The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

When Will I Learn To Keep My Big, Stupid Mouth Shut?
January 29, 2013, 6:07 am
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As seen in Campaign.

And sadly, that’s not a one off either …

In their ‘end of year’ special, amongst all the very serious quotes talking about the future of the industry was this ‘gem’ …

If anyone has read Pratt of The Argus, I think I know what Henry Pratt felt, except this is all of my doing which makes it even more pathetic.

Rob Campbell. Lowering the tone of adland since 1989.


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Pratt of the planning department.

Actually I like that you say this shit and campaign print it. In any other industry you’d look a twat but in twatty, pretentious adland, you look refreshing and real.

How’s that for a terrible indictment on the state of advertising?

Comment by DH

Well said.

Comment by George

And the winner of the best backhanded compliment of 2013 goes to David Hart for his “you’re better than most of the pretentious twats in advertising” complimentinsultification. Well done Dave, good work.

Comment by Rob

*applause* Stunningly double edged.

Comment by Rob Mortimer

And that takes some doing.

Comment by John

Though that blurred quote “marketers are like the women of china” looks interesting. It also makes whoever said it sound like they’re desperate to be seen as wise and witty when they actually look pretentious and sexist.

I never thought I’d say this Rob, but keep doing what you’re doing. It must be the only relief campaign get from being drowned in a never ending tsunami of adwank.

Comment by DH

1989? Mass murderers get less of a sentence than that.

Comment by DH

Murderers don’t put people through as much suffering.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Your quotes make you sound you suffer from low self esteem. Talk about lulling readers into a false sense of security.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Maybe campaign need to put in some of the things you say when things aren’t being done as you like them. I still remember you asking whether I’d written a presentation in my sleep or “are you deliberately trying to make me hate you?”
That was a particularly memorable one, even if I’m now willing to admit that you might have been a little bit justified in acting that way.

Comment by Bazza

I remember that episode and while in written form, Robert’s comments sound harsh, on that particular occasion they were more than justified.

Comment by George

For someone so small, you have the memory of an elephant. If I remember rightly, you had weeks to do a presentation but only bothered to really get into the nitty gritty with a few days to go. So yes, I was entirely justified to have an Elton John moment.

Other times, maybe not so … but definitely this time.

Comment by Rob

I didn’t want to type it in impact. 😉

Comment by Bazza


Comment by Pete

Cheeky sod. I’m a whole different person now. W+K have given me ‘font’ taste. Or at least font better taste.

Comment by Rob

In answer to the question the post raises, no I hope not
And don’t think I don’t know what you’re trying to do with Adstars, lame attempt to cull the insults about free holidays

Comment by northern

So they contacted you?


Come … I’ll fly over to Korea to meet you. I’ve roped Freddie in too so we can have a good catch up or at least you 2 can when you tell me to meet you at a different restaurant at a completely different time.

PS: It would cull the insults about free hols wouldn’t it.

Comment by Rob

Of course I’m coming, if only to see if I can out eat Freddie.
I’ll pack my best army surplus clothes

Comment by northern

Buying friendship again eh Rob?

Comment by DH

If he gets me an upgrade to First Class I’ll consider myself bought

Comment by northern

Stop trying to sound like a diva, we all know you’re anyones for a cup of tea. Anyway, the bad news for you is Rob thinks Nottingham is exotic so if he’s got you a freebie, you should check the small print before you say you’ll go.

Comment by DH

You know you’re basically agreeing to sell Campbell your soul don’t you northern? He makes owing the mafia look a good idea. Braver man than me. For brave, replace with stupid.

Comment by Billy Whizz

He made Morrissey ill with a phone call. Remember that.

Comment by Billy Whizz

It’s only because Freddie’s going

Comment by northern

As far as jolly’s go, my track record is pretty scary anyway.
I broke a client’s arm going mountain biking and got a little, er, overcompetive in a paintballing incident with some others
Imagine what I’ll do with people who have nothing to do with my job security?

Comment by northern

You’re all jealous. Actually you’re not … but let’s not put even more doubt in Northern’s head than is already there.

Comment by Rob

Can I just say I heard on the Shanghai grapevine that Mark Heap must have paid you a lot to mention him in Campaign. HAHAHAHAHA.

Comment by Anjali Ramachandran (@anjali28)

OK that was a joke…

Comment by Anjali Ramachandran (@anjali28)

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