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


This Is How I Sometimes Feel, Working At W+K Shanghai …
February 25, 2014, 6:10 am
Filed under: Comment

… except you should replace ’30’ with ’70’.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great working with a bunch of young, talented, hungry, enthusiastic, culturally aware, socially-minded people … it keeps you informed, on your toes, ambitious and, to a certain degree, young … but by the same token – when you take away those rare moments where you can laugh in their face at the issues they think are issues – it can also make you feel old, achey, anti-social and grumpy.

So to those people who say 40 is the new 20, trust me you’re wrong. Mainly because the only people who say that are 40 year olds. Everybody else – younger and older – know you’re just a delusional fool who needs to go to bed at 9pm on a weekday.

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Thank you to Clare Pickens @ W+K Amsterdam for finding the picture that I have stolen without her permission [true to my Nottingham roots] for this post. She may be the most Hollywood connected Scouser in the history of Scousers, but she’s still toptastic.


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if its any consolation campbell, one conversation with you and those happy, energetic, wide-eyed 20 year old annoying fucking bastards age as if they’ve been put in a microwave and had the timer set for 8 hours.

Comment by andy@cynic

That is a consolation actually. Though I’m off to a workshop shortly so you know I’m going to feel 1000 years old by the end of it. Karma strikes again. Damnit.

Comment by Rob

and theres no fucking need to blame those fucks for your old, grumpy, achey, anti social behaviour. you were like that when I met you and was you werent even fucking 20.

Comment by andy@cynic

True. Very true. I once got a review that said, “Robert is a 23 year old stuck inside a 40 year olds mind”. It wasn’t meant as a compliment, unfortunately.

Comment by Rob

Andy shoots and scores. Twice.

Comment by DH

“x is the new y” has nothing to do with this illustration. Both are true.

Comment by John

Have you been watching science shows again John?

Comment by DH

Nope, though there is a lame dumbed-down Kahnemann-lite show on in the background.

Comment by John

What on earth are you talking about John?

Comment by Rob

BBC2 discovered behavioural economics and made an edition of Horizon about it.

Comment by John

That’s impossible, the advertising industry did … after all, why would every planner be banging on about it as if it was only discovered yesterday.

Comment by Rob

According to my tweetstream it’s news to quite a few people in advertising and media. Amazing.

Comment by John

You’ve got all bases covered. You look like a 60 something who is really a 40 something who dresses like a 20 something but still uses words like toptastic like you’re a single digit something. Loser.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Who’s writing Billy’s comments these days?

Comment by John

I’ve got range Doddsy. Or the person in china I outsource to does.

Comment by Billy Whizz

some of your exes told me your range is 2 inches.

Comment by andy@cynic

Can someone still be called a “delusional fool” if they go to bed around 9:45pm Robert? Naturally I’m not asking for me, it is just a general enquiry.

Comment by George

Yes. Next question.

Comment by DH

When you refer to anti-social behavior, are you referring to bad habits and manners when going out or simply not going out? In my opinion, you could quite easily excel with both criteria.

Comment by George

when he was 20 he was an annoying fuck every time he went out. now hes 40 hes still an annoying fuck but he stays at home. unless he is on holiday then the fucker leeches off me just like the old times.

Comment by andy@cynic

When I say ‘anti-social’ it means I don’t want to go out with any of my colleagues socially. On the positive, they don’t invite me, so it’s win:win.

Comment by Rob

So youre saying you don’t want to understand the social life of a high-value demographic?

Comment by John

That’s what I have you for John.

Comment by Rob

Given that I have no social life, you’re clearly invoking some sort of proprietary insight methodology.

Comment by John

Grumpy? But you hide it so well.

Comment by Bazza

This is how you used to make me feel in meetings Robert.

Comment by Lee Hill

I’m not sure if that is meant as a compliment or an insult.

Comment by Rob

I salute you as formerly been a middle aged man trapped in a young man’s body. It’s a relief to hit 40 and get to act my age for a bit

Comment by northern

Act your age? What about the youporn?

Comment by DH

Probably extremely representative of the demographic
The story behind watching youporn in a meeting is actually funnier than the charicature by the way

Comment by Northern

Thanks for the name check Rob and I hereby give you permission to use (almost) anything you find on my Facebook page.

Comment by Clare




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