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Happy #PretendToBeATimeTravellerDay!

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Today is the 10th anniversary of Pretend To Be A Time Traveller Day; a day to have a bit of fun by pretending to be a time traveller!

You could be a visitor from the future, who finds everything outdated and quaint, or a traveller from the past, who is amazed and astonished by all of our wonderous technologies, odd clothing, and amusing social customs.

Famous Time Travelling Names

If you’re looking for a name with a bit of a time travelling theme, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found in fiction:

Aaron & Abe
Primer

Alba DeTamble
The Time Traveller’s Wife

Amy Pond
Doctor Who

Bill & Ted
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Bill Potts
Doctor Who

Cameron
Terminator

Claire Randall
Outlander

Clara Oswold
Doctor Who

Donna Noble
Doctor Who

Emmett Brown
Back To The Future

Gary Sparrow
Goodnight Sweetheart

Gil Pender
Midnight in Paris

Henry DeTamble
The Time Traveller’s Wife

Hiro Nakamura
Heroes

Holly Marshall
Land Of The Lost

Jack Harkness
Torchwood

Jake Epping
11.22.63

James Cole
12 Monkeys

John Connor
Terminator

Kevin
Time Bandits

Kiera Cameron
Continuum

Kyle Reese
Terminator

Lola
Run Lola Run

Lucy Preston
Timeless

Martha Jones
Doctor Who

Marty McFly
Back To The Future

Mickey Smith
Doctor Who

Phil Connors
Groundhog Day

Rick Marshall
Land Of The Lost

Rip Hunter
Legends of Tomorrow

River Song
Doctor Who

Rory Williams
Doctor Who

Rose Tyler
Doctor Who

Rufus Carlin
Timeless

Samuel Beckett
Quantum Leap

Sarah Connor
Terminator

Tim Lake
About Time

Tommy Clark
Heroes Reborn

Tru Davies
Tru Calling

Wyatt Logan
Timeless


Don’t Lose Your Stuff In Time OR Space – Use Stikins ® Name Labels; The Thoroughly Modern Alternative To Sew In Name Tapes & Iron On Name Tags.

 

Okay, so Stikins ® can’t help you actually travel through time (or space) but they can help you and your family keep track of all your stuff on any adventure (even if that’s just getting them to school and back in one piece!). Our stick on name labels are made with a unique – and extremely advanced – adhesive that has been developed using the latest materials and manufacturing processes to ensure that your sticky name labels will live up to their name and simply stick on and stay on.

Each name sticker measures 30mm wide by 15mm high and is a white name label printed with a bold black font – so they’re really easy to read (when you need to) but also totally discrete (when you don’t). Stikins ® are a truly multipurpose name labelling solution; you can use one pack of stick on labels as school uniform labels, labels for school equipment, general purpose clothing labels, name tags for lunch boxes and water bottles, and name stickers for anything else that you want to keep safe.

Stikins ® can be applied in seconds; you simply peel each name label off its backing sheet and then stick it onto the wash-care label (of clothing and fabric items) or directly onto the item you want to label – use your thumb to apply pressure firmly and evenly across the surface of your name labels to ensure that the adhesive bonds fully with the surface and then allow 24 hours before washing for the first time to allow the adhesive time to set and fully strengthen.

Get all of your children’s belongings safely and securely labelled with Stikins ® name labels so that everything will always make it there and back again – even if your adventures get a bit timey-wimey!  

Last Posting Dates For Christmas Name Labels

Friday, December 1st, 2017

It is finally December, which means that the Christmas Countdown is officially ON!

It also means that if you’ve been thinking about ordering some Christmas name labels to get yourself organised over the holidays, then NOW is the time to buy!

Christmas is a great time of year to take stock of how much stuff has made it to school and back again safely (and how much hasn’t) and to see what else needs labelling – just in case.

Maybe you need school uniform labels for someone who’s grown a bit (or a lot) over the last few months, name tags for equipment that’s needed for a new class or project starting in January, or perhaps you just need a few extra stick on name labels to help keep a few Christmas presents safe when they inevitably get taken into school for an (un)official show and tell.

If you’ve got a child (or any other family members) with a bit of a reputation for losing things, a pack of Stikins ® name labels might just be the perfect little extra something for their stocking this year.

It’s also a great time to order school name labels on behalf of family and friends – especially those living abroad who will be visiting (or visited) over the holidays.

If you want to order a pack (or two or three or four – or more!) of sticky name labels for delivery BEFORE Christmas – don’t worry! – there’s still plenty of time to make sure that your stick on labels arrive before the big day.

SWIFT & SPEEDY DESPATCH

OF SEASONAL SCHOOL NAME LABELS

We print, pack, and post our name labels every day, Monday to Friday, up to 3pm – which means that ALL orders received before 3pm are sent out SAME day, while orders received after 3pm (or over the weekend) are sent out on the NEXT working day.

We send all of our orders via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard (free of charge) and you can also upgrade to a next day delivery service (shipping: £5.75) or a Saturday delivery service (shipping: £8.75) to make sure that your name stickers arrive safe and sound as soon as possible.

To upgrade to our special delivery options, please give us a call on 01270 668076; this allows us to ensure that your order will DEFINITELY be despatched same day for next day delivery.

DELIVERY DEADLINES TO AVOID

A CHRISTMAS DISAPPOINTMENT

If you do want to order name labels for clothes and other items – and you need them to arrive BEFORE Christmas – then we strongly recommend upgrading to our next day delivery service.

