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

Till Next Year …

So this is the final post of the year.

It’s been a big year for me and the family.

Then again, it was a big year for the family last year too.

However, whereas 2017 saw us leave Shanghai and Wieden+Kennedy – something that was truly emotional for all of us – 2018 has seen us go from sunny LA, working at Deutsch, living in a house by the beach and driving a custom made Audi to being citizens of cold and rainy London, living in a much smaller house in Fulham, working at R/GA [with some sprinkles of Metallica madness in-between] and traveling by tube to and from everywhere.

And we haven’t been this happy in ages.

Don’t get me wrong, there are things we definitely miss from our life in the US – people, the weather, Otis’ school, free soda refills and bacon mainly – but this move was right for us for a whole host of reasons, personal and professional, and we enter 2019 with the full expectation we’ll still be here when 2020 comes around.

I hope.

It’s funny, when I read the final post I wrote for last year, it is apparent that change was in our minds. We didn’t think that openly, but it seems it was there.

Of course, moving to a country and then leaving in just over a year is not the best thing.

It’s financial stupidity for one.

But these things happen and we are very happy for the amazing experience, though I must admit I’m even happier my wife, son and cat are still talking to me.


But while our environment has changed, some things have stayed exactly the same.

Your ability to trash everything I write on here, for one.

And to you all, I say a huge thank you.

Sure, being told I’m a bad dressing, musically ignorant, gadget tosser every-single-day can get a bit tiring, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Because amongst the insults, there’s often pearls of gold in there.

Stuff that makes me think about things a different way.

Stuff that influences how I think about things I never thought about.

Stuff that just keeps me on my toes and interested about stuff.

And I love it.

I love that people come here and share a bit of their time and opinion with me.

Yes, I appreciate moving to the UK and still posting at 6am is screwing up the flow of the comments given the East Coast of America is asleep and can’t insult/join-in until much later … but the fact so many people still write makes me feel very fortunate.

While I have loved the ability to move countries and cultures so many times – and hope to continue doing it, just not for a bit – the reality is that is makes your friendship network difficult.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very fortunate we have technology to keep me in touch with the wonderful people I’ve met in every country we’ve lived [whether they like it or not] and this year I got to catch up with people I’ve not seen in years – from Freddie to Paula – but there is something about having a level of constancy that makes you feel settled.

Bizarrely, this blog has provided me with a bit of that.

Even with people I have still yet to meet.

[Though I met Marcus and Neil Perkin this year and that made me so happy]

While I would never suggest I am your friend, you have been to me – in many ways and at many times, both at moments of darkness and happiness – and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you.

To all of you.

Even you Andy.

When I started this blog way back in May 2006, I never expected anyone to read it, let alone comment so the fact some of you still are – regardless that many Police officers would call it abuse – I’m grateful.

I’m excited about next year.

It will be big.

Not because we’ll be moving … or I’ll changing job … but new things will be entering my life.

From my beloved Otis starting proper school – which literally is screwing with my head – to the much-talked-about-but-not-much-actually-done Weigel/Campbell officially doing its thing in addition to the exciting adventures and exploits my wonderfully beautiful family, my bloody amazing friends and fantastic new planning team will get up to that will make me feel even luckier than I do already.

Being back in England has had a much bigger effect on me than I ever imagined it would.

I am grateful for it.

I am grateful for all I have.

I hope this holiday season and 2019 is one that is wonderful for you all too.

See you in a few weeks. [Yeah, don’t think you get so lucky to not have me come back]

23 Comments so far
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What odds are you offering on you being based in the Middle East this time next year?

Comment by Bazza

It’s good to read you’re happier in London. You can tell. Naturally you are the only person where adverse weather conditions make you feel happier than the warm blue skies of LA. Happy holidays. Congratulations on another year of this blog. Some posts were really enjoyable to read. ; )

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Comment by Bazza

Happy holidays to you all. I have enjoyed reading your posts, but I did prefer it when they were published in my morning rather than my evening.

Comment by Mary Bryant

What a year it was for you all. Then every year is a big one for the Campbell family whether you move or not. Thank you for the inspiration and the laughs on here Rob. It’s always worth coming here so I am glad it will still be here in 2019 too. Happy 🎄

Comment by Pete

I am amazed you still find things to write about after so long, but I am grateful you do. Enjoy your break Robert. Love to the family.

Comment by Lee Hill

Thank fuck that’s over.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Holiday kisses. Especially to Oti.


Comment by Jemma King

It’s already having a posiitve effect on your footwear choices.

Comment by John

i dont want to fucking know.

Comment by andy@cynic

They almost look good on him. Which means those boots are more powerful than Darth Vader.

Comment by DH

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Comment by Bazza

ive never felt so fucking low.

Comment by andy@cynic

They look beautiful on you Rob. Shoes at last. I cannot believe it.

Comment by Katerina

fucking hell campbell, this makes gwynies oscar bollocks chat sound coherent.

Comment by andy@cynic

happy fucking holiday otis and jill. sorry about the grumpy old prick campbell you have to spend it with.

Comment by andy@cynic

The happiest holiday to all you beautiful strange people on here. I hope 2019 is full of love for you all.

Comment by Katerina

It was brilliant to finally get to meet you. Have a lovely Christmas and hopefully see you again soon.

Comment by Marcus

if youre not writing any fucking blog posts to ruin christmas then i better hope my aunt sends me her usual fucking shit present.

Comment by andy@cynic

I’m watching Derby against Forest. Its as bad as this blog.

Comment by DH

love y’all !

Comment by toto

Well put. It’s been way too long since I saw either yourself, Marcus, or Neil Perkin.
Hopefully in my planned UK trip next year (if Brexit doesn’t screw it up)

Comment by Rob (Other one)

See you started the work year with a freebie holiday to Miami. New year but nothing changes.

Comment by DH

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