Blackpool Museum Project

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“Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.” When I was a young boy, Blackpool was our summer Mecca, Disneyland and Nice all rolled into one (although we’d never been to any of the foreign three!!). The first ever seaside resort for the working class. Home of the Blackpool Tower, the Illuminations, Stanley Matthews…

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FB Live with Sree

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One of the joys of launching a new book – in my case 64 Shots: Leadership in a Crazy World – is meeting a bunch of interesting new people. I wrote about Michael Wolff on Friday. Today it’s Sree Sreenivasan, tech evangelist/skeptic, former professor of journalism and Columbia and former chief digital officer of The…

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FAQ X 2

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The two most asked questions today – in New Zealand – “What’s for dinner tonight?” (And the answer is My Food Bag!) In the USA – according to Michael Wolff, and inadvertently confirmed by Saatchi & Saatchi NY CEO Brent Smart, who asked me at dinner last night, “What are you watching now?” The Golden…

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Lunching with your Heroes

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I was told when I was younger – “Don’t ever meet your heroes, you’ll be disappointed and disillusioned”.  Terrible advice.  I’ve met Rowan Williams, Peter Blake (the artist), Earle Kirton, Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee, Hunter Davies, Tom Peters, Norman Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell – all heroes of mine … and loved ‘em all. Thursday was special. …

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What CEO’s Should Be Focusing On in 2017

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At last week’s AT Kearney Global Business Policy Council retreat in Warsaw we reviewed the results of an April 2016 CEO survey on their top five concerns for 2017 and beyond. This survey stimulated me to outline my answers to this question What CEO’s should be focusing on in 2017? I believe CEO’s should be…

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A Song for Summer

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A Song for Summer – from a hot, new Italian talent – EDO – son of my friend Leonardo Ferragamo. Beautiful. “EDO” has just released his first single One Day Closer. This song is available on iTunes.

Tell me a story, America

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It’s the 4th of July weekend in the US. To celebrate Independence Day, here is an essay I wrote for USA Today and published last week. Happy 4th. KR I’m an English-born New Zealand citizen with homes in Arizona and Tribeca, New York. I head a New York-based global communications network owned by the French….

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Summer Reading

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2 books for summer reading – if you are Sports/Soccer nostalgia buffs. Spirit of ’58 – Evan Marshall – The untold story of Northern Ireland’s greatest football team. When We Were Lions: Euro 96 and the Last British Summer – Paul Rees. KR Image Source: blackstaffpress.com / quartoknows.com

Unmissable TV.

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Madame Secretary is my secret vice… Series 1 & 2 are uplifting real stories of good people struggling to do what’s right in this crazy world. Great characters, topical stories, and positive takes on the USA, families and relationship. Perfect fodder for the optimist. And my other 9 long distance flight binges. Mr Robot (series…

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Remo the Merchant is Back

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REMO is back for his third act. From Bondi. If you were wandering up Oxford St in Sydney in the late 80s and 90s, when Oxford St was the most interesting part of Sydney (remember Kinselas when it was running hot at the cabaret), REMO was a compulsory stop. Remo Guiffire was/is one of the…

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Tell me a story, America: Voices – USA Today

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Above all else, the United States is a story we’re still writing. I’m an English-born New Zealand citizen with homes in Arizona and Tribeca, New York. I head a New York-based global communications network owned by the French. Do these entanglements qualify me to write about A.T. Kearney’s America@250 initiative? In the spirit of freedom…

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Brexit vote misses the point – Fox Business

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Kevin Roberts, Saatchi & Saatchi chairman, discusses the upcoming Brexit referendum and why the vote misses the mark. He says it’s not about leaving or staying in the EU, it’s about fixing and improving the U.K.’s relationship with the bloc.

The Greatest Game

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In 1924 in Paris, a rugby team of American college players represented the USA in rugby at the Olympic Games, and against all odds were successful in winning the Gold Medal. It was a battle initially to convince the U.S. Olympic Committee to compete in rugby, but Australian Danny Carroll who was living in San…

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Churchill Wouldn’t Give Up on Europe – Bloomberg

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With Tom Keene on Bloomberg Surveillance who takes a look through the “gorgeous, spectacular, smart book” 64 Shots and we discuss what the goal is for current and future leaders. We also look back on former U.K. leaders as the nation prepares to vote on the Brexit referendum.