We also recommend ordering as soon as possible to avoid disappointment – especially if you are relying on our standard delivery service; Royal Mail do NOT guarantee that first class items will be delivered next day and this service can experience delays as we get closer to Christmas.


If you find that ordering name labels has slipped your mind, these are the very last posting dates for orders of Stikins ® name labels:

Delivery to Europe: last posting dates vary by country with some being as early as the 6th December and others being as late as 13th-15th December; you can get in touch with us to find out the last posting date for your intended shipping destination BUT we strongly recommend ordering THIS WEEK to give your name labels plenty of time to arrive.

Delivery to the Republic Of Ireland: we despatch orders via Royal Mail’s International Standard service, which means the last posting date is Friday 15th December.

This service may be delayed so we recommend ordering as early as possible for pre-Christmas delivery.

Standard Delivery to the UK: Royal Mail’s First Class service has a last posting date of Wednesday 20th December.

This service may be delayed so we recommend ordering as early as possible for pre-Christmas delivery OR upgrading to a special delivery service.

Special Delivery to the UK: special delivery is via Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service, which has a last posting date of Thursday 21st December.

If you find yourself leaving things to the VERY last minute this year, we can despatch name labels on Friday 22nd December for delivery before Christmas, providing you upgrade to the Royal Mail’s Saturday Delivery Guaranteed service.

Remember, if you want to upgrade to one of our special delivery options at ANY time during December, you will need to call our Customer Service Team to do so – this allows us to make sure that your sticky name labels are made and despatched on the same day you order.

We’re Going Dippy For Delightful Names Given To Dazzling Discoveries!

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the discovery of AL 288-1 or, as you probably know them, the fossil bones of LUCY.

Lucy was discovered in Ethiopia in 1974 and, although only 40% of her skeleton was found, she remains both the most famous example of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis and one of the most complete examples of an early human ancestor to be discovered (dating to around 3.2 million years ago)!

Lucy was named after the Beatles song “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, which played in the camp as the discovery was celebrated. Lucy is also known in Ethiopia as DINKINESH, which means “you are marvellous” in the Amharic language.

To celebrate the anniversary of this amazing discovery, we decided to take a look at some of the other names that have been given to other scientific discoveries that have been made over the years.

HUMAN EVOLUTION FOSSILS

ABEL: the only known fossil of the Australopithecus bahrelghazali species (approx. 3.5 million years old); while the name has the connection of the Biblical son of Adam and Eve, it was actually chosen by Michel Brunet in memory of his friend Abel Brillanceau.

ARDI: a female skeleton from the Ardipithecus ramidus species (approx. 4.4 million years old); the name comes from the species, which is based on the Afar words Ardi meaning “ground/floor” and ramid meaning “root” – implying that Ardi lived on the ground and was the “root” of human ancestry.

EURYDICE: the skull of a (possibly) female member of the Paranthropus robustus species (approx. 2.3 million years old); she is named after the nymph from Greek mythology – a second fossil found a few inches away was named ORPHEUS.

LUZIA: a skeleton from the Homo sapien species (approx. 11,500 years old); she was found in Brazil and her name is a Portuguese variant of Lucy – in homage to the earlier discovery.

MIGUELÓN: the most complete skull found from the Homo heidelbergensis species (approx. 400,000 years old); the nickname was inspired by that given to Miguel Indurain, a Spanish cyclist who won both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in 1992 – the year this skull was discovered.

MOSHE: the most complete postcranial skeleton of a Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis species) to be found (approx. 60,000 years old); the name is the Hebrew equivalent of Moses.

SAMU: a fossil belonging to a member of the Homo Erectus species (approx. 350,000 years old); the bone was found on 21st August, the name day of Sámuel, and given the name Samu – a Hungarian version of Sam.

SELAM: the fossil of a three-year-old member of the Australopithecus afarensis species (approx. 3.3 million years old); she is commonly known as Selam (“peace”) but also has the nickname “Lucy’s Baby” (because both fossils are from the same species) – despite the fact that Selam is actually around 120,000 years older than Lucy!

TOUMAI: a partial skull from the species Sahelanthropus tchadensis (approx. 7 million years old); the name Toumai means “hope of life”.

TWIGGY: a skull from the Homo habilis species (approx. 1.8 million years old); the skull was crushed almost completely flat and so was named after the famously slim model.

DINOSAUR FOSSILS

SPIKE (Polacanthus & Pentaceratops)

ALANA, ASHLEY, BERTHA, BRUCE, CYBILL, HELLBOY, LISA, LOUISE, PATTY, STEPHANIE, TARA, WILLIE, and ZEMONA (Pachyrhinosaurus)

HATCHER (Triceratops)

ANTONIO (Tethyshadros)

DAKOTA (Edmontosaurus)

ELVIS and ROBERTA (Brachylophosaurus)

LIZZIE (Hadrosauridae)

SOPHIE (Stegosaurus)

BIG MIKE, BUCKY, JANE, SAMSON, SCOTTY, STAN, SUE, and TRISTAN (Tyrannosaurus Rex)

ALAN, CLANCY, COOPER, DIPPY, GEORGE, ELLIOT, GORDO, JIMBO, LYLE, MATILDA, MAX, MISTY, and WADE (various Sauropodomorphs)

BIG AL, BABY LOUIE, BORSTI, DAVE, EBENEZAR, ELMER, GORGEOUS GEORGE, GERTIE, KIRKY, LORI, PETE, and SID VICIOUS (various Theropods)


THE ORIGIN OF STIKINS ® NAME LABELS

Our origins lie with our managing director’s wish to find a simple name label product to use on his children’s belongings. Not happy with the array of sew-in labels, iron-on labels, name tapes, and clip on name tags available on the market, he decided to create an alternative name labelling solution – stick on name labels that simply stick on and stay on.

