Just one day into Lovehoney's General Erection 2010 and Nick Clegg has thrust his way into a big lead. The Liberal Democrat leader's popularity, buoyed by his dashing appearance on the first Leader's Debate, extends as much to the bedroom as it does to the (mass) debating chamber.
Conservative leader David Cameron is trailing a disappointing second on 29%, while Gordon Brown is bringing up the rear on just 24% of the vote. Cast your vote by buying the General Erection Love Ring - for just 10p.
Votes cost 10p till midnight 21 April, then cost 25p on 22 April.
We've gone election mad... And erection mad, too!
While stocks last, our amazing best-selling BASIC Vibrating Love Ring (RRP £1.99) is available as a super-special General Erection Love Ring for a frankly bonkers 10p. Yes, just 10p!
But wait, there's a catch!
To buy the ring, you have to admit which of the three would-be Prime Ministers you'd most like to have sex with - or least dislike to have sex with, as the case may be.
Will it be Gordon, David or Nick - the nation decides!
Votes cost 10p till midnight 21 April, and then cost 25p on 22 April.
Lovehoney is proud to be associated with Brook, a charity that offers free and confidential sexual health advice and services for young people under 25.
By donating £1,000, Lovehoney is now an official member of the Brook100 club - which aims to get 100 people to donate £1,000 pounds each - to fund a variety of much-needed projects.
Lovehoney had a great time at the Erotica 2009 exhibition this weekend, wowing the crowds with our unique-in-all-the-world Sqweel of Fortune, Dildo Hoopla, Rabbit Wall, X-rated Photo Booth and Fleshlight Wall.
And, of course, our fantastic products including the Sqweel, the UK launch of the new We-Vibe II, our massively popular Tracey Cox Supersex Range, Sliquid Lubes and Durex Play and a whole lot more.
A massive thank you to everyone who came to the Lovehoney stand to play our silly games, buy our toys or just to say hello. It was great to meet you!
Erotica is the biggest sex show in the UK and is a great place to go if you've never bought a sex toy before. You can get your hands on lots of different products and, of course, on the Lovehoney stand our friendly, knowledgeable staff are there to help explain what they're all for.
That's us up there in the picture - from left to right: Jeremy, Richard (me), Kirstyne (kneeling), The Prof, Paula, Jo, Andy, Carl, Bonny (crouching), Carly, Joy (kneeling), Sean (gurning) and Flavie (wondering what the hell she's let us in for). And not pictured are Shelley, Ruth, Wojtek, Mike, Dusan and last but by no means least, Joseph (who left his Amazing Technicoloured Dreamcoat at home).
And also big big "THANKS!" to Dean from Sliquid, Tracey from Tracey Cox (both pictured centre left), Bruce from We-Vibe, and Sqweel inventor Trevor Murphy and his mate Shane for being there for us.
Thank you to all the Lovehoney staff who made it happen - you did us proud!
More Erotica happenings and pictures after the break...
Amidst the giddy sex toy revolution that is Sqweel, it's easy to forget that men like sex toys too - but we haven't! Recently we've seen the launch of better-than-ever male sex toys from both Fleshlight and TENGA - and just in case you missed them, here's a quick low-down...
Sob, wail, gnash. Despite 30 hours of round-table talks (who was playing King Arthur?) , the Communications Worker's Union and the Royal Mail couldn't sort out their differences. So the strikes are on, no postal deliveries on Thursday or Friday.
But never fear - this does not mean that your dildo delivery need be delayed. We've called in a crack squad of express couriers to pick up the slack during the strike days.
For just £2.95 - or nowt if you spend more than £30 - you can avail yourself of our super-awesome choose-your-delivery day service.
Order by 4pm Thursday and you could be tucked up in bed on Friday night with your new special friend. Sweet dreams!
Happy shopping, my lovelies!
Last week saw the inaugural O Awards, a night of back-slappery and bonhomie in Los Angeles, where the great, good and not-so-good of the sex toys industry assembled for a round of hearty self congratulations.
Lovehoney was there to enjoy the cheap (free) booze and the view from the top floor of the Sheraton Hotel Universal Studios. And to applaud politely, sometimes noisily, from the wings as the winners went up to collect their gongs.
And, of course, to bask in the reflected glory that we were first to bring more than a handful of the winning products to the UK over the past couple or three years. We make it our mission to bring you the best sex toys, so we took it as a giant pat on the back for us, too.
Needless to say, our head buyer Bonny Hall couldn't help herself when presented with the opportunity to press her fizzog in front of the camera...
Here she is with Dean Elliott, founder of Sliquid, the awesome super-slippery lubes that are glycerine-free, paraben-free and otherwise gunk-free for the maximum in worry-free sexual pleasure.
Sliquid won the award for "Outstanding Lube, Lotion or Potion", which was designed to "recognize excellence in lubricants, massage oils, and other necessities." NICE.
"I owe this award, and indeed every scintilla of success I've ever had in my entire life, to the incredible and incredibly good-looking team at Lovehoney," Mr Elliott might have said had we bothered to ask him.
More gurning award winners after the break...
We were wringing our Web 2.0 hands last week when the Lovehoney Twitter account was summarily suspended amid accusations of spam, malefeasance and assorted skullduggery. We were innocent, of course, and protested from the highest mount - well we contested our Twitter account suspension through the official channel and twiddled our thumbs for a bit.
After a couple of days we were assigned a Twitter operative, which reassured us that at least someone was looking into what had happened.
And then, well, we waited some more. And worried a bit more.
So we poked around some Twitter discussion forums which for the most part revealed that if your Twitter account gets suspended by mistake, you just have to wait for it to come back. Not much consolation for us.
But buried deep in the comments was an e-mail address for a Twitter operative called Delbius, who we contacted directly and within no time at all our account was back in operation. Thank you Delbius!
Why was our Twitter account suspended in the first place? Delbius reveals:
> I've restored the account; it would appear that it was flagged as
> part of a spam cloud. In the future, please contact me with a ticket
> number as that makes this process much easier -- or just wait for us
> to resolve the ticket.
Which for us begged the question: what is a spam cloud? To which Del helpfully and swiftly answered:
> Essentially, it's when a group of accounts start spamming;
> some spam accounts started messaging with updates you were
> sending out and you were caught up in the resulting chaos.
So we were collateral damage in someone else's nefarious spam activity. And it turns out quite a lot of other Twitter accounts were suspended due to the spam cloud scare too.
Everything seems to have been sorted now, but if your Twitter account gets suspended, don't panic!
Fill in the Twitter account suspension appeal form and twiddle your thumbs for a bit. If you're twiddling for too long, e-mail Delbius - del at twitter.com
Thank you Delbius!
Truly we are humbled by the adulation of our peers. Yesterday, Lovehoney was named 2009 Online Adult Retailer of the Year at the prestigious Erotic Trade Only annual awards, held on a concourse at the Birmingham NEC. And here is a picture of our head buyer Bonny Hall and The Professor (in his civvies) graciously accepting the plaudit.
What is Erotic Trade Only? It's the trade publication for our 'industry' - think of it as the adult version of those funny guest publications that they grab the headlines from at the end of Have I Got News For You?. Things like Global Slag Magazine, Miniature Donkey Talk and The Shock & Vibration Digest.
Come to think of it, ETO would fit in quite well with any of those, though sadly the publishers of Global Slag have decided to call time on the magazine. We shed a tear for its demise.
But we digress! The ETO Awards are voted for by 'the industry' so we're super-chuffed that our achievements have been recognised by our peers, but we're even more super-chuffed that so many people keep coming back to shop at Lovehoney. We thank you all!
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