safe haven for their children.

What struck me is that £5 is enough to feed 10 street children for a day. So if one of our scrap cars typically raises around £100, we can turn this hunk of useless metal into square meals for over 500 children.

Imagine how few children you could feed for £100 in the UK. Schools allow a budget of over £1.50 a head, so you would be lucky to get 70 free dinners in this country. And that’s just one of the three meals they might expect in the day. So it’s fair to say that our donors’ money will go nearly ten times as far in a poor country like India.

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What struck me is that £5 is enough to feed 10 street children for a day. So if one of our scrap cars typically raises around £100, we can turn this hunk of useless metal into square meals for over 500 children.

Imagine how few children you could feed for £100 in the UK. Schools allow a budget of over £1.50 a head, so you would be lucky to get 70 free dinners in this country. And that’s just one of the three meals they might expect in the day. So it’s fair to say that our donors’ money will go nearly ten times as far in a poor country like India.

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Aug
19

For the last time. No, we don't sell parts!

By admin

About Giveacar

In between our duties of taking car donations, adding charities to the site and upholding the strict traditions of Beer-o-Clock (None of us even drink beer, but it is tradition) we occasionally get people calling in and asking if they can buy car parts from us....

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You don't know me that well, but when it comes to the office phone ringing I have the mental faculties of a small dog. Every time one of the phones rings my mind races with all the opportunities the caller could bring. Maybe it's a father with a broken down Fiat Punto, maybe it's an eccentric millionaire that wants to donate their Ferrari to charity... 

Sure it's unlikely, but a boy can dream, and a shiver runs down my spine when I reach for the receiver like opening a box from "Deal or No Deal" but without Noel Edmonds or the evil telephone. A quiver goes to my lips as I stifle a little giggle from showing in my voice when I say 'Hello Giveacar?'

So imagine my disappointment when I hear “ullo mate! I'm wanna buy a cah batree!”

It's like finding the box only has 1p, worse in fact, it's like finding the box doesn't even have sticker but is in fact full of spiders. And Noel is laughing at you for being covered in spiders.

We've received so many of these calls that I've suggested that we actually start selling car parts, and that when we ship them we fill the boxes with spiders.
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In between our duties of taking car donations, adding charities to the site and upholding the strict traditions of Beer-o-Clock (None of us even drink beer, but it is tradition) we occasionally get people calling in and asking if they can buy car parts from us.

You don't know me that well, but when it comes to the office phone ringing I have the mental faculties of a small dog. Every time one of the phones rings my mind races with all the opportunities the caller could bring. Maybe it's a father with a broken down Fiat Punto, maybe it's an eccentric millionaire that wants to donate their Ferrari to charity...

Sure it's unlikely, but a boy can dream, and a shiver runs down my spine when I reach for the receiver like opening a box from "Deal or No Deal" but without Noel Edmonds or the evil telephone. A quiver goes to my lips as I stifle a little giggle from showing in my voice when I say 'Hello Giveacar?'

So imagine my disappointment when I hear “ullo mate! I'm wanna buy a cah batree!”

It's like finding the box only has 1p, worse in fact, it's like finding the box doesn't even have sticker but is in fact full of spiders. And Noel is laughing at you for being covered in spiders.

We've received so many of these calls that I've suggested that we actually start selling car parts, and that when we ship them we fill the boxes with spiders.

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In between our duties of taking car donations, adding charities to the site and upholding the strict traditions of Beer-o-Clock (None of us even drink beer, but it is tradition) we occasionally get people calling in and asking if they can buy car parts from us.

You don't know me that well, but when it comes to the office phone ringing I have the mental faculties of a small dog. Every time one of the phones rings my mind races with all the opportunities the caller could bring. Maybe it's a father with a broken down Fiat Punto, maybe it's an eccentric millionaire that wants to donate their Ferrari to charity...

Sure it's unlikely, but a boy can dream, and a shiver runs down my spine when I reach for the receiver like opening a box from "Deal or No Deal" but without Noel Edmonds or the evil telephone. A quiver goes to my lips as I stifle a little giggle from showing in my voice when I say 'Hello Giveacar?'

So imagine my disappointment when I hear “ullo mate! I'm wanna buy a cah batree!”

It's like finding the box only has 1p, worse in fact, it's like finding the box doesn't even have sticker but is in fact full of spiders. And Noel is laughing at you for being covered in spiders.

We've received so many of these calls that I've suggested that we actually start selling car parts, and that when we ship them we fill the boxes with spiders.

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In between our duties of taking car donations, adding charities to the site and upholding the strict traditions of Beer-o-Clock (None of us even drink beer, but it is tradition) we occasionally get people calling in and asking if they can buy car parts from us.

You don't know me that well, but when it comes to the office phone ringing I have the mental faculties of a small dog. Every time one of the phones rings my mind races with all the opportunities the caller could bring. Maybe it's a father with a broken down Fiat Punto, maybe it's an eccentric millionaire that wants to donate their Ferrari to charity...

Sure it's unlikely, but a boy can dream, and a shiver runs down my spine when I reach for the receiver like opening a box from "Deal or No Deal" but without Noel Edmonds or the evil telephone. A quiver goes to my lips as I stifle a little giggle from showing in my voice when I say 'Hello Giveacar?'

So imagine my disappointment when I hear “ullo mate! I'm wanna buy a cah batree!”

It's like finding the box only has 1p, worse in fact, it's like finding the box doesn't even have sticker but is in fact full of spiders. And Noel is laughing at you for being covered in spiders.

We've received so many of these calls that I've suggested that we actually start selling car parts, and that when we ship them we fill the boxes with spiders.

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