Recruitment, life and everything inbetween

It’s Just A Ride…

“The world is like a ride at an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it, you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round; it has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly colored and it’s very loud and it’s fun… for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: “Is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, and they say, “Hey – don’t worry, don’t be afraid -EVER- because, this is just a ride.” And we… KILL those people HAHAHA! “Shut him up! We have a lot invested in this ride – SHUT HIM UP! Look at my furrows of worry! Look at my big bank account, and my family! This just HAS to be real!”… But it’s just a ride. And we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok? Jesus – murdered; Martin Luther King – murdered; Malcolm X – murdered; Gandhi – murdered; John Lennon – murdered; Reagan… wounded HAHA! But it doesn’t matter because: It’s just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride: Take all that money that we spend on weapons and defense each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would many times over, NOT ONE HUMAN BEING EXCLUDED, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”


– Bill Hicks, Revelations.

Because I’m bored….

It’s been a whole since I blogged here so thought I’d update the universe on life, love and everything else.

In terms of business it’s been crazy. March was squeaky bum time. A direct result of 0 pipeline after 2 months in India. April was good enough to make up the hole March left and May his our best month to date, with a week to go. Happy days.

We’re coming of the back of 3 fantastic events in Bristol, Mobile and Social. Listen, we’re had stinkers before and I’m sure we’ll have them again, but our new pricing policy means our clients don’t get stung, just us!

There seems to be a big demand for good sales people at the moment. A week doesn’t go past that I get asked, “Who do you know?”. That’s a good sign. Investment back into high paid sales staff means confidence is back in the market.

A UDI (unidentified drunken injury) has meant my knee is, to use a medical term, fecked. Mustn’t gribble though.

Our little girl is crawling now and hitting her head on everything. This has resulted in a quick baby proofing whih has left our living room looking like a rubber walled insane asylum. Handy though when you come back after a few beers, literally bouncing off the walls.

As an avid Arsenal fan I was over the moon to see Chelsea win the CP. Not because I wanted an English team to win or a German team to lose, but because it meant Spurs lost their CL spot. In years to come I won’t remember this season for the greatness of Van Persie or City winning the league, I’ll remember getting more ahit from Spurs fans than every other year combined. Mind the gap? Can you hear that? It’s the sounds of 300,000 Spurs fans trying to tune in channel 5.

Keep smiling.


Why I Use Social Networks

My dad asked me earlier why I use social networks and I had no one line answer for him.  After some thoughts, here’s why.

I use Facebook to stay connected with people I like and love, no matter now far away they are or how long it’s been since I’ve seen them.

I use Twitter to share my thoughts with the world and learn what other people think.

I use Foursquare to share the amazing places I’ve been.

I use LinkedIn to do business.

I use Instagram to share the beautiful things I’ve seen in the world.

I use Pinterest because my peers have started to.

I use Google+ for what it could be.

I am a social networker because it improves my life and hopefully the lives of people I’m connected with.

Our Big Fat India Trip: Final Post

The view from our walks in the morning

Apologies for not keeping this up as much as I had planned.  To be very honest, after 2 weeks, I sort of got into my holiday groove and could not be bothered to write anything.  There’s been some highlights.  Our friends came over which was loads of fun and it changed the vibe from chilled family time, to a bit more towards partying with friends time.  There are some amazing stories, but I’ll leave them on the beach where they belong.  If I tell you we were chased down the road by a monkey and that was only the 3rd most interesting this that happened that day, you start to get the idea.

The local kids could be future CEOs with the business brains they have

As I write this now I’m very much missing home.  Not just the material things I’m longing for, like cider, Sky+, thick matreses, quick wifi, electricity that doesn’t cut out once a day, soft pillows, pork sausages and football on at a godly hour, I’m also missing family, friends and London itself.  No matter how much we moan about it, it’s still the greatest city in the world.

It’s been an amazing break, and I feel fully rested and ready to take on 2012 with a clear head and a passion to make our business fantastic.  But most importantly I’ve realized how much my little family mean to me and how lucky I am to have both of them. Spending so much time with Poppy has changed our relationship from “I love her because she’s my daughter.” to “She’s my little buddy.”  We play constantly, have our own songs we sing, and I’ve learnt so much about her.  She’s incredible.

So goodbye Goa and hello London, you beautiful mess you!  Thanks for reading and have a wonderful 2012.

New Blog: Questioning McDonalds Social Media Director

It seems a McDonalds Twitter campaign went wrong yesterday.  Full details here.  I think it’s funny as hell.   I love it when large corporates try to tame the social media beast, only to have it come back and bite them in the ass, and there’s no larger or more corporate than Ronald himself.  What does worry me is the response from their apparent Director of Social Media, Rick Wion, doesn’t seem to have a firm grasp of Twitter or how it works.

“Within an hour of pulling #McDStories the number of conversations about it fell off from a peak of 1600 to a few dozen. It is also important to keep those numbers in perspective.”

Pull what numb nut?  It’s a hashtag, it’s out there.  It reeks of Ricky boy having an advertising background where disasters can be limited by pulling advertising campaigns from TV or radio, but it doesn’t work like that with social media.  You cant “pull” a message that is already in the hands of the masses.  And the fact that he’s issued a press release about how small the damage was, will only fuel the flames of the people hell bent on ruining this little gem of an idea.

For what it’s worth, with only 1600 people having used the HT for evil, I would have publicly asked them to elaborate on their stories, listened to the issues  and thanked them for their input and then put out a press release on how you plan on tackling these problems.  Turn a negative into a postive story, rather than trying to pubically sweep it under the rug.

I’m loving it!



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