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Happy New Year!

Yes I know it’s belated but A very Happy new year to all our followers, I can’t believe we’re still in January as so much has happened since Christmas!

Firstly our MineEye manager, Ursula  has been busy, not only has she created a newspaper which focuses mainly on book related matters but she has also set up a ‘promotional blog’ which links in directly to MineEye and helps to promote the authors’ books.




She might act daft on Twitter that Ursula but she’s actually quite compus mentus when it comes to promoting books!



Our unsung hero wizard, Rob is also doing a tremendous job under the weight of all the new books that keep arriving for him to work his magic on.

In case you haven’t seen it we also have a website now which links to all our various sites: http://www.thelamaison.co.uk/

On top of all that the ‘Grimnien’ team continues to tweet for all our creatives and are soon going to be promoting our venture outside of Twitter.

Kara has changed The VoiceBoxLive Chronicle – Paper.li to a weekly paper now in order to dedicate more time working ‘behind the scenes’




Oh when will the beautiful Kara agree to marry me!




We have lots of ‘best laid plans’ for 2016 so stay tuned! As always your continued support is very much appreciated!

Love Gongle x



Of Imps and Men………..

Hello to all my fans:-)

I just wanted to keep you ‘in the loop’ with what’s happening at Grimney Towers. As you know we are having some teething troubles with our new site but the wizards are beavering away to get it running smoothly. It is taking longer than we had hoped but please stick with us, I promise it will be worth waiting for and we have some extremely exciting announcements to make once we’ve killed all the Gremlins who crept in when we weren’t looking!

Our Head Honcho, Grimnien has been back to Grimney and returned with a super dooper wizard who is busy mixing magic potions and baking chocolate cakes. Unbeknown to those grisly gremlins who have invaded our state of the art building, he is feeding them cake laced with the special potion which is gradually shrinking them and we are hoping they will soon disappear forever!

The new wizard is going to be in charge of VBL Towers and we are all very excited because he is a truly magical wizard with awesome powers and he is being a great help to our boss wizard who has been tearing his hair out – at least he would have been if he had any:-) – wondering how to dispose of the plague of Gremlins.

It is just as frustrating for us Grimniens as it is for everyone in the Twitterverse but these things are sent to try us.  I mentioned earlier that we have some very exciting news for you and if VBL isn’t up and running soon I may just explode from keeping it to myself! As soon as we re-open the doors to the VBL Stadium I will ‘spill’ but for now we are all just going to have to be patient.

On a seperate note BIG congratulations to our friends ‘The James Clode Band’ who are playing at the 02 Arena on Saturday!……see what happens when you befriend the Grimniens:-)…..muwahahaha and also congratulations to their manager, the lovely Marilyn who is marrying John this weekend, they are going to be running around like blue bottomed flies methinks. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and we look forward to hearing all about both events.  Our sponsor Sian Lloyd will organise plenty of sunshine for you!

I apologise for my lack of communication lately but I’ve been quite busy in the ‘R’ world unfortunately. I am aiming to write chapter 13 of THE book soon so there’s something for you to look forward to:-)

In the meantime, as always THANK YOU to all of our followers and supporters. You are ALL greatly appreciated. Never forget that this venture is for all of you. Keep sending your tweets to the team, you are our life blood!

Love Gongle x

The moment you’ve been waiting for!

Hello everybody Well, it’s been a long time coming but……………I finally have news about our new site, Voice Box Live! The site is ready to launch subject to some final tests which will be happening over the next week or two.The site will launch in November 2016…….only joking! Of course it’s 2014! There will be a yearly fee of just £12 Members will be able to own a fifteen or thirty minute scheduled show. The System will have HD visuals and sound. There is  potential for multiple camera usage. Also it’s going to have automated twitter accounts for performers to promote through for free…… Grimnien, DhumassShrester, UrsulaLygarlis and MonicaKellis. There are 100,000 followers behind them! This is just a brief insight into what the possibilities will be. Once the site launches and any potential teething problems   are sorted it will all become as clear as mud!  LOL, speaking from a personal viewpoint of course. As you all know, inverted imps are not known for their technical skills! 🙂 If anyone is interested in helping out with admin for the site please contact our Admin manager:




Please be patient if we don’t get back straight away, things are a bit hectic at the moment 🙂

We will shortly be needing moderators for the site.

