Saturday, 31 December 2011

What an eventful year!

31st December 2011... seriously? But surely it's still 1994, with lads acting like idiots to 'Cotton Eye Joe' whilst the girls show off their more stylish (but badly coordinated) dance moves to 'Saturday Night'.
Hmm... come to think of it, the last 12 months have seen eskimosoup deliver some amazing campaigns with a very modern, innovative, 2011 feel to them. Oh, and we've been tweeting like crazy. So yeah, it looks like we're just being a bit nostalgic because the year is at an end, bless our festive socks.
So, with nostalgia in mind, we've decided to each look back at our favourite bits of 2011. Ohhhhh, there are some beauties!
"Getting to go on the roofs of both City Hall and Holy Trinity Church as part of Hull BID's Christmas in Hull campaign. It was amazing seeing our city from those vantage points. Even getting wedged in the church's bell tower didn't dampen my spirits!"
Rich Sutherland, Account Manager and Copywriter
"Jumping off the 150-foot beast that is Goliath at Aerial Extreme. What a rush!"
Chris Middleton, Managing Director
"Dressing up as a huge cigarette in front of 20,000 match-goers at the KC Stadium! (It was to promote No Smoking Day by the way.)"
Steph Collinson, Client Care
"In the year of 2011, Manticore was born from the embers of eskimodules, a platform for the rapid development of web-based deliverance."
Carl Butcher, Web Developer and Systems Administrator
"Watching the upcoming 1884 Dock Street Kitchen take shape each week whilst photographing its amazing developments."
Phill Wilson, Technical Support 
"Something I've been wanting to do for ages is learn Sage, and now I am!"
Rachel Galtrey, Client Care
"The highlight for me was becoming the Director of Hull Comedy Festival and then performing stand-up as my new persona Albert. Two words: character building."
Rich Quelch, Marketing and Events Manager
"Watching Rich Quelch stand on a stage and do an awesome job of making a massive tool of himself but making me laugh and cry in the process."
Shane Cane, Graphic Designer
"Sneaking our new baby, Noah, into the Piccalilly clothing catalogue. We went to The Yorkshire Dales for him to star in his first modelling photo shoot!" 
Phill Postill, Creative Director      
"I've had a very productive year of creating websites. It's between 15-20, maybe more, for 2011 alone - a personal record!"
Adam Poskitt, Web Developer
"This year I have mostly been (for those who remember 'The Fast Show') developing websites using HTML 5 and Sassy CSS files. In a nutshell, HTML 5 is cleaner, faster and easier to maintain and Sass makes CSS fun again!"
Hannah Griggs, Creative Director
"Fully launching our Health and Safety training package,, after a loooooong 2 years of development."
George Griggs, Technical Director
"My favourite thing is that I finally have a team that's willing and able to do all of the crazy and memorable things on my behalf!"
John Gilbert, Marketing Director
"Creating the OneFineDay website, which was then featured on Something for the Weekend. That, and doing an impression of an airplane using two chairs."
Nick Bolt, Lead Developer and all-round good egg 
Steph as Cyril the Cig

Rich Q as Albert

Nick as The Supersonic ThunderBolt

Thursday, 22 December 2011

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Christmas Day is almost upon us, which means that our work on Hull BID's amazing Christmas in Hull campaign for 2011 will soon come to an end. 
Everyone at eskimosoup has loved every minute of this project. It's allowed us to meet some wonderful people, plan and take part in lots of exciting events and activity, and use possibly the most breathtaking feat of architecture in the city, Holy Trinity Church, for a couple of festive fun days.
We've smiled at the sight of our Dickensian characters roaming the streets, with Scrooge pretending he didn't like Lush cosmetics before unashamedly sniffing the bath bombs. We've bitten our nails as our Santa abseiled down City Hall at the Christmas Lights Switch-on, arriving safely at the bottom to chat to Viking FM. We've sung along to our City Centre version of Band Aid, which saw staff from a variety of businesses come together to belt out a few lines. And, perhaps most incredible of all, we've met The Chuckle Brothers. "To you. To me." (Sorry, it had to be said. Hehe!)

The eskimosoup office closes at 1pm on Friday 23rd  December (so that we can go eat festive grub and play some games in The New Clarence) and reopens on Tuesday 3rd January 2012. But don't worry, there's a blog post automatically scheduled to upload on New Year's Eve, which looks back at a few of our favourite things from the last 12 months (such as doing a 150-foot jump, having a go at stand-up comedy, and dressing up as a walking cigarette at a penalty shoot).
In the meantime, Merry Christmas to you all! Make sure to squeeze in a fair few mince pies and wash them down with a sherry or two. ;)
The Souper Team

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Reindeer food and the Rockin' Rev!

Our first instalment saw the Grade I listed building fill with music, laughter, creativity, Yuletide magic, wonderful gifts and mouth-watering aromas.

And now... it's almost time... for an even bigger one...

Inside and outside Holy Trinity Church, Hull 
FREE entry but donations to the church are greatly appreciated 

jugglers, Dickensian characters and Santa as they rub shoulders with stallholders, including Roisin Dubh, Hull One World Shop, Fairy Moo, Font Yeti and Beasley's Clothing.
the Trinity Choir, Hull Choral Union, the Cottingham Singers, Hull Ladies Choir and acoustic acts Lindsey Simpson and Phill Wilson perform carols and Christmas songs.
hearty food and delicious soup from Pie and sweet treats from Lucy Beal Cakery.
the church organ (if you're into that kind of thing).
at Matt Woodcock, Holy Trinity's own Rockin' Reverend, as he strums out a few festive tunes in Trinity Square.
with The Adventure Play Van creative team (there'll be glitter, felt tips and Play-Doh aplenty!)
Then, at 5pm, grab an orange, red ribbon and sweets, light a candle and join in with the carol session. Intrigued? Check out Holy Trinity's heartwarming Christingle.

See you there!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Marathon Sponsor’s a Real Diamond

Local jewellers Hugh Rice are the headline sponsors of the upcoming Hull Marathon, which will take place on Easter Sunday, 8th April 2012, and welcome everyone to take part, from seasoned athletes to have-a-go heroes.

eskimosoup brokered the sponsorship deal on behalf of Hugh Rice Jewellers and have been commissioned by Toro CSC Events, organisers of the Hugh Rice Jewellers Hull Marathon, to manage further business engagement opportunities.

“Getting right behind the Hull Marathon offers the perfect opportunity for our company,” said Mike Rice, Managing Director of the Hugh Rice Group. “As a local family business with forty years’ experience, we’re proud to support an ambitious event like this, particularly as it really shows what the area has to offer.”

This high profile event will advance Hull’s standing in the national arena of sports and fitness, promoting a healthy lifestyle whilst offering a fun, exciting and memorable experience for all involved.

Raising much-needed funds for local and national charities, the Hugh Rice Jewellers Hull Marathon will benefit Help for Heroes, The Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal and The Bull Foundation, which was set up by the event creators to support local grass roots activities.

Participants start and finish outside the grand architecture of the Guildhall. During the challenge they take in iconic landmarks that include The Deep, the KC Stadium, West Park and Pickering Park, the Humber Bridge, the village of Hessle, the Marina and Victoria Dock riverfront. It’s going to be an exhilarating day filled with beautiful sights, fresh air and a shared buzz of excitement!

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