Thursday, August 9, 2018

One for the Bucket List, Robin.

Last week I spent three days in the Napa Valley – US Wine Country – and sensibly my meetings (trust the Entertainment industry!) didn’t start until 10 o’clock every morning – leaving room for a 6.30am two hour bike ride each day.

Around St Helena, Yountville etc – cute towns, beautiful vineyards and recently completed bike lanes throughout the Wine Trail.  Idyllic – could only have been bettered in two ways:
1)   If my Peloton leader ‘Lance’ Dyke had been by my side – or on my rear wheel urging me on, and
2)   If we’d been able to enjoy the lunchtime tastings at the vineyards we rode through.

Not a bad way to spend a few days though.


Monday, August 6, 2018

Bird in Santa Monica

I was recently holed up for the weekend in Santa Monica in between sessions with Fremantle leaders in Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Out for my ritual, early morning bike rides along the beach tracks from the Pier to Venice Beach and then back to The Palisades (around nine miles) and am staggered by the latest LA innovation – The Bird.

Alongside the bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, Nikes, and the oddities of Venice Beach, welcome Santa Monica’s latest mode of community transport.  The Bird.

An electric scooter.


·       Download the app.
·       Find a Bird – they’re everywhere.
·       Ride it (top speed 15mph).
·       Drop it off.
·       Pay for it ($1.00 – 15¢ / minute).

You gotta love all this innovation.

Community.  Connected.  Creative.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

A Very English Scandal

Two political scandals changed the face of Britain in the 60’s / 70’s.  The Profumo Scandal, where Christine Keeler, a model and topless showgirl discredited the Conservative government at the height of the Cold War.

And the Thorpe Affair in 1975, when Jeremy Thorpe became the first British MP to stand trial for murder – and get off.

Have just binged on the three episodes of the story – amazingly factual, amazingly realistic – starring Hugh Grant as the Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe and Ben Whishaw as his gay lover Norman Scott.

Accurate.  Insightful.  Dramatic.

On Amazon Prime.  An Amazon Original.  Wow.