The ‘Grimniens’ will continue to interact and promote our lovely followers on Twitter but the new site will give you even more scope to be seen! We are all very excited that the project is finally getting underway and I will update you with news as I get it. Finally a very warm welcome to all our new followers. You probably know by now that we are here to help all creatives whether you are an artist, poet, musician, photographer, writer……………we welcome ALL creatives! Also thank you and please continue to spread the word about us.  Many of you retweet for us which we appreciate very much! We couldn’t do it without you. Feel free to join in with our ‘banter’ It’s a good way to get noticed without boring people with ‘advertising’ and we all enjoy a good laugh. You may have noticed that! We don’t take life too seriously which is why we are happy in our work! Remember, Gongle loves you all:-) x

Latest News from Gongleshanks

Hello all

Just in case you haven’t heard, lol, I am writing a book and publishing it chapter by chapter on my blog. In case you haven’t read it yet you can find it here:

DON’T USE THE ‘R’ WORD! – The story of the Grimniens

Our competition, ‘Make Gongle Laugh’ is underway and several tweets have been shortlisted. The competition page is here:


Our followers are increasing rapidly which is great! Don’t forget if you want to share your work all you have to do is send a link in a tweet and ask for a retweet. I know some of you are shy and think it’s ‘cheeky’ but it’s why we’re here! We want to help you to get your work seen and heard so don’t be shy, send a link and it WILL be retweeted!

I do have to remind people occasionally that we are ‘family friendly’ so if your links contain adult material or swearing we won’t be able to share it. Apart from that if you ask you WILL receive!

We like to interact with as many followers as possible but because the numbers are increasing it is difficult so please don’t think we’ve forgotten any of you.  If you have asked for a tweet and it’s been missed pester us! Always remember we are here for YOU. Without you we would be redundant so help us to help you.

We can’t promise anybody fame and fortune but you will get your efforts seen and heard by lots of people through the Grimniens.

I commented last night how it’s a ‘crying shame’ that there is so much amazing talent on this planet which deserves to be seen and heard. We are here to give a platform to everybody so make use of us!

Don’t forget that Voice Box is being made ready for you too and although it is taking longer than we first anticipated it IS coming and it will give you a much wider platform to showcase your creativeness.

We tweet as much as possible and try to give extra tweets to people who are trying to help good causes. We also share tweets with other team members to give you more exposure.

If you have any questions or advice you can contact any Grimnien and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Our aim is quite simply to spread a bit of happiness.  Personally I prefer tweets because a lot of DM’s get missed.

Thanks for reading and as always, thank you for your retweets. Keep spreading the word!

Love Gongle x

A bit more news from Gongle

In my last post I explained that I was cancelling the competition website. Before I do I decided to take some of the general information off said website and post it here for people who haven’t read it. I also received some competition entries which I will post for you to read once I get permission from the contributors::


My name is Gongleshanks and I am from the Land of Grimney. WHAT? You’ve never heard of Grimney? Where HAVE you been?? Ah! No! I can’t be bothered explaining it all again. All you need to know for now is that I work for Voice Box Promotions. We promote creative people on twitter such as poets, artists, writers, musicians, comedians, anyone creative who needs promoting, we do it! So what makes us different to other promotional companies I hear you ask? Well, we don’t charge. Yes you heard that right….we promote people free of charge. Our creator, Grimnian had this vision you see, Grimnian is a cross-dressing wizard by the way, anyway, where was I? Oh yes Grimnian decided that there are so many talented people ‘out there’ trying to get seen and heard and it made him sad.So one day he thought ‘I know what I’ll do……I’ll get a group of people together who are willing to work for no pay and we will TAKE OVER THE WORLD’. He didn’t actually say that last bit – about taking over the world I mean – but I am an imp and sometimes prone to exaggerating a bit. Anyway he got this team of nutters…..erm I mean like-minded people together and took them to Twitterland where they have been working tirelessly for many months to make people’s dreams come true. The team consists of Grimnian the wizard, a lesser spotted tentacular clam by the name of Morton, a tin knight with bees in his head named Garlan, a beautiful lady called Kara, Wendel, a demented Mayor who walks backwards and Gongleshanks a naughty imp who walks upside down. Gongle’s long suffering girlfriend, Ann also tweets for the team.

