Thursday, January 14, 2010

Friday's Cocktail Leadership

For Friday cocktails this week we recommend a thick slice of blood orange in your gin and tonic....a nice change from the norm.

As usual - if you're looking at this post for intelligent conversation about law firm leadership, knowledge management, etc, then please look away now. This is for everyone who has worked hard all week and wants fifteen minutes of nothingness. For example - did you know that the oldest piece of chewing gum ever found is over 9000 years old. It was discovered near Ellos in southern Sweden in 1993. Amazing....we know!

Speaking of gum (and with our constant attention to all things environmental) we love the new concepts from Pepper Smith. Go
here to see what they are doing with chewing gum wrappers.

Sorry...we're babbling already. Anyway, welcome to Friday. Welcome to 2010. Welcome to the five extra kilograms that seem to have been added to our scales without explanation (although I think I know who is responsible....I know the answer to the "who is
James Boag?" question).

It has been a busy start to the year for your old pals at Janders Dean after a relaxing and rewarding December spent up and down the east coast of Australia.

Hang on. Before we go any further, let's talk about this 'Australia' thing. We've not been gone for long, but we've noticed a few things on our return that we need to bring to your attention. A Big Issue should not cost $5!

And when did it become the norm for people to own two pairs of 'thongs' (flip flops for all you non-antipodeans) - one pair for everyday use, and a 'good' pair?!

Actually....thinking about it....when did it become acceptable to wear thongs at all (again - we're talking flip flops). We've seen them pretty much everywhere, including in offices, and we are not happy about it. Not one little bit.
Jimmy always has a sale on at this time of year, so go and buy yourself something better for goodness sake!

And another thing - drinking pre mixed spirits from a can is not cool. Never has been. Never will be.

Thankfully we've survived the trip so far but we did have to use this
very valuable resource for translation. Now enough of that.

A great big hello to the Snow Princess who has left on a
jet plane.

A wonderful thank you to Victoria, Louise, Justin and the
Becasse team for the past few weeks. Hello to Tony and congrats on the new role. Another congratulations to Gilchrist for his 2009 awards. Thanks to Oz for pointing us to Google Goggles.

The Dolittle in us also says hello to the penguins on Phillip Island, "Colours" the noisy parrot from Neutral Bay, and our six new stuffed friends.

Credit to Bevan for finding the BBQ on eBay which is listed as "
Real Man's BBQ - Not For Metrosexuals or Latte Drinkers".

No credit to Tetsuya's for serving us half a peach as one of their degustation dishes. Tutt tutt....very disappointed Mr Wakuda. Bravo to
New Yorkers.

Hello to the team at
Liberated Small Mountains, and thanks for the new engagement. Hello to Pedro at Sparke Less Heaven and thanks for brekkie, and finally hello to this little kid and his ukulele.

That's it for now. We're off to Melbourne for the weekend, back to Sydney next week, and then finally back to London at the end of January...enjoy your weekends, stop pretending to work, throw the flip flops away, and shout yourself some Jimmys and some Boags (rather than a UDL).

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