Archive for February, 2014

Cut above the rest – The tour continues in Manchester

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Those of you who have seen me recently will probably agree that the hair had got a bit out of control.

So when our newly appointed and exquisitely groomed keys two, Mr. Carradine, joined the tour there was a sudden rush of hair cuts amongst the chaps and yours truly decided that enough was enough. Now Mr. Carradine had found a place like no other, well certainly new to me, a proper gentleman’s barbers. Very different from the £10 buzz cut that is so familiar in high streets across the country.

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BarberBarber opened in Manchester 14 weeks ago and they’ve not looked back since. It claims to be the UK’s only ‘men only barbers’ and they’re pretty strict on it. To say it’s a just barbers is like saying that foie gras is just paté. This is a grooming experience. Now to women readers you may be used to being pampered…

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February 26, 2014 at 14:42 Leave a comment

LinkedIn Daily Routine

Wise words from big Jon

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Create yourself a daily routine for LinkedIn. Give yourself 30 minutes at a time of day that suits you best and do these three things… your actions are bound to create a reaction over time.

Go see who’s been looking at you kid!
Every day go & see who has been looking at your profile… say hello as you think it relevant. You can invite folk to connect easily, flick of a wrist & if they’ve been looking at you, they are likely to respond positively giving you more connections. This is useful when you are searching for your perfect prospect… the more 1st connections you have, the border your reach.

Contact 3 new people
You know the profile of your perfect customer… go find 3 people who match and say hello… send them an invitation to connect providing a unique invitation based on what you’ve read about them.


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February 5, 2014 at 15:40 Leave a comment

Where Music Works

If you’ve ever sat before a blank page of manuscript…

Jim Aikin's Oblong Blob

In the opening chapter of his book How Music Works, David Byrne makes a provocative and insightful observation. In a nutshell, he argues that the type of music composers and performers create depends largely on the type of space in which the music is to be played. The social purposes being served also play a role.

The simplest example of this is to imagine what high-energy funk would sound like if played in a cathedral. A cathedral is an extraordinarily reverberant space. As a result, the crisp rhythms of funk would turn into a dull roar. Trying to play funk in a cathedral would be all but pointless, because nobody could hear what you were doing.

Byrne gives lots of other examples. His underlying point is that our usual fantasy, in which the artist creates something based on an inner impulse toward personal expression, is exactly backwards. What the artist…

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February 5, 2014 at 12:22 Leave a comment

Cone with the wind…

A little Blant (blog rant) about our beloved road system…

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Following on last last weeks food post I am now writing to you as an in-betweener. That is in-between Wolverhampton and Newcastle.

A travel day of sorts, too far to go home to return to the north again with out enduring eight hours plus on the motorways of Great Britain. I’m sure for many of you this isn’t part of your daily pain but for the touring thesp and muso it’s a necessary evil. I’d love to have gone home and seen my wife for the day but the prospect of travelling from London to Newcastle on a wintery Monday put me off!

Today’s journey from Wolverhampton was greatly helped by the M6 toll road. These are comparatively new in the UK but they’ve had them for years in Europe. Paying to drive has been almost as contentious in this country as the 2nd amendment sections on baring arms in…

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February 5, 2014 at 12:08 Leave a comment

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