Get A Load Of This – January 2018

2018 began in creative style! Artworks, records, and more have been on the move!

Record Collection

With a business called Mr Tambourine Van, a record collection is a very apt delivery for me! This precious vinyl was travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Sadly the high number of potholes on the roads make an in-van record player unfeasible, so I settled for admiring the cover art through the boxes!   

Artworks

Usually when I transport art, it is so well packaged I can’t see the wonderful works within. On this occasion the striking images found their way through the bubble wrap! Making the long journey from the artist’s town of Kirkcudbright, to scenic Burntisland, I kept them well strapped and blanketed. But while loading and unloading, I got a lovely up close look at these amazing items.   

Stylish Sofa

If you are tempted to sit in this lime green sofa, you can! Going from a shop in Crieff, to a quiet cottage in Pitlochry, which can be rented by visitors. The setting was wonderful, more shades of green than I’ve ever seen!  

It’s kind of you to stop by, and have a read. I’ll be back soon with more deliveries in February, in the meantime there are lots of blogs to read, so please have a look around!

I love being a courier, and enjoy moving a whole range of items. I also have extensive experience carrying delicate, and fragile items. I run a small van (165cm x 120cm x 125cm) at a cheap price, ideal for courier work, small/student moves, furniture, and as you see from this website & blog, so much more! The slogan goes, if it fits – I’ll move it! I work out of Glasgow, serving Scotland, and the UK. To get a quick quote, visit www.mrtvan.com or call me, Oz, on 07532 827 854 – not your usual man with a van!

Stay safe out there,

Oz  

  

The Kelpies: Motorway Must-See

As you Drive along the M9, near Falkirk, two giant dark shapes will begin to emerge amidst the trees. Closing in, they tower over you, rising upon necks thicker than smoke stacks. One rears its’ head in a silent scream, the other solemnly directed downward, steely stare fixed upon you. As your angle changes they will seem at once passive, friendly, then, suddenly powerful, overwhelming. You have just encountered the Kelpies.

The Kelpies are two enormous steel horse-head sculptures, watching over the Forth & Clyde canal, set amongst a sprawling green site called, the Helix. Having driven by many times in the course of my deliveries, I took some time to stop by last year – and I highly recommend you do too!

Showing the Kelpies place by the road, during construction.

I have always loved the myth of the Kelpie, a mysterious monster that would lure humans to ride upon it, then drag them down to the watery depths for all eternity. Andy Scott, the sculptor behind them, was focusing more on making a monument to the epic contribution horses historically made to local industry. However, there is something magical about these two beasts. When you walk around the site, viewing them from different angles, it does appear that the expressions have changed. I’ve never seen a sculpture that has that effect. They go from friendly, cute even, to downright intimidating!

Brooding, almost sorrowful Kelpie
Now a playful, happy Kelpie!

There is a lot of explore around the Helix site, as well as cafes, guided tours, and all the usual great tourist stuff. Best of all, it is free to visit! Details here: http://www.thehelix.co.uk/

There are hundreds iconic landmarks in every country, many often ending up underwhelming to visit. The Kelpies has a feel-able impact on you, and you gotta go there, you can’t get it from a picture – nor will any of your pictures capture what you see – you don’t even look at the Kelpies, they look at you…   

Presenting, the new third Kelpie!

Thanks for visiting my blog today! I love being a courier, and enjoy moving a whole range of items across beautiful Scotland, and further afield in the UK too. I also have extensive experience carrying delicate, and fragile items. I run a small van (165cm x 120cm x 125cm) at a cheap price, ideal for courier work, small/student moves, furniture, and as you see from this website & blog, so much more! The slogan goes, if it fits – I’ll move it! To get a quick quote, visit www.mrtvan.com or call me, Oz, on 07532 827 854 – not your usual man with a van!

Stay safe out there,

Oz

Get A Load Of This – November 2017

As the explosions of the 5th finally stop ringing in our ears, and we begin the build up to the festive, here are some of my interesting moves this November.   

BB8 Rock

Not a move, but I had to share. On a rocky beach by Arbroath Harbour I found this rock that is the utter double of the loveable Star Wars droid, BB8. That isn’t two rocks – that is one single piece – amazing! My only regret was not taking it home!

Edinburgh Art Show

With enough art for a renaissance, Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange hosted the yearly Edinburgh Art Show. I had the privilege of transporting work from the Whitehouse Gallery in Kirkcudbright, and it was awesome to see all the stands taking shaping!  

