Thursday, 5 February 2009

Wanna be on TV?

Next Weds (11 Feb) from 11.00am onwards, a CNN crew will be filming at the toy rental club. They plan to interview ourselves and a few customers concerning the economic downturn. Does it make you more or less likely to rent? You don't have to talk, but why not bring your kids along for a play session? Not everyone can boast that they’ve been on CNN!

POSTSCRIPT: The filming went fine but it turned out that the focus was on "green" businesses rather the recession. We'll post a note here once we have the broadcast date.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Playmobil Inventor Dies

Hans Beck, the German inventor of Playmobil toys, has died at the age of 79. Beck created the 7.5cm tall figures with their clip-on clothes in response to a plastic shortage caused by the oil crisis of the early 1970s. They became so popular that over 2 billion of them have been sold in more than 70 countries.

Beck, originally a furniture maker, worked according to the motto "No horror, no superficial violence, no short-lived trends". His first Playmobil characters were a knight, a builder and a Native American. For the full story, read this article in the UK's Guardian newspaper.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009


Hurrah! It looks like our website problem with Internet Explorer 6 is solved. We're really sorry for the inconvenience some of you suffered.

We also discovered that the form page (i.e. with the form for corresponding with us) was refreshing itself every minute. Some of you may have had the frustrating experience of seeing your message disappear before you sent it. Again, our sincere apologies. It has been fixed.

Once we're really sure that the new website design is working across all browsers, we'll spruce up our product pages (i.e. the ones that have tables).

Monday, 2 February 2009

Internet Explorer 6

More website woes ... We have discovered that users of Internet Explorer version 6 cannot view our website properly. The page layout breaks down completely - and yet in other browsers, including IE7, there is no problem at all. Unfortunately, nearly 20% of visitors to our site use IE6 so we must try to find a solution. (The short term solution, of course, is for everybody to upgrade to IE7 - using the free download on Microsoft's site - or switch to the excellent Mozilla Firefox.)

In case you know a lot about this kind of thing, apparently the "css" files are faultless so the problem may lie with some "javascript" in the "html" pages. Hmm, you all understood that, I hope?