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Inspired to write a blog!

I have just read a blog post written by@Kirsten124 I

It was an interesting read and it got me thinking………….

Kirsten manages Robb Murphy, a lovely lad and a great songwriter who is featured in our ‘Hidden Gems’ series. She was prompted to write the blog after receiving a comment from someone advising her that:

“…you have the wrong understanding of how the music business works”

Some of the points Kirsten made in her blog resonated with me. I will put a link to her blog at the end of this one so that you can read it in full but it got me thinking that much of what she said in her post applies to what we Grimniens do on Twitter.

I think it’s fair to say that none of our team are ‘experts’ at what we do but we are learning as we go along. The main thing is that we do what we do because we have a vision and a passion for the arts and artistic people and as Kirsten says:

“The only thing that really matters is to do what you love, do what brings you energy, do what makes you feel good, do what you’re good at and become better. (This counts for anyone, regardless if you’re a musician/artist or not.) Don’t take any of the negative things happening personal. Just move on and surround yourself with people who motivate you, work with like-minded people and stay true to yourself.

Keep doing your own thing, do what feels right. Try new things and always keep in mind with everything you do that it’s always better to try and fail than a couple of years later thinking ‘What if…’ Believe in yourself, trust your instincts and never give up on what you love doing.”

That sums up (quite eloquently) our ethos. We are all like minded people, we believe in ourselves and we will never give up because we love what we are doing!

Yes, I’m sure we’ve made mistakes along the way and I, being a ‘very cheeky imp’ have also received ‘advice’ from a few folk but in general our followers tend to stay with us and also have faith in what we are trying to do.

One problem I find with having so many followers is that I tend to lose touch with people unless they actively keep in touch with me. I have just been chatting to a member of the team who commented that there is “so much talent out there” I have been astounded by just how many talented folk there are ‘out there’ since I arrived on this planet but I firmly believe that all creative people deserve a chance to be seen and heard and that is why we are here!

We try to highlight as many people as possible and will always retweet our followers’ tweets so if you have something you want retweeted don’t be shy! Send your tweets to one – or all of our team and pop in and have a chat whenever we are around. Remember we are here for YOU.

If you still aren’t sure who the team members are we are all listed on our website:thelamaison.co.uk

If you would like to read Kirsten’s blog you can find it here:

Thank you Kirsten for prompting me to write a post and by the way we think you are doing a FINE job for Robb!

As always, thank you for continuing to follow and support us, we couldn’t do what we do without you!


Love Gongle x





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

Voice Box Live – an overview

*Please note* 
Most webcam live streaming sites are not compatible with mobile phones.
VoiceBoxLive has been designed as a BIG SCREEN VENUE
So kick off your shoes, pour yourself a big glass of wine or brew a nice cup of tea, then sit back in your armchair, with your hands free and watch the wonderful widescreen show!    
And please remember that joining VoiceBoxLive supports the arts and you can create the stars!

 *This month we need four or five artists who are interested in joining VoiceBoxLive and who are happy to work with us for the next month or so. We will help you select a show scheduling time and design a graphic featuring each performer, this will to be added to the front page of VoiceBoxLive. The team will work alongside you gathering one hundred viewers for your performance. Please note performers who join the website will be given priority over non members. Once the slots for your show are bought we will send you your advanced payment of 400 pounds by post, VoiceBoxLive is open to all countries, but runs on British time*.   

New on 16th January:

We now have a tiered payment option to make things easier for artists in the beginning. It works as follows:

Audience of 25 people – artist receives £100

Audience of 50 people – artist receives £200

Audience of 75 people – artists receives £300

Audience of 100 people – artist receives £400

*Payment made only to those selected for our monthly VBL promotion and payments will be based on new membership, previous viewers watching a show for free will result in smaller payments to performers*.  

Hello everybody

In this post I am going to give a brief explanation of who we are, why we’re here and what Voice Box Live is all about. For those of you who have been with us for a long time you will already know much of this but for those who have just discovered the Grimniens it will – hopefully – help to clarify what we are all about so……………

I will start from the very beginning, a very good place to start:-)

The Grimniens are a team of ‘other worldly’ beings originating from the Land of Grimney. Heading up our team is Grimnien, a kindly wizard who brought us all to Twitter land to help creative people. We have been in Twitterland for almost two years now making a nuisance of ourselves…..erm I mean, making friends with lots of people all over the earth and promoting them free of charge.

