You never come all the way back.

“For my part I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Robert Louis Stevenson When I was young I detested travel. This was probably because I moved around so much. I went to sixteen schools because my father was a hotel manager. Ok,Continue reading “You never come all the way back.”

Remembering the gift not the wrapping paper.

Cannes is a magnificent car crash of creativity. This is my tenth visit and every time that car crash gets a little bigger and a little more spectacular. I was lucky enough to be invited to judge this year. So, for the first few days I got to look at 5500 entries. That’s over 2500Continue reading “Remembering the gift not the wrapping paper.”

David Abbott versus Goliath

Illustration courtesy Minky Stapleton With the passing of David Abbott, arguably the greatest copywriter ever, there have been many fitting and glowing tributes. While I was reading them I kept asking myself the same question. If we, as an industry, revere what David Abbott believed in, why do we keep promoting and creating processes thatContinue reading “David Abbott versus Goliath”

The Kinks. Rockey Street. And the green light at the end of the dock.

Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can! F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Ray Davies, the weathered, lead singer of the seminal 60’s band The Kinks is on television. He is playing his music and telling stories the way he has done a thousand times. And then he takes questions from the audience. AContinue reading “The Kinks. Rockey Street. And the green light at the end of the dock.”

The Wisdom of Insecurity.

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. Vincent Van Gogh The Wisdom of Insecurity is a book by Alan Watts I read when I was just starting out in advertising. The simple message is that certainty is an illusion and change is constant. So,Continue reading “The Wisdom of Insecurity.”

For the lonely men and women.

Illustration Courtesy Minky Stapleton This beautiful description comes from a speech Leo Burnett did many years ago. He spoke about those lonely people that work into the night pushing themselves. When everybody else has left, they stay.Their solitary, unobserved greatness is based on satisfying themselves before they satisfy anybody else. They are advertising’s invisible heroes.Continue reading “For the lonely men and women.”

10 000 bicycles. Why creatives need cults.

“You can look at anything as a cult. Churches are cults in their own way.” Philip Seymour Hoffman Whenever I go to America I always feel like I am in a giant sitcom or film. Everything is familiar. A type of television déjà vu. San Francisco was no different with our Russian taxi driver wantingContinue reading “10 000 bicycles. Why creatives need cults.”

Critics don’t make mistakes because they don’t make anything.

Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it’s done, they’ve seen it done every day, but they’re unable to do it themselves. Brendan Behan Mistakes. Lately, many people are asking about mistakes. It’s funny how this happens. As the world becomes obsessed with data and certainty we all start to crave madnessContinue reading “Critics don’t make mistakes because they don’t make anything.”

Bounce. What does a score mean if there is no game?

I was watching Tina Fey the other night and she was talking about the two main rules of improvisation on stage. The first is that if there are two of you on stage, you have to agree. In other words, if I say I am holding an imaginary apple, you don’t say no you’re not.Continue reading “Bounce. What does a score mean if there is no game?”