Thursday, April 29, 2021

Foodie Friday – Paris in Scottsdale


Early dinner on the pavement – sun shining, mask-free in the open air, our second time at Zinc in Scottsdale’s Kierland Commons.  A beautifully laid out area housing Tommy Bahama, Johnny Was, Sundance, Apple, Anthropologie, Michael Kors and Banana Republic – reminiscent in many ways of Rodeo Drive – with fun, unpretentious dining options like North Italia, Postino Wine-Bar and one of our favourite bistros – Zinc.  A taste of Paris in the sunshine.


A classic bistro menu – we had a dozen oysters to share, tuna tartare and grilled octopus (Trudy) and liver pate and rabbit (me) – washed down with a very good Bordeaux (managed to resist the Moulon Rothschild 2003 and Haut Brion 2002).


Great service, terrific customer love and the place was jam-packed as a rapidly vaccinating Arizona celebrates socially.  The streets were buzzing with good feeling, girls in their summer dresses and boys in their classic/vintage/look-at-me cars.


Laissez les bon temps rouler.



Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Apocalypse Now


A good friend of mine, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, left Fremantle to run YouTube Europe, Middle East and Africa – and I caught up with her a couple of times recently via the ubiquitous Zoom.


We talked about the phenomenon that YouTube has become and I told her how much I was enjoying reliving memories of music, sports, cultural events from the 60’s and 70’s and she shared with me how the platform was exploding with new Creativity as today’s users were busy creating and sharing new content at an ever increasing pace.


Robin sent me this graphic from The Hustle ( which provided some additional texture around Cecile’s remarks.



  • Over 50 million people now make income from being content creators (three times as many as in 2017).
  • 30% of kids surveyed said they wanted to be YouTubers when they grow up.
  • YouTube alone has paid out $30billion to creators over the later.


Wow.  A boom in the rapidly emerging Creative Economy is up and running.  Brilliant.  Bravo YouTube.  Bravo you young YouTubers.



Sunday, April 25, 2021

Which Are You?



More in Common, a British think-tank, recently identified seven types of citizen.  I saw myself there.  (Which am I?)


Backbone Conservatives:

Optimistic.  Keenly follow the news, mainly on traditional media.  Nostalgic, patriotic, secure and confident.  Politically engaged.


Progressive Activists:

Vocal, ultra-political, passionate, on a mission to connect historic minority marginalisation.


Loyal Nationalists:

Proud, patriotic, tribal, proactive and frustrated at the gap between haves and have-nots.


Established Liberals:

Have done well and mean well.  Privileged, trusting, cosmopolitan and confident.  Pro-market.


Disengaged Traditionalists:

Value duty, order and effort.  Want strong leadership to keep people focused.  Self-reliant, tough-minded, suspicious and disconnected.


Disengaged Battlers:

Feel like they’re barely afloat, blaming the system for its unfairness.  Insecure, disillusioned, overlooked.


Civic Pragmatists:

Care about others.  Turned off by conflict and extremes.  Charitable, concerned, exhausted, open to compromise, socially liberal.


Where do you fit?



Friday, April 23, 2021

Foodie Fridays Are Back

Now that the world is beginning to re-open I think it’s time to revive Foodie Fridays – one of the most commented upon reader features.

The first post is inspired by ‘Back to the Future’.  On April 10 2020, we posted a take-out recipe Master Arizonan Chef Kevin Binkley prepared for us as we started our Desert Dream isolation (KR Connect April 10, 2020).


Kevin and his team became our biggest source of inspiration over the next 12 months, sending us the most inventive, tasty delights every weekend as we sat out the Pandemic.  Staying safe ‘n sane was helped enormously by our Weekend Culinary Treat.


Last Friday we finally made it back to Binkleys – the restaurant (socially distanced and masked of course) was buzzing, the Team were intact and in form (Amy and Christian in particular looked great – oops, and so did the Chef of course), and Amy’s bespoke wine pairing was deliciously decadent.


The food has never tasted better.  A thrill – check out all the reviews on Trip Advisor etc – up there with the best of the best in the US.


Creativity, innovation, imagination coupled with health and safety – and expressed in a wonderfully authentic setting.  No airs ‘n graces, just story-sharing, best local ingredients, glocal fusion and good times.


Feels so good eating out again.



Wednesday, April 21, 2021

In Praise of the Mad Ones


Steve Jobs praised The Crazy Ones.  Jack Kerouac praised The Mad Ones.


Catherina O’Gorman, Founder of Think Love Education ( reminded me of Kerouac’s great quote during a conversation earlier this month.  Here it is.


“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!'”


Thanks Catherina.  Thanks Jack.



Monday, April 19, 2021

Welcome Back

The blog has been down for a couple of weeks because of technical issues.  Our apologies for that.  All fixed now.


Welcome back.