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Feb. 5th, 2009 01:51 pm


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Thanks to those of you who've bought books so far. It means a lot to have your support. I've sent an email to the local press describing the story and telling them I'm hoping to sell more copies of my book to raise the money required. I'm hoping they'll want to do a story and raise the profile of both the issues we've got and the book in the local area. Cross your fingers. If you have any press contacts or know anyone that could help, please let me know. I've got my blood up now. With your help, I'm damn well going to fight, and one way or another we'll keep that house and get it back to the condition it should be in. I'll admit I was starting to feel like I'd been beaten and it was all going to end badly, but if it does, at least I can say now that I did everything I could think of.

Date: 2009-02-05 02:00 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] tiggsybabes.livejournal.com
Is it worth going national & trying to get the press or the tv on the case? I read about things like this in the newspaper fairly often. Wonder if GMTV would be interested?
Date: 2009-02-05 02:23 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] orinoco77.livejournal.com
As I've just said below I don't really want to get the "who's to blame" issue mixed up with the "please buy a book and help us pay for this" issue. I think if there's a way to get it in people's faces in the context of "we're trying to sort this out, please help if you can", then I'll happily do that. I just feel a bit funny about potentially getting total strangers angry at big companies at this stage. At the moment this is all about raising money in the short term so that the work can be done. I'll look into contacting larger organisations and see where I get to. Thanks for the prod!
Date: 2009-02-05 02:41 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] tiggsybabes.livejournal.com
No worries, I was just getting annoyed on your behalf.
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Date: 2009-02-05 02:13 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] orinoco77.livejournal.com
Bless your socks! I don't know where you live, but if you think it's the sort of thing they'd be interested in, please contact them. I don't want people to get annoyed at the various companies involved, really, I just want them to support what I'm trying to do and how I'm trying to raise the funds. We'll fight the legal fight, or it could get murky.
Date: 2009-02-05 02:14 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] dave-t-lurker.livejournal.com
Is it worth contacting Watchdog? (Is that show even still running?)
Date: 2009-02-05 02:15 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] dakegra.livejournal.com
is the book available from anywhere other than Play.com, and if so, do you still get money for it? I'm about to post up the link and it's possible some of my american chums may want to get a copy.
Date: 2009-02-05 02:30 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] orinoco77.livejournal.com
Yep, it can be bought from pretty much any online retailer, I just plugged Play because I think they're the cheapest.

Amazon.com: http://tinyurl.com/bjv2ps
Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/al8mk3

There are probably many more examples. Searching for "Sir Parsley" generally does it.
Date: 2009-02-05 02:24 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] redatt.livejournal.com
I know you probably really hate the idea, but please consider setting up a PayPal account so that your friends close and casual (Hi!), and probably strangers to, can feel useful and good about ourselves. A £1 or £2 here and there is not going to lose anyone their house, but it could help save yours. It'll mean that people who want you to meet the short fall but who can't spare a fiver, or who have already bought the book can do more than just cross their fingers.

Later, when it's all done and when the legal bit's over (and goes in your favour!), you could even call any extra cash generated this way a loan and perhaps make a nice donation to a homeless charity or something by way of paying it back.

This is just a suggestion. Of course, I understand why you might not want to do this. I've bought a book -- good luck, with the rest.
Date: 2009-02-05 02:43 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] tiggsybabes.livejournal.com
Yes. Many of us gave money via paypal to help Ailbhe's friends buy a wheelchair for their disabled daughter. It was only little bits here & there, but it all added up to enough.
Date: 2009-02-05 02:45 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] dakegra.livejournal.com
and whilst I could (and will) buy a book, that'll give you *some* money, but most of it will go to other people
Date: 2009-02-05 02:47 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] tiggsybabes.livejournal.com
I'm sure that Adam & Livi wouldn't ask direct, so the book selling is a lovely idea. A group of us can set up a request for paypal donations though, we all want to help & I would give the entire £30k if I had it.
Date: 2009-02-05 02:50 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] dakegra.livejournal.com
oh, don't get me wrong, the book selling is a brilliant idea. The paypal thing will help though, as I'm sure people who've already bought a book would want to contribute too.
Date: 2009-02-05 02:44 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-02-05 02:38 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] miss-next.livejournal.com
You fight. It's the only way!

My sister's beaten me to buying one for the nieces, but I am going to get one for Charles' two girls. Also, looking to the future... when you finally do get the house sorted out, you'll need to do a lot of redecorating. I can wield a paintbrush pretty well, and will be quite prepared to come over and do so when required. :-)
Date: 2009-02-05 05:24 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] novawildstar.livejournal.com
Me as well! I can paint pretty well as well as shift things from here to there.

When you move back in I'll come up and help any way I can.
Date: 2009-02-05 08:29 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] dansmeid.livejournal.com
and as you know Daniel is brill at painting ceilings without a ladder *g*
Date: 2009-02-07 04:03 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] livi-short.livejournal.com
GRin, look i can paint the ceilings in our house while stood on the floor, i think DAn would have to duck down to paint them :-)

Looking forward to seeing you very soon with Roy
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