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ME PAT Festive Newsletter - Dec 2014

  • Posted on: 4 December 2014
  • By: Mike
Good morning/afternoon or even good evening to those out there that work for themselves or indeed for large businesses, working from a variety of offices in business centres through to humble offices at home or “Home Office” as I prefer to call it…. I’d like to introduce you to the twelfth newsletter from ME PAT Services on health and safety in the work place and those “working from home” with regards to Portable Appliance Testing.

I started in December 2013 very apprehensively with these newsletters as many of my network mates will testify that I am certainly capable of “talking” but stringing more than two sensible words together can be an achievement! So we have managed to offer a variety of electrical related stories and articles and hopefully we have also taken the edge off with a few light hearted moments over the past 12 months, thanks to those how have stayed with me…

This time of year, we not only plan our wind down towards the festive break [among many other tasks in December], but also reflect on the achievements over the past 12 months, the highs and lows… well for us it has been a really good year [and I hope for many of you out there], we of course have plans for it to continue into 2015 - along with crossed fingers behind ours backs..  But to sum it up in that song by Heather Small used for the 2012 Olympics; “What Have You Done Today to Make You Feel Proud”, well admittedly it was two weeks ago but we have expanded the use of our unique “Fry” cartoon artwork for which I have recently purchased the copyright for and have branded up our very cute yellow van. Dadahah!!

The transformation has been so amazing, not only to a 06 reg van which whilst a distinctive bright yellow van on its own it has taken on a “corporate look” of a sort. But when you have built a business up from – well nothing, then we got “loan” of an unusual cartoon artwork, put it onto business cards, leaflets and tent calendars [2015 calendars are available if anybody needs one for their office?], but then to see it on the side of your very own van – well it certainly creates a “WOW” factor. Five years in, business doing well I look at this van and I “do” indeed feel proud!!

By the way I must make a plug for Russell Hollamby of Signs Express in Cramlington who not only transformed our van but also our lives too… if you’re looking to brand up your own van then let me know as I’d be more than happy to introduce you…


Christmas Tree Destroys on Room in less than 60 seconds!!

Back to the serious bit of Portable Appliance Testing and the saving of lives, here is a video we bring out this time of year from the Safety council, I know it’s a bit heavy especially this time of year – but please play it as it fully illustrates what we do, even though we tend to work mostly in the commercial arena it shows you what happens when thing goes wrong!!

so please please please make sure your Christmas tree lights are fully tested before you put them up – the results are plain don’t you think? 


PAT Talks

I only have one talk left in 2014; this will be at 4Networking Hexham, The County Hotel on the 11th of December 2014
It’s an “off the cuff” talk entitled “4Networking and Me – 2 strange bed fellows” and why I am proud to be a square peg in a round hole – intrigued well come along then…



To lighten the mood I have enclosed some truly awful Christmas gags, honestly these are terrible [Alison has a store of vintage gags which I have raided just for you…] you have been warned!!

What do reindeer hang on their Christmas Trees?



What would a reindeer do if it lost its tail?
She’d go to a re-tail shop for a new one!!


Why is Prancer always wet?

Because he is a “rain” – deer [come on you expected that, eh?]



Which of Santa’s reindeer has bad manners?
“Rude”–olph of course!


What do you call a reindeer wearing ear muffs?
Anything you want because he can’t hear you!!  BOOM BOOM

What do you give a reindeer with an upset stomach?

What do reindeer always say before telling you a joke?
This one will “SLEIGH” you!!!

This poem to the left was written by a Peacekeeping soldier stationed overseas. I am not usually keen on chain emails but if it can be passed on this Christmas in memory of the solders living or dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.

And finally if all goes well I hope to send you a seasonal greeting later in the month but if I happen to miss some of you as December is a truly manic month then we’d like to wish you in advance;


   Mike McCoyTa, ta for now 

   ME PAT Services Ltd