Thus, STIKINS ® name labels were born!

Stikins ® have gone through a number of evolutions, starting with our Original Stikins ® (comprising “H” shaped clothing labels, shoe labels, and micro labels – along with silver school labels) and ending with our latest generation of Stikins ® (with their unique adhesive) and our Stikins ® Name Label Kit. We even have our very own evolutionary off-shoot in the form of our iron on name transfers, Trons ®.

We also have our own form of “Survival of the Fittest”; we’re not aiming to create a whole heap of school uniform labels or sticky name labels in every possible size, shape, and colour (with an assortment of fonts and pictures on top). Instead, we want to create the best possible name labelling product that is “fit” for its intended purpose – i.e. we want to create stick on labels that just work, with no fuss and no muss! Our name labels are white labels with a bold black font (so they’re really easy to read), they measure 30mm wide by 15mm high (so they’re also really discreet), and they are made with a unique “Stikins ®” adhesive – that helps them to stick on and stay on, whether you need school uniform labels, plain clothes labels, or just name labels for school (and home) so that you can make sure that all of your children’s belongings are safely and securely labelled.

You can order Stikins ® name labels online, by phone, or by post.

Stikins ® Name Labels – Name Tags For Nursing Homes, Care Homes & Residential Care Facilities

Friday, November 17th, 2017

While most Stikins ® name labels are bought (by parents) for use as school uniform labels, clothing labels, general purpose school labels, and name stickers for just about everything else, we have also found that a number of our customers have given us really positive feedback about using our self adhesive name tags on the belongings of relatives or friends who are living in a nursing home, care home, or residential care facility.

Stikins ® name labels are a really simple solution to the problem of labelling multiple items quickly and securely; our multipurpose sticky name labels can be stuck onto the wash-care labels of clothing and fabric items or directly onto personal items, including books and photo albums, glasses cases and pill boxes, and food and drink containers.

Nursing homes and care homes rely heavily on the use of shared spaces and facilities (including kitchens and laundries), which makes it all too easy for items to be misplaced or mixed up. Adding stick on name labels to clothing and personal belongings is a really easy way to make it straightforward for residents, visitors, and members of staff to return items to their rightful owners.

Each name label measures 30mm wide by 15mm high, which makes them a discrete addition to any item but also provides plenty of room to add a name (with the option to add a room number as well). They simply peel off their backing sheet and then stick on and stay on – whether you use them as name labels for clothing, shoes, bedding, boxes, containers, or individual personal belongings.

Our name labels use a unique and powerful adhesive to remain firmly stuck in place, which means there’s absolutely no ironing and no sewing required. The adhesive also means that you can use one pack of our stick on labels for clothing, fabric items, and personal possessions so there’s no need to buy different types of name labels (e.g. sew-in name labels, iron-on name tapes, clip on name tags, or name stamps) for different items – these stick on name labels can be used to label pretty much everything and anything.

Orders can be placed anytime online (simply visit www.stikins.co.uk) or you can call our Customer Service Team Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm to order by phone. We print name labels every day, Monday to Friday, which means that most orders will be despatched same day (up to 3pm; orders placed after 3pm or over the weekend will be despatched next working day). Our prices are inclusive of VAT and standard delivery (Royal Mail’s first class service) with the option to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery service if you need to receive your name labels quickly (for example, if a friend or relative is transferred to a care home or nursing home at short notice).

While individuals can place their own name label orders (or order on behalf of a friend or relative), we are also happy to deal with nursing homes and care homes directly. If you need to order a large number of name label packs, you can simply email us the list of names (and room numbers) you would like printed and we offer a 10% discount to all nursing and care homes who order name labels on behalf of their residents.

Can You Tell Me How To Get To…Join The Stikins ® School Fundraising Scheme?!

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Today is the 48th anniversary of the first broadcast of Sesame Street; the show was developed specifically to use the power of television to prepare young children for school and for life in general. Today, Sesame Street is shown in more than 140 countries (with around 20 international versions), is the longest running American children’s show (last month saw the debut of its 48th season), and it backs around 50 charitable initiatives worldwide to help children follow the Sesame Street motto – to be smarter, stronger, and kinder.

SCHOOL FUNDRAISING WITH STIKINS ® NAME LABELS

We have our own (much smaller) initiative, which offers school fundraising via sales of our school name labels – Stikins ®.

The scheme is completely free to join and we provide fundraising partners with free leaflets, posters, and samples to help them promote the scheme to parents.

To join, you simply need to give us a call or fill in our online form; you’ll be assigned a unique school fundraising number and ANY order we receive for stick on name labels that quotes your fundraising number will count towards your commission total. We keep track of your commission and send you a cheque in October/November.

Our school and PTA fundraising scheme offers a basic 15% commission rate, which can be doubled to 30% by adding a fundraising link on the school or PTA website. This makes it really easy for parents to order school labels – whether they need school uniform labels, stick on labels for lunch bottles and P.E. equipment, or general purpose name stickers and name tags for those “essentials” that their children refuse to leave at home. The link can even automatically add your school fundraising number to any order placed by following that link – so even if a parent forgets, their name label order will still count towards your fundraising total.

Our fundraising scheme is also a really easy way to encourage parents to use name labels and name tags on all of the school uniform, equipment, and personal items that their children bring to school each day – which can significantly reduce the amount of lost property that you have to deal with each year.