Grimnian has also been building a very spectacular site called Voice Box and it has a virtual stage where our Twitter followers can perform to a large audience via webcam.


What is VoiceBox?

An obvious question, VoiceBox came to mind after the creation of the Land of Grimney. I had always intended to find a way to encourage, support and promote creativity of all kinds. The problem I found with many websites was that they often swallowed talent through sheer weight of member numbers. This we wanted to avoid. Therefore we are creating VoiceBox – The Virtual Stage. A free platform where members will be able to perform their music, poetry, comedy routines or simply talk about their books, or just share their thoughts with others. Tweets will be sent out on Twitter to announce a performance, and these will be free to over thirty thousand people. There will be a small charge if a member wishes to reach a further one hundred thousand and book promotions will require a very tiny fee, but free promotion will still be available too. We hope that you will recoup any expense with your own sales. Why charge you may ask? The website is destined to be an expensive construction, and we and its builders GloDerWorks; an award winning design company, will have to manage it. The intention is to grow and adapt and, with your support and contributions, we intend to become a powerful online influence in discovering, supporting and empowering new talents throughout the world.

The site has incredible potential. Voice Box Promotions, our hard working publicity department, have gathered over one hundred and thirty thousand followers on Twitter and we are proud to share with you that a significant core are involved with the music and publishing industry. We are followed by many incredibly talented individuals and hope that we can help share their gifts with others.

VoiceBox will be a unique concept, simply being built for you. How successful you are depends on your determination, drive and ability. We believe that success for us will be measured only by the success of those who become involved and strive to achieve their goals and dreams.

We hope that you will join us, share your gifts and participate in all aspects of VoiceBox, of which there will be many. We are here to see you succeed, but success is in your hands. We will take great pride in seeing you achieve your ambitions and helping you as much as we can along the way.

Good luck and may your dreams take flight!


A little story:

Once upon a time there lived a wizard by the name of Grimnian. He lived in a fantasy world all of his own, this land was called Grimney. Many strange creatures inhabited the land of Grimney and when they were not at war fighting to control the land, they spent their days painting, reading books and writing.One day Grimnian was sat in the woods chatting to his friends when he stunned everybody by announcing ‘I’m bored!’

‘You’re bored?’ repeated Morton the slimy clam ‘Well what do you want to do Grimnian?’ Grimnian looked thoughtful for a moment then he turned to Morton and said ‘I want to start an online empire’

Everyone stopped chatting idly and turned their attention to the strange wizard who was wearing a very expensive looking dress.

Kara Jarina a beautiful and enchanting lady was first to speak ‘If you want to spend the day creating an empire dear Grimnian then that is what you must do.’ Kara then resumed her welding.

Without another word Grimnian arose elegantly – as befits someone wearing a very expensive dress – and staggered off into the woods. He staggered because he was wearing exceedingly high heels, not the best attire for hiking but…..well, that’s Grimnian for you!

After some time he re-appeared accompanied by a very handsome man who walked towards the group of friends on his hands.

‘This is Gongleshanks’ said Grimnian, ‘he is joining my empire. He used to be Meadow Goblinglitter but I changed her into a man’.

‘Ooooh’ piped up Morton, ‘Why did you change Meadow into a man?’

‘Every empire has a handsome and charismatic man on the team’ replied Grimnian with a vague expression on his face.

‘But why is he upside down?’ Morton continued.

Grimnian’s eyes became clear now and he spoke with great determination. ‘Ah, yes, why indeed Morton’ he began. ‘I can tell you exactly why Gongleshanks is upside down young………..clam. Goodness, yes indeedy………….and well spotted, you are indeed a very observant young……..clam! The reason why Gongleshanks, the handsome, charismatic man is upside down is…………because…………my spell went wrong. Yes, that’s it…………that’s what happened the spell went wrong, it was a mistake, that, Morton is why Gongleshanks is upside down.’

Grimnian smiled contentedly to himself, quietly pleased with his clear and intelligent explanation.

Wendel, the Mayor of Dingletown grabbed hold of Gongle’s foot and shook it vigorously. ‘I was very pleased to meet you tomorrow’ said Wendel because he was extremely stupid.

