Twitter Branding @Football_Wales

Asked to produce a Twitter branding for @Football_Wales.  An idea from a local footy fan who tweets about Welsh football and local clubs.  Initially not happy with his copied logo from google he approach me to come up with something new.

Design Requirements :

His design / branding requirements were, “something cool like the Arseblog and 3d!”

Further questioning produced a more specific brief

  • 3D Logo…
  • Football related…
  • Welsh themed….

Technical Requirements :

A twitter football theme, compromising of a an avatar, background and profile design.

Ideas / Exploration:




Solution :

Searching for some templates online, I was able to produce several ideas and mockups in wireframe and illustration detail.

  • PSD background of some grass/turf for the pitch in 1980×1600 to cover a wide range of resolutions.
  • Avatar – GooFinal Logo gle Sketch Up mock up and then illustrated in Photoshop with some nifty touches.  One profile 500×500 reduced to 125×125 to capture the detail and a smaller avatar for the side bar.  Shield in Yellow, plus the element of shadow is making use of the white space to enhance the 3D effect.
  • Profile – Light green sidebar, blue links and white text.

Result : Follow @football_wales


5 weeks to go….bang or bust

Hotting up now; 5 weeks to go to spudding and more pressure on 2p placement holders to sell out in the 4-5p range.  So far the last few days have seen a flurry of buying and several large individual 40K plus buys in two days.

Up 7% alone today has brought more attention to company as the general market became a sea of red as investors fear for short term outlook.

In the words of the great man himself, Del Boy – HE WHO DARES, WINS!  I’m holding out to double my money and hopefully riding the free shares long term.

Keeping an eye out for my next move into either MXP.L, IERE.L, AST.L or even further CHAR.L

Shares….TRP rising


Moving onwards! A few weeks ago TRP, tipped for Feb 2010 spudding has started to move from the dusty bowls of Uganda. Now at 4.03p 4.10p to buy – movement from 2.35p has been quick over the Christmas period the iii board rallying for news in anticipation.

Reduction of MM’s holdings through PI buying meant that hedging the SP at 5-6p would see most investors doubling their capital and awaiting news for an oil strike in the well to produce a possible 15p SP or a potential takeover of +20p.

Great news for the PI’s – It is likely that 5p will see a sell out for those doubling money and anticipating a fall to 2p with free shares to top up in the event of a duster.  If they do strike oil, which is high probability in this region, the share price is looking for speculated 7-8p prior spudding and those in the know will hold out past 12p.

Current strategy is to double my money and leave the free shares to ride – pure profit in my portfolio.

News….GKP splurt!


Upgraded to Probable Takeover from Possible

Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd (GKP.L) said on Monday it found additional oil in an Iraqi well, sending the oil and gas explorer’s shares up 7.8 percent this morning to 125p and resting at around 107p throughout the day.

The new Triassic discovery flowed at 10,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day and the section currently shows potential aggregate rates of about 24,000 boe per day, the company said.  In layman’s terms – more oil!

Gulf Keystone, the field’s operator and majority owner, said the Jurassic and Triassic tests in the well have so far resulted in an aggregate actual test rate of 20,000 boe per day.

Further interest is bound to pick up over the next few days – this news has taken fund managers targets to 175p short term and buy out price of between £3 and £5.  Not bad for a share that was 20p in March.

Shares….Tower Resources PLC


From the dust…. Purely a speculation – Fancy a bit of easy money up to the New Year? Who doesn’t!

Tower Resources PLC are due to commence drilling February 2010 in Uganda and also in the run up to news on estimation spud in 30 days (or less) for Iti-1 well.  At 2.3p a share, AIM listed Tower Resources is high risk and a purely speculated exploration company. RNS from company website released this week confirms agreement and proposed project with Ugandan Government.

Why so cheap? Sentiment from back in June when TRP hit a duster caused massive selling and a drop from 7.5p to 2p and a repeat of the climb on drilling news will bring a possible 5p up to Feb and on discovery possible 15p.