Classic Mini Part

A cool young dude is restoring a classic mini near Kelso, in the Scottish Borders. I hooked him up with this colourfully wrapped axle, from Greenock, to assist in his project. Not the most visually exciting item, so here is a picture of a Mini, enjoy!

Kitchen Unit

A stunning kitchen unit, lovely dark wood, and shinny, shinny, metal! Looks brilliant, weighs an absolute tonne! Moving from Edinburgh to Glasgow, this piece could easily handle a pasting off of Gordon Ramsay, on his worst day.

Another month is coming to a close, and December is upon us. I for one can’t wait to start tearing into my advent calendar! Join me before the year ends for some highlights of my monthly adventures.   

I love being a courier, and enjoy moving a whole range of items. I also have extensive experience carrying delicate, and fragile items. I run a small van (165cm x 120cm x 125cm) at a cheap price, ideal for courier work, small/student moves, furniture, and as you see from this website & blog, so much more! The slogan goes, if it fits – I’ll move it! I work out of Glasgow, serving Scotland, and the UK. To get a quick quote, visit www.mrtvan.com or call me, Oz, on 07532 827 854 – not your usual man with a van!

Stay safe out there,

Oz

Winter Driving Tips from a Courier

 

 

 

 

 

As the first flakes are falling, I’m sharing my top tips for winter driving.

It begins! Woke up to this last week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

These can get intense, and in-depth, so I’m covering what I think is important, or my own little ideas!

 

Not every tip you read online is useful!

 

Be Prepared

Honestly, those Scouts are onto something! Get your vehicle winter ready. Make sure you have deicer, and a scraper at the very least! Ideally, do these things:

  • First question is always, do you need to make this journey, if you don’t, don’t!
  • Check your lights, make sure they all work.
  • Check your battery, charge it to the max!      
  • Keep fuel levels topped up.
  • Fill up your screenwash, make sure it is combined with anti-freeze so it actually works!
  • Check your wiper blades, and clean them.  
  • Keep your mobile fully charged.
  • Bring outdoor clothes (I always forget this, and head out in a thin jacket, and Converse, because I’m warm enough in the van – until I get out!)
  • Check the travel bulletins before you go, and use a GPS system that provides instant updates.

 

Early Birds Crash The Least

 

It’s dark, cold, and you’d rather have extra time in bed – trust me, I’m with you (not physically, that would be weird!) But don’t forget to give yourself extra time to de-ice your vehicle, let the heater warm up, and importantly to make a coffee to go.

 

In case you hadn’t noticed…

 

Slow & Steady Wins The Race

 

Once you hit the road the main advice is, take it slow and steady. It’s boring, I like to drive to the maximum speed allowed – always – but it is a successful safe strategy.

  • Reducing your speed reduces skidding.
  • Avoid harsh braking, and you are less likely to slide.
  • Try not to steer sharply, or you might spin out.
  • Go into lower gears earlier, this avoids wheel locking.

I see many drivers continuing their usual 80+ on motorways in the snow. In my many thousands of miles of experience I can tell you that most of the time I end up catching the speedsters at traffic lights, even at 60 – so driving like Wacky Races only endangers yourself, and others, and doesn’t get your there any quicker.

My final personal tip, keep your vehicle well ventilated! Nothing feels nicer than turning the heater to the max, and making your vehicle a hotbox! But as you drive over time, it makes your super sleepy! Find a balance before you nod off, and end up taking the big sleep! Safe driving to you all this winter, and join me soon, to see what interesting items I’ve moved this November!

Always find the positive in every situation!

I love being a courier, and enjoy moving a whole range of items. I also have extensive experience carrying delicate, and fragile items. I run a small van (165cm x 120cm x 125cm) at a cheap price, ideal for courier work, small/student moves, furniture, and as you see from this website & blog, so much more! The slogan goes, if it fits – I’ll move it! I work out of Glasgow, serving Scotland, and the UK. To get a quick quote, visit www.mrtvan.com or call me, Oz, on 07532 827 854 – not your usual man with a van!

Stay safe out there,

Oz    

 

 

 

Get a load of this! October 2017

It’s Halloween, the roads are getting darker, and spookier! But I’ve still got loads of interesting loads to share with you all!   

Giant Clock Face

We’ve all just put our clocks back an hour, but spare a thought for however has to set the hands on this beast! Going from a beautiful village hotel in Fife, to an appreciative lady in Glasgow, you’d have no excuse for being late with this badboy adorning your wall!    

