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Debi Does Departure …
July 25, 2011, 6:10 am
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So today is one of those days I hate – a day where I have to say goodbye to one of my wonderful colleagues and team mates.

To be honest, she doesn’t actually leave till Friday – but I bugger off to the UK tonight so for me, this is the last day I’ll see her.

Debi has been in China for about 6 years and at W+K for about 18 months and in the time she has been here, she has cemented her reputation as a wonderful planner, colleague and person … and to say she’ll be missed is a massive understatement.

In the time I’ve known her, I have been lucky enough to pretty much see all sides of her character.

She is kind, generous, smart, empathetic, open, warm, involving and very, very weird.

Maybe it’s the fact she comes from Canada or maybe it’s because she’s just a wonderful freak – but I can honestly say that despite only having worked together for a year, there are things she has done that I will never forget for as long as I live.


To be honest, most of them would require you to have ‘been there’ for the full impact – however turning up 7 minutes before a major meeting pissed out her head [it was everyone else’s fault, apparently], spending the day exploring a sex supermarket and claiming it was part of our monthly ‘planner safari’, eating more fried chicken than an American red neck before a flight because she “hadn’t tried that brand before” and arguing that the reason she wouldn’t reach over to unlock a passenger car door is because she’d be too busy “looking at the car mats” are just a couple of the lowlight, highlights.


Despite having had to sit next to me for the last 6 months and going through the sorts of trials and tribulations that would break most people [ie: sitting next to me for the last 6 months] she has maintained her wonderful sense of optimism, humour and mischief and at a time where planners are seemingly sounding more and more like emotionless robots, Debi’s infectious, effervescent energy makes people want to work with her, rather than run and hide.

I have always been of the belief that the job of a boss is to give their people experience and exposure so when they decide to leave, they get a better job than they might otherwise of achieved but in Debi’s case, she’s leaving for an even better reason.


On Saturday, the day after she finishes her wonderful work on LEVIS, she heads over to Portland – without a guaranteed job, though she’ll be snapped up in an instant – to go and be with her boyfriend, a creative at W+K.

I think that is brilliant.

Of course I am absolutely gutted she’s leaving, but anyone that chooses life over a lifestyle gets my vote which is why as sad as I am that she’s going, I am also immensely proud and happy.

[L] Sweet. [R] Sour.

Debi, thank you for everything. It has been a genuine pleasure knowing and working with you and my life is better for the experience.

Enjoy everything and don’t change a thing about yourself.

Except maybe your thumbs.

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It must feel like getting out of prison.

Comment by Billy Whizz

working with campbell is like dog years so a year with the bastard and (poor fuck) 6 months sitting next to the anally fucking perpendicular prick would feel like 40 years in some siberian fucking hard labour camp.

Comment by andy@cynic

I have a feeling that comment will resonate quite deeply with Debi.

Comment by Rob

For a man who looks like a tramp, you’re the most tidy person around. Figures you’re a gemini.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Rob having hotties working with him? What a surprise. Shame she’s a canuck but I won’t tell anyone if she won’t tell anyone.

Comment by Billy Whizz

beggars cant be choosers billy.

Comment by andy@cynic

They can when it’s about canadians. They’re lower than mexicans.

Comment by Billy Whizz

I heard a great one recently, Canadians are Mexicans in jumpers.

Comment by Rob

When I left I got 3 lines written about me and a shit photo. Sexist.

Comment by Billy Whizz

you ungrateful fucking shit. it was done with love. not by me, i couldnt give a fuck.

Comment by andy@cynic

On the brightside Billy, you are responsible for the shortest blog post I’ve ever written – and we all know how much people complain about how I go on.

Comment by Rob

It appears Robert really liked you Debi. That’s an achievement in itself.

Good luck with your adventure.

Comment by Bazza

She must love her boyfriend because portland is the most boring place on earth.

Have fun Debi and congratulations on making Mr Grumpy be nice for once.

Comment by DH

I’m not grumpy. I’m a positive pessimist.

Comment by Rob

That 3rd photo is scary.

Comment by DH

Not as much as the first photo, but that’s because Rob’s in it, not because Rob’s in it wearing a peach nuclear fallout outfit.

Comment by Billy Whizz

I’d like to point out that my beloved ‘onesie’ has now had to be thrown out because after last weeks charity “throw custard pies in Rob’s face” event – the thing stinks of bad China canned cream, which let me tell you, is unlike any other canned cream you’ve ever smelt, let alone tasted.

