ARE WE OVERTHINKING THINGS TO DEATH?

By Hans Ebert
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Someone working in horse racing described Twitter and receiving tweets to be a “distraction”. Of course, it is. Anything that makes you take your eye off the ball when at work is a distraction. At least for myself, Kate Beckinsale is a distraction.

Where was I…Hell, WhatsApp is a distraction. But we’re too polite to say, “Kindly stop sending asinine messages, or worse yet, yuck yuck ‘jokes’ that aren’t funny.”

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THE RETURN OF THE PETER PRINCIPLE

By Hans Ebert
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It’s mind boggling just how many with absolutely zero idea about marketing and how marketing depends on the very best creative product for it to prove its effectiveness are in charge of…marketing. It’s been like this for too long. Maybe it’s just not a priority. Maybe accepting mediocrity says how far we’ve slipped down that totem pole of life’s priorities.

Some of us saw this happening even before “The Peter Principle” was published. The main takeaway from the book was how incompetence was actually promoted. Why? Different reasons. Perhaps it was a new business needing someone to add to a fledgling organisation chart and hired anyone who came with the right asking price? Usually, when this little product became a success, that “marketing” person was kept on because there was now an advertising agency involved to help them- and the product- move along.

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BEING DON DRAPER

By Hans Ebert
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I won’t ever stop creating. Creating, especially, music, but more and more being drawn to what some might label “indie films”. These days, it seems there’s a need for everything to have labels. It seems to give something relevance. It’s like today’s mot de jour: Ping- as in, “Let me PING you something.” Ping? Really? Hipster talk? Not another plate of warmed over waffles and clich├ęs?

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CORN, CRICKET, KOHLI AND A GENTLE LYON

By Hans Ebert
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Why there’s this undue pressure in some sectors for the current Aussie cricket team to be more aggressive? To engage in tough talking “sledging”? How this is the way Aussies rule and intimidate the opposition. Please. It’s not only corny. It sounds soooooo contrived. Childish. Laughable.

What was heard through those stump mics during the second test match between Australia and India was embarrassing. “Witty banter”? It came across as scripted and irrelevant piffle.

The Indians trying to engage in “sledging” was idiotic. It was high camp Bollywood ballyhoo.

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I WANNA GO WHERE THE AIR IS SWEET…

By Hans Ebert
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It’s extremely messy out there. And instead of everything simplifying itself, the clutter around us is allowed to build. We’ve become hoarders. We have also let the tail wag the dog. Over and over again. Become an invisible enemy’s bitch.

Instead of doing everything possible to change things around, we go with the flow of mediocrity. Way too much undeserving politeness to maintain a certain status quo. To be liked.

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KEEPING IT REAL

By Hans Ebert
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Something is wrong. Very wrong. It sounds like a murder of crows out there. But they’re the sounds of silence. The noise is emanating from the online world. You know, the one divorced from reality. The one with very little sense of humour. Or no humour. And where extremely angry people have an opinion about everything. Politics. Music. Hashtag movements. And of course, sports. Everyone is unfair game.

This online world is where anything goes. It’s a dysfunctional world that hides behind Freedom of Expression. And Freedom of Speech. But what exactly does this mean? And what are its side effects?

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THE ONGOING SAGA OF NOW AND THEN TV

By Hans Ebert
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It’s really a question of what more one can say about NOW TV except perhaps, cancel my subscription?

After months of first trying to reach a human on their “24 Hour Customer Hotline Service”, which is always busy before Ground Control finally reaching a Major Tom, and being given instructions such as unplugging my modem and then switching the television back on- this was an exercise in futility- to then having Team NOWTV actually visit my apartment and give both television sets a complete overhaul, everything began to hum and purr perfectly…for around a month.

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KEVIN EGAN

“If any c*** sends you a letter asking for payment for something you’re not aware of or saying you infringed copyright, ignore them. They’re fishing.”

That was some of the best advice I received and it’s served me well. It came in particularly handy during those years when Racingbitch was fun to publish and from which came characters like The Plodder, Toffee Tongue, the messiah, Peter The Not So Great One and others who are lost in the blur of the past.

Kevin Egan gave me that advice and for which I shall always be thankful. We lost Kevin, a truly gifted lawyer, to a heart attack on Sunday, ironically Father’s Day. There were two missed calls from him the day before. It was a race day and we’d always buy a Six Up.

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VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR AND TECHNOLOGY HAS KIDNAPPED CREATIVITY

By Hans Ebert
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At the end of it all, we come here alone, we leave here alone and we do our best to fill in the middle bits with things that have something of us in it. Guess this is what’s called a legacy.

I ended up in the creative field possibly because my mother was a painter, my father was a singer and pianist and I was left handed. Where I was born- Colombo in Sri Lanka- being left handed meant that one had inherited the devil’s hand.

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