Tuesday, 16 March 2010

I is for...

Information Office

Did you know I actually trained as an information officer? Had to learn all about the different kinds of mills in the Netherlands, about different building styles, how to book a hotel and WP4.2! I did train, but at the exams at the end of the year, I failed half of them, so I never became an information officer. I didn't mind too much though, since I already had a job.

During the last few years though, I have returned a bit to my roots as an information officer. Granted, my information tends to be the 'Winnie the Pooh was born here' variety and not the 'this building was built in 1763 and designed by such and such in whatever style it is'. Then again, people wanting to know the latter, usually have booklets in which they can read all about it.

So, what to do when you are somewhere, not being driven around by yours truly? Well, you go to the information office. There you get the maps, the hints and tips, the tickets to any attractions you want to visit. They can tell you where to go, what to see and might even hook you up with a local guide to show you around town!

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PS: you are wondering about Winnie now are you? I know you are. Well, AA Milne bought a little teddybear for his young son Christopher in Harrods, London. And that teddybear was the basis for the stories about Winnie the Pooh. So, Winnie the Pooh was born in Harrods! Just so you know...

18 comments:

  1. There is a town called White River in northern Ontario. It's on the Trans Canada Highway and is supposedly where Winnie originally came from. From there he went to London or so the story goes.

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  2. I never knew there was such a thing as an information officer. It would be handy to have such a person!

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  3. Hi!
    Great "I". Our Information Officer here is called Tourist Information. Have a great day!

    Sherrie
    Sherrie's Stuff

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  4. I'm an Information Specialist! Fancy term for librarian.



    On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you!

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  5. I think an Information Officer is also known as MOM! Sounds like a fun job. Thanks for your comments on my "I"s. And yes, that most certainly IS the definition of Family.

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  6. I am sure you can give me some informations about your neighbours, lol!

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  7. Born in Harrods! What heresy! I thought he was born in the Hundred Acre Woods!! LOL!

    So, you trained as an Information Officer? Well, I'd have failed those exams too. I never did have a head for those dry-as-dust facts. I much prefer the 'Winnie the Pooh was born here' sort!

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  8. We call them Tourist Information, I love visiting those places, but then I can't resist a leaflet. It may be because I used to be a Librarian, who accidentally became a Business Information Officer.

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  9. Nothing like the beautiful building you have. So it's the place to go and get information.
    That's so cool!

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  10. Thank you for the Information.
    I think you are probably happier guiding people and having them on your coach than sitting behind a desk pouring forth facts and figures.

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  11. Looks like you kept the right knowledge from your information training. The image and the building is lovely.

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  12. PS - just think, you are probably reaching more people with information than you would of ever as an information officer -- blog on!

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  13. interesting tid bit of personal history. I give you a lot of credit for trying and gaining something from the experience regardless of the outcome.
    You have a great attitude.
    : )

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  14. That's a nice building! :P

    Never did I think winnie came about from harrod's! :P What a fun fact! >_<

    And I agree with Tash--you're definitely reaching to more people blogging than being an information officer..when they have those leaflets to read anyway..

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  15. Well, I think the information you give is really entertaining and much more memorable ;-)

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  16. Clever post. I had no idea about information officers. Thank you!

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  17. Winnie-the-Pooh came from Harrods! Lily just read those books with her dad, and she also had a book bag from Harrods that her aunt bought for her in London. She'll like that connection!

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  18. Interesting choice for this week Mara. I did know about Winnie the Pooh and we actually have one sat in our spare bedroom, awaiting the return of grand-daughter. A

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