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My First Richard (sort of…)

From Saturday I am about to undertake a fantastic week long piece of personal development and I’m beyond excited! I have a stack of plays under various beds in our flat. Boxes full to overflowing with drafts of work that I’ve written over the last 40 years. I was a precocious 4 year old – I wrote plays even then (this …

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Star Wars: Memory Marketing

I’ll admit, the release of the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens got me excited. Although I got more excited by the 00:31 mark than the 01:35 that has most people squealing with delight! The power of the trailer (and the teaser before it) is the way it capitalises on our childhood memories to sell us the film. It is …

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A Killer Serial – The Jinx

A storytelling blend of interview, reportage and imagined narrative makes The Jinx the perfect replacement for people missing their Serial fix. It’s hard to decide which is the more interesting storyline in HBO’s six part documentary series The Jinx: the Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. Durst’s story is fascinatingly macabre: the well known story of the property heir investigated for two murders …

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No More “News” & Stories That Steer

I can’t watch the news anymore. Maybe it’s age, maybe it’s saturation. The world is “going to hell in a handbag” and I just don’t feel like bearing witness anymore. Watching is getting us nowhere. I look at some of the images of (let’s be honest mostly right wing) politicians in the UK and US and all I see is control and …

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Are you an Elphaba or a Glinda?

I believe that we can choose the way we work. I also believe that there are a variety of ways of working that can be effective depending on the immediate need. The key to success is recognising what’s needed and when, and then flexing our approach to match the need. There are many kinds of people and approaches. One of the key …