Adopt-a-Box – the Post Office answer?

©<b>2004 lpb All rights reserved GJA</b>Nestling in the countryside amidst mature Welsh Oaks and rich green Holly trees, it can seem cut off from the busy rush of life. But out here in the rolling hills, there is a real opportunity to have bright thoughts in the woods, hot chat over the cooking fires and cool ideas whilst carving concrete.

On one such occasion, whilst storytelling, singing and watching stars around an oak smoking camp fire, the topic turned to today’s ‘communication’ methods and a recent survey by Jeff Hancock of Cornell University that indicated that people are twice as likely to tell lies in phone conversations as they are in emails.

This is due, says Hancock, to the act of taking time to think and write a response, coupled with the knowledge that written communication, being recorded, could later be used to hold them to account.

His survey results, on Conveying Truths across a range of communications media, were presented at a conference on human-computer interaction in Vienna, Austria where many psychologists were surprised. We did a study on the emotive use of different communication systems following an ‘Adopt-a-box’ project for Royal Mail Midlands (above picture) and we discovered that genuineness, rather than truthfulness, can be beaten out of some people by the specific social circumstances within which they are raised.

We write this Web Log site as a genuine grain of truth from one perspective and we are ever-keen to have the truths we believe to be ‘true’, turned up on their heads and transformed. By getting back to me with your comments you take us forward. To avoid ’email catching’ programs that scan web sites gathering up lists of email addresses, we do not publish our email address thus attempt to avoid loads of typed spam emails which, contrary to the findings of Jeff Hancock, seem to be packed with mis-truths.

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Hanging Rail for Sloping Ceilings

IMAGENAMEHEREThe more loft conversions, the more headaches for interior designers that have to locate wardrobes with sloping sides. The solution is usually to make a fitted wardrobe with low doors that fits against the end brick/ block wall.

We had this situation at the HoBB but the first floor here is built into the roof space and there is no attic. As we have always fresh energy to traditional buildings, we designed the above system (see picture) to fit onto the slope and thus give far more hanging space.

We crafted it in Welsh Oak and bolted it onto a hidden steel re-enforcement angle so that the design can be adapted to any length. It is going to be a useful design for all locations because the angle of hanger cut can be altered to accommodate different ceiling pitches.

Those visiting HoBB Real will see the first prototype for this system in the beachcomber room. We got the angles a bit wrong to start with but here at the HoBB, the fun of finding solutions includes making mistakes. We keep going till things work well and we are firm believers in the benefits of visualising solutions to get results from hanging space to good health !

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