Image of Design. Case Study: TRIPLEX LLOYD PLC

Those with more than a passing acquaintanceship with eastern block countries will know how quickly they began to try and attract western investment once the cold war ended.

We were sent some details from the property portfolio of a Czech construction company by Triplex Lloyd in the UK who were interested in opening a retail outlet in Prague named Columbus.

Within a 5 day turnaround, and just hours before the arrival of the non-English speaking representatives from Prague, we put a series of design studies together for the sympathetic modern conversion of their 18th century city centre mansion to include drawing details of bespoke shop fittings, display units and both interior and exterior (day/night) lighting views.


Play a Joke on a Friend Week

Play a Joke on a Friend WeekWhen you need to organise an elaborate joke to fool your friends, you can always choose April 1st each year to give the game away, but where do you get the support to see through the prank in a convincing manner? “GameFriends”!

You need to collect dependable GameFriends, the type of friends who will role play the joke convincingly and keep everything secret in the run up to the occasion. For all those at the planning stage, you can use a search engine or randomly type in things like or but unlike most things, such well organised joke-events have slipped the internet to date and have not been incorporated into one turn-key web sites.

I can see the opening for such a web site and as there are so many television programmes where friends (and strangers) are ‘set-up’ on the street or at their place of work, the popularity of this form of ‘joke’ is booming.

The ‘laugh’ can echo into the wider public eye as well. Television is ever hungry for fun ‘footage’ that shows both people being foolish and people creating ‘fools’. All you need is a clearance agreement from all captured on your cam. and your video film could end up having millions of viewers.

Let’s face it folks, we are now in a new World set apart from the private and usually secretive one that has existed thus far. There are official (spy) cameras on most city streets helping the police and security people to watch over our little brother movements and listen in to our conversations. Though all this has been installed to help us ‘get along together’, these films cab also be sold to television and thus provide income at the same time as home entertainment, for I have seen on television, actual police film of suspects being interviewed and security footage taken in shopping centres of thieves and passers-by.

Many governing bodies are in favour of exposing ‘reality’, often above ‘fiction’, and many producers love to blur the line between fact and fiction. In such a new Big Brother climate, it is becoming easier and maybe more acceptable to play around, blur or intentionally obscure this line so the opportunities for jesters and fraudsters are widening.

Celebrate “Play a Joke on a Friend Week” carefully and maybe think of the profits! If you are planning your next jibe, your next role tease or fun trick, make sure that you:

Have fully charged your CAM batteries
Shoot your film in a public place where possible
Obtain location and individual clearances if thinking of selling the footage
Have reliable friends and associates to support you.

We’ve played the occasional joke on friends and have also created some unusual birthday celebrations here at ‘HoBB Real’, so if you are on the look out for fun ideas, you are naturally welcome to contact us.

And have a look for adverts in magazines under commercial wind-ups (NOT asset stripping!), event organisers and even a few interactive live phone line services. Remember that you’ll need some friendly ‘strangers’ in some circumstances – naturally ones that cannot be recognised by your friends !

( Note: “Play a Joke on a Friend Week” is not sponsored by any film company or TV distribution company or their agents)

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant