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This is a post in two halves. The first half I wrote last week, the second I wrote yesterday.
The first half is this:
So let’s start with the good news.
This is my last blog post till next Wednesday.
WEDNESDAY! How happy must you all feel?
Before you ask, no – I’m not having another holiday thank you very much. I’m not even having a weekend.
Alright … alright, so I am going traveling, but it’s all genuinely work related, so it’s not like I’m going to be sat on my ass, doing nothing and chilling.
That’s what the office is for. Boom Tish.
Anyway, as much as this is no doubt, music to your ears, there’s 2 people who will hear this news with a sense of trepidation and dread.
That’s right, two of the nicest people – and certainly 2 of the nicest people in adland – are sat in front of their computers, head in hands, screaming “Noooooooooo!”
The reason for this is that we’re all going to be meeting up in South Korea.
In fact, we’re going to be meeting up later today.
And South Korea thought their biggest threat was from that lunatic dictators ‘oop North’. Fooooooools.
Anyway, as much as adland has many faults, it also has a bunch of good bits and one of those is their pre-occupation with awards.
The reason I say this is because the three of us have been asked to judge at the AdStars festival in Busan.
While that is wonderful in itself, the chance for me to spend some time with 2 special people is awesome.
Especially as I’ve never actually met Northern before.
[For clarity, I should point out we won’t be spending all 48 hours in Busan together, we’ll not be showering or sleeping in the same room. At least I don’t think we will. In fact, I’d guess Freddie and Northern insisted I stay in an entirely different country, let alone hotel]
Anyway, the point of this post is that advertising – and blogging – is wonderful because it not only introduced these toptastic people in to my life, but it has let me spend some time with them.
That’s a gift, I really mean it … even if they might have quite a different point of view.
I guess we’ll find out on Wednesday.
So here’s the second half of the post.
While there will be no blog post from me till next Wednesday and I do love advertising for having conferences that let me meet up with people who mean the world to me … the fact is, I won’t be in Busan with the boys.
And I am utterly gutted.
The plane ticket was booked and paid for [by me, for the record] and we had arranged to see each other later this evening, but for some personal reasons that I don’t really want to go into right now, I sadly won’t be.
Maybe Freddie and Northern concocted some magic spell to make it happen … maybe the World decided to conspire against me … maybe it’s just utter shit luck, but I am very disappointed.
So you can sit back and feel glad that good things don’t always happen to bad people.
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