I’m a natural sceptic. I question everything, mostly for the fun of it. The media is entirely questionable. Along with getting rid of my stuff in the Minimalist period of my life, I got rid of TV too. I do watch the News to find out what’s going on in the world and watch films on Netflix and computer. TV has also become like the internet I feel; the crap far outnumbers the gems.
Work and Not Work
I find it difficult to describe what I do. The Freelancer Paul Jarvis
described it best when he said, “I put words and pictures in the internet and money comes out”. In honesty I do this on behalf of my clients, but the principle is the same. Saying that you run a Digital Agency isn’t that exciting, most people I think, wouldn’t know what a Digital Agency does.
Really this is only the tip of the iceberg, well maybe the tip of the tip of the iceberg. My partner once said that “my skills lie in the overlap of people and technology” how she quite managed to say it so succinctly where I’ve been struggling for years is beyond me, but she’s spot on.
This overlap has manifested itself in the following forms:
- Being an Operations Director for numerous technology firms.
- Being a photographer
- Running a few startups
- Teaching people how to run businesses
- Being an eCommerce consultant
- Coaching and Mentoring
- Running online stores
- Working with industrial robots
- Being a business advisor
- Teaching technology businesses how to better project manage
Sadly I’m of an age where only very few would consider me as an employee. I really believe that my age and experience has got me to the point where I’m now unemployable. I still apply for jobs, but I don’t ever believe I’ll ever be given one. Hence why I always fall back on my own skills and just find people who need help with stuff and somehow turn it into an income.
My Morning Routine
I’m a sixties child, as a consequence my musical tastes are highly influenced by bands of the eighties. The interesting thing was that the eighties was a real musical mix. Punk, New Romantics and Rock/Heavy Metal. Which means that for those of us who like everything we have a varied and eclectic mix of tastes.
The first album I bought was Blondie’s Parallel Lines. A truly awesome album and to this day my better half uses it to accompany any sudden urge to clean and tidy. This was closely followed by the first Dire Straits album when it came out, and then Supertramp’s Breakfast in America. These are really what can all be considered as Classic Albums.
One of my school friends was a fan of this Canadian band I’d never heard of called Rush. The first time I listened to to the album A Farewell to Kings, I was simply blown away. I’d just never heard anything like this before. From then on my love of rock music grew and grew, I discovered Pink Floyd and others. As the eighties moved forward, I discovered the more popular bands of the time, The Police, Duran Duran, as well as some of the lesser known artists of the era.
There’s a line in a song that goes ‘you still listen to the same shit you did back then’ – which aptly describes me. When we visit Czechia the radio station of choice is Radio Impuls, which you may have guessed it, plays a whole raft of eighties music.
After the period in my life where I made some significant changes, I started thinking about the things in life that made me happy. Music being very high on the list, yet here I was with this great pile of vinyl albums from my teens and twenties, with nothing to play them on in my forties.
I thought to myself I could go back and buy the HiFi of the eighties that I could never afford back then, and so a plan was formed. In my head I could pick this stuff up on eBay and probably spend no more that a few hundred pounds.
How wrong was I. This stuff is still as desirable as it was back then. So that few hundred soon turned into a few thousand, but I was the man who was so proud of this retro hifi, and the sound….. it was just incredible. Putting vinyl side by side with a CD and the quality of vinyl is without a doubt far far superior to its digital counterpart.
Sadly my travels to Asia have meant putting it all in storage, worse than that, I had to sell the speakers as I just couldn’t fit them anywhere. I keep saying to myself that I’d really like somewhere to call home, where I can just sit and listen to my LP’s.
For the last two years I’ve been living in Cambodia, before that in London and Cambridge between my house and that of my partner. My partner has a flat in Prague, which I’ve only ever been in once, and her grandmothers cottage in the north of Czechia close to the German border.
The cottage is ‘work in progress’ and has been this way since I first visited. We love the cottage. Which is a good thing, as she did say once that she didn’t think she could love anyone who who didn’t love her cottage too. I once said that I felt that the cottage was the closest thing I had to home. Though home for me is where my retro HiFi and my LP’s live. (They are currently in storage)
So that’s about it. This is how my life works right now.
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