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You Know You’re a Spy When…

Some of us are born spies and some of us have to learn to be spies! For your chance to win a Treasure Trail of your choice, count up how many of the following are true for you and complete the limerick at the end.

You Know You're a Spy When...

So, collars up, hats down, here we go… you know you are a spy when…

1. You have learnt how to sneak into places you shouldn’t go into!

2. You write to your friends and family using invisible ink!

• The best invisible ink can be made from all sorts of substances you have in your kitchen!

3. All your shirts have collars that can be turned up

• Try canned starch for stiffening collars.

4. You eavesdrop on other people’s conversations

• From Overheard London on the bus “”Yeah…I was in Itsu, the Sushi bar where that Russian guy got poisoned on the day that it happened. And I’ve been feeling really ill ever since…I hope I’m not contagious”

5. You secretly observe people in public places whilst pretending to read a magazine.

Private Eye is probably too obvious

6. You can walk down a street without being noticed

• It should be really easy in Hyde in Greater Manchester!

 7. You can write in code without referring to a manual

• But if you do need a manual, then you could try Top Secret – A handbook of codes, ciphers and secret writing.

 8. You wear your sunglasses even in the dark

• Put a new pair from on your Christmas wish list!

 9. You start tailing people just for fun!

• Here are some great ideas on how to do it.

To enter, go to our Facebook page and search the photos to find the file marked ‘Top Secret’. Add your limerick as a comment here. The funniest limerick will be declared the winner after 2nd June 2014.

There once was a spy called ………

 

19th May 2014

Posted In: Just for Giggles

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A Day in the Life of a Treasure Trails Partner

Treasure Trails has a group of authorised Trail writers that between them cover virtually all of the UK ensuring that current Trails are up to date and new Trails are written in places that are crying out for them!

We follow one authorised Trail writer over a typical day!  Amanda and her husband David have been associated with Treasure Trails since 2007 and are Treasure Trail Gold Partners.

First Thing and Most Days

Amanda checks her own and the Treasure Trails Twitter feeds and where appropriate communicates with customers and retailers and other interesting people that are chatting about Treasure Trails or other relevant topics.  She reads Facebook at this time too.  Emails are next on the list and she is particularly interested in any answers that have been submitted because with those comes feedback from customers.

The feedback that we get generally falls into two different types

  1. The people loved the time they spent out with their friends and family exploring a new area
  2. Regular Trailers and new Trailers let us know if they couldn’t find a clue

It is incredibly heart warming to read that folk have enjoyed something that she has created, Amanda told us.

On the other hand if a Trailer reports that a clue has gone missing, then solving that issue goes to the top of the “to do” list. There are several checks that Amanda does to identify if the clue really has disappeared; including having a look at the “Stuck on a Clue” data to see if anyone has phoned through to get answers to that particular clue.  Sometimes a clue is elusive to some but obvious to others and in her early days, Amanda told us that she often used to rush out to check only to find the clue was in situ!

A day in the office

On office days Amanda and David get involved in quoting for bespoke projects which could be anything from a request to create a hen party challenge, or to run a team building event for a local company or deliver some training in how to create a treasure hunt, the Treasure Trails way, for a local school.

As well as quoting for new business, Amanda and David spend their time creating the products that they are delivering and Amanda told us that currently they have a 80 head team building event they are working on for delivery at the end of June. They also have a couple of hen party challenges they are personalising.  They have been working with a school in Shropshire and are awaiting the school’s data so they can input it into Treasure Trails’ bespoke software.

Amanda spends much of her office time on marketing the business through social media channels which she has found is a useful way to develop the brand, build her knowledge of the local community and get sales leads!

The best bits

A Day in the Life of a Treasure Trails PartnerWriting new Trails is one of the best bits of being a Treasure Trails Partner – researching a new area, town or village to identify the best bits of the place and then heading out there to walk the researched route, photograph possible clues and sort out an accurate set of directions fulfils the creative urge!  Both Amanda and David write new Trails and once they are back in the office they build the Trail in Treasure Trails’ bespoke software, print a draft copy and then head out again to test it. They test each other’s and then put the Trail out to an independent tester to ensure it ‘works’.  They also complete a risk assessment, write the back stories and fact files and make sure the whole thing hangs together so that they can look forward to 10/10 ratings from Trailers and great feedback!

The latest feedback that was received for their Hereford Murder Mystery was “I thoroughly enjoyed this trail, a great way to keep fit and have fun along the way”.  And for their Malvern Hills Driving Trail “We had a great day on the trail with our two children 6 and 2 and an elderly relative who can only walk short distances. It worked really well to entertain the children while not having to go too far if we didn’t want to.”

Our Treasure Trails Partners really appreciate any feedback you want to give after doing a Treasure Trail either when you submit an answer, or through Facebook or on Twitter. And if it is great feedback we are thrilled and if something has gone wrong then we really want to know that too.  We look forward to hearing from you!

7th May 2014

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