Post Felix…

22 11 2012

Like so many people, I was on the edge of my seat watching Felix Baumgartner take a step into the unknown.

It was an incredible moment and one I’ll never forget.

You can imagine that the coverage Red Bull got as a result was substantial (and well deserved in my opinion).

But as a brand, what would Red Bull do next?

How could you even attempt to top Felix’s jump?

Do you even try?

You might not even care, but I think the follow-up was superb and worth watching.

Apparently it was released a few weeks after the jump so all planned well in advance (clever little marketing people to keep the momentum going).

It serves as a nice little reminder that Red Bull don’t just do one offs, but have supported everything crazy in the world of adrenaline junkies for a long time.

I’ve watched it a few times now and it still gives me goosebumps.

Another bonus was learning a new word.


“A witty, yet inelegant solution that succeeds in performing a particular task.”

Now, to figure out how to put that into everyday conversation.


Another JJ first…

21 11 2012
Well it continues to be rather busy.

I didn’t see JJ at all one week due to coming back late each night.

Even had to postpone a day off.


But that happens now and again, so “deal with it” as they say.

I managed to get the day off eventually to spend some time with the boy (and Wifey of course) for a long weekend.

On one day we took JJ for his first ever swimming lesson.

Yup, he’s only 8 months, so it was more about continuing to get him used to a pool.

Turns out that the lesson was really for me.

After he decided to start his swimming lesson in the changing room by paddling around in his own wee on the changing board (still amazes me how much can come out), we hit the pool.

Along with another Dad, a Mum and their respective babies, we had a lesson on how to encourage your baby in the pool whilst being watched by our eagle-eyed, dry other halves.

We learnt about holding them in certain ways, getting them to kick and splash and just generally how to be positive with them in the pool.

To an onlooker, it must have been a strange thing to watch at times.

At one point I was making exaggerated happy faces, singing “I’m a little teapot” whilst pouring water over my head from bright blue watering can.

Perhaps it was a glimpse into my twilight years.

JJ just looked bemused.

Daddy (not so) Cool had already started to embarrass him in front of the other babies.

It was a lot of fun for me until JJ realised getting some milk down his throat was more important and decided to let the world know by trying to drink the pool and then crying when he realised it was not milk.

I’m looking forward to the next session as it’s a weekly Sunday early morning event for some father son bonding.

Except next time, it’s only me taking him.

Mummy will be curling up in bed at home.

Daddy will be wondering how to grow another pair of arms.

Ready to hit the pool.

Mr & Mrs Chapman…

9 11 2012

Wifey and I were invited to a wedding the other day.

My parents kindly came down from up North to look after JJ.

Dad’s ‘taxi’ was on call for the evening.

Hello alcohol.

The wedding was between Mark and Kirsty, a couple of designers who met at my last place of work.

Mark is a very lucky chap as Kirsty is a great catch.

And the vice versa can also be said!

Two beautiful people who I hope live happily ever after.

The whole day took place in a gorgeous barn not too far from where we live.

I promised myself not to have too much to drink before the ceremony took place.

Several glasses of champagne later, I realised it was an empty promise.

Being the small world that it is:

The registrar was the same one that married Wifey and me

One of the readings was the same as at our wedding – The Lovely Other Dinosaur by Edward Monkton.

One of the Bridesmaids was a Client of my agency

It was a wonderful ceremony that led into a gorgeous wedding breakfast.

The food was sublime, the drinks flowed and our table was full of really great people.

The day and night whizzed by and after too many drinks, an obligatory Sambuca and a spot of what I was told was Dad dancing, it was time to go home.

Not because I was Dad dancing I hasten to add.

Don’t you just love a good wedding?

A shameless plug…

7 11 2012

You may have seen on TV that Gold (UKTV) are launching “Five Goes To Rehab” tonight at 9pm.

Five Go To Rehab – Image from The Telegraph website

It stars Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Adrian Edmondson and Peter Richardson.

I’m not going to say much more other than it promises to be rather funny!

Anyway, my lot at work pulled together this little bit of activity to advertise the launch.

A nice little way of grabbing some attention at Victoria Station in London.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Geometry…

7 11 2012


That’s the Weekly Photo Challenge this week.

And no, that’s not Blackpool Tower…

aminutewithme milestone…

6 11 2012
I nearly missed this one.

500 likes were registered the other day.

Thanks everyone!


I wonder what the next milestone will be…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign…

3 11 2012

It’s been yet another busy week.

So it’s been tough finding time to get some posts up.

Last week’s photo challenge was “foreign”

I was thinking about putting up a holiday photo but then something foreign came to me.

The NFL International Series came to town.

Being a Bears fan and having a NFL nut and Dolphins fan for a brother-in-law, it’s a must.

We went to the Fan Forum at the Landmark Hotel, the Fan Rally at Trafalgar Square, The Tailgate Party at Wembley Stadium before the game, and of course the game itself.

I didn’t manage to get a great selection of photos but here’s a few nonetheless.

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When looking up the Fan Forum, I stumbled across this site.

Made me chuckle to see the photo of me in the 6 Cutler shirt with the boss of the NFL.