Last night, The Dairy joined the many who had gathered together in the very cool and quirky National Videogame Arcade in Hockley, to support the first of the fantastic Glitch events. The Glitch events are set to occur bi-monthy as an opportunity to for those who are creatively inclined to come together and listen to inspiring creative people. A chance to be get away from computer screens and as the co-organiser, Neil Rostance from Fat Free Media encouraged, ‘to get back to basics’.

And what better way to kick off than with the doodle King, the brilliant Jon Burgerman. Having studied in Nottingham, Jon told us his love for doodling had started from a early age. But it was only when he embarked on his Fine Art course, did he realise the potential of his doodles. Jon has gone on to build a doodle empire, exhibiting and taking on commissions all over the world. Jon has even collaborated with brands such as Nike, and made New York headlines with the art he is creating in the city’s streets.

Yet in spite of his stardom, Jon couldn’t have given a more enjoyable, humbling talk. He reminded us of some key things to remember when creating, such as “allow your imagination to be the raw material”. Jon was also keen to show his failed projects, sharing with us his journeys, both successful and unsuccessful, all of equal significance to his work. Having us create our own doodles or rather ‘characters’, whilst being extremely amusing, also emphasised his message about in what simple forms creative genius can be.

Throughout the talk Jon had the room laughing and completely captivated, and the discussions over yummy toastbites afterwards confirmed his absolute success. It was already a big thumbs up from The Diary to Jon and the Glitch organisers, and after being slightly disappointed at not winning a prizes for our doodles, the cherry on the cake was being personally gifted with stickers created by Jon himself. These are now very happy in their new home on Libby and Verena’s desk.

It was a great night and we are very much looking forward to the next one on the 22nd of November…whatever that might be! We’ll keep checking the Glitch Website to find out.


The Weirdest Time of the Year

December 13, 2013

Good Afternoon! Hope everyone’s had a wonderful week and are properly getting into the festive spirit like I am! This weekend I’m going to put my Christmas tree up, it’s finally time.

However, have you ever stopped to think about how odd it is to put a tree up in your house every year? And more to the point, where does it come from? There was no Evergreen with fairy lights at the birth of Christ.

In fact, the Christmas Tree isn’t a Christian symbol at all. It dates back to pre-Christian times.


When you stop to think about it, Christmas is actually a pretty weird holiday. It’s a mismatch of different traditions that have merged together to create a family occasion of good food and presents. We can thank Coca Cola for styling the main guy of the day, Santa Claus, and let’s not get started about where he comes into the story.

The original connotations of Christmas have been somewhat muted in favour of this jumble of traditions which have moulded themselves over the years to be the commercial Christmas we all know and love.

Did you hear the radio?

December 13, 2013

This morning at 7.50 am our MD Nigel Rowlson was on BBC Radio Nottingham reviewing their Christmas film. Take a look here or have a listen here –  and tell us what you think!

Quite the Celebrity

December 12, 2013

Hello all, our MD Nigel Rowlson is back on BBC Radio Nottingham tomorrow at 8.15 am discussing more marketing delights. Please tune in!

What a Cracker

December 6, 2013

Good afternoon! Happy first Friday of December, we’re six days into our advent calendar and can’t help but notice that Christmas is just round the corner, (whether you’re excitedly festive or dreading Christmas shopping, it’s coming for you).

But in these long December days (even if 70% of that day is dark) we’ve been comparing that ever so slightly forced laughter-fest known as Christmas cracker jokes.


To get you in the festive spirit, we’ve compiled a list of the most heinous punch lines we’ve ever pulled from a Christmas cracker (along with a mini pack of cards way too small to actually play with).

  Who delivers presents to cats?

 Santa Paws

What do you get when you cross Santa with a duck?

A Christmas Quacker

 What do Santa’s little helpers learn at school?

The Elf-abet

Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing?


They always drop their needles

What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire?


What did one snowman say to the other?

Can you smell carrots?


Some definite knee-slappers there! Think you’ve heard better? (or worse!) please share your own Christmas cracker jokes and we’ll see just how many corkers we can get!

Good Start to a Friday

December 6, 2013

Like most people, the first thing we at the Dairy do at work is make a drink. This morning, I picked up my mug and this happened!

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Miraculously the drink didn’t spill anywhere! I’m taking this is a good omen for the day!

Dairy Location Shoot

December 5, 2013

Big thanks to dairy friend @PeteThePhoto today for a lot of hard work on the location shoot….

Pete the photo!

We’ve just been reviewing the creative work for our own Christmas card here at dairy towers….

The most important job of the year and we can guarantee plenty of cheesiness again plus random shots of cows of course!

Look out for it coming soon….Happy Cow

Cow of the Week

November 29, 2013

Happy Friday, dairy friends. It’s time to bid farewell to November and get in the festive spirit as December comes galloping in.

Wrangling in December is our Cow of the Week, this week’s winner is … (drum roll) … Happy Cow.

Happy Cow

Happy Cow symbolises the happiness that November, the most depressing month of the year, is finally ending and we can officially start feeling Christmassy. I’m itching to get my best of Xmas soundtrack on and the Christmas tree up.

Christmas is round the corner, the weekend’s close in sight and I dare you to look at Happy Cow without cracking a grin.

Happy Cow you’re our jolly inspiration.

It’s been a busy month here at dairy towers – so we thought we would end it in style (well ish!) by all going down to the noodle pub round the corner for a Thai lunch!

The answerphone wil be on if there are any urgent messages – in the meantime – bring on that Tom yam kung nam khon!




This is where we will be –

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