MINI MAYOR: Ilford boy becomes London’s first ‘children’s mayor’

Ilford – VIJAY SHAH via ELLENA CRUSE and Ilford Recorder

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan beware, there’s a new kid on the block, and yes, he is actually a child. In a first for the city, London has witnessed the swearing into office (unofficially) of its first ‘children’s mayor’ – as part of a promotional campaign by a new kid-friendly theme park. Kishan Shah (no relation to the reporter), aged nine, and hailing from the upmarket Ilford suburb of Chigwell, has been elected mayor for youngsters with the help of children’s activity centre KidZania, his local newspaper the Ilford Recorder reported this past Thursday.


Shah beat off thousands of other entries and amazed judges at KidZania with his manifesto of improvements he would make to his city if he won. Among his manifesto pledges, Kishan suggested that people waiting in queues should be offered free fruit while they wait, the introduction of new clear signage for public water fountains, and helping children to interact with their new mayor via a suggestion box.

Kishan’s election was the result of a nationwide search by KidZania, an indoor theme park for children in west London, for a ‘KidZania London city mayor’ as part of their launch of a new annual pass that gives children unlimited access to their activity centre for twelve months. To celebrate Shah’s new ambassadorial role, KidZania will be giving his entire class a trip to their centre, a gold birthday party package for the new mayor himself, and even his own set of mayoral robes and keys to the KidZania City. Shah will also be the first recipient of the new KidZania yearly pass.

Kishan’s new job will be largely promoting KidZania activities, including the official opening of new attractions by the activity centre. The youngster was said to be thrilled at being chosen to be mayor, telling the Recorder: “I would make an excellent mayor as I am calm, friendly and approachable.

“I am also prepared to put in the hard work that being mayor would involve.”

Kishan’s mother Brijal added that the family were proud of their son winning the competition. She said: “He is an incredible boy with so much to give and I know he’ll do a brilliant job for KidZania”

The chief executive officer of KidZania London, Eddie Kemsley, also commented on the new mayor: “We received so many wonderful applications for the mayor position and we thank everyone for their efforts.

“However, there can only be one mayor and we are so happy for Kishan to come on board the KidZania London team.

“His personality really shone through in his application and we loved his ideas about introducing a mayor’s comment box in the city.

“We know he’ll be an enthusiastic voice for the people and we can’t wait for him to get started.”


Ilford Recorder, Facebook, Facebook Inc.

“Chigwell boy with manifesto becomes newest children’s mayor in London” – Ellena Cruse, Ilford Recorder/Archant Community Media Ltd (30 May 2018)


“File:KidZania pilots thumbs up while playing in a cockpit simulator.jpg” – KidZania Mumbai, Wikimedia Commons (9 October 2017)


NEWHAM PAST AND PRESENT: Four residents wins prizes in borough’s history quiz

Four lucky residents from the east London borough of Newham can now call themselves true amateur local historians after winning prizes in a council-sponsored history competition designed to test local historical knowledge.

The locals were among several winners of the Newham Past and Present competition, which aimed to increase awareness of the historical places and stories of the borough, which was once part of Essex county and was created in 1965 after a programme of extensive local government reorganisation. The competition took place at the Mayor‘s Newham Show weekend last month (July 2015), reports the council publication The Newham Mag this past weekend. In the competition, residents were asked to identify locations from around Newham’s eight Community Neighbourhood Areas by looking at an archive of photographs taken of them over the past fifty years since Newham came into existence.

The winners who achieved the highest scores in the history competition were Syed Ilyas Mizan, Miriam Jelinkova, Jim McLucas and Adele Flore. They all were gifted £50 worth of shopping vouchers to be spent at the borough’s showpiece Westfield mall in Stratford City. The prizes were presented by Cllr. Ken Clark, who is the cabinet member for building communities and public affairs, regeneration and planning. The award ceremony took place at East Ham Library in Barking Road, East Ham.

Speaking at the event to honour the ‘history buffs’, Clark said “Newham has had so much to celebrate over the past 50 years and residents who entered the heritage competition showed how they really know our borough, the people, and the places in it”.

Newham is renowned for its ethnically diverse and multicultural communities, ancient churches and pubs and Victorian architecture and has a large number of monuments and war memorials, including the Rhubarb and ArcelorMittal Orbit, the Samuel Gurney Memorial, the borough’s Town Hall and Stratford’s Olympic Stadium, soon to be the home of local football team West Ham.

“Success for history buffs” – The Newham Mag [Issue 323], Newham Council (28 August 2015) 
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HELLO SAUSAGE CHOPS!: Win £1,000 with Scribbler

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(c) Scribbler Holdings

Hello Sausage Chops!! Fancy winning £1,000?

