I think I can remove that question mark now from the previous post! Project 1p would be ending this evening had it not already ended. I’ve just had a pleasant half an hour reminiscing about the project 1p.
Highlights – Dennis and the goldfish, being on Newsround, and getting that land in Bulgaria.
Happy New Year everyone!
P.S. Does anyone want to swap a 2p? 🙂
I bet you didn’t expect to reading a project 1p blog post with that title in July. I certainly didn’t expect to be writing it. There have been some complications. Rebecca has decided to retract her offer (Wedding photography package). It would seem that she is annoyed that I was unable to trade it for something of greater value. Not through lack of trying I assure you! As I have explained to many before, I can only trade what I get offered.
So where does this leave Project 1p? With the Wedding Dress voucher, that I originally had two and a half months ago. Uh oh!
Project 1p is supposed to be entertaining, exciting and interesting. Not just for me but for the people who take part and for the people who follow it. Taking a giant step back to where I was two and a half months ago just doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t feel exciting, entertaining or interesting. I can’t really see any alternative than to end the project here, and accept that I will never be King of my own country.
However, you might notice that I put a “?” in the title of this post. The project has thrown up many surprises in the last 6 months, so I thought I’d use that question mark to cover myself against any unexpected intervention that somehow keeps the project alive. You never know!
At this point I’d like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has been following my progress, and to everyone who has made an offer and to the people who traded with me – Harry, Dennis, Dave and his mum, Dale, Paul, Darren, Alex and Claire, Adrian Firth and Andy Hornby.
It’s been fun!
I hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves too
That’s right, I traded the yurt holiday for a portrait made of 1p coins. 2,500 coins to be precise. You probably think that this is quite a good trade. But wait…. It gets better…
The man in that picture is Andy Hornby. For those of you who don’t know, Andy Hornby was the chief executive of HBOS during the 2008 banking crisis. They made a loss of £10.8 Billion in that year. He took a portion of blame and was asked to resign from his position.
So, project 1p has traded up from one penny, to a portrait made with thousands of pennies, of a man who lost trillions of pennies. Oh the irony!
This is how it happened.
I was excited about the yurt holiday. Very excited in fact. However, the offers were few and far between. I was facing a choice between someone’s web design services, an ex husband, or a romantic walk in the park followed by tea and cake. Not bad offers, but not the right offers.
Then I remembered a proverb that I was never told when I was growing up.
“If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain”
I realised I would have to go and look for my next trade. I have been keen to trade some art at some point during the project, so I innocently typed “penny artist” into a search engine. After looking at the creative workings of 27 different artists named Penny, I stumbled upon the website of a man called Adrian Firth (www.adrianfirth.com). Adrian made a whole series of portraits using 1p coins.
I was astonished! They are all brilliant. I emailed Adrian and told him that. Then I told him I wanted to swap my yurt holiday for one of his pictures. Fortunately, he was in need of a holiday. Even more fortunately, he had sold all but one of his penny portraits. With very little hesitation, the deal was done.
Adrian, his wife and their baby boy are going on a 1 week yurt holiday in France this September, and I am looking across the room at Andy Hornby’s face.
So ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time again. Make me an offer for the 1p portrait. As usual, any offers will be carefully considered, so don’t be shy! However I should point out that any offers made by Andy Hornby himself will be given priority. Go on Andy, make me an offer!
More info on the picture here
You are probably wondering what on Earth a custom made metal object is and why I traded 10 square metres of land in Bulgaria for it. Before you think I’ve gone completely mad allow me to explain.
You may or may not be aware that after the previous trade, Project 1p received a large amount of interest from the media and as a result a large number of people are now following the developments of the project. Consequently, I received a large number of offers for the land in Bulgaria. Obviously this is not a bad thing, but it made the whole process much more challenging. Up until now the choices I’ve had to make have been fairly simple, but this time the right choice was not so obvious. It was in fact a bloody hard decision to make. How anyone can possible choose between such offers as a 42″ plasma TV, a cow and someone’s virginity is beyond me! (Please note – I am sure the person who offered their virginity was joking. I hope they were anyway.)
To give you an insight into the other kind of offers I received I’ve listed some examples for you:-
1 juke box, 1 drum kit, a bottle of champagne, a holiday in Tunisia, 2 cars, £150, 70 lottery tickets, some artwork, a facebook app, a percentage of future earnings from an unpublished author, 3 fruit machines, some fishing equipment, 2 terrapin turtles, and some pigs.
Some of these offers were extremely generous and you probably think I am crazy for not accepting the pigs. However, there were problems and complications with most of them and to be honest, none of them really felt like the right choice. I was beginning to despair, and some of the facebook followers were becoming impatient. I then noticed an enthusiastic email that I had overlooked from a chap called Darren –
…I run a limited company (www.daradfabricationsltd.co.uk) where we weld and fabricate almost anything out of steel, i have been in this trade for 28 years. It was my birthday yesterday, So I thought what a way to mark my 44th birthday to trade something with your good self
I wasn’t sure where he was going with this offer so I hastily read to the end. It turns out that Darren was offering his services and materials for the land. He said he could do almost anything with metal from making an ornamental garden feature, to repairing a car, or making a candlestick. In his words
the list is endless to be honest you just need vision
I couldn’t agree more. This was starting to feel like the right choice. Somewhat obscure, but right nevertheless. I had a great chat on the phone with Darren and he told me all about the various objects he makes out of metal. He can even create objects from rough designs or sketches. We discussed the fine details of his offer and agreed on the following.
8 Hours skilled labour and £100 of materials (Mild Steel, Stainless Steel, or aluminium – all at cost price) to fabricate and weld any object to specification, sketch or design.
We agreed that the labour and materials would be adjustable depending on what he is required to make as long as his overall expense works out to be the same.
So there we have it. Have you ever wanted you very own custom made metal object? Perhaps a garden gate, or a rather extravagant tin opener? Make me an offer (cash or trade) and you can have whatever you like! Like Darren said, it could be almost anything, you just need vision.
P.S Following a few of comments I should clarify that I’m not getting anything made but whoever trades with me next can have whatever they want made! Hope that all makes sense.