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December 14, 2010, 6:09 am
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Not Elton John.

So I’m buggering off to Portland and while it’ll be nice to visit the Mecca of W+K, the reason I’m the most excited is that I get to meet Paul Colman.

I know … I know … of all the people who are there, the person I’m most looking forward to be meeting is a Brit who resides in London – but I am and I’ll tell you why.

I’ve known Paul – or known of Paul – for quite a few years through the usual blog bollocks interaction.

Whilst we’ve had the odd disagreement over things – mainly Marcus and his paintings, ha – I’ve always enjoyed reading/following his thoughts because he has an ability to convey stuff – silly, interesting or brilliant stuff – in such a humouress and relevant way that it’s impossible not to like him.

Seriously, I wish I had that talent and yet he seems to be able to do it in his sleep.


Saying that, judging by what he’s writing about these days – not to mention how he’s writing it – it would appear he is entering a place that is making him truly happy.

I should point out I’m not saying he was unhappy previously – as I said, I’ve never met him so this is pure conjecture on my part – however it just feels he is happier in his life at the moment and that’s lovely to see … though I should point out if being happy results in renovating a kitchen [as he is currently doing], then I think I’d rather stick with being a cynical and miserable old bastard – though I wouldn’t say no if it meant getting something like his bloody lovely pooch.

Anyway, this is all theory, we’ll see if I’m right when I finally meet him on Wednesday, ha.

But to the point of this post …

You see, while Paul is relatively well known, I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves.

I might be wrong, but while I hear certain planners names being banded about like they’re fucking Jesus, I rarely hear Paul mentioned in those terms and that pisses me off a bit.

I’m not saying the Jesus-planners aren’t deserving of their praise [though I don’t think all of them are] however Paul has – and continues to do – a shitload of stuff that really makes a difference to clients [& W+K] and yet he tends to get overlooked in favour of certain guys who play the publicity game, rather than do the work that makes the difference.

To be honest, there’s a lot of people like this at W+K [I, obviously, am not one of them] but I do find it interesting that in Heather’s planning survey, the agency that people thought did some of the best work is W+K and yet the people who played a significant part in making that work happen often don’t tend to get as much credit/praise as they deserve.

To be fair, they are probably quite happy about this – especially now I’ve undermined their [and their agencies] cred by becoming one of their colleagues – however I wish more planners looked to the guys who did the work they like, rather than just follow those who give the soundbites that get the coverage.

No posts till I’m back … which means you probably only have to endure a couple more till Christmas. Is this year ending on a high for you lot or what!!!

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seems someone was eating too much puffa fucking rice before he wrote this.

what the fuck?

just make sure you stop here with your fucking paint brush before you get to w+k central and you get your room with your planner buddy.

i hope to fuck colman sees this before he goes or hes in for a get tofuckingether like hes never had before.

remember campbell. paintbrushes.

Comment by andy@cynic


But you can buy me a drink.

Comment by Rob

buy you a drink? buy you? hahahaha.ha. hahahahahahaha.

dream on fuckface. after all youve sponged off me, you can buy the shitty fucking drinks. and i want food. a fucking great big plate of the bastard. and i want you to pay cash and not ask for the receipt.

Comment by andy@cynic

Jesus, you make me sound like Rod Stewart when we all know who would really steal the milk out of a Grandmothers tea.

Comment by Rob

hahahaha!! I just laughed so hard I nearly shat myself.
‘dream on, fuckface’ is now my #1, all-time, desert-island, favourite sweary retort. I will use it early and I will use it often. thank you. you’ve made my week.

Comment by lauren

Fuckface? Have you turned into a 5 year old Andy. And Lauren, do you want to turn into a 5 year old … albeit with a mouth like a gutter.

Comment by Rob

dont underestimate the fucking power of fuckface.

Comment by andy@cynic

not only is fuckface underestimated, but the winning 1980s combo of both dream on and fuckface make it fucking exquisite. to answer your question rob: yes.

Comment by lauren

i fucking love lauren.

Comment by andy@cynic

I’m also stealing “dream on fuckface”

Comment by Rafik

I’m fully in support of “Dream on fuckface” as THE upcoming insult of 2011.

