Five things on Friday on Sunday #250

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1. BRENDAN FRASER IN GQ

Well, this is something.

Please read Brendan Fraser’s interview in GQ.

“Fraser pauses, and his eyes seem to well up, and for the first time in this litany of surgeries and loss, he seems like he might not want to continue. I ask if he needs a break.

“I’m okay,” he says. “I think I just need to let some arrows fly.”

He excuses himself as I ponder what this means. A few minutes go by. When he returns, it’s with a leather quiver full of arrows strapped to his back. He steps out onto his porch. Outside, he lofts a bow, nocks an arrow. Down below on his lawn, maybe 75 yards away, is an archery target. He releases the arrow straight into the target’s center. Bull’s-eye. Then nocks a second arrow, and does it again.

Finally, he exhales. “I feel a lot better now,” he says. He hands me the bow.”

This, among a litany of anecdotes, pathos, and in one instance, a ‘Me Too’, is why you should.

It’s a ten-minute read. Do so.

2. THE THAMES MIGHTY HIKE

This week I volunteered to join a sponsored hike along the River Thames from Windsor to Henley (26 miles!) to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

I need to raise £250 to justify my place.

Please help me reach that goal.

I don’t do this kind of thing often so please, if you can, sponsor me. It’d mean a lot.

That is all.

x

3. THE SPEEDIEST WINTER SPORTS 

The Washington Post here with a great interactive educational piece on what really is the speediest sport at Pyeongchang this year.

Go see.

4. GRAN TURISMO V REAL LIFEThis is quite fun.

Jay Leno gets taken (thrown) around a race track neither he nor his driver has been around before.

His driver – and PlayStation GT Academy Winner – Ricardo Sanchez does the business.

This is crazy when you think about it.

And a very small sign of things to come.

5. GDPR + FACEBOOK

Another newsletter, another mention of GDPR. Newsflash: this ain’t gonna go away, you guys. So get jiggy with it.

Sharpish.

I was asking about this with some friends the other day. The only thing FB had said was covered in this TechCrunch piece (tl;dr – ‘we’re doing something soon’).

Well, soon has arrived and the big blue time suck machine has set up a bespoke GDPR page with all the information you will need if you’re conducting, managing, or handling any user data on its platform – and plan on being GDPR compliant.

If you do ANYTHING on Facebook then you MUST read it. Above all, it’s going to be the law but also, when you’re in your next meeting and the topic comes up, be the smart one that’s done the reading. It’ll help.

PRE-BONUS ESSENTIAL READING: 

Only the essentials. 

THE BONUS-SHAPED BONUS SECTION FEATURING BONUS THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN ADDED AS A BONUS: 

But don’t worry – there ain’t gonna be 250 of them…

YOU ARE APPROACHING THE END OF THE NEWSLETTER. PLEASE DISEMBARK SAFELY. 

Two hundred and fifty editions.

That ain’t bad is it?

Yeah.

I’m happy with that.

Here’s to the next 250.

Someone asked me this week ‘What is the conversation people aren’t having in your office? What is the one thing that people SHOULD be talking about but just aren’t?’

I thought about it for a minute and said, ‘Without sounding like a complete nob, that’s just not how I operate. If there’s a conversation we should be having, I damn well bring it up and make sure we have the conversation’.

Sitting here, recounting this story to you, I realise that this position is one of privilege. I am white, male, in a position of power – and so my voice is heard. But that doesn’t mean mine is the only voice heard. If there is a topic that people SHOULD be discussing and AREN’T. Then SAY SO. That’s how stuff changes. By making it change.

Literally, be the change you want to see.

Just do it.

Just. Do. It.

Until next time folks,

Whatley out, x

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Author: James Whatley

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