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


P-P-P-Pick Up A Penguin …
December 7, 2022, 8:15 am
Filed under: A Bit Of Inspiration, Attitude & Aptitude, Death, Empathy, Love, Loyalty, Otis, Sentimentality

This week has seen quite a lot of sentimental posts so far.

Or should I say, has seem more sentimental posts that usual.

The reason is likely because it’s Otis’ 8th birthday on Sunday and I’m building up to it.

I’ll be writing a big post about that – and him – on Friday, but this post continues the sentimental theme.

Except this has nothing to do with me and is just something I couldn’t help be touched by.

A story of love and loss.

Friendship and light at moments of loneliness and darkness.

No, it’s not the storyline for a documentary.

It’s not even about humans.

But it is real. And I do love it. Especially as the world feels more divided and broken than I’ve ever experienced it and so any sign of genuine emotion and love goes a long way.

Have a read of this … though the real impact comes in the form of the photographs.

Those beautiful, gentle, loving photos.

Especially the one with the ‘wing’ around the other.

Who knew that we could all do with being a bit more penguin!

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Respect Is Through Actions, Not Words …
October 18, 2022, 8:15 am
Filed under: Attitude & Aptitude, Authenticity, Brand, Culture, Death, England, Respect

So enough time has passed for me to post this.

Let me be very clear, the delay was not about respect, but just because I wanted to avoid being lumped in with all the other posts stating: ’10 Things You Can Learn About Brands From The Queen Passing’.

Despite being 96, the death of the Queen stopped the World.

As as I said at the time, I’m not even a royalist, but her passing affected me way more than I imagined.

And while brands all over the World expressed their sorrow – with some adopting a very as a broad interpretation of appropriate, it was impressive to see Apple drop their entire sales pitch – as they did with Steve Jobs passing.

What made this even more impactful was they had only just revealed their new iPhone, iWatch and AirPods the day before, so it was a big move on their part.

The picture at the top of this post was taken from a mate of mine, Ian McDonald.

It’s his compilation of the top 20 brands [according to Interbrand] homepages.

It’s interesting that for all those 20 brands claims of values and beliefs, only Apple and Google adapted to the news.

At least to that extent.

At least on that day.

And while there are a lot of issues and complexities relating to the Royal Family – as a concept, let alone as people – what Apple did was a class act.

Because in that moment, they – more than anyone else – showed they understood there are times where respect trumps self-interest.

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Living In History …
September 9, 2022, 8:39 am
Filed under: Death, Emotion, England

I shouldn’t be shocked.

She was 96.

And yet I am.

I was awake the moment it was announced and seeing that headline knocked me for six.

The end of an era.

The last time a Queen will rule the nation in my lifetime.

And while I’m not really a royalist, I do appreciate all she did and how she did it.

It certainly couldn’t have been easy … and that’s before all the scandals.

RIPYM.

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Time Machines Suck …

I’ve written this blog consistently for 15 years.

FIFTEEN!!!

My god …

But it gets worse.

Because bar a few weeks of holiday, it is something that has been written every single Monday to Friday.

That means there has been over 3,900 posts of utter gibberish for over 780 weeks.

And as tragic as that all sounds, there’s an awful lot of people who comment on here who have been here pretty much all that time.

LOSERS!!!

Now, I have to say there are some lovely benefits to long term blog writing.

In some ways it’s like a diary … capturing what I was thinking or doing at any given time.

It also is a lovely way to see how my opinions and thoughts have evolved over time.

Plus there’s the hope that when I’m gone, Otis will still feel his Dad is close.

OK … OK … there are some posts I definitely DON’T want him to read, but there’s others I’d be glad for him to keep going back to.

Putting aside I basically write the same 3 or 4 posts over and over again … there is a lot of my life contained in these pages.

From getting married to losing my Mum to having my son.

Proper life-changing stuff … and that doesn’t even cover the moves to different countries, jobs and homes.

The best and worst of my life is detailed here which is why – despite all these big life events being sandwiched between endless amounts of shit – I still like it.

Occasionally I randomly click on a date and just see what I wrote.

Recently I did this and was reminded what a little shit I was.

OK, can be.

It’s this.

Yep, it’s the time I tried to auction off Martin Sorrell’s business card so people could send him stupid messages or texts.

On the plus side, I was offering to give any money to charity.

On the negative, I was working for WPP at the time.

If you think that’s stupid, there was the time I wrote a post featuring a photo of Sir Martin with a picture of Toad of Toad Hall under the caption ‘Spot The Difference’.

And the weird thing is that while I don’t agree with his approach to creativity, I do respect him. I have met him on a number of occasions and he was very, very impressive.

Though it’s fair to say that respect was only one way, Especially when there was an agency Q&A and I asked him ‘what do you spend all your money on?’

So Sir Martin … even though I know you would never read this blog [more proof you’re clever] I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for my stupidity. It was ridiculous … but if it’s any consolation, at least it wasn’t as bad as this.

I know … I know … this was a terrible post even by my standards.

So celebrate in the fact that tomorrow is Good Friday so I’m off till next Tuesday and you’re not going have to deal with any more of this shit till then.

I don’t know about you … but it’s the sort of news that makes you almost believe in God, doesn’t it.

Happy Easter, enjoy the sugar rush.



Terrifying Insanity …
March 30, 2022, 8:15 am
Filed under: Attitude & Aptitude, Comment, Death, Empathy, Fear

Putin’s evil acts in the Ukraine have obviously repulsed the World – even though, the World has contributed to this situation by their inaction over many years.

However it is the rise of conversations relating to nuclear war that has got everyone terrified.

I don’t mind admitting I have found it very triggering and it’s the most fearful I’ve ever been about another World War.

Of course, compared to the poor people in the Ukraine, it’s nothing – and that’s why they need our support and our commitment to making our governments responsible for righting wrongs and dealing with the Putin situation that actively enabled.

Nothing highlights the craziness of the times than this headline:

That this newspaper headline can exist again – in 2022 – is mindblowling. Almost as mind-blowing as the idea anyone can be ‘well prepared’ for a nuclear attack.

But while this ‘news’ should have put me in a terrified state, it actually managed to raise a smile because the reality is London goes to pieces when there’s an inch of snow so to suggest it could deal with an all out nuclear attack is actually hilarious.

So thank you Sadiq Khan for the smiles and fuck you Putin for the fear.