Retro Red Chair & Footstool

Groovy baby! A fine gentleman in Ayrshire is kicking back, and relaxing in retro style, with this funky red recliner, and matching footstool. I really loved this item, and it inspired me for the next time I get a new chair!

Glow In The Dark Path

This delivery may not appear very exciting, a bunch of round tubs … but do not be deceived! This is by far one of the coolest things I have carried! An amazing youth centre in Knightsridge is trialling a new glow in the dark path, that alongside looking brilliant, will also improve people’s confidence to walk safely in the dark. Here is an image from a similar path, to show how cool it is once placed:   

Gibson Bar Stools

As you likely guessed from my business name, I like music – over 5,000 tracks cycle the van stereo! So I was impressed by these chrome, spinning, Gibson bar stools. Sporting the ‘Pure’ branding, these were perhaps promotional items once given to guitar dealers to hype up the range. Delivered to a gentleman near Edinburgh, they were added to his amazing memorabilia filled garage, where he is restoring a classic VW beetle.  

 

I think this may have been one of the most interesting months so far, and I can’t wait to see what November brings. Join me then, to see what’s been travelling in the Tambourine Van!

I love being a courier, and enjoy moving a whole range of items. I also have extensive experience carrying delicate, and fragile items. I run a small van (165cm x 120cm x 125cm) at a cheap price, ideal for courier work, small/student moves, furniture, and as you see from this website & blog, so much more! The slogan goes, if it fits – I’ll move it! I work out of Glasgow, serving Scotland, and the UK. To get a quick quote, visit www.mrtvan.com or call me, Oz, on 07532 827 854 – not your usual man with a van!

Stay safe out there,

Oz

Where is the Heart of Scotland? – Motorway Mysteries

Welcome to... Stirling, Perth, and Heart of Scotland!
Welcome to… Stirling, Perth, and Harthill – by which is the true heart of Scotland!?!

Each time I drive by one of these signs, I wonder, where is the true heart of Scotland? It can’t have three (even Doctor Who only manages two), so is Perth, Stirling, or Harthill really at the heart of Scotland? As I tried to answer this question the mystery became quite complicated!

Perth

Perth is a Scottish city on the banks of the Tay, however the full Perth & Kinross region is enormous! If you look at this map, the red area does look kinda heart shaped…

Well, a biologically accurate one, rather than the traditional symbol!

Why might it be the heart? Well, it’s home to Scone Abbey, where the Stone of Destiny was used to crown Scottish rulers, and Perth was often where the Royal court resided, so it became a de facto capital.  

The Stone of Destiny, yes, the name kinda builds it up a bit too much…

Some strong historical reasons to crown Perth the heart, but history is a big factor for this place as well….

Stirling

Another Scottish city, not too far from Perth. Stirling can also make claim to being a former capital. It has a famous castle, home to everything from legendary battles to legendary bands. It is seen as ‘the Gateway to the Highlands’, and straddles the highlands, and lowlands. Easy to see how it can make claim to being the heart of Scotland, but our final contender has it in their very name…  

Harthill / Heart of Scotland

Anyone who has ever driven the M8 between Glasgow, and Edinburgh, will have seen, perhaps even visited, Heart of Scotland services. Two separate buildings on either side are connected by a modern bridge. Technically they win, because they made the claim their name, however any connection ends there. You could maybe argue, that as the two largest cities in Scotland, the spot between Glasgow & Edinburgh is the heart.

Yet this does a bit of a disservice to the rest of our fabulous country, and biologically a heart must connect throughout the body, not just in one bit.

Where Is It Then?

The issue that arose as I read into this was, what do you mean by the heart? Is it a historical thing? Or geographical? Some people take it to mean, centre, and in fact, none of the above are in the ‘centre’ of Scotland. This honour goes to a hillside near Loch Garry, between Dalwhinnie and Blair Atholl beside the A9 road and the railway line.

In Scotland, all the most important things are based around rocks

Even this is debatable, as it calculated the centre to be the point where a cardboard cutout of Scotland would balance on a pin – and doesn’t take islands into account, of which there are many and more, each an important piece of the Scottish jigsaw!    

Sadly, you aren’t going to get a definitive answer! You’ll have to pick your own. I’d love to know where it is for you? Please get in touch to share your thoughts, or what other mysteries you’ve spied on your travels that I might look into? After all, I’m all over this fine land on a regular basis!

