The Big TruffleShuffle 10th Anniversary Party!

It’s official folks! TruffleShuffle is now a whopping ten years old!! We can hardly believe it and it’s all gone way too fast!

We’d just like to say a massive THANK YOU to each and every one out there who has picked up something from our store, told your friends about us or even just got in touch on our social media. Without all of you being totally amazing we simply wouldn’t be where we are today.

So what would any self-respecting bunch of people do to celebrate this big event? Throw a huuuuge retro themed party of course which is just what we did back on Saturday the 8th. Taking place at Bristol’s creative hub The Paintworks, we couldn’t resist sharing a few choice snaps of our celebrations from our uber talented photographer, Jamie Corbin.

Our founders - Pat and Claire

Of course any party needs some decent security on the door. Thankfully we had some Stormtroopers on our side for the night keeping everything under control…

Dealing with some questionable guests came naturally to these guys. A huge TruffleShuffle thank to you to the amazing team at The UK Garrison for making our party a force to be reckoned with!

Once guests had started to arrive, the fun could really start and people quickly started to work their way through our huge list of retro (naturally) themed cocktails from the expert bartenders at Origami Events!

As well as a whole host of 80’s themed cocktails, we also had an amazing Hot Dog stand from the lovely folk at Relish! Nom nom nom…..

So with everyone fed and watered, the party could really start and who better to kick things off than our hero, the one, the only Timmy Mallett! Blaaaaaah!

Timmy even hosted an “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ contest which went down a storm with all us 80s kids!

We then took a short break to hear from the guys who made it all possible, Pat and Claire, who had put together a short video with a little look back at TruffleShuffle’s humble beginnings and lots of thank you’s to everyone who helped us along the way – we’re hoping to get the vid on our About Us page soon so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Once all the thank you’s and teary stuff was covered, it didn’t take long for Timmy to bust out his legendary Pinky Punky and start bashing all of us on the head during our very own special edition of Mallets Mallet…

Even the Stormtroopers couldn’t resist some classic Timmy action!

The retro treats weren’t over there though! Our resident DJ for the night was the one and only Pat Sharp who took to the decks and blasted out a whole of of classic 80’s choons so we could put those dancing shoes to good use!

Couldn’t resist sneaking this shot in of our founder Pat with his hero Timmy….

We has such a blast and would also like to thank everyone who came along to celebrate with us, especially our legendary developer Jon who came all the way from New Zealand! A massive thank you also goes to the fabulous Olly from Enhanced Entertainment who took over on the decks when Pat had finished his set! Oh and last but not least – the totally awesome Marcus Rendle – our awesome event organiser! Check out his website for all your party planning needs!!

Here’s to another 10 years and an even bigger party !! 🙂

xoxo

TruffleShuffle Insider: Meet…Simon

We’re back folks!

Yep as some of you might remember, last month we launched a fab new feature to our blog where each month, we pick one member of the TruffleShuffle team to interrogate quiz so we can show you guys a little more about the many faces many behind TruffleShuffle.com.

Last month saw our buyer Lucy kick everything off and take to the stage (HERE). We had so much fun we just couldn’t wait to do the next one and blow us down it’s here already!

Up now is our next victim happy volunteer, Simon to share a little about himself with the world….take it away!

What do you do here at Truffle Towers?
When I’m not being chief office wind-up merchant, my job involves keeping our lovely customers in the loop with new deals and products via online emails. Want to see them for yourself? Sign up on our email subscription page!
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How long have you been at TruffleShuffle?
5 fun-packed years.
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What do you like most about working here / best thing about your job?
How fun it is, we’re all friends here. Might even go as far as saying everyone feels like an extended family, making it good to come to work every day!!Plus, you get to meet important people from your childhood…..
What is your favourite tee currently on the site?
Breaking Bad T-Shirt
My fave t.shirt at the mo has to be the Men’s Jesse Science Bitch Breaking Bad T-Shirt. I love Breaking Bad, it’s possibly the best TV show I’ve ever seen. But still amazes me how many people haven’t seen/heard of it, so it’s nice to get knowing nods from passers-by when rocking this tee.
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When you’re not at TruffleTowers, what do you like to do?
When I’m not injuring myself by falling off my mountain bike or DIYing my home, I’m developing an enthusiasm for cooking. And recently, I’ve even turned into a bit of a rambler but shhhh, don’t tell anyone. So much so I’m walking up Mount Rinjani in Indonesia this summer!! :-S
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Name three things you like….
Kebabs, wine (red preferably) and watching movies.
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Name three (just THREE Simon!) things you don’t like….
Peanuts, Slow drivers and the word Epic.
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What were your favourite three films as a kid?
Tom Thumb, Back to the Future, Smokey and the Bandit
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Who is you idol?
After some serious thought, I don’t think I have one….
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Who is the last band you saw live?
I saw a whole host of bands at the Radio 6 Music Festival back in March. So James Blake, Lykke Li, The Wild Beasts, Jake Bugg, The National and Bombay Bicycle Club are the artists I can remember. Missed The Staves though…. :-/
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If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I could say many a place but when you get weather like we did the other weekend North Devon is hard to beat in my eyes.
Which iconic TV/Film car would you most like to own?
Due to my film choice, you’d think maybe the Delorean and the Smokey Trans-Am. But K.I.T.T. from Knightrider would probably pip them to the post.
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What music are you listening to at the moment?
The most popular albums on my iPod are City & Colours first album Sometimes, Gregory Porters new album Liquid Spirit & The Pharcydes classic album Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde.
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If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
That annoying tw*t I used to work with…..
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If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Asides from sharing the wealth with my family, friends and charities; I’d definitely travel the world and buy a nice property on the North Devon coast (to help improve my surfing) with a Singer Vehicle Designs Porsche sat in the garage….
So there you have it folks! Stay tuned for plenty more staff insights and find out just who powers the TruffleShuffle machine.See you next time with our next victim :)

