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Flying Away This May

I got a job! Ahem..what I meant to say is I GOT A FRIKKIN’ JOB!!Sorry about that. I actually meant to say that I’ve got a job that I’m happy to take, a challenge even.As many of you may know, since September-ish I’ve been looking for a start in adland, something that I could sink my teeth into and all that kinda stuff.I did the whole graduate scheme thing, with some success (but nowhere did I get that ‘feeling’ that it was right for me), some ‘You’re not right for us Sam’, some ‘We just don’t need any planners right now’, some ‘We’re not brave enough to hire someone like you’ (which really, really, pissed me off) and some other things that I can’t remember. And though it may be petty and childish, I kept every single letter that they sent telling me I wasn’t good enough. Yes I am juvenile.So anyway in November Mr. Frith kindly passed my name onto TBWA Dubai, which is where I spent a few days last week.The long and short of it is that everything clicked there, everything. The people, the place, the Sam. So come late May I’ll be moving out to join these guys:

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And start work as a planner. Whoo!Some people might ask why I’m foregoing the chance to live and work in the land of milk and honey that is London AdLand; for me it’s simple – I’ll be able to get much more hands on much quicker out there than I would have in the places that had offered me things here. And how many times will I be twenty-something with the chance to move to Dubai again? I really don’t know cause my crystal ball ain’t working. So I’m taking a chance. But I’m damn happy about it.This is the part of the acceptance speech where I thank a long list of people; I may miss some out, but it’s not like you don’t know and it’s not like I don’t love ya. So in no particular order, people who I owe particular thanks to for putting up with yours truly throughout this epic as well as those whose blogs have helped me keep going on:Anton, Will, Alex, The Kaiser himself, Charlie, Doddsy, Graeme, Eaon, Beeker, LaurenAdamLloyd, Richie B, Jason, Angus, Asi, Amelia, Piers, Hugh, Faris, Neil, John, Russell and everyone else whose name escapes me at 0740 on a Saturday morning when I haven’t slept at all.And to every ad agency that said no thanks: Thank you most of all.Of course special thanks must go to the architect of this story, Charlie ‘Pink shirts are pimpin’ Frith. Word.Thank you all. Seriously. And come May if you ever need a place to stay in Dubai…I’ll point you to a good hotel. Nah I’m just playin’ – Mi Casa Su Casa.Big love.Sam

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My 72 hours in Dubai came to an end and I landed at Heathrow feeling like I’d just woken up from a prolonged dream. A dream in which I’d taken pictures.

Tomatoes are pretty cool:

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But if you eat too many, you gotta get to the throne, pronto (as I found out):

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Supermarkets in Dubai have a ‘not suitable for Muslims’ section – which I thought was interesting:

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But what lay behind this barrier? Nothing to really shout about I’m afraid:

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Something I did love was the 3 meals a day I had – buffet style, here was breakfast on the final day:

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Followed by a childhood favorite at the airport:

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Which was more shopping mall than airport to be fair:

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But I did manage to find something cool, although pretty much useless:

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So that’s my stuff, I did pilfer something from the hotel – to send to Charlie and Doddsy:

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It says body lotion gents, I’ll say no more 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Emiratification

This is the view outside of the place I’m at:

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I’m in Dubai – apparantly the place that is currently home to 80% of the world’s cranes. I believe it.

I’m hanging out with TBWA out here, back on Wednesday – more from out here to come, I can’t promise it’ll be useful/interesting/relevant to anything. But then again, if you’re reading this you already know.

Peace out.

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Own a football club

I found this today and it’s an awesome idea. Visit:

www.myfootballclub.co.uk

The idea being that you pay £35 and for it you have a stake in a football club, can vote on buying players, training, takeover deals. They’ve just signed a club which if it was to be successful would be a great story. Also, you can watch a team play knowing that you partly own it. Fantastic.

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New Year, New Year

Greetings readers.

It’s a new year, as we know you know.

But we wanted to say that we both hope 2008 is better than 2007 – but not as good as 2009 will be.

One Love

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