JOIN THE STIKINS ® FUNDRAISING SCHEME AND REQUEST FREE FUNDRAISING RESOURCES

Visit our website (www.stikins.co.uk) and click on the “Fundraising” button on the left hand side. Our school fundraising pages include a school fundraising guide, a request form, FAQs, a guide to adding a link to your website, downloads and useful links, and our school fundraising portal (where you can login and keep track of how much commission you’ve earned so far).

FUN FACTS ABOUT SESAME STREET

To celebrate our thirteenth year of running a school fundraising scheme, we’ve put together our favourite thirteen fascinating facts about Sesame Street!

Fact One (that’s ONE fascinating fact)
All of the main characters have four fingers – except for the Cookie Monster who has five. Most Sesame Street characters are also left handed.

Fact Two (that’s TWO fascinating facts)
A number of characters have undergone quite drastic changes over years; Oscar the Grouch was originally orange, Mr Snuffleupagus was deemed too scary (with his bright yellow eyes and eyelashes plus immobile eyelids), Cookie Monster had big pointy teeth, Telly Monster had antennae coming out of his head (and his eyes spun whenever he watched television), and Count von Count had some seriously sinister powers including the ability to hypnotise and stun people.

Fact Three (that’s THREE fascinating facts)
Sesame Street takes its name from the famous Arabian Nights quote – “Open, Sesame!”; various alternatives were considered, including “123 Avenue B” – which had to be dropped because it was a real address in New York City. While the true location of Sesame Street is shrouded in mystery, anyone can visit “Sesame Place” – a Sesame Street theme park based just outside of Philadelphia.

Fact Four (that’s FOUR fascinating facts)
“Sing A Song” was originally chosen as the theme song before being replaced with “Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street”; there have been at least 10 versions of this song used during the opening and closing credits, although the most successful song from the show has to be Ernie’s “Rubber Duckie” song, which was released as a single in 1970 and reached number 16 in the American music charts.

Fact Five (that’s FIVE fascinating facts)
While many different celebrities have appeared on Sesame Street over the years, the first was James Earl Jones; he dropped by the street to perform a dramatic recitation of the alphabet.

Fact Six (that’s SIX fascinating facts)
“Cookie Monster” is just a nickname that stuck (his original name is Sidney or Sid), the Television Monster’s nickname “Telly” comes from British slang, while Mr Snuffleupagus is actually named Aloysius – although he is usually referred to simply as “Snuffy”.

Fact Seven (that’s SEVEN fascinating facts)
Big Bird is 8 feet and 2 inches tall (that’s 249 cm) and has variously been identified as a lark, part homing pigeon, a golden condor, and part emu – although he is generally assumed to be a canary (or “bigus canarius” to use his own words).

Fact Eight (that’s EIGHT fascinating facts)
Bert and Ernie were the first muppet characters to appear in the Sesame Street pilots (proving to be extremely popular with test audiences). The Cookie Monster, however, predates Sesame Street by three years, having featured in a television advert (albeit one that didn’t air) as “The Wheel-Steeler”, in an IBM training film (where he ate the Coffee Break Machine), as well as in a potato chip advert (as “Arnold”). While international versions of Sesame Street feature characters from the original version, they also have their own unique characters, including a giant polar bear named Basil (Canada), a giant pink turtle named Pong Pagong (Philippines), a hedgehog named Kippi Kippod (Israel), and a camel named No’Man (Kuwait).

Fact Nine (that’s NINE fascinating facts)
While Sesame Street has successfully addressed a variety of tricky topics, they famously struggled with the topic of divorce; a 1992 episode featuring the divorce of Mr Snuffleupagus’ parents upset children so much during testing that the episode was never aired.

Fact Ten (that’s TEN fascinating facts)
Bert wears vertical stripes (to reflect his more “uptight” personality), while Ernie wears horizontal stripes (to reflect his more relaxed personality); Bert has an identical twin brother named Bart and, between them, Bert and Ernie have just one eyebrow.

Fact Eleven (that’s ELEVEN fascinating facts)
Count von Count’s love of counting comes from vampire lore, which suggests that vampires have “arithmomania” (a strong need to count the objects around them) and advises throwing small seeds, rice or wheat, or even handfuls of sand to escape from a vampire – the idea being that the vampire will stop to count each individual item, giving you time to get away! Interestingly, it has never been officially confirmed whether the Count himself is a vampire or not.

Fact Twelve (that’s TWELVE fascinating facts)
Among the muppets featured on Sesame Street, there are “human muppets” (like Bert and Ernie), “animal muppets” (like Big Bird and the Three Bears), “monster muppets” (like Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Grover), and other unique groups including the grouches (like Oscar the Grouch), fairies (like Abby Cadabby), and snuffleupaguses/snuffleupagi (like Mr Snuffleupagus).

Fact Thirteen (that’s THIRTEEN fascinating facts)
Elmo was the first non-human to testify before Congress (in defence of funding for school music programs); during his appearance, Elmo was referred to as “Mr Monster”, wore an elegant Armani suit (from Barney’s), and attempted to eat his microphone. Elmo is related to the Furchester-Fuzz family who run The Furchester Hotel in the UK (assisted by the Cookie Monster who is occasionally visited by his British cousin, the Biscuit Monster).

Remember, you can find out more, sign up, or request fundraising leaflets by visiting the school fundraising & PTA fundraising section of our website OR by contacting our Customer Service Team.

Flaming Good Names To Celebrate Bonfire Night!

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

This weekend will see hundreds of events taking place across the country in honour of Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Night. To celebrate, we thought we’d gather up some blazingly brilliant names to suit the occasion.

