Mel is Founder of Delightful Communications, a Seattle-based Social Media, Digital PR and Personal Branding consultancy. This is his personal blog, a collection of news and anecdotes which Mel hopes will inform as well as bring a smile to people's faces.
Having spent so much time over the last few years in the US where food and service tend to be very good, I’ve been getting more and more frustrated with restaurants in the UK which tend to either be too expensive, serve awful food or sufferer from shoddy and indifferent service.
When asked to go out for dinner or trying to arrange a date in London I’ve found it a bit of a lottery. Do we spend a load of cash to have a decent night out? Do we shrug and laugh at the less than attentive waiter or waitress? Do we just accept the food isn’t that fab because, well, that’s just the way it is?
Last night things changed as I was introduced to an oasis in this culinary desert we call our capital.
If there’s one thing that’s going to make my blood boil on a Wednesday morning, on the train, when I’ve had 3 hours sleep thanks to jet lag, it’s some berk texting away on a mobile phone that is making a high pitched beeping sound with every key stroke!
Why do phone beep like that and why is it the default setting? Is it a usability thing or is it a disabled access requirement?
Anyone in the mobile industry know?
It does raise the question of self-awareness though. How people think that beeping away like that on a train journey with hundreds of fellow passengers within earshot is ok.
It’s like the guy who gets on my train at Mortlake with – I KID YOU NOT – a ceramic bowl of cereal and a flask of milk and eats it while reading is emails!!
And then there are those thoughtless bar stewards who don’t move down the train/tube carriage because they’re newspaper reading might be impeded or they’re too feeble to use their natural sense of balance to stop them falling over and have to hold on to something!!
I know I’m a bit tired and crabby, but what is wrong with people?
Right – I’m off to Boots for some Pro Plus!
While I’m gone, let me know what gets your goat about your fellow human beings!!!
Join us for our 1920′s Gangster party all in aid of the NSPCC. There will be eating, there will be drinking, there will be gambling, there will be dancing. And there’ll probably be more than a few people talking like Robert De Niro.
HMS President is moored on the Thames opposite the Oxo Tower. The nearest tube station is Temple, and buses will be provided from Reading to HMS President and back for less than a tenner.
Then there was SES New York – check out our wild and whacky videos here, here & here!
After a pit stop in Boston to visit my mate Dom Doyle who teaches Theology at Harvard, it was onto Toronto where I spent time with the Canada team and participated in a round table with some of Canada’s finest press folk and managed an amusing dinner out with Vanessa, Danny and Andrew & Mona from www.PageZero.com
Now I’m in Seattle meeting with my team, planning the next year’s worth of excitement and doing lots of work during downtime on the wedding!
After two weeks it’s a bit odd being away from Englandshire, but travelling sure makes sure you’re busy.
It amuses me how some people seem to think it’s all glitz and glam, but believe me you yearn for your own bed and a daily dose of Radio 5 Live!
The key is to make long trips comfortable and I have some tips on how to get the most from your mileage…….but I’ll save them for another day!
BTW – If anyone can name the BBC comedy and character who says the words in the title of this post, I’ll send them a surprise!
Awesome for you, because you’re going to have the laugh of your life on Friday 20th at 5.15pm if you watch BBC 2 and catch us touring the wilds of East Sussex looking for a house to escape to with Alastair Appleton of “Cash in the Attic” fame!
You can see some of the photos of the four day shoot here and the funny thing is, because we’re at the conference, folks over here in the UK will be the first to see the show so please let us know what you think/laughed at.
To be honest it’s a little nerve-wracking as there was so much footage there could be many angles they could take – I just hope me quoting Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump by accident has made it to the cutting room floor!
Having people understand we’re so much more than just “software & computers” and that we’re well placed at the cutting edge of digital marketing has been a challenge, but recent announcements like the Microsoft Media Network have shown people that, when it comes to advertising, we’re not just about MSN.
This new video says tells the brand story very nicely indeed!
Tomorrow – Friday 27th February – on the MSN.co.uk homepage, the world’s largest eyebrow dance-off will commence.
JiveBrow09 will be hosted by MSN and www.aglassandahalffullproductions.com giving you the chance to have your eyebrows “plucked” from obscurity via your webcam, and have your high-brow facial moves displayed to millions online!
Some very funky technology will be in play here including “B-Brow”, the world’s first “eyebrowser” and a re-edit of the TV ad where the kids only dance when you’re not looking.
This is certainly an event not to miss and is sure to raise a few……erm………eyebrows!
If you’ve not seen the video ad yet check it out below!