Comment by Rob Mortimer

and i was right. i knew you couldnt keep up yesterdays standard. youre such a fucking predictable let down.

Comment by andy@cynic


Comment by Rob

Pay review time Rob?

Comment by Billy Whizz

probation fucking review. hell be writing a post about the w+k fucking cleaner tomorrow and how fucking awesome they are. crawling fuck.

Comment by andy@cynic

Actually our cleaning lady is awesome. So is our security man. We bought him a portable DVD/TV yesterday to show our appreciation. We’re full of the spirit of Christmas here.

[Plus I’m banking on W+K asking him for his opinion on me in the probation review]

Comment by Rob

so you buy something for the security “guy” but not for the cleaning “lady”. sexist fucker.

Comment by andy@cynic

Them’s the breaks.

Comment by Rob

call me. bring toys.

Comment by Elton John

Only when you lose the wig.

You went shit the moment you put that hairy dish rag on your head.

From Rocket Man to Nikita. Take a long hard look at yourself Mr John.

Comment by Rob

Interesting way to come out. Bet Paul is thrilled. What is it with you and “Paul’s” anyway? First it was Paul Hill, now Paul Colman. I bet Paul Rogers is petrified, especially with his Queen connection.

Comment by DH

But you never use big words.

Comment by John

i wouldnt fucking know, i fall asleep at the mere thought of him.

Comment by andy@cynic

This feels like the wrong moment to tell you that I’m no longer going to Portland.

Comment by Paul H. Colman

that is fucking awesome. colman i give you the biggest motherfucking salute. quick campbell, find someone else who is going to this fucking billy no mates love in and write some oprah type bollocks about them.

Comment by andy@cynic

You’re fucking kidding me?

You’re not are you. Jesus – you’re the 2nd person to pull out on me [that just doesn’t sound right at all does it?] in the last 5 mins. At least I’ve never met you, the other bastard is my account director colleague who I’d hoped was going to do all the work while we had a cup of tea. Well this trip is going to be just a barrel of laughs isn’t it.

Thanks Paul. Thanks a lot.

Comment by Rob

youre colleagues are a shitload smarter than i gave them credit it for.

Comment by andy@cynic

Sadly it would appear so.

Comment by Rob

“Pull out on you”?

Comment by northern groper

perfect. 🙂

Comment by lauren

I have it on good authority this is Mr Colman ‘foreplay’ because he is coming. Oh god, that sounds very wrong as well doesn’t it. Why the hell have I suddenly become Finbar Saunders from Viz?

Comment by Rob

Humour can get through doors while serious still fumbles to get the key in the lock.

Comment by Pete

what the fucking hell are you going on about pete? if youre trying to sound deep, i have to break it to you that you actually sound a twat. pull yourself together (wo)man.

Comment by andy@cynic

It was a quote I heard about humours ability to break down doors but it doesn’t seem to have worked.

Comment by Pete

almost as big an underfuckingstatement as saying “campbell is a bit sad. and a bit gay.”

Comment by andy@cynic

God Pete, what were you thinking?!

Comment by Rob

thats the fucking point campbell, he wasnt thinking.

Comment by andy@cynic

Seen this?

Either they’re not as cutting edge as they like to think they are or you’re ahead of your time. Has to be PFSK aren’t as cutting edge as they think they are.

Comment by DH

It’s the way he activates the anterior cingulate cortex.

Comment by John

if you throw enough shit ideas at the wall, some will eventually stick and campbell chucks out shit like hes a fucking muck spreader on a farm.

Comment by andy@cynic

he’s hot

Comment by pu

a fucking groupie. the beginning of the end.

Comment by andy@cynic

Paul’s comment has to be comment of the year.

Comment by Marcus

Pete’s comment sadly isn’t.

Comment by Marcus

It is, but for all the wrong reasons.

Comment by Rob

I’ve not met him in ages, but Mr Colman is definitely an under-hyped superstar of planning.
I think I managed to offend him slightly the first time we met too…

Comment by Rob Mortimer

Don’t worry Mr M, after he’s met me you’ll look positively lovely in comparison.

Comment by Rob

youre not fucking meeting anyone until youve done 3 coats.

the brushes are ready. see you soon.

Comment by andy@cynic

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