xoxo

Talk Ti-mmy! We catch up with the legendary Timmy Mallett…

School holidays were supposed to be about lie-ins and staying in bed until lunchtime, but this dream was shattered in 1985 when the alarm clock had to be set for 8:45am in order to hit the sofa for the 8:50am start of Wacaday.

Oringinally co-presenting the Saturday morning show Wide Awake Club, Wacaday gave Timmy Mallett the chance to shine in the zaniest way possible, and within days of the first show being aired (which coincidentally was the same week Timmy turned 30), us 80s kids were hooked on this utterly brilliant show!

25 years after those good ole Wac-a-days, Timmy remains a legendary character. His thirty year career started out as a radio presenter (in charge of a team including Chris Evans and Brian Cox) before presenting various TV shows, singing a number one hit single, appearing on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, performing in a couple of pantos and more recently enjoying the limelight of being a very successful artist.

We have the pleasure of working with Timmy on our range of Mallett’s Mallet T-Shirts and thought you TruffleShufflers might want to know the same things we’ve wanted to know all these years…

TS: So Timmy, we love your fabulously daring sense of fashion in particular those crazy glasses you wear! Which are your all-time favourites?

TM: I have squillions of pairs of spex. Lots were made specially for my TV shows and hit records! The Eiffel Tower, the mad skier, the Olympic rings, The Wacaday spex and the big Mallett’s Mallet pair.  I have the pink cadillac spex and the Itsy Bitsy spex with palm trees! Wild, and  I love ’em all. I have a pair in my studio at the moment that I spent the morning painting. I’ve attached toys and buttons to them and they will be on my face at my next show!

Timmy Mallett's Glasses

TS: There were a lot of crazy moments on Wacaday! What is your funniest memory of the show?

TM: I loved it when we had the occasional guest star on the show – Jason and Kylie playing Mallett’s Mallet was fun. It was always great to go on travels around the World with the Mallet and see the way kids everywhere enjoyed the fun of the show.

I loved the way Magic the cockatiel would fly around the studio and land on the the camera with his tail in shot. The cameramen would get nervous in case he left a little present on their heads!

Wacaday Clips

TS: We love your cute companion, Pinky Punky, but whatever became of him? Are you still in touch? What is he doing now? Has he found love?

TM: Pinky Punky – the little Mallet who popped up to shout out the address – “Wacaday….blah blah Blah, London NW1 8TQ!!!!!!” and “Mr Mallett, I’m so excited can I got to the toilet!”  He was our little audience, and often the props guy would use a water pistol to wee all over the place!  Pinky Punky has a girl friend – Hanky Panky and the good news is you can get your very own Pinky Punky Mallet now and keep him to remind you of the happiest days of your life!  You’re never too old to be a kid again!

Malletts Mallet

TS: Who’s your most famous fan?

TM: Mrs Thatcher  wanted to be hit on the head by the Mallet, Tony Blair’s family came to panto so they could look at each other and go BLAAAH; Princess Diana loved watching Wacaday with Princes William and Harry; Gary Barlow invited me to sing Itsy Bitsy at his wedding anniversary – Dawn was one of my itsy bitsy girls; and Simon Cowell used to plug records to our show.  Shall I carry on?

TS: No, Timmy, that’s enough to put a smile on our faces for days… and we now know what Prince Harry was doing in that infamous picture on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, all together now… BLEEEEEUUUUGHHHHHH!

Wacaday Famous Fans

Huge thanks to Timmy for taking the time to answer our burning questions. While writing this blog post, I’ve been fascinated re-reading Timmy’s website – in particular the history of Wacaday – and would recommend anyone to grab a cuppa, sit down for half an hour and soak up some truly awesome stories!

This blog post was brought to you by TruffleShuffle.com, the home of Timmy Mallett T-Shirts, Wacaday T-Shirts and Pinky Punky Mallett’s Mallets!


WIN Signed Timmy Mallet Pinky Punky AND a Timmy T-Shirt!

To enter, simply answer this question with a comment below…

Q) If you could play a game of Malletts Mallet with any retro character or personality, who wold it be and WHY?

Closes 2pm on Monday (25th) and we’ll pick our favourite as our lucky winner shortly after.

Good luck!

xoxo


WACADAY, WACADAY, WACADAY! Brand new and exclusive Timmy Mallett T-Shirts

A couple of months ago we started stocking Pinky Punky Mallett’s Mallets which have gone down an absolute treat with you nostalgia fans, so we thought we’d bulk up our collection of Timmy merchandise and release a range of UTTERLY BRILLIANT Timmy Mallett T-Shirts. Featuring Timmy, Pinky Punky and the world’s easiest-to-remember catchphrase – BLAAAAH! Any of our dear blog readers lucky enough to have owned a Wacaday T-Shirt back in the day?

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