There are many in our team but I am not going to mention them all here because there are too many and some work more ‘behind the scenes’ as opposed to those who appear often on Twitter.

Our main Twittery team consists of Grimnien, a wizard who likes sequins and dresses……….don’t ask! We have a slimy clam by the name of Morton Balthus – who, incidentally used to be a master wizard until he accidentally turned himself into a clam and as yet has been unable to return to his original form.  Then there is Garli Treorne, a strange creature with a bright yellow face who describes herself as a sun Goddess, Kara Jarina a beautiful fairy, Killgin Stark, a deadly swordsman who enjoys poetry, Garlan Glave, a knight who was turned to metal because he adored gold, MeadowDragon, a dragon catcher who seems to have lost her marbles! – I mean that in a very loving way! – All she seems interested in since arriving on this planet is finding a handsome husband and ironing for him all day long! There is a lady in America by the name of AnMarie who helps us a lot and manages our overseas promotions Also I could never forget our very own poet laureate, Peace, he is also a moderator for VBL and a lovely man to boot:-)Then there is me, Gongleshanks, a megastar imp who walks on his hands and is generally magnificent!

In addition to the creatures from Grimney we have some team members who joined us after we arrived on earth, they are Simon Turkas, a photographer who likes everyone to know he lives in sunny Spain! Then there is a weather lady by the name of Sian Lloyd who was SO impressed by me……erm I mean us, that she became our sponsor soon after we arrived. Last and definitely least is a strange cartoon by the name of ‘Hall’ who joins in with our banter and tweets a lot for us.

So that’s the main Twitter team, as I said earlier there are others who you will see popping up occasionally but they mainly work away from Twitter.

Our reason for coming here is that we are all interested in the arts. We believe that all creative people should be given a platform from where they can showcase their talents. Grimnien’s dream was to create such a platform (Voice Box Live) or VBL as we call it now. The wizard and his little helpers have been working on VBL for two years and we finally launched it at the end of 2014.

I would like to make clear at this point that Grimniens are not particularly interested in money, we believe that there is more to life than having the biggest ‘stash’ Some humans find this concept hard to grasp but not to worry, only advanced  beings can understand it:-) It is for this reason that we Grimniens work for no pay, our reward is the joy we get from making people happy. Believe me there is no greater feeling! Ideally Grimnien would like to offer everyone free membership to VBL but the truth is it has cost him a vast amount to get the site built and there are ongoing running costs.

This is the reason he is charging a yearly fee of just £12. I’m sure you will agree that this is a small price for the massive opportunities offered by membership of VBL.

Rather than me yabbering on about what VBL offers let me put some bullet points here which summarise what you get for membership:

  • VoiceBoxLive offers many kinds of performers fifteen minute, half hour, to one hour shows that you can schedule and promote.
  • Unlimited webcam streaming, no hidden costs after joining.
  • Members can type their own automated tweet adverts through our feeds at @Grimnien @DhumassShrester @UrsulaLygarlis and @MonicaKellis
  • Potential promotion to 300,000 twitter followers.
  • Continued support through twitter and independent blogs, potential radio show broadcasts.
  • Promotion via the VoiceBoxLive Chronicle, our online newspaper that is tweeted out daily and retweeted regularly.
  • Free monthly advertising to selected members on the front page of VBL.
  • The VoiceBoxLive team will select and assist four or five performers each month via Twitter or through the VoiceBoxLive membership page.
  • The performers and the promoters will work together to fill the hundred viewer slot for each performance. The performer will be paid 400 pounds or 600 dollars for their fifteen minute, half hour, or hour show.
  • The allotted 100 viewer slots must be filled for payments to be possible.
  • Scheduled shows should be booked exactly one month in advance to allow time to build viewing figures.
  • Performers can join VoiceBoxLive and schedule shows independently of the VoiceBoxLive team, but will not be paid if this method is used.
  • Members can watch unlimited free shows once they have paid the 12 pound membership fee.
  • VoiceBoxLive is designed to be a big screen entertainment venue.

Something which will be new to all of you in the above list will be the fact that there is now potential for performers to receive payment for their shows. Whilst not being cash-orientated, we do realise that money is a necessary evil on this planet and therefore our wizardly wizard has decided that creatives should receive payment for their creativity. We think this is a wonderful idea! Audience members can now take pride in the knowledge that by attending concerts, book readings, art demonstrations etc etc Not only are they getting exceptionally reasonably priced shows beamed directly into their homes but they are also contributing to the performers’ wages which is fair.

