Octobers Top Online Creative Comps

I love a creative comp (see my room in a shoe box entry) that’s why I’ve decided to create this post to share with readers the best online skill-based competitions I’ve found so far for this October 2012.

1) Trunki Design Competition With
Thomas Cook:

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From Friday 28th September, wannabe-designers can put their colouring skills to the test using either Thomas Cook’s Trunki design toolkit on its Facebook page which works like Microsoft Paint – or on a paper Trunki template which people can pick up from any one of Thomas Cook’s 800 stores.

Alex Emberey, who works for the family holiday giant, Thomas Cook, said: ““Trunkis have proved themselves to be the travelling accessory for children over the past couple of years, and I don’t think I’m alone in wishing there was an adult version! As a family holiday company, we wanted to give parents and kids something to enjoy doing together between the summer holidays and half term which kept the holiday spirit alive. We hope parents will enlist the help of their little ones for a real masterclass in colouring in.”

The deadline for suitcase submissions is Friday 19th October, after which Trunki’s design gurus will pick a winning design in four different categories: Boys, Girls, Animals/Bugs and Cartoon Characters. Each of the winners will win a Trunki of their choice and secure a place in the final prize draw to win a fabulous summer 2013 family. Thomas Cook’s Facebook community will vote for a fifth finalist, who will also get one of the pull-along cases and be entered into the holiday prize draw.

The lucky winning designer and their family will be jetting off – Trunki in tow – to the Parque Cristabel Hotel in Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria next summer.

As much as I hate voting competition this one is mainly judged with 4 places in the final going to 4 entries chosen by Trunki and an additional entry going through to the final based on Facebook votes.

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2) Win A Total of 5 Sking Trips To France For Your Family.

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One lucky family will win FIVE ski holidays to Les 3 Vallées in France between December 2012 and April 2013 including all of the following:
Flights from London Gatwick to Grenoble from Monarch Airlines
Transfers from Grenoble to Les 3 Vallées (www.3vt.co.uk) Accommodation in five resorts in the Les 3 Vallées region Season lift passes for the full Les 3 Vallées region Salomon skis, poles and boots for each member of the family Scott ski jacket, ski pants, helmet, goggles & gloves for each member of the family Ski lessons provided by the ESF.

To put your family forward to enter this amazing competition, all you have to do is to tell us why you would be a great choice to win the 3 Vallées Easy Rider competition in a short video.

It could be that you are really sporty, but never thought you would be able to afford skiing. Or that you are a real whiz on social media and will tell thousands of friends about about it.

Whatever the reason all you need to do is post your entry to YouTube and share that video on our Facebook page.

Thankfully this is not a voting competition as they state “Our judging panel of mountain professionals will select the winning family”

This one seems worth an entry.
Site states your video entry must be uploaded to the Facebook page by the 29th October. For full details and terms and conditions just click Here

3) Halloween Themed Pinterest competition By Superlucky (Win Tin of Biscuiteers Biscuits, worth £38.50)!

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Superlucky want you to create a new board called Halloween on Pinterest and pin the competition image on her site. Then pin, re-pin or upload Halloween themed images (a least 9 more in total) to the board.

Email the link to your completed board to Superlucky via the address on her blog before midnight on the 19th October.

Competition is judged on creativity and winner will be contacted via email

Visit the Superlucky blog for full details.

4) Yano Childrens’s Creative Writing Competition 2012

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Unleash your child’s vivid imagination and encourage them to write a fantastical poem or a story of their own, entitled ‘My Most Amazing Adventure Ever‘.

Yano are giving creative kids the opportunity to win themselves some fantastic prizes. Each category winner will win £100 worth Of book vouchers from Blackwell Booksellers plus a bundle of fantastic books from Parragon Books including some signed-by-author. One overall winner will also receive a £500 voucher to spend on a family break, courtesy of LateRooms.com – the experts on travel.

They have three entry age groups; 4 to 5 year-olds, 6 to 7 year-olds and 8 to 9 year-olds.

Download an entry form from the site. Stories must then be typed onto A4 paper and sent in the post along with the entry form.

Yano ask that the story is no longer than 1500 words.

The competition is judged by a panel of judges.

I can find a closing date, though winners are announced on the 4th of December 2012.

