The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

More Proof The World Has Gone Mad …

So recently, for reasons I don’t quite understand, the Screen Writers Guild of America and a division of the US Government asked me to give a presentation on how writers can attract foreign investment.

My entire deck is the picture at the top of this post.

After I explained what I was talking about – which was basically this [especially #8] – we watched the documentary, ‘Exporting Raymond’ which, for me, is still one of the best documentaries anyone looking to work overseas can watch to understand the differences in culture, on both a macro and micro scale.

Actually, it’s worth watching even if you’re not going overseas … or if you’ve been there, done that – especially if it was Russia or China – so to give you a taste, the trailer is below.

Apparently it went down so well they are trying to get the star of the film, Phil Rosenthal, to come to an event where I will interview him.


I was going to write that if this happens, Mr Rosenthal is going to realise working in Russia was no where near as hellish as being interviewed by me and then I discovered he’s worth $200 million, so my concern for his wellbeing kind of went out the window.

That said, as much as I experienced a lot of weird things in China, being asked to do this talk – and the possible subsequent Q&A – is right up there in terms of madness.

Living overseas. The gift that keeps on giving.

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except you never get fucking fired.

Comment by andy@cynic

And he does worse things than write a sitcom.
His life is worse than a sitcom.

Comment by DH

I think you’ll find my life is funnier than a sitcom, as proven by the fact I’m going to Kansas again.

Comment by Rob

It’s a black comedy then.

Comment by DH

and how fucked is the screen actors guild and trump’s bullshit department to ask you for help. i knew they were screwes when they remade scooby doo but this is another level of fucked up.

Comment by andy@cynic

I literally don’t understand why they asked me. They even seemed quite happy at the end … though that could be because it was the end.

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Comment by DH

This is a bigger scandal than working with the Russians.

Comment by DH

Trust me, I did kinda say that to them.

Comment by Rob

I am unsure whether you being asked or what you presented impresses me more. Nothing phases you and nothing stops you being true to yourself that’s for sure.

Comment by George

So much for authenticity being cool.

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Comment by Bazza

understatement of the fucking millennium.

Comment by andy@cynic

What a fascinating assignment. As was your response. You never fail to surprise or entertain, Robert.

Comment by Lee Hill

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