Please remember that we are in the very early stages of this project and we are still learning the ropes so bear with us during the initial screenings if there are any glitches. We also welcome feedback and suggestions from our members and Twitter followers, after all this is for YOU!

Of course we will continue to support and promote you on Twitter but we would be delighted to welcome you as members to VBL as well.

The address is: http://voiceboxlive.co.uk

You can join here: http://voiceboxlive.co.uk/auth/join_voicebox

Exciting times are ahead for the Grimniens and their followers and we would LOVE you all to be a part of it:-)

Phew! I need a lie down now!

Love Gongle x

A little update on VBL

Hello again everybody

Well the turkey’s wrapped and the presents are in the freezer………….I’m still not sure how this Christmas thingy works but I have BIG news! I got myself a new girlfriend for Christmas. She’s called Ann and she’s very beautiful! She’s coming to stay with me over the holiday on my private island:-) Yes I am a very happy imp……..I just hope she likes being buried up to her neck in sand! AnMarie (my ex) used to LOVE it…..especially when the tide was coming in……<looks thoughtful> Yes AnMarie liked to live life on the edge………..

Anyway, you probably know by now that Voice Box has gone live <shivers with excitement> I am proud to say I have booked my first show in March 2015! I did it all by myself with no help from anybody! Now, either I’m a very clever imp or the site is easy to use……….

If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas present why not buy someone a membership! For a measly twelve quid you can give someone a whole year’s worth of entertainment or even a TV channel for them to broadcast from! I can’t wait for the channels to start filling up. It’s lovely to sit in a comfy chair and browse for something to watch. If I do say so myself this is one of Grimnien’s better ideas! Next year I can go to as many shows as I like without leaving the comfort of my mansion!

You can watch poets performing, listen to rap bands, rock bands, country bands, whatever takes your fancy! Or you can listen to book readings, watch cookery shows, comedy maybe? You might even be able to watch an artist painting a picture, a night at the opera? …….Oooooh it’s VERY EXCITING!

Thank you to all you lovely followers who have joined already and are making plans for how you can make the best of this magical experience. We will tweet about upcoming shows so you can plan your viewing well ahead!

I wish you all a very Merry Grimnius…..erm, sorry, I mean Christmas and a very Voice Box Lively new year:-)

Pls Read! via Then CLICK ->

Much love to you all

Gongleshanks x

Good News!

Hello again!

Well this is a blog I wasn’t expecting to write today! It gives me GREAT pleasure to announce that our streaming site, has gone live today!

You are cordially invited to join:-)

The address is: http://www.voiceboxlive.com

You will need to provide your email address a user name and a password. You will receive an activation email which you need to click on then you can have a look around and see how everything works.

Once you are a member you can also book a slot and have a practice run at broadcasting if you so wish.

Looking forward to welcoming you!

Love Gongleshanks x

Update on Voice Box Live

Hi all

I’m afraid there has been a delay with our new site. The web wizards have been trying to make it live over the weekend but they seem to have hit a few snags. Something as big as VBL is bound to have teething troubles but it is worth waiting a little bit longer for! As soon as it is live we will send out tweets inviting you to join.

In the meantime please continue to support us, we really appreciate all your tweets and interactions.  A lot of you have been with us on Twitter for quite some time now and we are very close to our first milestone!

Of course we will continue to support all creatives as much as Grimnienly possible! If we miss any of your tweets, feel free to remind us, it gets quite hectic at times and we do not ignore anyone on purpose. I have said this many times but it is worth repeating, the best way to get links retweeted is by tweeting them to our @addresses….eg @Gongleshanks,  @Grimnien, etc.

I know some of our followers are quite shy but there is no need to be, it’s why we’re here! Direct Messages get missed because there is a constant stream coming through. If you have had something retweeted via a DM you are very lucky!

I will take this opportunity to wish all of our supporters a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year although I do still hope to bring you news soon!

Please be patient! I won’t mention VBL again until it is live!

It goes without saying how much we appreciate all of our followers. Keep spreading the word.

Love Gongle x

An Update from the Megastar!

Hello Everybody

Tests have been carried out on the new site and everything seems to be working as it should. However, yours truly hasn’t been let loose in there yet………and if I don’t manage to break it I’m quite sure that when Hall and Morton get in the works will soon be clogged up with bits of twig and globs of slime!:-)

As we speak the web wizards are busy sprinkling magic dust in there to make sure everything is running smoothly and our Grand wizard, Grimnien is away at a wizard’s convention until the end of the week so it is unlikely the launch will take place for another week or two.