To view the competition and its terms and conditions click Here

5) Win A Trip To The Home Of Kinder Surprise In Turin Italy (10 Runner Up Prizes Of A Kinder Party For 10 Friends)

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Kinder Surprise want children to imagine what the Home of Kinder Surprise is like. Parents can submit their child’s Answer directly on their website via an online form. All entries will be judged by an independent panel and the child with the most imaginative, funny or exciting answer (and their family) will be off to enjoy an unforgettable experience at the Home of Kinder Surprise (Turin, Italy).

Prize includes business class flights, private car transfers, 2 nights’ accommodation in a 4-star hotel, dinner in a top local restaurant and even a bit of spending money.

There’s even the opportunity for you and your child to see one of our designers create a Kinder Surprise toy. From initial sketches to finished design, they’ll witness how every little detail is thought through until it’s just right. Plus you and your child will get the opportunity to see our amazing archive of toys made through the years.

This seems a really simply to enter comp that is also a really fairly judged competition.

It’s defiantly worth a try, especially given there are 10 runner up prizes of A kinder surprise party for up to 10 children.

Competition is open till the 31st December 2012

Click here for more details

6) Zillys Cuties Out & About Instagram Competition:

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All you have to do for this one is share a snap of your cuties out and about this October and one will be chosen to win a £100 zulily voucher, plus a Starlight SP car seat – for ages 9 months to 12 years from Storchenmuehle, worth £140. You can see the Storchenmuehle car seat on zulily today.

If your not yet on Instagram then easily sign up. Upload your image to Instagram Making sure your profile is public, so that they can see your photo.
You then need to follow zulilyUK on Instagram (@zulilyUK) and tag your picture with three things:
#zulilyUKOctoberCutiesCompetition
@zulilyUK
and either: #zulilynewbie (if you’re new to zulily) or #zulilian (if you’ve already joined zulily).

The competition closes on Wednesday 31st of October. If you win you will you will be contacted via Instagram comments. The winner will be announced on our blog no later than Monday 5th November.

Visit Zulily for full terms and conditions.

7) National Baking Week (Let’s Get Britain Baking)

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Get hold of a trusted wooden spoon and give it a buddy makeover to look exactly like you, only smaller. Be as creative as you like.

Then let your new friend walk in your shoes. Take it on your commute to work, have a catch up with friends over coffee with your new baking buddy or even pack it in your case for your hols.

Now for the most important bit. Don’t forget to take a picture of yourself and your miniature equivalent on location and upload it to our facebook page or post it to twitter with the hashtag #mybakingbuddy by Sunday 21st October.

The more creative the better because there’s the chance to win a fantastic Leisure Range Cooker with multiple cooker.

To read more and see the full terms and conditions plus a picture of the prize click Here.

Have I been loaded with the PIP exploding implants?

Today I will make a very important phone call, one that has the potential to either ease my worry or set my already racing mind into a state of over drive! Today I will call Transform, one of the UK’s leading and biggest Cosmetic Surgeon groups within the UK, to ask if I was given PIP (Poly Implant Prothese) breast implants.

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As I’m guessing many reading this will already know given the extent of worrisome media coverage, that PIP implants have been linked to a major health scare, leading to the French government advising French nationals to have the implants removed and they will foot the bill! Meanwhile the British MHRA are advising British women with PIP implants (including some 3,000 cancer survivors, who had the implants as part of NHS reconstructive surgery) not to panic as there is no need for the implants removal.

Although there has been no proven link to cancer it has still emerged following figures given by Transform Cosmetic group, that the implants are 7% more likely to rupture than other brands (with the figure already rising). This figure was claimed to be just one percent just a few days back. However forums such as so feminine have had threads forming about the leakage and rupturing of these implants for years, with each thread consisting off sufficient numbers of women, already stating their concerns about the use of PIPs some as early on as 2005.

Reports have unfolded that UK Surgeons in Britain had warned against the use of the PIP implants in 2006 and 2007, but it took regulators a further four years to ban them after the MHRA released a Recall! It is reported that companies such as the Harley medical group were still inserting PIP implants just one month before the official Ban hit.

