Behind the scenes of international business

Would you rather have a child or a horse?

It’s a very good question, and a prime example of the kind of high-brow discussions that go on at a Cuddledry team meeting.

“I’d definitely rather have a kid,” declared Helen, Cuddledry Director, mum of three, and all round savvy businesswoman, “horses have got more legs.”

The conversation stopped, and we all turned to look at her.

“What?” she said, looking at us blankly as though it was a completely obvious point to make. “Seriously, have you seen the price of Clarks shoes lately?”

We pointed out that as she has three children, she actually has a total of six legs – more than your standard horse – but she remained unconvinced. The conservation swiftly moved on to something far more serious.

“OK then,” said Helen, “so if you were a burglar, which animal would you be most scared of?”

“A tiger,” I said immediately. I think if I climbed through a window in search of an Xbox and found a tiger I’d be pretty scared.

“No,” said Sarah, “not a tiger. What about an elephant? But hang on, and elephant would be too big wouldn’t it? It would just be there wedged in the hallway. That wouldn’t be very scary.”

“I don’t think an elephant,” said Paula, the woman in charge of managing our finances, “I think I’d be more scared of something like a goose.”

A goose?

I mean everyone knows a swan can break a man’s arm, but surely you’d stand a better chance against a goose than a wild jungle beast? Efficient businesspeople that we are, we tackled the issue head on, and made a snappy yet democratic decision – a quick poll put the elephant in third place, the tiger in second, and the goose on top.

Good to know those business skills come in so handy isn’t it?




  1. 16 November, 2011 / 12:07 pm

    That is fantastic! I soo need to go back to work.

    • 24 November, 2011 / 7:15 am

      It is nice to talk to other grown ups! I think these meetings are extra fun because we normally all work remotely, so don’t get together as a team very often – it makes it all the more exciting when we do :-)

  2. 16 November, 2011 / 6:28 pm

    Now if only we could persuade parliament to have similar discussions lol

    • 24 November, 2011 / 7:14 am

      I reckon they do really, they just pretend. I can quite see Clegg and Cameron bickering over who’d win in a fight, Superman or Spiderman.

  3. 17 November, 2011 / 9:47 am

    I would be most scared of a wasp. Pathetic, I know. Great blog, Jo. I’m just launching one too, once I can get my head (or someone else’s) round the IT.

    • 24 November, 2011 / 7:13 am

      I’d actually be pretty scared of a bird. I don’t like birds inside houses.

      I find wordpress really easy to use – it just does everything for you basically. Let me know if you need any pointers any time and good luck!

  4. 21 November, 2011 / 11:38 am

    It would have to be a gorilla…or a hornet…or possibly both. If the hornet stung the gorilla then that room is gonna feel mighty small…

    • 24 November, 2011 / 7:12 am

      Ooh yes, which COMBINATION of animals would be even better! Like aren’t elephants scared of mice or something? An elephant having a panic attack would not be a good thing to meet.

  5. actuallymummy
    21 November, 2011 / 11:57 am

    That is seriously funny ;)

  6. 24 November, 2011 / 8:44 am

    Cracking. I need to swop jobs….

  7. 24 November, 2011 / 2:02 pm

    I don’t recall work been such fun :)

  8. 24 November, 2011 / 2:40 pm

    Oh no no no, you’ve got it all wrong. Unless you’re an old man who refuses to offer sacerdotal utterances your average goose isn’t going cause you any bother.

    Now, for real terror – try a spider!

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