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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LET’S ALL JUMP FOR BURGER JOYS!

By Hans Ebert
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Many have tried and many have failed: to give Hong Kong the best burger. There’ve been attempts at the Haute Cuisine Burger, The Great Veggie Burger, the Fitness Burger, the Curry Burger, the Great Gatsby Burger, the Flying Saucer Burger etc etc with, in the end, most returning to that old faithful McDonald’s Big Mac.

Having been the Director of Creative Services when in advertising and part of the McTeam that launched the Golden Arches in Hong Kong led by my wonderful client, friend and eccentric and wacky as a fox late Daniel Ng, below, and with a Degree in French Fries from Hamburger University in Oakbrook in Chicago- seriously-I have seen just about everything to do with hamburgerology.

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TIME TO LEAD AND NOT TO FOLLOW

By Hans Ebert
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Gawd knows where we went wrong, but we went wrong and many are still going wrong because they really think everything is going alright. Oh, but it’s not.

She is definitely not without her faults, but my daughter is grounded enough to know fact from fiction and has done extremely well for herself in the real world. She’s never yearned for fame, but has been successful with what she has achieved- tangibles and not this time wasting exercise of buying the illusion of fame- through hard work.

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LET’S MOVE AWAY FROM THE SHEEPLES, SHALL WE?

By Hans Ebert
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It really doesn’t matter. Nothing really matters, because there’s nothing we- you and I- can do about any of it- Facebook, all the many ills plaguing what was baptised “social media” and which all the time was Rosemary’s Baby grown up and in control of malleable minds feeding them with more and more and more clutter until priorities became lost in the shuffle.

The Bill Cosby trial, Trump, the Russians, the Chinese, Fleetwood Mac. Whatever it is that interests others are doing, but which might not be on the same page as the hymn book from which you’re singing is often just more clutter- if you choose to allow all this randomness in. It would be boring as hell if we all fell in line and became lemmings following the Pied Piper of Hamlyn. There’s a necessity to move away from the sheeples. It’s called survival and it took a houseguest to remind me of all this. It was the wake up call needed to still “belong”, but also remain detached enough to focus on individual thinking. Leave the sheeples behind. They’ll be fine. Like misery, mediocrity loves company.

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WHY EVERY INDUSTRY- EVEN HORSE RACING- SHOULD MAKE THIS COMPULSORY VIEWING

By Hans Ebert
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“Being John Malkovich” is one of my favourite movies. John Malkovich is one of my three favourite actors. And so when seeing John Malkovich trending on Twitter, I feared the worst. Thankfully, the best was yet to come- John Malkovich in a brilliant role as himself for an advertisement for CBS and the AFC Championships.

The decision to cast Malkovich was a stroke of genius. The script and concept seems to have come from someone or a team who have been through the wars with “difficult” clients- you know, those who hire proven professionals in their respective fields, but insist on reducing these people to toadies and order takers and “create” what they think is “advertising” because it’s something that they’ve seen before which must mean that it’s okay.

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