Sunday, 23 December 2012

23/12: Merry Christmas

I would like to wish all the readers and contributors to London Pins a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you to everyone who has helped keep the site and blog up to date with information, comments or best wishes. It's a cliche, but I really could not do it without your help.

It was great to meet so many people in the pin trading centres during the summer that had used the site to learn more about pins, it makes the effort worthwhile to know that people find the site useful.

I also should apologise that during the Games and in the time since they closed, the website has not been kept as up-to-date as I hoped. I'm afraid that my real-life and day-job have had to take more of my time now that the Games are over. But, please, stick with me and eventually we'll have a comprehensive listing of all the London 2012 pins.

If you managed to come to one of the pin meets in 2012, then thank you for your support. I hope you enjoyed the experience and found other collectors to trade with and made some good friends and contacts. Thank you too, to Jan and everyone at the Railway Tavern in Stratford - for some this was the spiritual home of pin trading in 2012!

Thank you to all the sponsors who supported us this year with pins, information and venues. I'll refrain from mentioning names within the companies, but thank you especially to Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB, EDF, BT, Cadbury and John Lewis.

Finally, a public thank you to my family for putting up with me and my collecting over the last few years. Thank you for your patience when I was updating the website instead of doing something around the house, for helping to photograph pin after pin on a Saturday and for carrying bags of pins to and from the Olympic Park each day!

Merry Christmas and keep reading in 2013, there's still lots to come.


Monday, 17 December 2012

16/12: Website Updates

A few website updates have been uploaded this weekend. I've tried to work through some of the backlog of photos taken during the Games and also add pages for those sponsors who had not appeared so far.

You will now find pages for the following sponsors...

Jet Set
McCann World Group

There are also some minor updates to the LOCOG Internal list as well as a page dedicated to Torch Relay (Retail and Sponsor) pins.

There are still lots of updates to come but I took some time today to add the new structure. The new pages have some details, but there are still images and details to come.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

12/12: Free Pin Update

Firstly, an apology for the news blackout recently - as most of you know I have a day job, and it's been hectic recently. Pins have had to take a back seat for a while - sorry.

Anyway, a quick update on the freebies.

P&G came through with free pins as promised and have sent me some of their Team GB and Team Ireland pins. I know many of you will have emptied your local supermarkets earlier in the year to get these pins!

I can confirm that those who have already sent me an email will get the 2 Lloyds pins and the 2 P&G pins - there are enough to go around.

As we are now close to Christmas, I figured the postal service will be busy enough without sending pins into the chaos. Therefore I will contact all those that emailed me in the New Year and ask you to send an envelope then. I hope you agree it makes more sense.

Again, apologies for the delay, but, rest assured there are pins for you!