Thanks for reading, and join me soon for a sneak peek at October’s funkiest deliveries!  

I love being a courier, and transporting your wonderful items all across the country. I have particular experience carrying delicate, and fragile items. I run a small van (165cm x 120cm x 125cm) at a cheap price, ideal for courier work, small/student moves, furniture, and as you see from this website & blog, so much more! The slogan goes, if it fits – I’ll move it! I work out of Glasgow, serving Scotland, and the UK. To get a quick quote, visit www.mrtvan.com or call me, Oz, on 07532 827 854 – not your usual man with a van!

Stay safe out there,

Oz

Get A Load Of This – September 2017

It’s been an arty, antique-y month this September!   

Antique Hat Stand

I transported this lovely antique hat stand, with mirror, and umbrella stands. It was being passed from a lovely couple in Edinburgh, to their daughter in Glenrothes – great to see a well loved item being passed to the next generation!

Lots & Lots Of Art!

A whole galleries’ worth of art has been moved across Scotland in the Tambourine Van this month. The only downside, it is usually so well wrapped, I don’t get a peek at these masterpieces! Fortunately the galleries themselves are very cool, like the Tatha Gallery in Newport-on-Tay:

And the Coburg Gallery in quaint Edinburgh!

Thanks for joining me for a look at what the Tambourine Van has been up to, and I will see you again in October, perhaps sharing some spooky deliveries!?!

I love being a courier, and enjoy moving a whole range of items. I also have extensive experience carrying delicate, and fragile items. I run a small van (165cm x 120cm x 125cm) at a cheap price, ideal for courier work, small/student moves, furniture, and as you see from this website & blog, so much more! The slogan goes, if it fits – I’ll move it! I work out of Glasgow, serving Scotland, and the UK. To get a quick quote, visit www.mrtvan.com or call me, Oz, on 07532 827 854 – not your usual man with a van!

Stay safe out there,

Oz

It’s a Bug’s Life!

Welcome Courier Fans!

I’m excited to announce that Mr Tambourine Van Courier Service is now a proud member of Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust! Why is a courier supporting an insect charity? Because my van, and I, are sadly responsible for thousands of buggy fatalities every day. We don’t mean it, and I’ve tried shouting at them to get out the way … to no avail…

The aftermath of one of many bug massacres!

Upon joining this funky pack arrived in the post, with treats including a cotton bag, fold out poster, and lots of literature filled with great advice & info.

Looking forward to curling up in the back of the van to read all this interesting info!

I don’t pretend to know much about insects, but I know that pollinators are important for giving us chocolate, and strawberries, so we should be nice to them!

As silly as it may sound, it truly makes me sad when a bug gets smooshed on my windscreen – I never squash them at home, I always relocate them out the window. And if you cause harm, even unintentionally, I think it is right you should try to make up for it!

I’ll be back next time with the more usual courier based content, but if you are looking to show some support, consider joining Buglife, and help out all those wonderful bugs!

Proudly displaying my Buglife sticker on the van!

Stay safe out there,

Oz

Get A Load Of This – August 2017

As August draws to a close I’ve been extremely busy helping super smart students get settled into their new digs! But I still found time to deliver a few weird and wonderful things for you to check out:

1# Adult Tricycle

This is an awesome foot powered beast! An off-road adult tricycle, destined for the West Coast of Scotland, and adventures across the heather strewn wilderness. I guarantee someone is having a lot of fun this summer!

2# Vivarium

The first question I asked when booking this job was, what is a vivarium!?! And that was my only question after discovering it was a home for reptiles – of course I want to move something that cool! Sadly the resident snake was not on board for the journey, but was waiting at the other end. Currently residing in a slightly too small home, the snake was excited to upsize!

3# Funky Collectables

I assisted a lovely couple in Edinburgh with a small flat move. They had tonnes of amazing collectables, including this giant Imperial Star Destroyer jigsaw model. Don’t worry though, I haven’t gone to the dark side, I’ll always be a rebel!

I saw this wild site whilst doing a student move. Spare a thought for the poor rubbish collectors to have to clean up this apocalypse! Thanks for reading, and I look forward to writing to you again in September, sharing some more interesting items!

