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There was a new Curator of Sweden on Monday. And it was also my eldest daughter’s sixteenth birthday. Here’s what we wrote in Molly’s birthday card. To a very beautiful, talented, clever, conscientious daughter. You have grown up into a lovely young lady. We are so proud of you. We love you. And in stark […]

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A blog post in five short acts. Act 1 : The Right Kind Of Investment When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute. – @simonsinek — 99U (@99u) August 2, 2012 Rarely has so much profundity been packed into so few characters. There’s a whole […]

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It has taken me 17 months to row just over 1000 kilometers. I know this because I started recording my rows on Daytum back in January 2011. Daytum is a simple data collection and visualisation application that was co-founded by Nicholas Felton – he of the personal annual reports and the Facebook timeline design. I […]

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The Ghost of Nigel Dugdale

A colleague recently received a Facebook notification reminding him of the birthday of a friend who died last year. The dead leave behind digital ghosts that are programmed to haunt us. Not so Nigel Dugdale. He died at the end of December. When I heard the news I searched his name on Google but, apart […]

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Twelve months. Twelve images. It’s not easy choosing a single image to define a month when you take dozens. What does “defining” mean? Here is my definition of defining. It’s not about me. It’s not about Instagram. It’s about me and Instagram. January 7 This image works on both literal and metaphorical levels. The snow […]

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I blog therefore I am… …obliged to post a review of the year past. Well fuck that for a game of soldiers. Tweetdeck is amok with links to review and prediction posts already. They’ve even managed to displace the “7 ways to write a list-based blog post” brigade. And I think, like the January sales, […]

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I called this blog Sawdust because the stuff I write about is intellectual sawdust from the sawmill that is my career in marketing communications. I post here anecdotes and opinions that feel more at home on my own blog than that of my current employer. However, until today, the header image had been a shot, […]

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I know how I’m going to die. I know how I’m going to die because the Machine Of Death told me. I read about the Machine Of Death in a book. I heard about the book because it was an Amazon best seller. The book was an Amazon best seller because its self-publishers were able […]

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Where I was on 9/11.

I can remember exactly where I was as the 9/11 atrocity unfolded. I was in Edinburgh then Brussels. The Brussels trip was for a pan-European advertising pitch on 10/11. As Gerry (creative director), Giles (bag carrier) and I dashed out of the agency, an account manager came dashing in saying, “A plane has crashed into […]

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This Lancashireman is struggling to compete with the extreme, and extremely competitive, privations described by the four Yorkshiremen. Working a twelve hour overnight shift in the (now defunct) Rathbone’s Bakery in Wigan may not be as bad as licking a motorway clean before breakfast, but it felt pretty close at the time. It was an […]

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