Don’t worry though, as soon as the date is confirmed you will be the first to know!

It has been quite a hectic few weeks but hopefully abnormal service will resume as soon as possible! I am also aiming to write the next chapter in my best giving book in the near future, Please note the word ‘aiming’ in the previous sentence. It is the operative word:-)

Don’t forget to subscribe to our daily paper ‘The Voice Box Live Chronicle’ There is a daily round up of our news in there in case you’ve been too busy to get on to Twitter and many of the artists we tweet about have their songs/poems etc. showcased in each edition. I do try to let people know if they’re in but it isn’t always possible so the best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to subscribe! It’s a fab read – if I do say so myself – but then, we do have the best editor in the world, our beautiful Kara:-)

As always, thank you all for your continued support for our venture. Hopefully (toes crossed) the next blog post will be to announce the launch date.

In the meantime if you have any questions feel free to get in touch with myself or one of the team.

Love Gongle x

An Update from Gongle

Hello everyone:-)

As you probably know our ‘live streaming site’ Voice Box Live is almost ready to go! We are all very busy at the moment getting ready for the big launch! The tests haven’t been carried out yet as – I presume – there is some last minute tweaking to be done but, fear not, you will be the first to know when we have ‘Take Off’:-)

We have been concentrating on musicians because once we get the sound quality right for ‘groups’ the rest should be a doddle. I would like to point out, however, that VBL is not JUST for musicians. There are various channels for people to ‘perform’ on and you can promote anything from alternative performance such as burlesque – to cooking, book readings, art demonstrations, anything creative, it’s our very own TV channel! Where else could you put on your very own shows for a measly twelve quid a year?….eh? ……eh?……. Can’t answer that can you!

You may even be part of a drama group who wants to put on a play! Can you see why we’re so excited!! It’s going to be AMAZING!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve Luff who has promoted many of our artists on his Friday night show on BlackCatRadio. We really appreciate people who have been helping to get the word out for us over the past couple of years. Thanks also to the lovely Dene Michael (The real one that is, not the imposter who pretends to be him! lol) Dene is also working on getting some ‘air time’ for our artists.

I should also say a big thank you to Sian Lloyd who not only gives us lots of publicity but takes our teasing with a pinch of salt! Lovely lady with a great Welsh sense of humour:-) We DO appreciate your help Sian.

Wow this is starting to sound like an Oscar ‘acceptance’ speech!

As far as our own team are concerned, it goes without saying how much every one of them are appreciated. We all do this for ‘love of the arts’ and, as you probably know, we are all volunteers who believe that ALL creative people should get a chance to be seen and heard and this is what Voice Box is all about. Grimnien is about to see the first part of his vision come to fruition! Oh yes, the wizard has more plans up his sleeve but more about that later……..

Some of our members have been given ‘positions’ within VBL ready for the launch and I’m sure we are all happy for them!

Our lovely AnMarie is now USA Promotions Manager, Kara is Admin manager (as well as editing our daily newspaper) and Garli will be ‘Senior Moderator’ once the site goes live.

We also have our very own Poet Laureate, Peace who will, no doubt be writing some amazing poetry for VBL:-)

One ‘post’ however has us all a little bemused, I’m talking about Slimeball, Morton of course! Whoever had the idea of making that slimy clam CEO??? (Clam Executive Officer) The first thing he did with his new found power was take ‘muggins ‘ere’ to tidy up his garden! I don’t think he’s quite grasped the idea, do you??

On that note I will leave you with this thought…………….


Love Gongle x

Update on Voice Box Live

Hello again folks!

Well there is quite a buzz at VBL headquarters with the impending launch of the new site! Grimnien is all of a dither trying to decide which dress to wear for the launch and Morton is scribbling away in his lily pad trying to think of new jokes.  Even Garlan Glave has finally managed to drag himself away from the sweet Ambrosia to put in an appearance!

Our beautiful Kara has updated the Editor’s notes in our daily newspaper ‘The VoiceBoxLive Chronicle’ so that readers are up to date with progress of the site. Speaking of Kara <sigh>  she is now Admin manager for Voice Box Live so if any of you are interested in helping with admin you can contact Kara here:


Please note that all positions are currently voluntary but it’s your chance to be involved with something new and exciting which has the potential to be extremely popular……not as popular as Megastar Gongleshanks of course but that goes without saying!

Thank you, as always for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you to our exciting new premises:-)

Love Gongle x