A seemingly British week in Cleveland…

For some reason this week has been, for us at least, very British.
Bakers van in MentorI got a photo from my wife during this week of an old British bakers van (Hovis to be specific). Not too interesting I suppose, except it was driving through Mentor!

Two guys, from very close to where we lived in the UK, were recreating a race across America in Ford Model-T’s.  You can follow their exploits on their website.

Then, returning from Amazone (great fun, but I’m not all that at Lasertag), we stopped off at Gaelic Imports. If you live around Cleveland you have to stop in and grab some of their fantastic baked good. I stocked up with some sausage rolls, pasties and bakewell tarts amongst other things. I also grabbed one of their breakfast pies. They are just so tasty!

We also picked up some canned goods from “back home” too.  Now these are hard times I know, but when someone if baking this stuff fresh, and its so cheap, you’ve gotta support them.  They also sell through Reilly’s at the Westside Market.

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In the 6 years I’ve been in Ohio I can’t remember seeing one single snail!  Is it that Britain is so soggy I just grew used to seeing them?

They’re everywhere!

It seems every movie that is vaguley comedic in nature, has a cast member from the U.S. version of The Office. I’ve nothing against them-if you can get the work, great.

But, c’mon.

I took my son to see the sequal to “Night at the Museum” and they had at least 3 cameos of Office alums, not including the creator Ricky Gervais (all wasted IMHO).  They were really just there for the “Ooh, that’s so-and-so from The Office”.

UserVoice adds widgets and funding…

Listening, garnering feedback, and giving your users & visitors a greater sense of community is a cornerstone of this new web that we use daily.  A company that has been helping others to do this is UserVoice, whom I first wrote about over a year ago.

Today UserVoice made some great announcements including a widget that you can brand and include anywhere in your web site.  This white-label widget is different from the usual overlay form we’re used to seeing as you can include it inline on the page. Letting companies brand and change sections of functionality to suit their web site, it also “allows people to easily search, vote, and submit bug reports directly on the host site”, making it easier than ever to let companies interact with their customer base.

As well as getting substantial funding from Baseline Ventures, UserVoice has a new advisor in Bob Pearson. While VP of communities & conversations, Mr. Pearson led Dell’s Ideastorm, which is wildly held as the industry-leading approach to the use of social media.

All of this is great news, not only for UserVoice, but for the web in general, as it helps us take great strides in closing the gap between companies and their users, and that has got to be a big win for us all.