- IT'S A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
- When my son was very small he asked me about death. We were driving along on a sunny day. Suddenly the concept hit him with the weight of a cartoon anvil. I heard his little voice from the back seat say “Daddy, I don’t want to die”. ...
- DIFFERENTIATE OR DIE
- Gordon Smith didn’t go to art school. He started at 16 as a runner in an ad agency. Then he managed to get a job in the studio, then a junior art director, then senior art director, then head of art, then creative director. ...
- TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A WRIGHT
- A while back, Robin Wight was involved in a project that needed some careful public relations handling. The most influential man in this area is Alan Parker, founder and chairman of Brunswick PR. ...
- NOT SO ELEMENTARY
- Joseph Bell was a physician at Edinburgh University in the 1870s. He constantly taught his students observation and deduction. To notice every tiny detail and draw conclusions. ...
- WHEN THINKING GETS IN THE WAY
- Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. She earns around $26 million a year.
- "I'm not a lesbian, I'm not straight, I'm not bisexual, I'm curious." - Alice Walker (Desert Island Discs)Time ago 1 Hour
- Something that sums up S'pore, for my friends and relatives (sorry about the pronunciation): "Kiasu, Kiasi, Kiakui, Kia boh"Time ago 3 Hours
- RT @Zen_Moments: The chief enemy of creativity is good sense. ~ Pablo Picasso t.co/gHyOLY7vTime ago 15 Hours
- @krparadis Not so farTime ago 18 Hours
- RT @antonyslumbers: Just ordered Predatory Thinking by @davetrott - expecting good things.Time ago 23 Hours
- @willrolls No problem WillTime ago 23 Hours
- @willrolls Some bits, but don't bother WillTime ago 23 Hours
- @antclarkecowell A pdf of the book? Why would they want that if they've bought one?Time ago 23 Hours
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Monthly Archives: January 2011
Nowadays, we take the barcode for granted. We see the little stripy box on almost everything we buy, wherever we buy it. But it wasn’t always that way. Up until about 1970, the barcode didn’t exist. Because computers didn’t exist. …
Mick Dean was a very successful advertising photographer. He won lots of awards, owned a very nice studio, made lots of money, bought pretty much whatever he wanted, and generally had a good life. Mick is also an intelligent, thoughtful …
When I was about eighteen I wanted to be an artist. Dad used to work nights and, after Mum had gone to bed, I’d stay up and paint all night. One morning I’d just finished a big canvas. Dad had …
I was watching a TV programme on the effects of cannabis. Apparently, there are different kinds of addiction. Physical addiction, and psychological addiction. Physical addiction is when your body actually needs the drug to function. Heroin is one of these. …
That was the end of the show.
John left the lunch depressed, but he still had to deliver the pilot to the BBC.
Ridicule, is a powerful way of killing unusual, original thought. Anything creative will usually challenge conventional wisdom. Conventional wisdom defends itself by what’s politely known as satire. Where I come from it’s called taking the piss. Richard Littlejohn, in The …
At GGT, Gordon and I had a super-posh secretary called Nicola-Jane. She’d been to a Swiss finishing school. Nicky was always trying to be really helpful. One day I was about to go to the hardware shop in Brewer Street, …
You’ve just risked your life in the biggest battle of the war.
Hundreds of ships, thousands of planes, tens of thousands of men.