Scribbler, the fun and funky personalised greeting card company, are offering one very lucky person the chance to win a grand in their latest competition to help you celebrate a great summer. Here’s your chance to pick up a ice-cool £1,000 and throw the mother of all barbecues. Take your mates and family on a trip to Blackpool. Or get that new conservatory you’ve promised yourself. Whatever dreams you have, Scribbler has just the ticket to help you make the most of the British summer in their brand-new cash giveaway.

Entering the Scribbler £1,000 competition really is more simple than negotiating a rapidly melting ice lolly. All you need to do is visit the Scribbler website at and enter your details for a chance to win a grand. It’s as easy as that!

You don’t need to purchase anything and competition entry is totally free. Just make sure to read the terms and conditions before entering. You can view the T&Cs here:

The Scribbler £1,000 giveaway is open to anyone over the age of 16 and it runs until the 29th July 2013, so get your entries in quick. The winner will be selected at random on the 5th August and will be notified within two days.

You can enter the competition by clicking on the link above or on the banner below. Good luck!!

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(c) Scribbler Holdings
Scribbler Competition – Hello Sausage Chops, Scribbler Holdings LINK 
“Terms and Conditions for entering the Scribbler draw to win £1000” – Scribbler Holdings LINK 
All images in this article courtesy of A. Hopkins at Browser Media.

FATHER’S DAY: The Scribbler ‘Man Chair’

As every man knows, it is a tough and hectic world out there. So after a long day’s work (or an even longer pub crawl), chasing after the kids and keeping on top of a thousand things DIY-related, it is just pure manly heaven to be able to retire to your own little sanctuary. An escape from the trials and travesties of life. A special private zone where you can revel in your masculinity and have some badly-needed bloke time. Want to watch the footie without the wife complaining. Go ahead. Want to finish off that last six-pack of cold lager. Knock yourself out. Need to scratch an itch in an unmentionable place. Who’s stopping you!.

Us guys have had the man-room, the man-lounge and even the ‘man-cave’. Now personalised card company Scribbler have come up with the latest reincarnation of the man-space, just in time for Father’s Day on the 16th June. Introducing the Man Chair

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This Father’s Day, instead of buying your dad that shirt with the shocking pink stripes that he will only wear once under pain of death  and then ‘forget’ at the bottom of his wardrobe….or that cologne with an aroma so powerful it could sedate anyone within a 10-mile radius, why not gift him his own chair complete with male-friendly knick-knacks. A place where he can sit all day, interruption-free, with everything he could ever desire just an arm’s stretch away. Somewhere he can escape from the real world, a homemade slice of paradise, right there in his living room, study or garden shed. He and he alone is allowed to sit in his man chair. It’s his sanctuary; a child-free, woman-free, rule-free zone, complete with everything he could ever need or want.

Here’s a humourous video showing the birth of  the Man Chair (Contains some mild comical sexual references).

Like any great idea (or sportscar), the Man Chair can be as individual as the Man himself. So with Father’s Day just around the corner, Scribbler wants to know what kind of Man Chair you will be gifting Pops. Perhaps you want to throw in a mannequin hand, so Dad can keep the flies off his kebab. Or emergency snack drops by remote-controlled helicopter. Or a sofa with side pockets to stash the TV remote or phone for when the ‘old man’ needs to handle those all-important calls to his rugby mates…or get away from those annoying ad breaks at half-time.

Just send in your ideas for the perfect Man Chair to Scribbler and the funniest – or rudest – ideas will be selected for a special mention on Scribbler’s blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

You can share your ideas on:

1. The Scribbler Blog (you can leave a comment under the article) :

2. Tweet them using the handle @scribblercards with the hashtag #mydadsmanchair (click on the handle link in this sentence and you can tweet with the hashtag automatically – or visit the Scribbler Twitter account and tweet them from there).

3. Or leave your Man Chair comments on the Scribbler Facebook page at:

Scribbler are also offering a 10% discount on purchases of cards on the site for Father’s Day. Just type in the code “MYDADDY10” and you’re good to go. Daddy will be a very happy man.

Now it’s just a question of squeezing in a widescreen telly in the lounge and filling up the fridge with a few cold ones.

LOVE IS…?: The Scribbler Valentine’s Day Competition

By Vijay Shah

Last month, the Half-Eaten Mind brought you news of a Christmas quiz competition launched by the personalised greeting card legends Scribbler where a lucky winner was just a few questions away from winning a year’s supply of free cards of their own choice. Well, they’re back with a new and even more easy-to-enter comp…and this time one lucky lover will be getting more than just flowers and a box of chocs this Valentine’s Day.

