Shit on the internet.
Snoring dormouse? A dog dressed as an Ewok? Sesame Street parodying Sons of Anarchy? Yes please, and thank you. I’m watching all this crap. I’m also having a little cry at beautiful short films such as Denali and heartbreaking documentaries like BlackFish. Stupid or significant, I can’t get enough of the internet. We live in a world where people are in control of what they consume – myself included – so making stuff that people will be interested in is the one principle we never lose sight of.
Watching and listening to strangers.
Two facts that make me a rubbish date: I have no poker face and I’m permanently listening to the conversation on the next table. People fascinate me – on the Tube, in bars, on planes. I’m trying hard not to listen and even harder not to look, but the truth is there’s nothing better than quietly trying to guess the backstory to the leather onesie or the decision to wear sunglasses (or clutch a giant box of Durex) on the Tube at 9am.
Podcasts/Desert Island Discs.
As a dog owner, I’m often roaming the streets before and after work. Music does the job, but the discovery of podcasts a few years ago was game-changing. TED Radio Hour, Little Atoms, Invisibilia, NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour and my all-time favourite, Desert Island Discs, are on constant rotation. I want to come back as Kirsty Young in my next life.
It dominated 90s TV and I somehow missed out, but being a late-adopter is no bad thing. Seinfeld is timeless because its humour is (a) grounded in how people would behave if we totally disregarded social conscience, and (b) written by Larry David. Who’s a legend.
I’ve knocked back pickled whelks in Tokyo, cherry liquor in Lisbon, dead ants in Denmark and a filthy amount of Dulce de Leche in Buenos Aires, all thanks to Bourdain and a late-night booking habit. Having offices in London and Sydney means I spend a lot of time flying, but it also makes sure I have no excuse not to get out there to see, eat and drink lots of weird and curious stuff.
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