Comment by Rob

bang goes the most modern piece of fucking fashion you had in your wardrobe.

Comment by andy@cynic

As references go, that’s rather good.

Comment by George


Comment by Pete

It’s one of the things she has in common with Megan Fox – which, when she found out, made her run around like she’d won the lottery. Canadians!

Comment by Rob

Toe thumb?

Isn’t that contagious?

Comment by DH

drunk for meetings.
enjoys sex tourism.
some fucking weird shit with thumbs.
whats not to fucking like. except the canadian bollocks.

Comment by andy@cynic

She’s marrying an American

Comment by northern

what the fuck is billy doing in that last photo? and since when did you start taking steroids?

Comment by andy@cynic

I don’t look gay. Or that gay.

Comment by Billy Whizz

ill give you that you dont look as gay as freddie fucking mercury.

Comment by andy@cynic

I have neither a life nor a lifestyle.

Comment by John

That’s why you’re here.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Does that mean you’ll be meeting me on Thursday?

Don’t tell me, you’ll be washing your hair.

Comment by Rob

even some fucking ww2 jungle dwelling soldier thats had no company for 40 fucking years wouldnt be lonely enough to want to spend 15 minutes with you.

Comment by andy@cynic

lets hope for debis sake that campbells right when he says hell never fucking see her again.

Comment by andy@cynic

Nice post Robert.
Good work and good luck Debi .

Comment by Lee Hill

She won’t be sitting next to anymore, what additional ‘good luck’ could she possibly need?

Comment by Rob

This is She. Thank you Rob for your undeservingly kind words hidden beneath a layer of insults and childlike wit. I feel truly loved. In a twisted way of course [I’d expect nothing less from you]. I’ll miss seeing you put your foot in your mouth daily and somehow always managing to wiggle your way out of it. And for the record, don’t let Rob anywhere near 12 year old boys. Especially if there is a stage and microphone involved. Get that Australian accent fixed, it’s a bit muddled. GO CANUCKS!

Comment by Debi

Even though Debi is insinuating that I’m some sort of Gary Glitter, I don’t care – I love her and will miss her – however she has ensured I will never forget her because she’s given me a very unique pressie.

It’s a cushion.

A horribly lovely cushion.

A horribly lovely cushion that has been made from an item of her clothing that Debi once wore to work.

Emphasis on the word ‘once’ because I took the piss out of her so much for it looking like it had been made from a pair of 1970’s curtains, she never wore it again.

Now I appreciate a cushion made from an item of my females colleagues wardrobe might sound a bit sick – or twisted – but I assure you [and Jill] it’s not … it’s simply proof that my planning powers extend to being able to manipulate people to the point they question their fashion sense … which coming from someone who feels no shame wearing Queen T-Shirts or Onesies, is saying something.

Best achievement of my life.

Comment by Rob

I wouldnt even sit on your Queen T shirts so you better just burn them.

Comment by John

good work campbell. bet you put it on fucking japanese ebay to sell it to some panty sniffing pervert.

and dont give me all this “wouldnt sit on his fucking queen tees” doddsy when a little fucked up bird tells me youll be sitting on his fucking lap at some london love in on thursday evening. you better be lulling him there so you can beat the shit out of him or whats left of your rep could be finished forfuckingever.

Comment by andy@cynic

I see it more as an intervention.

Comment by John

its all going to end in fucking tears. dont come running to me when the shame overfuckingwhelms you.

Comment by andy@cynic

a canuck with big thumbs, a drinking problem, a sex tourism obsession and a nice fucking line in character assassination rumour mongering. i like you she devil debi, i like you a whole fucking lot.

Comment by andy@cynic

and lets not forget the issue with the spelling of her own fucking name.

Comment by andy@cynic

You are piling on the sweet this week aren’t you!

Comment by Rob Mortimer

wank isnt it. thank fuck hes pissed off for the week because any more of this sugar coated sugar bollocks and id be in a diabetic nightmare.

Comment by andy@cynic

Oh crap, Debi is leaving?!! She rocks. I’m screwed. Who’s going to answer my urgent 11pm emails now?


Comment by Age

your fucking therapist?

anyone else notice therapist is the rapist. theres something in that but i don’t really give a fuck.

Comment by andy@cynic

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