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


Today Was A Great Year For The World …
June 12, 2019, 6:15 am
Filed under: A Bit Of Inspiration, Anniversary, Birthday, Comment

So today it’s my birthday.

I’m 49.

FORTYFUCKINGNINE.

That means that in 12 months, my life is basically over …

Hell, from an adland perspective, my career should have been over at least 20 years ago.

But here I am, still working … annoying people and generally having a jolly old time.

I’ve written a lot about how it feels to get older.

It’s certainly not all bad – the sense of confidence of who you are and what you like is a big one – but there’s definitely pain.

That’s why I’m glad I am an ‘old’ Dad and work in advertising … because those 2 things ensure you never can feel super young and super old all at the same time.

I’m going to Spain tomorrow to celebrate my birthday, Jill’s birthday [15th] and my best friend Paul’s birthday [16th] and won’t be back till Monday, then I’m off to Cannes to do a talk with the wonderful Martin Weigel about our planning school. Well I say that, but we still haven’t finished the bloody presentation.

So back to this post.

Originally, I wanted to write something that was kind of like this classic NIKE poster …

… but when I looked into what happened on June 12th through the ages, I discovered this was the day Al Capone was indicted on 5000 charges of prohibition and perjury and Nelson Mandella was sentenced to prison.

As horrific as that all sounds, it does feel slightly appropriate given this day in 1970, I was born.

So happy birthday to me … even it appears it’s a day of global infamy rather than joy.

Bloody typical.

Speak to you sometime next week. Maybe

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23 Comments so far
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Happy birthday Rob.
You may be 49 but you still act like you’re 9.

Comment by Pete

Birthday happy.

Jemma

Comment by Jemma King

Happy birthday old man. Hope it’s another year of useless birthday gadgets.

Comment by Bazza

It is already.

Comment by Pete

He is a danger to himself.

Comment by Bazza

Happy birthday Robert.
Love from all of us here.

Comment by Mary Bryant

I hope you have a wonderful day, today Robert. Surrounded by loved ones, cakes and presents.

Comment by Lee Hill

Crisps more than cake.
Growing older. Acting younger.

Comment by Pete

Do you just stalk his instagram?

Comment by Bazza

I’ve notified the Police.

Comment by Rob

It’s how I know where he is in the world.

Comment by Pete

So you do it to make sure he’s not near you? Clever.

Comment by Bazza

smartest bit of strategy youve ever fucking done.

Comment by andy@cynic

Happy birthday friend. I hope you have a fantastic day and are spoilt rotten. Even if it means doing it yourself. (no change there then)

Comment by George

Thank you lovely people.

I obviously use the term ‘lovely’ very, very loosely.

Comment by Rob

I hope your birthday celebrations are as unique as you.

Comment by Jonathan Rosenberg

Everybody who reads this will have complete “confidence of who you are”

Comment by John

happy fucking birthday campbell. hope you got some socks and a tie. that would make my fucking day.

Comment by andy@cynic

That would be the most evil present ever.

Comment by DH

Happy birthday Rob.

Comment by DH

all these nice words make me fucking sick.

Comment by andy@cynic

Andy, we love you too !!! :)*

Comment by toto

Happy Birthday Rob ! Have a fantastic year buddy ! All the best to you and your family !

Here 🙂

Comment by toto




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