Neil’s Blog – Water, The Environment and More….

Bless the Therapists…

Growing up, both in physical years and spiritual awareness, I’ve developed a deep respect for those who help others. The love of dear friends has certainly enlightened me in recent years, but major blessings are reserved for my mum, who gave me a deep... read more

Good is great, but keep it simple

I did a customer sampling of Aquapax in the John Lewis FoodHall last Friday and the energy flowing back from customers engaging with our brand for the first time was completely addictive. There is always learning from each engagement and every time I speak with folk,... read more

personal hydration – you know what's right…

I was reading an online article from a chap I follow called ‘Dr. Mercola’ where he wrote about why quenching one’s thirst with the increasingly trendy sports drinks is not necessarily a good idea… His article revealed that while most people believe sports drinks... read more

what happened to authenticity?

I took some time out to review the e-mail we get each day and have been staggered at how much is absolute rubbish trying to sell us stuff which isn’t relevant or build a ‘relationship’ with an organisation marketing services which we simply aren’t interested in. Of... read more

world water day meets climate week

March 22nd marks International World Water Day, held annually to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and raise awareness of the need to sustainably manage diminishing freshwater resources. This co-incides in the UK with Climate Week – a national... read more

mineral water and babies…

I get google alerts for various things and one of the most flagged topics that comes in relates to a bunch of miss-information circulating on the web relating to babies and tap water and also babies and mineral water. The defacto position is that in most civilised... read more

my eulogy for David…

David John Tomlinson was born less than a kilometre from here in Mothers Hospital on Saturday 25 March 1964 where he became ‘little David’ to Paul and I who at that time were already nearly 5 and nearly 2 respectively… When you get a label like ‘little’ within a... read more

liquid gold on bbc2

interesting how many calls and texts we’re getting to tell us about this ‘major new series’ starting this evening on BBC2 with an expose of how large corporations make people drink bottled water… All the messages are the same; here’s a... read more

website woes…

or dreadful delays would be another title which is not quite as disparaging of our current website. There’s little wrong with a static website – particularly if people manage to find the reasonably prominent ‘visit our founder’s blog’ link where they can then access... read more

Blog action day – & it’s about water…

Isn’t this appropriate for ‘the waterguy’ with a time management challenge when it comes to regular blog updates… but less of me and what’s with the blog action water thing?  ‘Blog Action Day’ (capitals because it’s official) is an annual event held every October 15... read more

London fashion / design season

The media’s full of ‘LFW’ and quite right too – it’s something London’s managed to retain on the international kudos stakes and no matter how hard our bankers seemingly try to screw up the nation’s reputation, creativity... read more

where to buy AQUAPAX???

As our iconic blue cartons establish their presence ever wider, we’ve had quite a few e-mails here at head office asking which Tesco and Waitrose stores AQUAPAX are now available in here in the UK. Independents typically don’t tell us when they stock a product, and... read more

a beautiful life…

Well it rhymes with trouble and strife, but no-one really wants to read of another’s woes, so I opted for the more palatable headline… We too have the day to day pressures of running a growing business, late paying customers and un-cooperative banks, but in the wider... read more

this is my why…

It’s a challenge to read my optimistic embrace of 22nd April (below) and reconcile it with how the news of the gulf oil slick – which unfolded later that same day – made and continues to make me feel. The wonderful ecological initiatives being undertaken... read more

Happy Earth Day one and all…

Earth Day is celebrated across the world today (April 22nd) ever since the first ever designated Earth Week gathering which was organised by some particularly forward thinking student folk in Philadelphia back in 1970. Isn’t Wikipedia wonderful? 😉 That particular week... read more

happy birthday to me…

It’s that time of year again tomorrow where I take a day off to celebrate the anniversary of being born… I confess my birthday isn’t as big a deal as it used to be, but the day still merits a bit of chill out time. This year it’s a picnic in a child friendly farm... read more

my social media theory…

I went to the eThursday event at the Corn Exchange in Brighton yesterday evening where Dr. Alex Krotoski (aka the high priestess of social media) revealed herself as a genuine guru in her field. She is one seriously nice person with a charming and disarming honesty... read more

hot healthy bods in Brighton

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of a behind the scenes pre-opening tour of Brighton’s fabulous new venue for anyone wanting to really get their lives back in shape via their bodies… The title should have given the venue away, as it’s the new Bikram Yoga studio,... read more

common sense…

It’s less common than you think – I was reading this piece put out by ACE UK on sustainable material awareness and it highlights to me the non-contiguous government policy and plainly evident absence of common sense regarding making any impact on climate change.... read more

old friends and wise words…

I spoke with my good friend Robert yesterday evening – you know when you meet someone who you just click with – that’s him! We met in Dubai last year for the Arab Beverage Industry Seminar, where AQUAPAX won the ‘Best Bottled Water of the Year’. He and I... read more

it’s a bit like busses…

Opportunities I mean – you wait forever for the one you want and then 2 come along at the same time… it’s certainly been like that lately, hence my absence from writing. We partnered with Estethica for their press day at the London May Fair hotel on 11th November.... read more

iconic AQUAPAX at fabulous FIAC…

Between 22 and 25 October the art world turned out in force to celebrate the 36th FIAC in Paris. 210 galleries exhibited the work of 4,200 artists, with works prominently housed at the magnificent space within the ‘Grand Palais’ and at the ‘Cour Carrée du Louvre’ –... read more

living here and now…

I can’t help wonder why decision making is sometimes so difficult. Are we afraid of ‘no’ or do we genuinely not know? This has been a frustrating fortnight for ‘maybe’, ‘possibly’ and ‘might’ – the financial... read more

making mistakes…

I believe the greatest mistake one can make is to be too afraid to make one at all. This paranoia state means nothing is ever accomplished, nor attempted, because of the premise that all objections need to be covered off first. I went with the flow this morning and... read more

re-use and then recycle…

The Gunwharf food festival was fun on Saturday and I met some ‘old friends’ from last year when Hagar and I shared a stand with a funky mini. It’s amazing to see how my encouragement for people to re-use and recycle their empty Aquapax has really... read more

a working weekend…

7 day weeks are no fun anymore. The Sussex Show was busy enough (although not as busy as last year) and working with my son on father’s day was a reward in itself; but my feet hurt a great deal more than they ever have in the past and beating the break even... read more

drink fresh, drink pure…

…the message is finally getting through and we took so many questions in the food hall yesterday, it was marvelous. Of course it’s logical that sealing a wonderfully pure mineral water in light free and airtight conditions will keep the water taste... read more

questions and answers…

We’re constantly getting e-mails and customer calls regarding why Aquapax is suitable for infants and why being sealed from light and air is a good thing for water. At the other end of the spectrum, we’re bombarded with spam style e-mails about various... read more

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