‘OK’ announced the elegantly dressed wizard’ There is no time like the future we had better make a start for we have a long and arduous journey ahead of us.’

‘But…..where are we going?’ protested Kara as she lifted her welding mask.

‘We are going to Twitterland’ beamed Grimnian. ‘I have heard tell that there are many unhappy people in this land. There are writers and painters and poets and minstrels of great quality but nobody will give them the time of day because a tyrant has taken over the land. He has created a huge empire and mesmerised the population into believing that the only creative people worth seeing are the ones that he chooses to show on the watchy box and has commanded that nobody else will be allowed into his empire unless they have been chosen by him or one of his close friends.

At this, the band of creatures rolled around on the ground laughing and holding their tummies because their chuckle muscles were hurting.

‘Oh Grimnian!’ they gasped, ‘Where do you get these outlandish ideas, ha ha, hee hee, as if that could really happen!’

Grimnian stepped over them and continued, ‘We must make tracks if we are to save the creatives of earth.

The group stopped laughing and picked themselves up because they could see by the absent expression on the wizard’s face that he was in no mood for jollity and was indeed serious about saving the creative people of earth from a life of anonymity.

That is how the Grimnians came to be in twitterland and the rest – as they say – is history.

The group worked hard from their little office and made lots of friends in Twitterland. Grimnian spent his days scouring the haberdashery shops for sequins because he was obsessed with sparkly things. Success quickly went to Morton’s head and he lavished allsorts of expensive gifts on himself including the latest model Clambretta. He soon found that his clambretta attracted lots of ladies and he began to disappear on ‘business’ trips with alarming regularity. Beautiful Kara became a workaholic, locked away with mountains of paperwork for months on end and Gongleshanks met the love of his life, a girl from Miami who was the perfect partner for the imp because she always turned a blind eye to his philandering, presumably hoping that one day he would settle down and mend his ways – Yes in a way, Ann was as big a dreamer as Grimnian!

One sunny day Grimnian decided to bring in a new staff member and turned up with an old, rusty, tin knight by the name of Garlan. The team were told that Garlan had worshipped gold before coming to Twitterland. To teach him a valuable lesson (see what I did there!) some wizard had turned Garlan into metal ‘because he loved the stuff so much’ The only way Garlan could regain his original form and be reunited with his lady, Ambrosia was to perform many good deeds without accepting any payment whatsoever – making a position on the staff at Voice Box Promotions ideal.

Things were going well in Twitterland for many months then one day Gongleshanks walked into the office, and put his hands into a pool of clam slime. As he stood unsteadily on his feet wiping his hands on Grimnian’s blouse he surveyed the strange scene in his place of work, the clam hanging from the ceiling dripping slime, Grimnian counting his sequins and Garlan scrubbing himself with a brillo pad and he thought to himself:

‘This is not how I envisaged my life when I was a young girl.’

Gongle thought he needed a rest so he took himself off to his private island in the middle of the Carribean to have a think about his life……….

When he returned more staff had joined the team, There was Garli, a sun Goddess, Ursula, a bit of a mystery that one! and a Master swordsman by the name of Killgin.

This story is still being written so watch this space………..

Update from Gongle

Hello folks:-)

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately, I’ve been busy hiding from Mad Meadow! Only joking but she does keep me on my fingers. You know when they say ‘Careful what you wish for’? well I think I’m beginning to understand that statement now. If you’d told me a month ago that a pretty lady would turn up and offer to do all my cooking/cleaning and ironing if I married her I would have been turning cartwheels but now it’s happened I’m not too sure……

She IS very pretty and very willing to please – she is a Grimnian after all – but there’s just something about her…..it’s difficult to explain, I just can’t quite put my toe on it……….We’ll just have to see what happens I suppose.

Anyway you don’t want to hear all about my love life…..What was that? You do? oh well I actually came to give you an update on the website. I am still in the process of finding more judges. I think the technical bits are just about sorted now and I will be posting another ‘free to enter’ competition shortly.

It’s all been a bit crazy but we should be able to post a ‘cash’ competition soon now so keep checking the website. In case you’ve forgotten the address is: http://www.Gongleshanks.co.uk

I should also have an update for you on the main site, MineEye before too much longer. We may look like part timers but believe me there is a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes!