I love being a courier, and enjoy moving a whole range of items. I also have extensive experience carrying delicate, and fragile items. I run a small van (165cm x 120cm x 125cm) at a cheap price, ideal for courier work, small/student removals, furniture, and as you see from this website & blog, so much more! The slogan goes, if it fits – I’ll move it! I work out of Glasgow, serving Scotland, and the UK. To get a quick quote, visit www.mrtvan.com or call me, Oz, on 07532 827 854 – not your usual man with a van!

Stay safe out there,

Oz

How big is your box?

 

Whenever a client tells me they have a number of boxes, and nothing else, I always feel like Brad Pitt in Seven…

So how do you know whether you box is small, medium, large, or extra large? Shockingly there is not an international standard (what do they do all day at the UN?), so here’s my guide to get you boxing clever!

Small Box

45cm x 45cm x 25cm – less than half a metre long & wide, and a quarter metre high. Ideal for heavy items, like books, or kitchen items.  

Medium Box

45cm x 45cm x 50cm – twice as tall as the last size. The ideal ‘general’ box.  

Perfect preparation for this move.
The perfect example of the carefully prepared small move.

Large Box

45cm x 45cm x 75cm – when you get this big, you need to be smart about what you put in it, as you don’t want it to be so heavy it becomes dangerous to lift. Good for clothing, beddings, lamps

Extra Large Box

Anything above a large box is extra large, and is likely to become a struggle to lift for two people. Except perhaps a wardrobe box (50cm x 45cm x 122cm is the usual size). It is better to have more smaller boxes, than a few huge ones – even if it means more trips up & down the stairs. For example, a previous client filled a box the size of a fridge with kitchenware. Even together we could not lift it, and he was on the 4th floor! He was so focused on packing, he didn’t even think about the weight.     

Now I know reading about boxes might not be super exciting, but there are good reasons to learn this:

  • A courier might refuse to carry a box, if it is so heavy or damaged it is unsafe to do so.
  • By providing a clear idea of what you need moved, you can get a better price. For example, 10 small boxes would easily be moved by a single driver / courier, in a small van – big savings for you!

Whichever size of box you need to move, get in touch! I run a small van (165cm x 120cm x 125cm) at a cheap price, ideal for courier work, small/student removals, furniture, and as you see from this website & blog, so much more! The slogan goes, if it fits – I’ll move it! I work out of Glasgow & Edinburgh, serving Scotland, and the UK. To get a quick quote, visit www.mrtvan.com or call me, Oz, on 07532 827 854 – not your usual man with a van!

Stay safe out there,

Oz

Get A Load Of This – July 2017

With summer in full swing (even if the weather misbehaves), I’ve been busy delivering items all across Bonnie Scotland, here are some of my special picks this month:

1# Crossbow (and small move)

Ready to make the undead, just dead.
Ready to make the undead, plain dead.

A cool client was moving her belongings from Edinburgh, to store in Aberdeen, ahead of an international trip. One of the items was a small, one handed crossbow. It was part of my customer’s Zombie Apocalypse preparation, and we discussed what additional items I could put in my van, so that I’m prepared for the inevitable Z-day. She generously said I could take the crossbow in the cab for the journey, but I would have been far too tempted to use it on other motorists!     

2# Old School Exercise Machine

So old, it could have been used in the first Olympic Games!

With the Edinburgh Fringe almost upon us, I’m beginning to get the usual unusual requests. This time it was to collect an exercise machine from the Rose Theatre, close to Edinburgh’s Princes Street. Now you just got a mental picture of an exercise machine, and this item looks nothing like it! I know I was surprised when I saw it! A very old school piece of kit, it is ideal for a dancers to practice, and improve their skills. I can manage the dance of getting a sofa through a tight door, but I’ll leave Swan Lake to the professionals!

3# Awesome Bag (and small move)

Well, at least it is honest!

This small move from Edinburgh to Glasgow featured a bag, with a bluntly honest description of what it stores. Given how frustrating packing for a move can be, I think we all have a bag, or box, that fits this bill – it certainly made me chuckle.

4# Off-road Mobility Chair  

Ready for off-road adventures!

This beauty is an off road mobility chair. The controls take a bit of figuring out, and it is much harder to steer up a ramp, into the van, when you aren’t sitting in it. I had to be slow and steady to keep it on track, so it could be loaded smoothly. My client uses it to explore the coast on their holidays – and it certainly looks like an adventuring machine!