Names Inspired By “Fire”
There are plenty of names from across the world that mean “fire”, including:

ÁED/ ÁEDH

AODH

ÁEDÁN

AODHÁN

AIDAN

ADEN

AGNI

ASH

AZAR

BLAZE

BRANDR

CINÁED

CONLÁED

CONLETH

FIAMMETTA

FINTAN

HURIK

KEAHI

NINA

PYRRHUS

UGNĖ

 

Names Inspired By “Fireworks”
There are also names that have a perfect connection to Bonfire Night in the fireworks and effects that are used during celebrations, including:

BLOSSOM A flower-like effect that opens and expands.
CATHERINE (wheel) A firework that is either a spiral tube or an angled rocket mounted with a pin through its centre so that it rotates when ignited.
CHERRY (bomb) A firecracker contained in a paper cup that explodes as a sphere.
CHRYSANTHEMUM An effect characterised as an expanding sphere of coloured stars that leave behind a trail of sparks.
DAHLIA An effect that is similar to the peony (see below) but has fewer and larger stars that travel for longer and may have a cylindrical rather than spherical shape.
(jumping) JACK A firework that appears to “jump” around on the ground as it spins and produces coloured effects that fire in all directions.
LANCE A firework contained in a thin paper tube, which is combined with other lances to produce words, phrases, or pictures.
PEARL An effect characterised by stars that burn in just one colour until they burn out at their maximum height.
PEONY An effect characterised as an expanding sphere of coloured stars (without a trail of sparks).
ROMAN (candle) A firework contained in a card tube that periodically emits either a single effect or a series of small effects (e.g. stars, comets, bombettes, trails, serpents etc).
WILLOW An effect characterised as an expanding sphere of coloured stars that leave behind a trail of long burning gold or silver stars.

 

Names Inspired By “(Guy) Fawkes”
Of course, there are also names connected with the Gunpowder Plot itself, including the thirteen men involved in the plot to remove King James I from the throne. The group began with five original conspirators, before two individuals were added, followed by two groups of three further conspirators.

ROBERT Catesby The leader of the group who planned the Gunpowder Plot.
THOMAS & ROBERT Wintour Cousins of Catesby; Thomas was amongst original group of five conspirators, while his brother Robert was recruited in the penultimate group of three (most likely to boost the group’s funds).
JOHN (Jack) & CHRISTOPHER (Kit) Wright John was one of the original five conspirators (and purchased plenty of weapons for the group), while Christopher was a later recruit (one of the penultimate group of three).
GUY Fawkes The most famous member of the group (owing to the fact that he was caught guarding the gunpowder); he was invited to join the group by Thomas Wintour due to his expertise with explosives. He used the alias JOHN Johnson, in an attempt to hide his own identity.
THOMAS Percy The final member of the original group of five; Thomas Percy was a friend of Robert Catesby and brother in law to the Wright brothers; he helped to fund the group and secured the leases of a number of key properties in London for the group’s use (including the vault beneath the Houses of Parliament where the gunpowder was eventually placed in preparation for the attack).
ROBERT Keyes Recruited to guard the gunpowder supplies before they were transferred to their hiding place beneath the Houses of Parliament, Robert was a distant cousin of both the Wintour brothers and the Wright brothers.
THOMAS Bates Robert Catesby’s servant was added to the group of conspirators because he accidentally discovered the plot after becoming suspicious of his master’s movements.
JOHN Grant The third member of the penultimate group of three, John Grant was brother in law to the Wintour brothers, and was recruited to provide supplies for an uprising in the Midlands.
AMBROSE Rookwood The first member of the final group of three recruits, Ambrose was Robert Keyes’ cousin in law and was recruited for his extensive stable of horses – needed for the Midlands uprising.
FRANCIS Tresham A cousin of Robert Catesby, Francis was recruited for access to his recent inheritance and his estate at Rushton Hall; he refused Catesby both, although he did give a small amount of money to Thomas Wintour.
Sir EVERARD Digby The final recruit, Sir Digby was recruited for his money and his stable of horses to fund (and participate) in the Midlands uprising.

 

Buy Stikins ® Name Labels & Get All Your Winter Warmers Safely & Securely Labelled
If you’re planning to be out and about this weekend, you’ll probably be wrapping up nice and warm in a variety of winter warmers, which makes this the perfect time to get out your Stikins ® name labels (or to place another order if you’re running short) to get everything labelled.

Whether it’s a favourite scarf, a well-loved pair of gloves or mittens, or a super-snuggly hat, it’s all too easy to take these items off, put them down “somewhere safe”, and then completely forget to pick them up again – not to mention all the mix ups and confusion that can happen when these winter warmers are thrown together into the chaos of a classroom or school cloakroom. This is where our super sticky name labels can help to save the day!

Stikins ® are extremely easy to use stick on labels that can be used as name stickers on all kinds of winter warmers (where they stick onto the wash-care label) and they’re brilliant school name labels for use throughout the winter, spring, summer, and autumn months. Each name label measures 3cm wide by 1.5cm high (so they won’t stick out when they’re not needed) and is printed with a bold black font to make it really easy for your child (or a member of staff) to read the name on each item that you’ve labelled.

Plus, if you’re looking for name labels or name tags that can be used as school uniform labels, clothing labels, shoe labels and bag labels, and general purpose name labels for all the other “essentials” that your child likes to keep with them at all times, Stikins ® offer a truly multipurpose name labelling solution – meaning you can use just one pack of our stick on name labels to label pretty much EVERYTHING!

