Five [and a bit] things of general awesomeness from last week.
- Singin’ in the Rain.
On a whim, I managed to get a couple of stalls tickets to this recently opened West End musical…. and I was not disappointed. Beautiful, fun and very, very wet – Singin’ in the Rain was definitely the highlight of the week. If you’re looking for a show to see in London, then see this.
- New Avengers Trailer!
Do I need to say any more? No, I didn’t think so.
- One kick ass lasagne.
Many, many cheeses. I’ll be making that bad boy again. Oh yes.
- Not at MWC.
Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest mobile telecommunications conference and it happens every year around February time in Barcelona. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend a fair few times over the years, however this year (like last year) I won’t be making it over so instead (like last year), Dan and I are throwing a mobile-focused get together in London town. If you’re around, you should come along!
- CALM: Campaign Against Living Miserably.
Suicide is one of the biggest killers of young men in the UK today and this charity has been set up to combat that fairly horrific statistic. I met one of the founders this week and well, I doubt very much this’ll be the last time I blog about the subject (it certainly isn’t the first). For the time being however, please check out Thirty One – a new album of specially curated music from Manchester artists, and the best thing?
All profits go directly to CALM. Hop to it.
Bonuses: something I spent a lot of time working on last year was finally unveiled, Bonfire.IM became my favourite browser plug-in of all time and the Creative Social (although was somewhat disappointing in the main) yielded the discovery of the AMAZING Bear71.
This week I’m cheating again. Things written on Monday and then backdated to Friday.
5 things of note from this past week –
- Travelling Light @ The National Theatre. Admittedly my tickets were freebies from a friend but still, it’s still definitely worth seeing. So what if the accents are ropey at times and who cares if the script is slightly clunky in places – it was lovely little piece of theatre.
- Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol @ The IMAX!! Bloody good and again, well worth seeing (at THE IMAX though, obviously).
- #DriveTime – aka ‘tweet along with Drive’ – came and went. It was fun, but could it have been better?
- The Descendants (w/ G Clooney). Dead good.; it just kinda… happens. He’s bloody brilliant actually, best thing/most nuanced performance since Michael Clayton. Yep. You should see that too.
- The future arrived, via my iPad. Still learning. Amazing.
Bonuses: Sleb spotting in Soho, covered in snow at Speakeasys in Clapham and some gorgeous MEGACITY photography up in Leeds.
Five things of note from this week
- This Shangri-La Hotel ad: ‘It’s in our nature‘ – it’s gorgeous
- New job. New job. New job. Even managed to get my first speaking gig by day three! Amazing.
Great work, inspiring people. This is my mantra, remind me to revisit this one day and I’ll explain where it comes from. Or just ask me when you see me next.
- DRIVE. I loved it (as you might know) and on 8pm on January 30th, it’ll be #DriveTime – it’s a hashtag. Get involved. I am, and as such, I’ve got a [free] copy of DRIVE on Blu-ray – Yes!
- Speaking of DRIVE, it gets a special mention in this Like Minds talk that I gave back in October. The video went live this week (hence the link love), it’s only 20mins long and well, you should check it out.
ex-client friend!! Carla was over from Dubai this week and, alongside picking me up a bottle of one of my favourite whiskies, she also placed a bet with me on how long RIM will last in 2012. She thinks by June, I say September or later. The Blackberry makers aren’t going through very good times at the moment and well, as a keen observer said to me recently – ‘they’re not for this world’.
Bonus: I lost my pen – #sadtmes.
Five things of note from this past week. Not as exciting as I’d hoped (I’ve had a week off and, surprisingly, haven’t spend much of it online) but here we go –
1. Rubbish QR Codes.
I spotted this ridiculous QR code placement on the tube earlier this week (note: IT IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACK) and subsequently popped it up on Flickr without thinking about it. Jonathan Waddingham spotted it and, before we knew it, a whole new QRFail blog had been set up.
I love Twitter for this kind of stuff.
Good work, friends.
2. Troll Hunter!
I arrived home yesterday to discover that someone had sent me both the newly-released Blu-Ray of Troll Hunter as well as a rather funky matching t-shirt. Which in turn meant that last night I finally got to watch a film that I’ve been busting to watch for AGES. You’ll be pleased to hear I was not disappointed and – freebies aside – I’d genuinely recommend seeking it out for its pure scandinavian bonkersness alone.
The engagement currency post from Jan 11th got a fair bit of pick up [Huzzah!] and as such, Communicate Magazine asked me to host their weekly Twitter chat with my blog post as the theme. Cracking stuff, with some really nice banter too. Worth a look.
4. The Marketing Academy
opened up nominations for their third year of scholars this past week and – having been a part of the successful first year of entrants – I honestly cannot recommend this enough.
If you know of a high-potential, rising star in the field of advertising, communications or marketing, why not nominate them today?
5. Beef Welly!
I love cooking. But last week I had guests over and one particular guest insisted on putting together a Beef Wellington with not only the best damn piece of beef I’ve ever laid eyes on (thank you Ginger Pig) but also the finest homemade meal finesse I ever did see.
It was my first and it was superb. Try it.
Following on from last week’s entry (and a little bit later than expected – I’m writing this on Tuesday, but back-dating it to last week – sue me), here’s the top five things I loved most from the past seven days –
- One of my fellow trans-mongolian adventurers, Ben Wallace, finally finished editing together one epic vodka train video (which we all helped in shooting along the way). Coming in at 6mins long, covering over 5600miles and tracking the consumption of quite frankly, a ridiculous amount of alcohol… I can’t stop smiling whenever I watch it.
