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Bread & Circuses

The 1% owning everything while the 99% fight each ther for scraps is not a new concept. “Panem et Circensus”, literal translation being ‘Bread and Circuses’ was a formula created …

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Shut Up, Caveman!

5am this morning I woke up terrified. I don’t just mean a bit scared, here. I mean terrified, the kind of paralysing, mind-numbingly, oh-my-god-i’m-gonna-die type terror that I last felt …

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Exploding Heads, Limbs and Comfort Zones!

Film making and acting has always fascinated me. I’m a huge fan of movie making and I did quite a bit of stage acting when I was younger, but lost …

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Anyone For Anaesthetic?

There’s a great moment in the great David Fincher movie ‘Fight Club’ when a bloodied up and buff Brad Pitt empowers the members of fight club to rise up and …

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Wanna Wear Your Undies Over Your Jeans And Save The World?

As I’ve mentioned before on my blogs, there are several massive upsides to embracing real creativity in your life, your business and your Industry. You see, those individuals and organisations …

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From Leonardo to Led Zep, the magic is all in the gaps.

Whenever I need a surge of energy, swagger and attitude I always turn to the same place. I get the Led out. For many reasons, and to many millions, Led …

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Don’t Believe The Hype: We are ALL Creative

My mate has a younger brother who works in marketing for a global food brand. To the outside world, he is a ‘creative’ and carries with him every marketeer creative …

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IDEAS are the new ‘Little Black Dress’

In these, the greatest times of uncertainty we humans have probably ever faced, it’s good to know that there are some things in this world that can always be relied …

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Seize The Day…Make Your Lives Extraordinary

Hi folks. It’s been ages since I last blogged – mainly ‘cos (a) I didn’t really know what to say or why, and (b) cos i’ve been busy writing albums, …

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People Who Inspired Change Through Music #3 – Mozart

I was ten years old when I went on my first ever holiday abroad. Mum and Dad had saved for years to take us to Playa de Palma in Majorca, …

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Bread & Circuses

The 1% owning everything while the 99% fight each ther for scraps is not a new concept.

“Panem et Circensus”, literal translation being ‘Bread and Circuses’ was a formula created by Roman poet and satirist Juvenal, thousands of years back, to describe a system the Emperors used to create what they referred to as a ‘well-being of the population’ (otherwise known as a mechanism for gleaning huge power and control over the masses of the Roman people.)

The Emperors of Rome knew that if the masses ever stood together and rebelled, their iron grip would be toppled. But they also knew …

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Shut Up, Caveman!

5am this morning I woke up terrified.

I don’t just mean a bit scared, here. I mean terrified, the kind of paralysing, mind-numbingly, oh-my-god-i’m-gonna-die type terror that I last felt when my great aunt tried to kiss me on the lips when I was 10 years old. Yeeeuuggh.

And why? Well, last week, after almost a year of writing, orchestrating, recording, composing, feedback, re-writing, re-recording, live sessions, more feedback, mixing and mastering, I finished the recording of my new album, SPARK.

I know, I should be excited, right? And I am. I’m excited, proud, happy and joyous.

And none of them even come …

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Exploding Heads, Limbs and Comfort Zones!

Film making and acting has always fascinated me. I’m a huge fan of movie making and I did quite a bit of stage acting when I was younger, but lost touch with it when I was encouraged, by those apparently older and ‘wiser’ than me, to take up more ‘normal’ (or easier to make money in) pursuits. But I’d always felt called to it. So, a few years ago, I discovered it again. I bit the bullet and started studying it and doing it.

Anyhow, for the last few days, I have been acting in a fantastic British Horror film called …

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Anyone For Anaesthetic?

There’s a great moment in the great David Fincher movie ‘Fight Club’ when a bloodied up and buff Brad Pitt empowers the members of fight club to rise up and revolt against the establishment.

“The things you own end up owning you. … Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.”

Ok, it all goes a bit t*ts-up in the movie for a number of bizarre reasons, but the quote intrigues me just the same.

When you were young, at the peak of your creativity, discovery, wonder, imagination and innovation, did …

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Wanna Wear Your Undies Over Your Jeans And Save The World?

As I’ve mentioned before on my blogs, there are several massive upsides to embracing real creativity in your life, your business and your Industry.

You see, those individuals and organisations that can embrace creativity to find new and authentic ways to engage their staff, clients, suppliers, stakeholders and communities are going to be at a huge competitive advantage, because engaging in this way takes branding way beyond the mechanical and mass. It makes it intensely personal, meaningful and precious. And that breeds real customer loyalty.

Yayy!!

But just hold on a sec….before you don your underpants over your jeans and fly off …

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From Leonardo to Led Zep, the magic is all in the gaps.

Whenever I need a surge of energy, swagger and attitude I always turn to the same place. I get the Led out.

For many reasons, and to many millions, Led Zeppelin are one of the greatest bands ever. Some of the most powerful sounds, searing melodies, and memorable riffs have come from the hands and throat of Plant, Page, Jones and Bonham. But do you know what I love most of all? Their gaps.

For me, Led Zep’s astonishing power comes from the gaps between each note, each rhythm, each word. The gaps left by John Bonham – their drummer …

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Don’t Believe The Hype: We are ALL Creative

My mate has a younger brother who works in marketing for a global food brand. To the outside world, he is a ‘creative’ and carries with him every marketeer creative cliché imaginable under his weird haircut…. He’s got the paper thin, ludicrously expensive Prada glasses. He talks in acronyms. He wears designer loafers and skinny jeans to the office. He points his finger and winks a lot while making that ‘clicking’ sound with his mouth. He wears way too much aftershave. (I know, for a long time, I wanted to give him a good kicking too).

But you know what? …

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IDEAS are the new ‘Little Black Dress’

In these, the greatest times of uncertainty we humans have probably ever faced, it’s good to know that there are some things in this world that can always be relied upon;

Politicians are always slippery.
Socks and sandals never work.
Every cat has a God complex.
Asking for ‘coffee’ in a coffee house is guaranteed to end in ridicule.
The little black dress saves the day every time.

And here’s one of my own I’d like to add to this list of ‘safe bets’ and that is IDEAS.

You see, I believe (and I’m not the only one, just look at the phenomenal success of the …

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Seize The Day…Make Your Lives Extraordinary

Hi folks.

It’s been ages since I last blogged – mainly ‘cos (a) I didn’t really know what to say or why, and (b) cos i’ve been busy writing albums, composing for films, acting and oh, yes, running around causing mayhem in organisations around the world. But i’m back now. And raring to go.

It seems strangely apt that my first new blog is today, the day that the world learned of the tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams. Apt because on hearing the news this morning, I cried (yes i’m one of those sensitive types) and was immediately …

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People Who Inspired Change Through Music #3 – Mozart

I was ten years old when I went on my first ever holiday abroad. Mum and Dad had saved for years to take us to Playa de Palma in Majorca, Spain in the spring of ‘86. There were so many things there that widened my eyes forever. The exquisite Cathedral at Palma that seemed to stretch up infinitely, the warmth on my face of real Mediterranean sunshine, the enormous Hotel we stayed in and it’s lovely pool and, of course, the bronzed and topless twenty-something women on the beach (the first glance of which caused me to stub my …

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