Get Ready For Halloween With Stikins ® Name Labels

Friday, October 27th, 2017

With Halloween almost upon us, we thought we’d take a look at a few suitably scary names from television shows with a decidedly frightening feel. From the Addams Family to the Munsters, along with The Walking Dead and Stranger Things, by way of a few more light-hearted examples (here’s looking at you, Scooby-Doo!), these names are the perfect way to pay a subtle tribute to the joys of celebrating Halloween!

ABBIE ABRAHAM ADALIND ADAM AIFE
ALEXANDER AMARA ANDREW ANGEL ANGELIQUE
ANNIE ANYA ARTIE ASH BARNABAS
BARTHOLOMEW BENNET BENNY BETSY BILLIE
BO BOBBY BUFFY CAITLIN CALIBAN
CASSANDRA CASSIE CASTIEL CATRIONA CHARLES
CHARLIE CHUCK CLAIRE CLAUDIA CLIO
CONNOR CORDELIA CROWLEY DANA DAPHNE
DARLA DARYL DAWN DEAN DEANNA
DELPHINE DEXTER DIANA DONNA DORIAN
DOYLE DUSTIN DYSON EDDIE EDMUND
ELEVEN ETHAN EVE EVONY FAITH
FAYE FENTON FIONA FOX FRANK
FRED FREDDIE GARTH GEORGE GLENN
GRIFFIN HAL HECATE HELENA HERMAN
HILDA HOMER ICHABOD JACKSON JAKE
JINKS JODY JOHN KALI KATRINA
KENZIE KIT LACHLAN LAFAYETTE LANA
LAVINIA LEENA LILY LORNE LUCAS
LUCY MAGGIE MARIE MARILYN MARY
MATTHEW MAYER MEG MELISSA MICHONNE
MINA MISTY MONROE MORGAN MYKA
NAN NEGAN NICK NINA OZ
PANDORA PETE QUEENIE RICK ROSALEE
ROSITA ROWENA RUBY RUPERT SABRINA
SALEM SAM SASHA SEMBENE SHELLEY
SOOKIE SPIKE TARA TATE THELMA
VANESSA VELMA VEX VICTOR VICTORIA
VINCENT VIOLET VIVIEN WEDNESDAY WESLEY
WILLOW WINIFRED XANDER ZELDA ZOE

We hope you have a wonderfully weird time celebrating Halloween, whether you’re out and about trick or treating, zombie-shuffling on the dance floor in a creepy costume, or hiding behind a cushion with a well-stocked pile of terrifyingly tasty snacks for a Halloween-themed marathon!

And remember – to keep your hard-earned sweets safe from wandering hands, why not use your Stikins ® name labels to label up your stash – and make sure everyone knows to keep off, or else!


ATTENTION – ALL LABEL PLANET FUNDRAISING PARTNERS!

We’ll have a “treat” heading your way soon as we are busy preparing commission cheques to send out to all of our school and PTA partners!

Your commission earnings will be based on the orders we received where your unique fundraising was quoted between 1st October 2016 – 30th September 2017 AND your rate of commission.

Schools on our basic rate will receive a fundraising total calculated at a 15% commission rate, while those who have applied for our higher rate (by adding a link to their website) will receive a total based on a 30% commission rate.

Cheques will be going out in the post via Royal Mail’s first class service; if you don’t receive anything in the next two weeks please get in touch with us (we allow Royal Mail five working days to deliver items sent on this service).

Remember, you can keep an eye on your commission earnings throughout the year by visiting the Fundraising Account page on our website.

Fly Away Home With Our List Of Names Inspired By Feathered Friends

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Today is the 385th anniversary of the birth of Sir Christopher Wren, who is best known as the architect who rebuilt 52 churches after the Great Fire of London (including St Paul’s Cathedral), although he was also an anatomist, astronomer, mathematician, and physicist.

To celebrate this anniversary, we thought we’d gather up a flock of names inspired by our feathered friends.

Among Stikins ® customers, the top five most popular bird-inspired names are:

WREN ~ ROBIN ~ JAY ~ RAVEN ~ KESTREL
With an honourable mention to the mythical Phoenix!

You could also try these wonderful names with distinctly avian-based inspirations:

ADERYN: “bird” in Welsh AQUILA: “eagle” in Latin
AGHAVNI: “dove” in Armenian ARAS: “eagle” in Lithuanian
ALCYONE: from an Ancient Greek name AREND: “eagle” in Dutch
meaning “kingfisher” ARI: old Norse name meaning “eagle”
ALONDRA: “lark” in Spanish ASTOR: from the Occitan astur (“hawk”)
BRANWEN: “beautiful raven”
(from the Welsh elements bran (“raven”)
and gwen (“fair, white, blessed”))
BERTRAM/RAMBERT: from the Germanic elements beraht (“bright”) and hramn (“raven”)
DERYN: possibly derived from the Welsh aderyn (“bird”) BRAN: both a Welsh and an Irish name meaning “raven”
DOVE: the English name for this bird COLUM: from the Latin columba (“dove”)
FAIGEL: from the Yiddish for “bird” CORBIN: from the French corbeau (“raven”)
HALCYON: from a genus of kingfishers FALK: “falcon” in German
JEMIMA: “dove” in Hebrew FECHÍN: “little raven” in Irish
LÆRKE: “lark” in Danish HAYTHAM: “young eagle” in Arabic
LAGLE: “goose” in Estonian HRAFN: “raven” in Old Norse
LARK: the English name for this songbird MAYUR: “peacock” in Sanskrit
PALOMA: “dove, pigeon” in Spanish RABAN: from the Germanic hraban (“raven”)
SHAHIN: “peregrine falcon” in Persian

 

Female names tend to be inspired by songbirds, while male names tend to be inspired by birds of prey – however, by far and away the most popular inspiration is the RAVEN, which inspired over a quarter of the names that we found during our search.


