Thursday, May 31, 2007

the horses are on the track....

and no it wasn't me.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


another new discovery that's blown me away
'Because as with nature, innovation doesn't take place in a vacuum'
Innovation ecosystem blog

file under 'no shit, sherlock?'

BBDO agency investigates our shared habits in an attempt to work them to a marketer's advantage or find opportunities to break them.

Come back CSP, all is forgiven

in a grumpy mood last week I commented on Christopher S Penn's otherwise excellent and insightful journal that a list of twitter updates doth not a good blog make...and i was unsubscribing. well, he's binned the twitter updates (can follow on twitter after all if i'm interested) and so i've come back.
here's his latest musings,always thought provoking and forthright.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

linked in

Never got round to using this Myspace for grown-ups but Ive now just done a megablast from my mail contacts and i guess I wait and see who it reels in.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Billy No-mates

No votes so far - hardly surprising judging by the amount of comments i get here.
Still, you've got to be in it to win it.
Vote here

This is England

Really looking forward to seeing Shane Meadows new movie This is England.
Got me remembering back to 1979-82-ish, splashing bleach on my Levi's over the sink and going for a No1 crop. I bumped into my mum on the way back from the barbers and she never recognised me. These were the days when fashion, music and that were a statement and had meaning. identity through subculture etc. Quite a contrast with today (I'm thinking about Kate Moss Top Shop again...) I also remember Saturday afternoon shopping for Ben Sherman shirts, trying to track down the ones with original Oxford cloth. Dexy's, Two-tone, Fred Perry everything. Traveling to Ipswich to see AFC in the UEFA cup - suedehead army....Happy days, i'm going goo-ey now.
After all that i hope the film is actually any good.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

TRANSPARENCY TYRANNY from trendwatching

Another gem from the excellent true and correct.

sample: "Old economy fog is clearing: no longer can incompetence, below-par performance, ignored global standards, anti-social & anti-eco behavior, or opaque pricing be obscured. In its place has come a transparent, fully informed marketplace, where producers have no excuse left to underperform. TRANSPARENCY TYRANNY for some, TRANSPARENCY TRIUMPH for others."

full thing here

Be an Arsehole today

Still reeling from this Christopher S Penn post on one of my new favourite blogs, yesterday.

sample; '..commit today to no longer communicate or work with people who are poisonous to your well being. You know who they are - rumor mongers, gossips, backstabbers, energy vampires, and generally not nice people'

changed it from Asshole to the English venacular of course...

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Damned United

Loving David Peace's 'The Damned United'. Unputdownable is the phrase I believe.
Essentially a biog of the late great Brian Clough, famously the gratest manager England never had, in the form of a stream of conciousness from the mind of Cloughie
during his ill-fated 44 day stint as Leeds boss in the early 70s and reflections on his rise to the top in the decade that preceded. Dark and menacing in tone
it's is like a 'Heart of Darkness' in the world of football.
bonus: its on the 3 for 2 table, too.

Kate Moss and Top Shop

The latest post-consumer (ahem) consumption frenzy as Kate's 'collection' launched at Top Shop last night. Shoppers were allowed 20 mins to purchase a maximum of 5 items. A whole can of worms really and I'm not sure what to make of it as an observer. I'm reminded of the notion that it's no longer about celebrity as endorser, it's about celebrity as provider (of what though?)
Kate's 'designs' are - lets face it - hooker outfits for teens and thats not particularly healthy. Neither is the consumption frenzy (again) like the Primark riots and the Ikea opening where sofa hunters were being stabbed by rivals in the queue. Dont know where I'm going with this but I just get a bit squeamish.
(note to self; Too much use of consumption in this post)

'I came in here for the special offer..guaranteed personality'