- This top 10 albums of 2011 list (via @switzke) is definitely worth a peruse for many an hour of aural pleasure. Dive in.
- Paul Clarke‘s photography exhibition at Adam Street member’s club on Wednesday was really, really good (personal fave was the stage shot of Jon Culshaw) and I’m glad I was able to make it along. No link available at the moment (Paul’s working on it) but in the meantime, why not check out his portfolio?
- Writing a comedy, agony-aunt-style blog post that resulted in being followed by Cher Lloyd Twitter bots? Definite highlight of the week.
- I said goodbye to 1000heads. Good friends, great presents and an epic send off. Well done all.
And for a bonus number six, two videos that came my way on my last day as a ‘head. Both about leaving; one achingly funny and the other achingly inspiring. Enjoy.
PS. Big love to Laura, Angela and Cathy for jumping on the 5Things trail.The latter’s three-fold reasoning as to why this is a good idea are exactly the same as mine. Win.
As promised –
- I met up with my friend (and ex-colleague) Nicola Jackson this week. I don’t think I’ve seen her little face since she packed up from 1000heads, travelled the world and then started her singing career. Today she’s one half of The Pressure Cell, signed to a label and even has an EP available. I’ve got it, you should too.
- A combination of this tweet about stickers + kids and this one about cheering up and being happier on the planet we live on meant that I ended up trending across London on Tuesday. Hilarious.
However, joking aside, this did spark a much larger discussion in the office about viral conditioning – something that you should be definitely be aware of (or even in control of) if you’re creating content that could/should go viral.
- The Sun came out and I fell in love with London again.
- I was finally able to announce my new job @ Ogilvy!
[Yes Dad, I work in PR now]
- Dinner with my Californian compadre, Jen Hanen. I haven’t seen her in over a year and it was lovely to catch up, chew the fat and generally put the [mobile] world to rights. Lovely stuff.
And for a bonus number six – my friend Justin surprised me by sending me this fantastic mug – completely out of the blue!
I love my friends (and I love my new mug).
aka ‘5 things on Friday’, issue #0.
One of the blogs I read fairly regularly is that of ex-BBC chappy, Hugh Garry.
He’s a smart chap and I finally managed to meet him at a social media week event a little while back, which was nice. One of the things he mentioned back then was an attempt he was making on his blog called ‘5 things I liked this week‘.
Once a week [well, nearly – get back on the horse Hugh!] he just puts exactly that: five links to five things that he liked that week. I’ve been doing something similar for the ‘heads for a while now and, well, I think I’d quite like to do something similar, for myself, in 2012.
Every Friday (hopefully on my way home from work) I’m going to jot down the five things I’ve done or seen that week. Or perhaps even five things that have happened to me or that I’ve seen or whatever. Either way, it’s going in the Moleskine and then, naturally, it’s ending up on here.
To kick off, and for memory’s sake, this is the one I started God knows when earlier this year, but with a much larger number than five. Call it ‘Cool things that happened in 2011’ or something.
So, in no particular order:
- Yes Prime Minister [on stage, at the Apollo]
- Friday drinks + comic book chats with friends, forever
- The worst Foursquare competition in the world [there’s a whole presentation somewhere on exactly why this didn’t work]
- Benny’s surprise birthday (and then onto Cam’s too)
- Batman LIVE
- Double cinema day [The Inbetweeners and Rise of the Planet of the Apes]
- Pan’s Labyrinth at West Brompton Cemetery
- Amazing lunches with friends at the Hawksmoor
- The Trans-Siberian Railway [Moscow – Mongolia – Beijing]
- Paris with The Marketing Society / Club 30
- The most beautiful Converse in the entire world
- Hat parties
- The Fancy Dress Picnic
- Music [Mona]
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Champagne, music, dancing… working in Cannes
- Transformers 3 (in New York and Miami)
- Getting drunk with U2
- Duck Tours!
- Cooking competitions [we came second – see below]
- Boating on the roof of Selfridges
- Beirut: the band, and the place (twice)
- Speaking gigs in Croatia, Lebanon, Helsinki, London and Exeter
- [Meeting amazing people at] Like Minds!
- Friends, family and loved ones
- Stewart Lee
- Red trousers
- Foxcroft & Ginger!
- Winning a fair few work-based awards
- The Marketing Academy
- You Me Bum Bum Train [sorry]
- Art projects
- The Dark Knight Rises project
- Howl’s Moving Castle (followed by gorgeous steak)
- Helsinki, lots
- Film, (seeing and writing about). Film of the year? DRIVE.
- Breakfast (cooking and eating)
- The Cotswalds
- On the telly (twice)
- In print (GLAMOUR!)
- Anchorman in the park
- Polpo / Spuntino / da Polpo
- Ellie Goulding [she lovely]
- My iPad
- Snoop Dogg
- Sunday roasts (cooking and eating)
- Sixty Six Books; the best theatre I saw all year [all 24hrs of it]
- A post-Nokia-World night bus
- Raising over £1600 for Movember
- Wembley Stadium
- Something cool for Bourne Legacy [but I can’t talk about it yet]
AND THAT’S IT!
Wow… I aimed for 5 and I finished with 55. Not bad for my first go.
Let’s see how this works out for 2012.
Pic taken from aforementioned cooking comp; ‘Nom Nom Nom 2011‘, Alfie and I – aka ‘The Hirsute Hashtag Slingers‘ – looking dashing and awesome, ready and raring to go.
We had such fun that day and this pic just makes me smile.
via Annie Mole