With half term either underway, about to start, or even about to finish (depending on where you live), now is the perfect time to take stock and order some extra name labels to make sure that EVERYTHING really is safely and securely labelled. Whether you ran out of labels at the start of term, you’ve found yourself presented with yet another list of vital equipment for the next term (or trip or holiday or camp etc), or you’ve got a few items that somehow escaped the grand labelling session at the end of the school holidays (including all those now-essential winter warmers) you can place a quick top up order and rest assured that your children’s belongings are safe and sound.

Stikins ® are a multipurpose solution to quickly and easily labelling your children’s belongings safely and securely – there’s no sewing and no ironing involved AND we despatch all orders on the same working day (up to 3pm) by Royal Mail’s first class as standard. If you need your labels even faster, you can also give us a call to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery.

Our name labels simply peel off their backing sheet and stick onto all kinds of items; they can be applied onto the wash-care label of clothing and fabric items or directly onto personal items (including lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery, mobiles and tablets, P.E. kits and equipment, and bags and shoes).

You can order our Stikins ® Name Label Kit to receive 60 blank labels and a pen (so you can personalise each label however you like) or you can order one of our personalised packs; we have four pack sizes available (with 30, 60, 90, or 120 labels per pack), which are personalised with your requested text in a bold black font to ensure that your labels are really easy to read.

To find out more or to place an order online today, simply visit our website: stikins.co.uk.

Fabulously Foxy Names Inspired By Fabulously Foxy Foxes!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Today’s date, the 13th October, has a number of fascinating features that you might not know about; for example, this particular date doesn’t exist in the year 1582 (in Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain anyway) due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar AND it is also International Skeptics Day (unless you believe the skeptics who say that 13th January is actually Skeptics Day!). More importantly, it is also the birthday of the fictional character Special Agent Fox Mulder, which got us taking a closer look at words and names associated with foxes!

Foxes feature in myths, legends, and folklore from all around the world; they are commonly associated with magical transformations and often appear as tricksters, magical familiars, or anthropomorphic creatures. In Western folklore, foxes tend to be associated with cunning and trickery (perhaps a reflection of their ability to “outfox” hunters and farmers attempting to protect their livestock OR a reflection of the association made between foxes and evil during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, when foxes were burned as symbols of the Devil). Other folklore depicts foxes as spirits with magic powers (used for making mischief or for more malicious purposes) or even as mystical and sacred creatures (that are either good omens that bring wonder or bad omens that bring ruin).

Reynard the Fox – drawn by Ernest Griset (via Wikimedia Commons)

One of the most famous examples is “Reynard the Fox”, an anthropomorphic red fox and trickster figure, who featured as the main character in a cycle of European fables, including Dutch, English, German, and French tales. The success of these fables was such that the name of the central character was adopted into the French language as the standard word for “fox” (replacing the Old French “goupil”).

There are a number of names that have their origins in different words for “fox” or in stories that feature foxes, including:

FOX: an English name that developed either from the word “fox” itself or from the surname “Fox” (itself traditionally given as a nickname to individuals who exhibited fox-like cunning).

TOD/TODD: another English name that developed from a surname; the surname “Todd” comes from the Middle English word for fox – todde.

REYNARD/RENARD: Reynard is an English name derived from the Germanic name “Raginhard” (made up of the German elements ragin meaning “advice” and hard meaning “brave/hardy”); the name was used for the medieval character “Reynard the Fox” and the French version (Renard) has become both a French name and the French word for “fox”.

In fact, while female foxes are known as “vixens”, male foxes are commonly known as “dogs”, “tods”, or “reynards”, and the names Reynard/Renard and Tod/Todd are commonly used for fictional characters that are either actual foxes or that have fox-like characteristics.

Other names inspired by these fabulous creatures include:

  • BALGAIR/BALGAIRE Scottish, m
  • CREVAN Irish, m
  • DEVOSSDutch, m
  • REFR Icelandic, m
  • RENNARD German, m
  • RÆF Danish, m
  • SINOPA Native American, f
  • TOKALANative American, f
  • VIXEN English, f

If you need to find a fiendishly efficient fix to the problem of labelling school uniform and belongings then why not try Stikins ® name labels – our cunning plan to solve the problem of lost property!

These easy to use labels simply stick on and stay on – with absolutely no sewing and no ironing required. They are made with a unique adhesive that is designed to keep each name label firmly in place, even after repeat trips through the washing machine, and they can be used to label clothing and fabric items (where they should be applied to the wash-care label) as well as all kinds of personal items, including lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery kits, P.E. kits and equipment, music and drama equipment, mobiles and tablets, and bags and shoes (where they should be applied beneath the tongue or onto the side wall of the shoe).

We supply our name labels in four different pack sizes (with 30, 60, 90, or 120 labels in a pack) or you can order our Stikins ® Name Label Kit, which contains 60 blank labels and a pen so you can personalise each label however you like! All of our orders are despatched same working day (up to 3pm) and delivered via Royal Mail’s first class service – so you can order, receive, and apply your name labels just as quick as a fox!

To place an online order, simply head on over to stikins.co.uk now!

We’re Celebrating #WorldSpaceWeek With Names That Are Out Of This World!

Friday, October 6th, 2017

With the word “Planet” in our company name, we could hardly allow ourselves to miss out on the fact that it is World Space Week; a week-long international celebration of space (and the science and technology that supports our understanding and exploration of space).

