Well, I’m currently reading ‘When Giants Walked the Earth’, the biography of Led Zeppelin by Mick Wall, bought for me by E and S as a present for my fiftyumptieth birthday. It’s everything you’d expect about the greatest live band during that period from around 1969-74 – which I realise must sound like back in the Middle Ages to many readers of this blog. And before you ask, yes I did see them perform, unlikely as it may seem, at Aberystwyth in 1972 – see posting of 13 September 2007 (which also makes me realise that I’ve been doing this blogging lark for a long time now. And I’m still waiting for Rupert Murdoch to spot my writing talent and buy me out for a mountain of Euros. Bloody media mogols). Anyway a third of the way through and two things have struck me about the book so far a) the number of references to Jeff Beck; somebody clearly has an obsessional hang-up about a guitarist whose sole claim to fame is ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining’. Get over it Jimmy. And b) the hugely influential role played by their manager Peter Grant, a big fat lump of a bloke with more hair on the back of his fingers than on the top of his head. He kind of reminds me of someone …..
It’s a touch conceitful to compare myself with such a Svengali-like figure I guess but the point is that I feel a bit like a talent manager this week. Publicity agent may be closer to the mark. Having written about neighbour P’s tutoring skills and facilities in the last posting, I wanted to big up the talents and services of two other good friends of mine. Firstly Pat H who worked with me at BT on our sponsorship of Tate Online. It was Pat who developed, designed and art directed many of the brilliant visual platforms on the site such as allowing people to explore the huge collection through a dazzling variety of channels. Quite by chance we decided to leave the business around the same time and set up our own consultancies and along with the guys at Knapp Goodwin, Pat was instrumental in getting my consultancy website produced and this blogsite established. He’s been dealing with online queries from Dufus of Buckingham/Marche with much patience and grace ever since. Pat’s essentially a graphic designer I guess who’s found a niche in developing creative solutions in the online world. But I know he also produces great design work in all forms of media (only today did I realise he’d designed the branding for the nursery which my grandson attended near Buckingham). As well as being talented he’s also great fun to work alongside . Anyway if you want to find out more about Pat’s company, ractive design, go follow the link on the sidebar of the Pasta Paulie home page (and to get there quickly just click on the masthead above).
Another pal, former colleague, 5 a-side footie regular, keen amateur chef and general good guy is Carl. We both spent too many years in the mobile industry which probably accounted for our easily-managed hairstyles. Over the last few years Carl has been studying bloody hard during the time when he wasn’t earning a living and bringing up a family and has recently qualified as a fully-fledged osteopath and sports injury specialist. His practice is now established in Kings Sutton and is starting to attract lots of patients attracted I’m sure not just by his evident healing skills but also his refreshingly honest attitude to good health. He is a firm believer in allowing and indeed encouraging his patients to help themselves to better health. If you’re intrigued go check out Carl’s practice website, http://www.neohealth.co.uk. It’s on the sidebar too. Better still you can find out more about Carl’s approach by reading his newly-established blogsite http://www.neohealth.wordpress.com. You’ll have to endure the odd posting on his inexplicable love for Arsenal FC but the rest is just fascinating. If I had a bad back I’d want Carl to help me get it sorted. Top guy.