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The search for gold

Is it possible for  every problem to have a brilliant solution? I ask that question as someone who, either as a copywriter, CD or author, is presented with a regular supply of challenges, the answers to which are plucked from a bucket that’s basically infinite. So if you are given a brief for 25% off carrots, […]

Everything you don’t use will lose its value tomorrow, consume too much today and you can always borrow. This paradigm’s the best one since the day of creation, get your gear and shape up this is the weekend.

David Bowie predicts the future: The making of Full Metal Jacket: Movies boiled down to 5-second pictograms (thanks, J). Photos of Star Wars in real life (thanks, L). 12 very middle class things (thanks, S). Coppola on filmmaking: Fantastic advice on writing. More Milch here. 25 funny church signs. Very weird self photos (thanks, A). Brad […]

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Let’s disagree to agree

When I was a junior copywriter I remember marvelling at how an ad ever got made. First the idea has to make it out of your own brain, then it has to be accepted by your creative partner, then the CD, then the client. The one that I found a bit of struggle was the […]

I really don’t want to call this post ‘how to get ahead in advertising’, but that’s what it’s about.

I’ve just finished reading this excellent compendium of advice from current successful advertising people. For the time-poor: 1. Trust your instincts in terms of which job to go for. 2. If you have the choice, work somewhere good for less money that somewhere shit for lots of cash. The money will follow the good work […]

God, this is compelling

(Via V and M.)

Read ‘Read Me’.

A new book on copywriting just landed on my doormat: It begins by asking the very relevant question: ‘Does the world really need another book on copywriting?’ To which the answer is clearly ‘no’, unless you stretch the definition of ‘need’ to the point where it can span the gap between Sydney Harbour Bridge and […]

1-2, 1-2-1-2-3, I’m the emcee called Ice-T. That’s DJ Evil E; Islam creates the beats. You girls look so sexy. I wish you all were up here with me. You drive me crazy with those big ole butts. Girl, let’s get the weekend

Lots of Paul Thomas Anderson shizzle. Jimmy Page explains Stairway to Heaven (thanks, A&G). Worst movie death scene ever (thanks, S): The scroguard! (Thanks, B.): Ray Liotta’s AMA. Fincher and Towne discuss one of the best movies of all time: God’s 12 biggest dick moves. The best slo-mo shots of all time: My opinion of […]

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Side project/worthy cause/funny situation/fuck cancer

A message reaches me from my friend John Allison, erstwhile ECD of the famed 4Creative advertising agency: We’ve been stitched up by Ben&Ken. Our placement team. We asked them for fundraising ideas. They came up with this: send me and Chris back on placement. So we’re pimping/raffling ourselves out for hire/humiliation. It’s £150 a ticket. […]