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Many years ago I worked with @jimbodownie and @yellydancer on reinvigorating Scotland’s iconic lager brand,Tennent’s Lager. Suffering from an aging ‘what my dad drinks’ image, one of the contributing factors was bar signage and the cans ;adorned by lightly clad ladies! See next image.
Tonight I walked into a famous football bar in Belfast - the Bot -and was confronted by some design teams idea of reinvigorating the brand 25 years on - the answer - Turn back time - I suppose it’s a case of what goes around comes around - wonder if it’s working? #turnbacktime #backintheday #brandicons #tennentslager #tennentcaledonianbrewries #liethagency #designicons #belfast #startupstories #punditclub
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I’ve been reading a fascinating book called Hacking the American Mind by Dr Robert Lustig about the neuroscience behind dopamine and seratonin production. Then i read two articles over the weekend in the Guardian and WSJ on how smartphones are hijacking our minds. Action! In a world where technology, identity politics and global strife are pulling us apart we need to actively, individually, strive to come together and confront these issues. We are all accountable. .
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Steve Jobs famously said ‘if you’re not passionate from the start you’ll never stick it out.’ Back in 2008 I worked on a side project called Dr Gaye’s Wonder Cacao - a dairy free, gluten free, non allergenic, appitite supresent, all natural, raw chocolate. The product existed, we strategised and defined a unique positioning, user segments identifed, determined the source of the cocoa ( Ecuador), projected the pricing ...but it never came to market. I loved the project but when I look back- I lacked the passion to see it through. Tonight 9 years on I met the founder of an almost identical product, called Freaky Health Chocolate. She ooozed passion. And therein lies the sense in Steve’s statement and the soul searching question all founders, entrepreneurs or whatever we call ourselves must ask, can I stick it out?
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I've been a Pink Floyd fan for many years but never managed to coordinate to see them. Tonight I saw Roger Waters perform the Us + Them tour. The artistry of legacy artworks projected using inventive stadium technology with Waters visceral socio-political voice, was a stunning multi-sensory experience. Bliss. #pinkflyod #rogerwaters #barclaycenter #musicalinspiration #visionary #voicesforfreedom #inspirationforgood #darksideofthemoon
If you find yourself in Edinburgh, create time to experience Coming Clean at the National Portrait Gallary; a devastatingly brutal but ultimately uplifting personal depiction by the Brooklyn-based, Scottish photographer, Graham Macindoe of his descent into opioid addiction.

Twenty five gripingly graphic, archival inkjet prints not only portray his painful period of heroin and crack cocaine dependency that resulted in conviction and incarceration but forms the foundation of an story of redemption and recovery that must surely inspire anyone touched by the scourge of substance abuse.
Determination, strength of will and driven by the relentless support and love of his now wife Susan Stellin, Graham is proof that by coming clean anyone can return and recapture their health and creative excellence.

I'm grateful to call Graham a friend.
#addictionrecovery #addiction #recovery #scottishnationalportraitgallery #inspire #brooklyn #chancers
Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.

To boost my average I focus on seeking wisdom from audio books and podcasts. And on that basis @jason is one of my 5.
From my religious consumption of Jason's This Week In StartUps [TWIST] podcast to attending his annual Launch Festival and now networking with other founders on the Twist social network; @jasoncalacanis provides the founder insights, inspiration and reinforcement of my belief that hard work matters.
Last night I had the pleasure to watch his fireside chat with @altucher and have him sign his new @angel book @squarespace HQ. .
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To my mother’s disgruntlement, my school report cards always seemed to include the terms, 'easily distracted' and 'must learn to pay attention’. Back then I dismissed my teachers and mother's concern as irrelevant. Thankfully time taught me to manage distractions and focus my attention. It's an essential, but a daily struggle, to put aside distractions and focus on your goal, whatever that may be. - As Winston Chrchill once said 'You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks." Woof 🐶 ..
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It's easy to end up myopically focused on the wellbeing of ones own life and work at the expense of the bigger picture. And there is no bigger issue today than the wellbeing of the planet. Two nights ago I attended the premiere of 'In This Climate', a powerful, compelling and thought provoking documentary featuring many eminent thinkers and celebrated creative minds of our time (and Cher) sharing their personal insights about the environmental health of our world today, and more importantly, discussing how our civilization can combat climate change. Yes and we even had Danny Glover on the panel. @liberatum
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I just attended the 30th Anniversary screening @neuehouse of Full Metal Jacket - a Kubrick classic. A privilege in itself. Even more was the humbling experience of hearing and meeting lead actor Matthew Modine and some Purple Heart Vietnam vets. Discussing the experience of working with a Kubrick, Modine quoted Stella Adler saying "nature bends us". We think we have free will yet maybe we need to embrace the fact that as we move through life nature makes us who we need to be.
#carljung #fullmetaljacket #stanleykubrik #fitforlife #startuplife #desire #creativity #freedom #structure #founders #startup #angelinvestor #startuplife #startuplifestyle #punditclub #incubator #inspirechange #startupliving
I've known @morgainegaye or @drgayeuk for 10 years. We worked together on her raw chocolate start up back in 2009. 'Eat Beautiful' was ahead of its time and when I met her today it reminded me of the criticality of timing in any business. Too soon is as bad as being on the wrong side of history. So in our battle with time, Time Bandits or Time Lords, we fight to win. #drwho #tardis .
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Jeff Koons certainly creates a dialogue with his audience through his art's sensuality, provocation and ability to flip perspectives. Love him or hate him there's no middle ground with Koons as he confronts perceptions with his grandiose creations. There's a lesson here for any creator. Take sides, avoid the middle path, embrace risk and follow your vision.
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Take time to contemplate the present. 'We are minute, miniature miracles given mere moments to meander this magical place. Forget not you are free to find the fantastic in the fleeting, terrific teeny things in all the temporary. Life is lovely because it cannot last, loss is nothing but the loosening of all the perfectly pristine pieces of the pure and preposterous places we will wander filled with wonder and wild wanderlust into. Always appreciate all the amazing and awe inducing, beg for more breath to borrow, simply so someone or somewhere or something can slide silently in and sneakily steal them swiftly and slyly away.' #tylerknottgregson .
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Seeking a little breakthrough, changing perspective or flipping an assumption...easy to
ignore or leave until tomorrow. But tomorrow's quickly become weeks that soon become months and there we find ourselves where we started. Progress is not easy. We must fight for change. Into the unknown - it's the only way forward. Agree? Deny? .
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Learning is a life long necessity. Last week I attended a workshop facilitation masterclass. As I absorbed, uncovered and discovered new insights and knowledge I confronted a zone of discomfort. You know that feeling when your inner voice screams No and you just have to say Yes! And sweat. 😬
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Architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and artist/activist Ai Weiwei explore the meaning of public space in our surveillance-laden world, referencing the story of Hansel and Gretel in which the children lose their way and feel a sense of menace in a space they know and trust. I feel the menace. .
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The thing about New York is you will often find yourself in moments of apparent madness. Tonight at the Chashama Gala an array of artists exhibited a cornucopia of creativity, craft and culturally challenging ideas.
#chashama #newideas #success #failure #visualise #content #takeaction #belief #desire #founders #startup #angelinvestor #startuplife #startuplifestyle #incubator #inspirechange #startupliving #startupstories #startuptales #listen #learn #Launchfestival #madness