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Thunderbirds are Go!

March 26, 2009

The eagle eyed amongst you may have spotted me popping into a well known store in Poole last week, where I purchased a hairdryer..  No problem with that, except my hair is rather short so I never use a hairdryer – and the box that it came in was a very shocking pink colour!

Wow!  Now that is a bright pink..  and note the short hair!

Wow! Now that is a bright pink.. and note the short hair!

Being environmentally consious of course, I refused the offer of a carrier bag and swiftly headed back to the car, bright pink hairdryer box under my arm..  You may well be wondering now (and if you’re not you should be!), what on earth is this all about?  Read on to find out more..

It all started way back in October last year, when the BBC supplied us with stickers for the DWT vehicles to advertise our involvement in AutumnWatch on Brownsea Island.  These were duly applied to the Ranger and the various Landrovers, attracting quite a bit of attention and really helping to raise local interest in the series, and of course DWT.

The Ranger shows off it's AutumWatch logo

The Ranger shows off it's AutumWatch logo

Time has passed, and the time came to remove the stickers…  A few attempts by quite a few of us made little progress, so it was time to have a re-think.  Anthony, our current long term volunteer at the Urban Wildlife Centre, suggested using a hair dryer to heat the sticker and therefore loosening the glue.  Fantastic idea we all agreed – which in turn led me to pop into Poole for the hairdryer.

Back at the Centre we fired up the dryer and set to work.  It was still slow going, but eventually we had a nice shiny new Ranger!

Anthony gets stuck in..

Anthony gets stuck in..

Why the sudden need to get shod of the stickers, after all they were still doing a great job in advertising our involvement in such a popular programme..  Well, all of our vehicles are soon to be liveried up with new Dorset Wildlife Trust logos, and the Ranger and Minibus were first on the list.  The logos are needed on the vehicles now, in preparation for a launch later this year of the new DWT logo – and I’m sure that will be the subject of another blog when the time comes..

The next step was to get the vehicles over to Dorchester for their makeover.  We had very little involvement in that – a brief discussion with the guys doing the work about where and how big the logo should be, and we left them to it.  A few hours later and it was all done! 

Resplendent in all it's glory!

Resplendent in all it's glory!

The minibus has also been done..

The minibus has also been done..

We now have 2 of our fleet of vehicles out there, raising our profile and attracting lots of attention..   So, that’s Thunderbirds 1 and 2 done – I think they look great, hope you agree?



4 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    March 27, 2009 9:20 am

    Very smart – so now it’s just a matter of ensuring that you keep the vehicles shiny clean to do justice to the new logo. Is that Anthony’s job or yours Steve?

  2. Steve D permalink
    March 27, 2009 9:25 am

    Good point Chris..
    Well Anthony only has few weeks left with us so it won’t be him..

    It just so happens I discussed that very point last night with the boss – suffice to say a solution is around the corner!!

  3. March 27, 2009 10:40 am

    Very posh. I’m looking forward to updating the Dorset Wildlife Trust website with the new logo soon as well. Are you sure the hair-dryer wasn’t for you?

  4. Steve D permalink
    March 27, 2009 4:18 pm

    Ha ha Jane!

    I haven’t used a hairdryer since I was a teenager with shoulder length hair (no – there are no pictures to put on the blog!. I have a sneaking suspicion that I will never use one again either!

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