This is brilliant

Amazing idea, brilliantly executed, with craft and scale. Love it.

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

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Is anyone else as obsessed with this show as I am? I’m absolutely loving being immersed in its terrifying, apocalyptic nightmare world. The writing, cinematography, performances and recreation of the locations are all amazing.
 
But what I’m finding most sobering and grimly addictive is its reflection on a world where the truth is kept hostage to institutional power. Not so much bureaucracy gone nuts as the spark of humanity almost completely crushed under the boot of toxic egos, macho groupthink and blind totalitarian idiocy. The arse-covering, blame-storming and rejection of scientific knowledge are just the tip of the iceberg that stretches out into the sinister machinations of The Party. The whole thing reminds me of that George Orwell quote – “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
 
And yet, despite all that, the visceral heroism of the firemen, miners, medical workers, military staff and scientists who gave their lives to prevent the situation going from ‘really f**ked up’ to ‘REALLY REALLY REALLY F**KED UP’ is heart-breaking and inspiring. Loving it, can’t wait for the last episode.

Well this is exciting!

We’ve launched an agency!

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CHIQUITA KING AND ANT MELDER LAUNCH NEW INDIE AGENCY WITH A VOW TO DELIVER AUDACIOUS CREATIVITY AND A PROMISE TO DO GOOD IN THE WORLD

Brown Riot!

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I’m really proud to announce the launch of my new podcast series, Brown Riot. This is a project I’ve been working on for a while, with a bunch of amazing guests and my friends at Smith & Western Sound. The theme is a subject that’s very close to my heart – diversity in the ad industry.

The chats are all really insightful and the guests are super articulate. I sound like a stuttering buffoon but that’s a small price to pay to get this out there. It’s a celebration of diversity, a clarion call for more of it and hopefully the inspiration for more debate and progress.

It’s already getting great traction globally. Clearly now is the right time to be having this conversation and for us all – whatever our skin colour – to be working together to move things forward.

The podcast is available at brownriot.com or via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Audioboom.

Please listen, share and let me know what you think.

Thank you.

By the time I get to Ladbroke Grove

The greatest rapper of all time tells the story of the greatest band who ever lived. What’s not to love?

THIS IS PUNK ROCK!

This song would definitely be one of my Desert Island Discs.
And this performance is absolutely stunning.
One part Beatles, one part Rage Against The Machine and a little sprinkle of Jay Z.
The final coda, from around 4.13, where the singer Alynda Segarra goes nuts, is totally mind-blowing. She’s the real deal.
Watch with headphones on and volume up loud.
Pa’lante!

“You’re not alone, look up to the sky and be calm.”

So beautiful. These amazing words reflecting on the truth and beauty that’s handed down from generation to generation. The Alan Watts-esque idea that we are all part of an ongoing line of life; all simply expressions of the one universe breathing in and then out again; all present in every wave rising and crashing, every baby being born and every person dying. Coupled with this spectacular video shot over the city of Pripyat in the Ukraine, very close to Chernobyl, which got evacuated a day after the disaster and has been left abandoned ever since. Gloriously uplifting melancholy.