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Same Shit, Different Year …
January 9, 2012, 6:15 am
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How’s that for a positive new year blog post title?

Well, don’t worry – I’m just being sarcastic, I’m not suggesting we’re all going to end up doing 99% of the same shit we vowed we wouldn’t do again, even if statistically, that might be 82.67% true.

So did you have a good time?

Of course you did because let’s face it, even if all you got was an ill-fitting shirt, a Christmas jumper or – as I got – a fake door … public holidays are nothing to sneeze at and guess what, in a matter of weeks, I get another one courtesy of Chinese New Year.

Oh yes …

Anyway, like many people out there, I have some goals I’d like to achieve in 2012 and I hope, unlike many people out there, I get to actually see them through.

Of course I’m not going to tell you what they are because I’d rather fail in private than in the full glare of a blog no one reads or cares about but what I can tell you is that I hope in December, I can look back on the year and feel I’ve accomplished 50% of what our friend Niko has been accomplishing in the last few months.

I like Niko.

I like him a lot.

Sure he can be a petty, pain-in-the-ass with an ability to start an argument in an empty house … but he has also given me more good ideas over the past 4 years than anyone else I know, and I know plenty of people who have bloody great ideas.

As is typical with adland, they dismissed him because he had no ‘traditional adland experience’ which is why I’m over the moon he has given them all the finger by not only starting his own company, but by getting funding from a South American Government.

That might sound dodgy, but it’s not and even if it was, it’s more than most people in adland have achieved – be it at work or off their own endeavors – which is why I am really happy watching him get filthy rich while everyone else talks about ‘the ad or the theory they wished they’d done/come up with/rehashed’.

I’ll let him tell you about his latest venture … but one thing I will say is that people would be better off looking towards him for inspiration than 90% of the adfolk the industry likes to put on a pedestal.

Choose your role models carefully, they can hold you back as much as push you forward.


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thats it.

thats what youve come up with after pissing about for months.

fucking hell campbell, 2012 is going to be the year of antifuckingclimax and you know antifuckingclimaxes like no fucker on earth. except maybe the poor ladies youve shagged.

Comment by andy@cynic

Excellent insult right off the back. You truly are a natural.

Comment by Rob

i owe it all to you campbell. watching you do your shit for decades gave me all the fucking training i needed.

Comment by andy@cynic

and the post started off so well with the new year misery.

Comment by andy@cynic

oi niko can you lend me 20 bucks?
or do you want to buy a luxury (by maple syrup canadian standards) house?
or can you just ask your business partners to send me a block of coke.

Comment by andy@cynic

well fucking done by the way. i bet youre a fucking better business partner than campbell ever was. then i would say that when you can get some fucking drug cartel mate of whichever mad south american dictator youre working for, to bump me the fuck off.

impressed.

Comment by andy@cynic

please tell me youre not making cars or some other bollocks campbell is obsessed with. you fucking are arent you? hes never fucking nice about anyone so this must be the reason hes giving you a fucking wave of fucking praise.

Comment by andy@cynic

you happy billy? the fuckers back. thats what you stupidly fucking wanted isnt it? im going to get pissed to get over the fucking tragedy of his fucking return.

Comment by andy@cynic

I’ve learnt my lesson the hard way. I mean the boring planner blog post way.

Got any jobs niko?

Comment by Billy Whizz

a long as you learnt from it. or next time you get a fucking kicking.

Comment by andy@cynic

Welcome back Rob. Is it too late to wish you a wonderful 2012?

Congratulations Niko, that’s fantastic news. Looking forward to hearing more about it and how you made the government connection happen.

Comment by Pete

nothing changes. still a toady fucking bastard.

Comment by andy@cynic

Exactly what Pete said. Except maybe his opening sentence.
Happy 2012 to everyone and well done Niko.

Comment by George

Congrats Niko, very happy to hear things’ve been going so well for you.

Happy New year everybody.

Comment by rafik

I’m ignoring this post and and the commentz while I deal with the fact I turned 38.
On the other hand, my little girl now sleeps like a human being while Andy still awaits his interview with a vampire.
There’s always someone worse off than you.

Comment by northern

so let me get this fucking straight. your kid sleeps like a fucking baby (because she is one but that term is bollocks because dont all babies sleep 10 minutes then shit themselves before screaming for more food?) but now youre awake at some fucking ungodly hour in pigeon riot england?

you know what that means, its colostomy bag time for you groper and at thirty fucking eight it well overfuckingdue.

and happy fucking birthday. its all downhill from here.

Comment by andy@cynic

If I can handle 3, you can handle 1.
Then again….

Comment by George

you handle 3? fuck off. mary can handle 3, she can handle 333 but you cant even handle cooking for yourself so stop bigging yourself up you fucker.

Comment by andy@cynic

38? Is that all? Not that I thought you were older, except it just highlights how fucking lazy I am with getting on with the other aspects of my life.

And happy birthday, if that’s possible at 38. Just remember, you’re now officially closer to 50 than 25.

Comment by Rob

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I will be milking this properly as you can tell by the links

@andy bricks are in the mail..

@pete I have a new appreciation for you ability to always say kind things

@rob thanks for keeping the dodgy details out of the post..

@rest tnx and if you are in the neighbourhood….

Comment by niko

didnt think you were flattery fucking operated niko. how fucking disappointing. i take it “bricks” is code for marching powder. no fucking offense but i think the cia might have worked that one out alfuckingready.

Comment by andy@cynic

where do you think i got the code name and produce from..

now I am slightly disappointed in your knowledge of trafficking routes and partners.. Damn you Canada

Comment by niko

for the cia monitoring this correspondence, i know fucking nothing.

Comment by andy@cynic

Shouldn’t this post be titled “same shit, same blog”?

PS) Good work Niko.

Comment by DH

never a truer word fucking said.

Comment by andy@cynic

What I love is that despite not blogging since last year, everything just slips back in to its usual bitter groove.

Gives me comfort in a twisted kind of way.

Hello all, welcome back …

Comment by Rob

Welcome back Robert and congratulations Niko. A very impressive achievement.

Comment by Lee Hill

Niko, like how you instantly used that publicity to insult your new readers.

Happy 2012 all.

Comment by Thomas

Happy 2012 Rob.
Glad to see you’re back.
Wanted to say something nasty about your first 2012 post decided not to…

Welcome back.

Comment by swati

here we go. I’m fist pumping while reading all that. feels goood.

Comment by toto

Great job Niko, I will be interested to follow your adventure.

Welcome back Robert, I look forward to seeing what you bring us in 2012, though my money is on weirdness and vulgarity.

Comment by Bazza

Welcome back Rob, and congrats Niko – you called me “hooligan planner” once, i secretly loved that.
Happy new year everyone!

Comment by Age

you sad fuck.

Comment by andy@cynic

ha ha – love this one ‘an ability to start an argument in an empty house’ though I would say ‘challenging debate’ that’s always fascinating even when the audience is just 4 walls and that’s why we all love him – kudos to his start up

Comment by Joanna Bakas

An insult and compliment in one paragraph. Impressive. I am intrigued to know what Mr Niko has been up to!

Comment by Rob Mortimer

(That’s what he has been up to in the good sense, not the “Andy, what are you up to?!” sense)

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