Thanks for joining me this month, and make sure to pop back in August for some more weird, and wonderful, deliveries. I love being a courier, and enjoy moving a whole range of items. I also have extensive experience carrying delicate, and fragile items. I run a small van (165cm x 120cm x 125cm) at a cheap price, ideal for courier work, small/student removals, furniture, and as you see from this website & blog, so much more! The slogan goes, if it fits – I’ll move it! I work out of Glasgow, serving Scotland, and the UK. To get a quick quote, visit www.mrtvan.com or call me, Oz, on 07532 827 854 – not your usual man with a van!

Stay safe out there,

Oz

4 Unusual Fringe Tips for Companies Heading to Edinburgh

Edinburgh during the Fringe. Photo by Michal Ziembicki.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with dozens of Fringe shows, across six different years. Not only moving goods, but also supporting marketing, and production. This has given me excellent insight into having a successful Fringe, and I thought I’d share four lesser considered bits of advice, to make your run one to remember!

1# – How will you get all your show items to the venue?

Some accommodation can be a long way from the venue. Even if it’s walkable, what happens when you need to move your props, and set, there? Or bring in another box of flyers? Especially as many venues now, such as C, refuse to store companies printed materials during the run.

This is something I can help out with!

2# – What will you do with leftover flyers, and posters?

Hundreds of flyers, preparing to promote!
If you always wanted flyer based wallpaper, the Fringe is your gold mine! Photo by Steve Greer.

Most companies have a few hundred, if not thousand, flyers, or posters, left at the end. Venues charge you if you leave them behind, and you can’t exactly dump thousands of bits of papers with your face on fly, and hope Edinburgh Council don’t notice. Trust me, they do, and will track you down to fine you!

At the end of the Fringe, I can help you locate a free recycling point, and drop your things there, so they can be recycled, and become more flyers next year! Ah, the circle of promotion!

3# – Can you accommodate additional performances?

As well as your own show, you might be invited to take part in Fringe highlight, or ensemble shows. These are wonderful opportunities for publicity, but can be hard to fit in around your own time slot. Especially if you have bulky costumes, or props, that are essential to your performance. I can help move your items quickly from your venue, and then back, all in time for curtain up!

4# – Are you prepared for flashers?

Posters with review flashers attached.
Flashers. I mean, the white paper additions with the stars, you, and your dirty mind! =D Photo by Zoetnet.

This isn’t what it sounds like. Flashers are the little paper reviews people staple onto flyers, and stick to posters, to show a recent review. As the Fringe progresses these become critical to ensuring you stand out from the crowd. They are generally just black text, on white paper, consisting of a quote, stars, and the source. It is easy to make them on a computer, print one sheet out, then get it photocopied loads of times at a printers. Keep in mind you will need to cut them, and staple them on. So ensure you have a guillotine, or a good scalpel & steel ruler, as well as lots of staples! (And more than one stapler if you want a team to work together on it).

I can collect your printed flashers for you, and even design them for you on the move, to give you more time to raise the audience numbers!

Those are just a few ideas I’ve never seen mentioned elsewhere. I hope they help you have a great Fringe. I provide a small van support service in Edinburgh during August, from as little as £15. Give me a call on 07532 827 854, use this form, or email oz@mrtvan.com. Please note that I am not guaranteed to be in Edinburgh every moment, my other Scottish customers need me too! So the more notice you give, the more likely I can be there.

Wishing you all sold out crowds, and five star reviews,

Oz    

 

 

 

Get A Load Of This – June 2017

Another month draws to a close, time to share highlights of the weird & wonderful things I’ve had the pleasure of delivering in June 2017!

A brief rest as we wait to gain access.
Kicking back with actor, Chris Duffy, as we wait to gain access to the venue.

1# Theatre Company Props & Set

The amazingly talented, Fear No Colours Theatre Company, were performing previews of their Edinburgh Fringe plays Penetrator, and, Shopping & F**king. I assisted in moving the set from a University of Glasgow rehearsal space, to the Old Hairdressers in Glasgow city centre.

I was kindly invited to view the plays, as you can tell from the titles, they were very adult! I covered my ears for the bad words, and really enjoyed them, particularly Penetrator, which was very funny. They are performing at the Fringe 3 – 12 August – check them out.

If you are a theatre company who needs help moving set, props, costume, or printed materials around during the Fringe, get in touch!   

Don't Blink!
Don’t Blink!

2# Garden Statue from Auction

This lovely Venus style garden statue was collected from auction on behalf of a client. Unfortunately, as a big Doctor Who fan, it reminded me so much of a Weeping Angel I had to keep myself from blinking for over 200 miles! Luckily, I remembered Mr Bean, and propped open my eyelids with matches.  