A word of warning, failure to find oil will probably send the share price down to 0.5p – 1p so worth doing your own research beforehand.

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Shares….Swing high, swing low sweet chariot?


Chariot Oil and Gas

Up 8% today with support at 24p for the third time this month, it looks like a debt free Chariot oil has found the new resistance levels for investors to jump on board.  A busy time leading up to Christmas and building on gains made on Tuesday, investors can find opportunities to jump aboard the chariot after the company’s market capitalisation falls close to its cash level.

Could this be an opportunity for some pre-new year festivities and a blinding start to 2010?

As quoted from their website, Chariot Oil and Gas Limited (AIM: CHAR.L) is an independent oil and gas exploration company with interests in Namibia – Enigma Oil and Gas Exploration Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chariot and is the operator of the license areas.  All of these blocks are in the exploration phase and Chariot is focused on investigating these using state of the art technologies which have previously led to giant oil finds. Other oil giants in the area include BHP Biliton, Tullow Oil, Circle Oil and Arcadia Petroleum.

Chariot Closed today 26.75 with a day high of 27.0 and low of 24.00 offers a of 3% on the spread means there is certainly some singing to be done in the near future.  Swing high swing low sweet chariot………

Worth a look for medium to long term with prospect of 50p near Christmas.

Shares….GKP.L & CHAR.L


With the FTSE opening a little stagnant this week, GKP & CHAR are making gains unseen for a while in the unsettled market – rumour of takeovers and much awaited news brings a flurry of interest to the shares and both anticipate +30% gains in a matter of days.

CHAR.L found a new support point at 25p from 14p now that a big seller has gone and GKP has broken past the 100p into new territory at 130p. With both shares undervalued and worth considerably much more than current market value it appears that the gains have been anticipated for a while.

GKP no longer represents the high risk it was from earlier this year at 10p and a new breed of investor will be attracted to this AIM share with current price above the pound. Many PI’s who jumped aboard the train in March have seen a ten fold return on their original investment, albeit a very risky one at the time.

CHAR could be the next GKP, based on recent activity and surges of buying means that the price will not stick around in the 30’s for a long time. With speculation of at least 50p by November this represents a good value for the short term investor with news due in weeks.



XTA new entry point

Could 800p be the new entry point for the mining company XTA ? – previous high of 1000p has been a while and with prices heading south in line with FTSE100 performance, looks a good deal at these trades with short term and medium term returns around 10 – 15%.

Think medium term on this share, to reach back up to 1050p by December which is around £330 profit on 3K to fund the Christmas spending!

Long term is a good hold, with possible take over funding further growth from the likes of big boys BLT.



News in two weeks
Taken from website : ViaLogy was founded in 1999 as a spin-off of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratories operated by the California Institute of Technology. In 2006, the company merged with its largest investor, Original Investments PLC, and became a publicly-quoted company on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (LSE:viy).

The company markets its products to systems integrators as well as directly to government and enterprise customers in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Customers include defense, enterprise operations, and oil and gas organizations concerned with integrated security, safety, business continuity, and surveillance.
Currently around 6-7p a share, possible 10p in two weeks pending positive updates.

Another ideal share for medium term is Dragon Oil (DGO.L) currently resting at 400p a share and good support – news of gas pipeline updates will see this into 450p region with prospects for a takeover.

As usual do some research before buying any stock!

Film….The Thing


Man is The Warmest Place to Hide

Newport Cineworld was showing John Carpenter’s “The Thing” last night for one night only – I must say it was suitably awesome!
Made all the way back in 1982 when explosions were real and CGI did not exist. Monsters made from goo and gory slime unlike modern day pixels.

I am not going to spoil the plot, though it involves an alien, downright crazy gore and great quotes from the cast set in the cold extremes of Antartica.

If you are not laughing at the sheer horror of it all in some scenes the gripping plot will ensure you find it at least memorable for the effects and solid acting.

Get it on DVD – a classic, up there with Aliens and The Fly.

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