What are we? This is a question that has plagued Humans for a pretty long time…

The Book of Genesis describes Humans as “The image of God,” whereas Desmond Morris used the description of a ‘Naked Ape.’ As if the latter analogy is not unflattering enough W.S Gilbert goes one step further to describe us all as “Nature’s sole mistake.” I don’t know about you but I think I’m alright. In fact, scratch that, I’m pretty great: You probably are too!

Veiled insults from histories great thinkers aside, we think there are easier ways to describe Humans. Particularly the humans @NormansMusic. Here are our alternatives:


Description 1: Humans are creatures that are either able or unable to ride a Bike.

(Not that we are competitive or anything.)

Graph with large column for staff who can ride a bike and a very small column for those who fall lat on their face.)



Description 2: Humans are fragile creatures whose behavior is heavily influenced by the progression of the Sun across the sky.

(Coffee also plays a key role.)

Graph showing a sharp rise in staff friendliness at 9.00, that sustains until 17.30 and which point it goes through the roof.


Description 3: Humans are creatures that have a deep rooted need to be understood as individuals. One way they try to show this sense of self is through language.


Another way is through Music.

(Or someones lack of music. Not that we’re judging.)

Graph showing how many members of Normans play what instruments.


Description 4: Humans are animals governed by time. They use it to measure their life.

(And to count down to lunch.)


They use it as a measure of dedication.

(Years = Knowledge)


Description 5: Humans are strange creatures that – on average in the UK  – spend over a year of their lives commuting.

(Think of all that sleep we’ve missed!)

Graph to show how far Normans Team travel to get to work



Clearly the graphs above answer every facet of the complex philosophical question of ‘Who are we?’

Okay, maybe not, but we hope they give you a little bit of an insight into the lives of the Humans who make Normans. What statistic surprised you the most? We couldn’t believe the horrifying number of our team who do not play an instrument! It looks like we may need to roll out #MyMusicFuture across the warehouse too!

About the author

Heidi has been working for a number of years at Normans progressing from the Saturday Sales Assistant to a Brass Specialist. A grade 8 player she loves to play all genres of music spanning Classical to Jazz. With over ten years of playing both the Trumpet and Cornet this is, of course, what she loves to write blogs about.