To celebrate the season of lurve, Scribbler are giving away a free iPad Mini to the best or most amusing answer to that eternal question “Love is….?”. With a crystal-clear hi-def 7.9 inch screen, 10 hours of battery life and over 300,000 apps on iTunes to choose from, the iPad Mini is the perfect gift to share those special and romantic memories with your loved one…or hog it all for yourself.

Not only that, the Scribbler cupids are also releasing an e-book of love quotes based on the age-old question “What is love?”….and everyone has the chance to see their idea of falling head-over-heels appearing in it!.

(c) Scribbler Holdings
(c) Scribbler Holdings
iPad mini
iPad mini (Photo credit: Stmpjmpr)

Anyone and everyone can contribute an answer, quote or comment on what they really think love is. The best (and worst) definitions of love will be compiled together for inclusion in the e-book, a special edition released to mark the occasion of Valentine’s Day. It’s a perfect way to distract your better half while you scamper around urgently looking for that elusive box of Thornton’s chocolates.

Here’s a handful of answers already contributed:

  • #loveis you covered in chocolate buttons
  • #loveis watching "The Labyrinth" with me, so I can get some special 
       Bowie time
  • #loveis dancing like a freak when no one else is watching

To be in with a chance to win an iPad Mini to stash away your mushy romantic dinner pics, simply either visit the Scribbler blog (link below) and leave your “Love is ?” answer along with your name/Twitter handle and email address. Otherwise you can tweet your answer using the hashtag #loveis to the official Scribbler Twitter page @scribblercards .


Happy Valentines Day
Happy Valentines Day (Photo credit: blmurch)

If that isn’t enough to make your sweetheart smile, then here’s something that will make them grin. In collaboration with Scribbler, the Half-Eaten Mind is offering a 20% DISCOUNT on products offered by the Scribbler site. Just enter the unique discount code  VALENTINESB3 at checkout to save on your purchase (online only). You can start shopping just by clicking on the Valentine’s card image below.

Please note, you must place your order before 2 pm on Monday 11th February if you want the recipient to have their card delivered before the 14th.

(c) Scribbler Holdings


“iPad Mini” – Apple Inc. LINK

SCRIBBLER CHRISTMAS QUIZ: Win £300 of personalised cards

By Vijay Shah

In one of the Half-Eaten Mind’s recent articles (read it here), I looked at the increasing popularity of personalised goods that you can design and order yourself from online (and physical ) retailers. Whether it is your nephew’s silly face on a stamp, or your next-door neighbour’s ‘ugly mug’ on a coffee mug, nearly any kind of treasured memory can be reproduced as a memento.

Nowhere has the trend of personalisation been more pronounced than in the industry of the greetings card. With easy and innovative options to create your own tailor-made cards for that extra special touch, it does not need a lot of effort to show that you have been really thinking of the special people in your life – a much more meaningful and human method of expression than plucking a random pre-designed generic card off a newsagent’s shelf and calling it a day.

Greeting cards on display at retail.
Greeting cards on display at retail. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In an industry usually associated with funky singing pigeons and flying pig’s heads zooming around deep space, there is a new face on the card scene: Scribbler.

Unlike the big players, Scribbler have been selling greetings card from their network of outlets in the U.K. for thirty years. The independently-owned company has made itself one of the country’s leading purveyors of quality celebratory products through its blend of fresh and unique design supplemented with edgy ‘slap-your-knees’ humour.

(c) Scribbler Holdings
(c) Scribbler Holdings

Scribbler have now branched out into the personalised cards industry with adaptable versions of their in-store designs. Their offerings are not for the faint-hearted with hundreds of pretty, witty and gritty cards suitable for a variety of occasions and purposes. The cards are illustrated with bright cheerful, yet not-over-the-top graphics from award-winning designers, many exclusive to Scribbler. For U.K. customers, postage is free and cards can be printed and posted on the same day if ordered by 2 pm. Scribbler also accept international payments, and are more than happy to deliver to addresses abroad.

In the run-up to the Christmas festive season, Scribbler have launched an online festivity-inspired quiz on their official blog, where a lucky winner will receive a very special Xmas gift – over £300 worth of personalised greeting cards. Enough to keep you busy up until Christmas 2013.

(c) Scribbler Holdings

The Scribbler Christmas Quiz is the perfect chance to find out whether you are a joyfully festive Xmas elf who is lapping up the mince pies and mulled wine or a Scrooge whose idea of Chrimbo cheer is leaving out a rusty sweets tin full of Bah Humbugs.

Simply answer ten funny questions on how you are going to mark the 12 days of Christmas and click the submit button to be entered into the prize draw to win a year’s supply of your own dream greetings cards.  If the top prize does not fire up your Yule log, you can still complete the quiz just for the fun of it without entering the draw.



Click here to enter……