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

If A Lot Can Happen In 24 Hours, Imagine What Can Happen In A Year …

So it’s September.


What the hell …

That means, in a few days, it’s been a year since I moved back to England.

And in a month, a year since I joined R/GA.


I have to be honest, I find it amazing how quick that time has passed.

New job.

New house.

New car.

New life.

It has been a lot and I am so happy and grateful for it.

It’s pretty obvious I didn’t really enjoy my time in LA.

I liked an incredible amount of people there and Manhattan Beach will – without doubt – be the most beautiful place I’ll ever live, but there was stuff there I found challenging, stuff that went against who I am. That said, I’m very glad I did it and incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have done it, but I must admit I’m a happier person now I’m out of it.

That said, England still doesn’t feel like ‘home’.

It feels familiar … it feels nice … but having lived in so many countries over so many years, home for me is ultimately where Jill, Otis and Rosie are as opposed to a particular place, city or country.

In fact, I would say if I was made to choose a place where I feel I most ‘belong’, I would say Shanghai, that’s how much I love and loved that place.

That said, I’m incredibly excited we have just bought our first proper family home and I love being so close to my best friend – and Otis’ odd parents – Paul and Shelly, so while the country is acting in ways that are downright madness, I can honestly say I am in a happier, healthier place than I was a year ago and for that, I am grateful to everyone and everything that got me here.

Happy Monday.

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I hate when you’re happy.

Comment by Billy Whizz

If it’s any consolation, so do I.

Comment by Rob


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Comment by andy@cynic

We are sad you’re further away but knowing you are in a place that makes you happier makes it worth the sacrifice.

Comment by Mary Bryant

Thank you for being the only person who I know will write something nice about me on here. Hahaha.

Comment by Rob

I’m of Mary’s opinion rather than Billy’s.

America is a great place to live, but it’s not always the best place to work. Hope you come back when you don’t have to work here. ; )

Comment by Pete


Comment by Billy Whizz

I stand corrected, Thank you Pete … and you’re right, America is an amazing country, but there are pockets of it that have some very weird, old-school attitudes when it comes to work.

Comment by Rob

Very deep pockets.

Comment by John

who the fuck are you? bring back the miserable prick.

Comment by andy@cynic

It is his cunning plan to make us miss his misery. He’s good. Too good.

Comment by DH

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