Tambourine Van outside Brewdog Aberdeen
The Tambourine Van outside Brewdog Aberdeen.

3# Bar for Brewdog

Brewdog are a special company to me. I’m from Aberdeen, and they started close to the Granite City. I watched their tremendous rise, from seeing their first brewed bottles appearing in bars, to opening their own pubs, to world domination! It was a pleasure to move a small bar for them, from the Dundee branch, up to Aberdeen. Even better, the road was closed, so I was able to get a great picture of the Tambourine Van outside!

The outside of the Chippendale Furniture School.
The outside of the Chippendale Furniture School.

4# Antique Refurbished Table  

Set in old farm buildings, amongst the Edinburgh countryside, the Chippendale International School of Furniture is a beautiful, peaceful place to visit. I was collecting a lovely round table, that the school had produced a new top for. It had to be looked after carefully, to ensure there were no scratches on the newly cut wood. I delivered it to a happy client, delighted to have her old table restored to life with the new top.  

Restored table, with a new top, on the original base.
Restored table, with a new top, on the original base.

 

It is nice of you to take the time to read this blog. I enjoy moving a whole range of items, with a particular speciality for delicate, and fragile items. I run a small van at a cheap price, ideal for courier work, small/student removals, furniture, and as you see from this blog, much, much, more! The slogan goes, if it fits – I’ll move it! I work out of Glasgow, serving Scotland, and the UK. To get a quick quote, visit www.mrtvan.com or call me, Oz, on 07532 827 854 – not your usual man with a van!

Have a wicked day,

Oz

Get a load of this! May 2017 Edition

Ever wondered what weird and wonderful things I move? Here are some of the most interesting items I’ve delivered in May 2017!

1# Auction Lot

Visiting any auction house is an adventure! This one had a tonne of funky items on display, from ancient bottles of whisky, to classic cars – my favourite lot was this giant Coca-Cola bottle, designed for a stereo to fit into.

One of only two in the world I was told!

The lot I collected had a variety of items, from precious jewellery, to vintage mirrors, and a Victorian chair. All very special, and highly fragile! I specialise in transporting fragile objects, using a combination of blankets, foam, and straps to keep everything safe & secure.

I also kept my speed under a 100, for a change (joke!!!).  

Picture of an off road mobility chair loaded in the Tambourine Van

2# Off Road Mobility Chair

I am fascinated by machines that move! Hence why I became a courier. This beauty is an off road wheelchair, a really stunning bit of kit. I was bringing it to a holiday park for a gentleman enjoying a break away, and looking forward to heading out on the coastal trails. 

Picture of the mobility scooter strapped in place

Using a telescopic ramp system (provided by client, seen on lower left), it was carefully driven up into my van, before being fully secured for transit.

3# Electric Bike

Sticking with the mean machine theme, I also picked up an electric bike from a garage near Edinburgh, bringing it all the way up to the fair Granite City. A heavy piece of kit, but what cyclist hasn’t occasionally dreamed to giving their legs a rest, and letting a sweet motor move them along!?

4# Paintings, Art Gallery Move  

I had the privilege of moving paintings on display at an art gallery, back to the artist. You have to be so careful with these precious creations. I don’t provide packaging services, only moving services, so these works were pre-wrapped in many layers of bubble wrap, foam, and boxed up. I always have the cartoon fear that somehow I will end up with one on my head, face sticking out of the canvas – it hasn’t happened yet! To help me move paintings extremely carefully, I always pretend they are my children!!! The only thing that makes me sad, is that I never get the chance to see these wonderful works!  

5# Vintage Guitar Amp

The perfect item to compliment a business called, Mr Tambourine Van! A beautiful, fabric coated amplifier. I love music, but can’t play to save myself! So I can’t give you the full run down on this piece of kit, suffice to say if it sounds as pretty as it looks, you’ll be top of pops in no time!

Thanks for visiting, I hope it was fun to find out what I’ve been moving this month.

I’m Oz, AKA, Mr Tambourine Van Courier Service. I run a small van at a cheap price, ideal for courier work, small/student removals, furniture, and as you see from the above, so much more! My slogan is, if it fits – I’ll move it! I work primarily in Glasgow, and service Scotland, but will travel anywhere in the UK for the right price. To get a quick quote, visit www.mrtvan.com or call 07532 827 854 – not your usual man with a van!