World Space Week takes place every year between 4th and 10th October; the former being the date on which the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched in 1957 and the latter being the date on which the “Outer Space Treaty” was put into force in 1967.

With this in mind, we thought we’d take a look at some names that have an extra-terrestrial flavour.

PLANETS & THEIR MOONS
All of the planets within our solar system have been named after mythological gods and goddesses (with the exception of Earth); these names were taken from the Roman pantheon of gods, while many of the moons and satellites that orbit these planets have names taken from Greek mythology (usually related to the Roman counterpart used for the name of the planet they orbit).

MERCURY ~ VENUS ~ EARTH ~ MARS ~ JUPITER ~ SATURN ~ URANUS ~ NEPTUNE ~ PLUTO (yes, we know, technically Pluto is a dwarf planet)

  • Mars’ moons are DEIMOS and PHOBOS, named after the children of Ares – the Greek equivalent of Mars.
  • Jupiters’ moons are named after (some of) the lovers and children of Zeus (the Greek equivalent of Jupiter) and include: ADRASTEA, AMALTHEA, CALLISTO, DIA, ELARA, EUROPA, IO, LEDA, METIS, PASIPHAE, and THEBE.
  • Saturns’ moons are named after Titans and Giants from Greek mythology (Cronus, the leader of the Titans, was the Greek equivalent of Saturn), other figures from Greek and Roman mythology, along with giants from the Inuit, Norse, and Gallic mythologies, including: ATLAS, AEGIR, ANTHE, CALYPSO, DAPHNIS, DIONE, FENRIR, JANUS, KARI, MIMAS, PALLENE, PAN, PANDORA, PHOEBE, PROMETHEUS, and RHEA.
  • Uranus’ moons are named after literary characters created by Shakespeare and Alexander Pope (the first moons to be discovered were named after “spirits of the air” – i.e. the fairies TITANIA and OBERON and the sylphs ARIEL and UMBRIEL – because Uranus is the Roman god of the sky), including: BELINDA, BIANCA, CORDELIA, CRESSIDA, CUPID, DESDEMONA, FERDINAND, FRANCISCO, JULIET, MAB, MARGARET, MIRANDA, OPHELIA, PERDITA, PORTIA, and ROSALIND.
  • Neptune’s moons are named for water deities from Greek mythology (as Neptune is the Roman god of the sea), including: GALATEA,
    HALIMEDE, LARISSA, NAIAD, NEREID, NESO, PSAMATHE, SAO, and TRITON (although one is still known as the rather catchy S/2004 N 1!).
  • Plutos’ moons are named after figures from Greek mythology with connections to the Underworld (which was, of course, ruled over by Pluto): CHARON, HYDRA, KERBEROS, NIX, and STYX.

While Earth itself wasn’t named after a god or goddess, there are many “Earth Goddesses” who have been/are worshipped as the personification of the Earth – with GAIA being the Greek name and TERRA being the Roman equivalent.

CONSTELLATIONS & THEIR STARS
Another source of space-inspired names is constellations and some of the stars that feature within these arrangements. In modern astronomy, there are 88 constellations officially recognised by the International Astronomical Union and they include 42 animals, 29 objects, and 17 humans/mythological characters.

ANDROMEDA (the chained princess) AQUILA (the eagle) ARA (the altar)
ARIES (the ram) AURIGA (the charioteer) CARINA (the keel)
CASSIOPEIA (the chained queen) COLUMBA (the dove) CRUX (the southern cross)
CYGNUS (the swan or northern cross) DELPHINUS (the dolphin) DRACO (the dragon)
GEMINI (the twins CASTOR & POLLUX) GRUS (the crane) HERCULES (the hero)
LACERTA (the lizard) LEO (the lion) LUPUS (the wolf) LYNX (the lynx)
LYRA (the lyre) NORMA (the carpenter’s square) ORION (the hunter)
PAVO (the peacock) PERSEUS (the hero) PHOENIX (the mythical bird)
TUCANA (the toucan) VELA (the sails)
VIRGO (variously identified as ASTRAEA, DEMETER, ERIGONE, and SHALA)

Individual stars in these constellations include: ADHARA, ALCYONE, ALTAIR, ALUDRA, ARISTA, BELLATRIX, DENEB, MAIA, MEISSA, NASHIRA, POLARIS, REGULUS, SIRIUS, SUHA, and VEGA.

THE SKY IS FULL OF STARS
Of course, there are plenty of names that take inspiration from things associated with space itself, such as:

ASTRA COSMO ESTELLE EVREN HALLEY HALO LUNA MOON NOVA ROCKET SEREN STAR STELLA STEREN TARA ZEKE


Of course, if you’re eager to spend time watching the night sky at this time of the year, you’ll definitely need to wrap up warm – and our multipurpose Stikins ® name labels are an ideal way to keep track of all those extra winter warmers.

Our name labels measure just 30mm wide by 15mm high, which means they fit neatly onto the wash-care label of all sorts of fabric items – so you can find them easily when you need to read the label but they can also be tucked discretely out of sight when they’re not needed. Each label is white in colour and is either printed with a bold black font OR is available as a blank label for you to personalise as you wish (as part of our Stikins ® Name Label Kit).

Each label is made with our unique Stikins ® adhesive, which has been specially developed and independently tested to make sure that it can survive repeat trips through the washing machine (as well as repeat exposure to the delights of British weather!).

Stikins ® can be ordered online (at stikins.co.uk), by post, or by phone.