As always if you have any comments or suggestions I am always pleased to hear from you. Either leave a comment on the blog or email me: Gongle22@hotmail.co.uk

Thank you all for your continuing support of the Grimnians. We really do appreciate all of our followers and all the mentions and retweets. Don’t forget you can ask any of us for a retweet by tagging us, I know some of you are shy but that’s why we’re here. We try to retweet as many of you as possible. If you haven’t had any promotion for some time please remind us.
We are only Grimnian after all!

Love Gongle x

Featured artist spot returns!

Hello friends!

As promised I am bringing back the featured artist spot with a few changes. The spot will now be every Tuesday for one day only. I found that three days was too long and numbers dwindled after the first day. The link will now automatically take you to the artist’s page as opposed to my blog.

Our first featured artist will be getting lots of tweets next Tuesday (17th September) Please support our featured artists by listening to their music, reading their blogs/poetry etc. and leaving them lots of positive feedback if you like what they’re doing.

I am always extremely grateful for retweets as well as this helps to spread the word for them.  We like to mess about and have a laugh but this is what we are here for as you know by now. All our promoting is done to help a wide variety of creative people because we believe everyone deserves a helping hand. We don’t charge for any of our services either, we all work for the love of the arts.

A quick word about MineEye (Your new site) is developing nicely and you shouldn’t have to wait too much longer for it to appear now. As soon as it is ready to launch you will be the first to hear about it!

Thank you to all our new followers and for all your retweeting and ‘banter’ which we always enjoy!

As well as the characters on twitter there are lots of others working behind the scenes to bring Grimnian’s dream to fruition.  Please stick with us and keep supporting us and spreading the word about Grimnian Promotions.

Love Gongle x

An Update

Hello everybody

Just to let you know that I will be giving the Featured Artist spot a break from Friday. It will return soon so don’t lose any sleep! Gongle needs to charge his cheekiness batteries for a few days

If you need me and I’m not around just get in touch with my personal assistant,  Helga Vonn Clapp, she loves getting millions of tweets every day………That’ll teach her to repeatedly bang my head on the table!

For all those who have bought the paperback version of my book, you will be pleased to know that you have the ‘collector’s edition’ The book is now regular size and the A4 version is extremely rare so well done if you got one!

Helga’s just hit me over the head with a stapler……surely that’s instant dismissal…….Grimnian? I wish to put in an official complaint!

Gongle is going to be busy signing books and meeting and greeting fans from Friday this week so don’t forget HELGA WILL BE HAPPY TO HELP YOU.

Love Gongle x

Featured Artist – Steve Tanner

My name is Steve Tanner, I’m a father of 2 kids, 17 & 1, I’m a poet. I love sport, and am a Swansea City season ticket holder.

 I’ve got a book out of a range of poems
Here is a free sample
And here is my page
Follow me on twitter @tannertimebomb or get in touch @swanseajackpoet and I could personalise a poem for you or your loved ones

New Team Members

Hello all

Just a little update to keep you informed with happenings at Grimnian Promotions.

Our team is expanding – and I’m not just referring to Gongle’s head!

We are all busy growing and promoting our followers ready for the launch of MineEye which IS coming, I promise. Watch out for the survey link which we’re currently tweeting. The survey is designed fo you to have your input into the final design of the website so do help us to help you by completing it:-)

Our mighty wizard has been building the team in readiness for the launch of MineEye. In addition to team members previously listed you will see Garlan Glave appearing more regularly in the near future. He’s our very own ‘tin man’ who, due to past transgressions is now living a life of tin (sorry:-) He is deteriorating rapidly and is being restored by his new friends in readiness for his important role. If you come across Garlan please be kind to him, help to cheer up our paranoid android!

We would also like to thank our helpers @SimonTurkas and @mrsnickih  who are doing a wonderful job helping to spread the word about Grimnian Promotions.

There are also numerous volunteers working behind the scenes and although they don’t work in public they are equally important to our venture.

Last but definitely not least a very big Thank you to our followers for joining in with the fun and for tweeting about us. We may not always have time to thank you individually but please be assured that we appreciate your help.

We are delighted with the response so far, it is growing much quicker than any of us had dared to hope so please continue to support us so that we can continue to support you.

Yours always

Gongle xx