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

Marcus Brown …

For all the shit I get on this blog, it has served me well.

I’ve learned things.

I’ve been put right on things.

I’ve learned my view on things can drastically change over the years.

But one thing I treasure most of all – even more than the daily abuse I cop – is how this blog has brought new people into my life.

One of those is Marcus Brown.

I’ve known Marcus for over 10 years.

It all started when he stupidly wrote a comment on this blog.

And while I’ve only ever met him once – last year – we have talked a lot via email and video.

I think he would agree that we have both experienced some personal highs and lows over the years we have known each other – because life works like that – but through it all Marcus has kept me entertained and on my toes with his infectious, brilliant, madness.

I don’t mean that in a mean way.

In fact, it’s the highest compliment I can give.

Hell, I can’t think of many people who could inspire me to make a crowd of ad students say hello to Sacrum, a character he created or contribute to iPod singing … another idea he brought to life.

Marcus is one of those people, everyone roots for.

He’s creative, dynamic, full of character and compassion … which is why I was so consistently disappointed an industry that talks about valuing creativity consistently overlooked or devalued his talent.

Without going into too much detail, I know this affected Marcus as well.

He had so much he had to offer … so much he wanted to do … but time and time again, his creativity was challenged or questioned. Not from the perspective of wanting to understand things more clearly, but from devaluing what he had to offer.

Which is why the last few years have been so rewarding.

For him … and for me, watching him.

Because Marcus has found his voice … his purpose … his calling.

He proudly calls himself a Performance Artist … because that’s what he is.

Don’t take my word for it, even Forbes – the business magazine – says so.

But not all is quite as it seems.

You see while Marcus is indeed a Performance Artist, he’s also an author.

You see he has written a book called ‘A Wicked Pack of Cards’.

And it’s brilliant.

I’m not saying this because I’m kinda in it [He stupidly asked me to write a review, which is the pic at the top of this post] but because it makes you think, imagine, feel and question.

It’s one of those books that you think about well after you’ve finished it …

I loved it and I fully encourage people to experience it for themselves.

You can buy it here.

Which brings me back to this blog …

You see, by continuously writing my rubbish, I’ve been able to meet and follow people I would otherwise never have known.

In Marcus’ case, I’ve been able to see how life has changed for a talented, kind, generous man. Where once his life was full of challenges, now it is bursting with happiness … from the love of his life to the time of his life … and I can think of few people who deserve it more.

Watching him create, invent, stretch his boundaries and being prolific in his expression is both inspiring and exciting which is why I can’t wait to see what his mind gets up to next.

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Congratulations Marcus. I don’t mean on the book, but on getting Rob to write a good post on you. Deserved but that hasn’t stopped him in the past.

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Comment by Marcus

It’s easy Baz, Marcus has done many things of creative value, you’ve stopped giving me freebies. Hope that clears up any confusion. Ha.

Comment by Rob

thats the campbell i know and tolerate.

Comment by andy@cynic

What a brilliant post and such brilliant news. Congratulations Marcus. You are living proof the best things aren’t easy to achieve, but worth every one of the challenges. So very happy for you and I will order a copy of your book right now.

Comment by George

Thank you, George. Took a while and I’m still not there but I’m getting there and enjoying being here.

Comment by Marcus

Thank you, George. It took a while, and I’m not quite there yet and I’m enjoying the getting there and the being here.

Comment by Marcus

The Sacrum and iPod singing links were a couple of welcome blasts from the past.

Comment by George

They feel like 1000 years ago but still radiate a lot of warmth and affection. Both are good examples of how blogging was a real community.

Comment by Pete

That’s what I thought too Pete.

People were open to get involved in helping others. We weren’t worried how it might make us look to others. It was more fun and collective. We could all do with having a bit more in our lives.

Comment by Rob

Yes, the Internet was gentler(ish) back then, when there was nobody in it.

Comment by Marcus

It has been one hell of a journey, hasn’t it? Thank you so much for your support, Robert. I know you know how much you think it means to me, but you’re wrong: it means way more than you will ever know.

Thank you so much, you sweet, sweet man.

Now to you buggers in the comment section: There was a time when the banter, the swearing, the anger and the laughter in the comments section of this awful blog were the only thing I had to look forward too. Which just goes to show how dark things were.. if they’re so dark the Andy can cheer me up! Ha!

Now buy the bloody book. <3

Comment by Marcus

That must have been a very dark time then Marcus. But it also means this blog cheered you up a bit, which may be the nicest compliment this blog has ever received. Congratulations on everything Marcus, especially the book. Rob gave me a copy and I love it.

Comment by Pete

How come Rob gave you a copy? Don’t tell me Rob is making pirate copies and stealing the money out of Marcus mouth?

Comment by Bazza

Thanks for that lovely bit of libel Baz.
No, I’m not pirating copies of Marcus book, I had told Pete about it and then sent him a copy as a present. If you stop being a poor mans Andy, I’ll maybe send you one too.

Comment by Rob

Surely you mean a poor man, but rich man Andy?

Comment by George

Insults flying like it’s 2005.

Comment by Bazza

I’m guessing that’s because some of you got to enjoy a national holiday and so your powers of abuse haven’t been diminished or used up by a day at work.

Comment by Rob

buy me a copy immediately campbell. you fucking owe me.

Comment by andy@cynic

Wouldn’t Rob have to buy you 1,000,000 books to repay what he owes you?

Comment by DH

I approve of this.

Comment by Marcus

Well between you and Andy, you made the comments the main reason people came here. Even me. Ha.

Comment by Rob

And the occasional post Robert. But mainly Marcus and Andrew’s comments. Still the case to be honest.

Comment by George

I come here for the advertising insights, obviously.

Comment by Marcus

Wonderful news. Well done Marcus, I am excited to read your book.

Comment by Lee Hill

Thank you so very much, Lee. I hope you like it.

Comment by Marcus

marcus is the most talented and best commentating fuck on here.

after me.

Comment by andy@cynic

Nice one Marcus.

Comment by DH

I can’t believe I had forgotten about Sacrum.
Warmness Marcus

Comment by Northern

I remember Sacrum but can’t remember any of the super bowl spots.

Comment by Bazza


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