With each passing day women everywhere have discovered, bit by bit the horrible truth behind the PIP implant scare, including how a 72-year-old French man loaded the implants with an industrial chemical mix instead of medically approved silicone gel. The filler first thought to be a substance used in mattresses is one unknown to the medical world. Worse still in recent hours reports are surfacing that one of the dangerous chemicals used within these fake EU approved implants could in-fact be a fuel additive, alongside substances used to make rubber tubes. Jean-Claude Mas who is now a very wealthy man, a millionaire in fact, as a result of the distribution of implantable ticking time bombs, now will face a string of criminal charges in France one including Manslaughter.

As I’ve sat watching the news unfold around me, I’ve secretly worried that I may have unknowingly agreed to have two of these ticking time bombs inserted in my body! Much has happened between the time of my implant surgery till now! My eldest son has been diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, and I’m now a mum of three my life has been on a never-ending spiral of events. Though yes, I really should remember the exact date of implantation, I’m sorry my minds a little foggy! What I do know is that my Surgery was performed with Transform, I had a consultation in the New Cavendish Street medical office, which is located just of Harley Street in London, before my final surgery which was carried out in a transform private hospital in Finchley London by the well-known and trusted surgeon DR Khan! All follow ups were again performed at Transform’s New Cavendish Street London medical office. Racking my brains, I’m pretty certain that surgery took place in the year of 2005/2006 which therefore causes me that bit more concern, here’s why…

On searching the Transform website for any kind of PIP related Press statement, here’s what I uncovered!

23rd December 2011
“If you are a Transform patient and are concerned, please be reassured that our usage of PIP implants since 2005 has been limited to less than 100 patients. We will be writing to those patients in the coming days
This means if you had your procedure after 2005 and do not receive a letter from us, you do not have PIP implants.
If you had your procedure between August 2003 and September 2005 you may have received PIP implants. We reiterate, there is no evidence of a link to cancer, but if you are concerned about potential for rupture, or would like to arrange a review with us, please call us on 08000 214 102. Alternatively you can email us at info@transform-medical.co.uk. If you email us, please also let us know your”

Holy bloody cow! With a dry mouth I suddenly felt myself wanting to vomit. You convince yourself, it can’t be you however the longer I ponder over it the more I fear that actually, yes… Maybe I did have my operation when Transform used PIP implants as their main supplier! This is why I need to call them, instead of being sat worried senseless!
Have I had any symptoms to indicate a rupture? Well, I thought not, that was in-till I read about lumps and shooting pains! Two years ago, I did need to make an appointment with my GP when I feared the worse after discovering a hard lump under my armpit, my GP stated it was enlarged lymph nodes from being ill with a viral, yet it took its time to disappear, and although it’s now gone, I continue to experience shooting pains though the nipple of my left breast and continue to on this day.”

Yesterday I read an article in the Guardian online authored by Sarah Wollaston on the 2nd January 2012, which read…

“Perhaps women damaged by complications from breast implants should take their cases to the General Medical Council and ask them to consider how those surgeons mutilating them to look like grotesque dolls could in any way have put their safety first. It strikes me that this industry both promotes and normalises a dysmorphic and damaging stereotype.”

I was both angered and appalled at such a judgemental view, I feel that such shallow minded reporters who feel that all women have breast enlargement surgery, do so because they have this desire to resemble some out of proportion glamor model getting her breast out for the great British public or purely for the reason of gaining big oversized breast! I don’t feel I need to explain my reasons for my decision to have breast enlargement surgery, however I will state that like millions of other women it wasn’t for the desire to have bigger breast. I did this due to the fact I was left with nothing but skin following pregnancy diabetes, which made my breast balloon from a B to a DD (I gained almost double my body weight and it was awful) as predicted by doctors, the diabetes just went away following the birth of my son and as a result of drastic weight loss I was left with terrible flaps of skin instead of normal breast, as a women in my early twenties with a pervious eating disorder and the tendency to become extremely self-conscious It felt like my best option (Yes, I did try everything else first and this was my last option). Sarah’s comments, like many others, are nothing other than judgemental, stereotyped rubbish that frankly show a great lack of intelligence. We are women who make our own decisions and those decisions should be respected! Yes, we are advised there are certain risk, yet It should be remembered that we were not aware of such dangers, do you think that if we were told our breast would be filled with fuel additives and rubber tube filler we would have still gone ahead with the Operation?

This is not our fault and reports such as this one might like to bear this in mind.
I’ll be sure to update with any news, and continue to hold all those affected in my thoughts… Here’s hoping for a better outcome following the government review!