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 Roses Design Awards Results

Roses Design Awards Results

Dear Anon 12:14, I feel I must take issue with your wild accusations that I am a sexist, after what you suggest was nothing more than a tirade of vulgar remarks made against women on Friday evening, something akin to a night at the London Palladium with Chubby Brown and Bernard Manning headlining. My first comment was simply a well intentioned remark on the loveliness of my female colleague who was helping me hand out the awards. That was not an opinion but a clear fact. Lisa is attractive - I doubt anyone on this planet would wish to argue that point. Unless, obviously, you do. I suppose, reading between the lines, you are alleging I am sexist because I remarked on people's appearances during the show, but it is a fact that I also commented on the appearance of my male colleague Cameron, who I described as "the Brad Pitt of our office". I also gave compliments to a chap called Stephen Wills who was regularly on stage. during the evening. The lady of whom I said "it's just like any other Friday night for you isn't it Louise" is not, in fact, a designer who I do not know, but a colleague who I have known for many years and who I also know would not be at all offended by a light-hearted comment such as that. Also, with regards to the couple who took to the stage and I introduced them as mother and son - if you noticed when they got on stage I did make the effort to actually ask them the nature of their relationship and hence was fully aware that they were not mother and son. It was clearly a joke as anyone with a working set of eyeballs would have seen that they were obviously not mother and son. I would like to throw the ball back at you that perhaps you are more sexist than I as you are here simply defending the females who I allegedly slighted. You make no defense for the chap who took to the stage of whom I said "he is no stranger to sitting alone in his bedroom fiddling with his joystick"! I was effectively, and jokingly might I add, calling him a w**ker, but you don't feel the need to run to his rescue. I also commented on a guy's beard. And yet I hear no howls of support for him. I suppose he's a bloke and can stick up for himself, eh? I'd also like to apologise to myself because at one point I did suggest that my jokes were crap and old. I was very offended by my comments at that point and seriously did consider leaving the stage myself. I mean, why should I stand up there working my ass off if all I am going to do is slag myself off. But I soldiered on remembering the words of the legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who once sang, "the show must go on." You're damn right Freddie. So, that is my defence. I'm sorry if I did offend anyone at The Roses Design Awards. Sorry to the directors of The Carnyx Group if I have cost you a few tickets to next year's event. I'll await my P45. Sorry to Lisa for saying you looked great on Friday. Sorry to Louise for suggesting that you have ever stood next to four men on a Friday night. Sorry to James for suggesting that he has ever had any type of physical contact with any part of his own anatomy. Sorry to John Glenday for saying "can we welcome John and his beard to the stage" to highlight John has a new beard and a damn impressive one at that. Sorry to Cameron for suggesting he's a damn good looking guy, when he is actually quite ordinary looking. Sorry to Stephen Wills for suggesting you are very popular among your staff and clients. Sorry to Clare and Matt Bridgestock of John Gilbert Architects for jokingly suggesting you are mother and son. I just felt the absurdity of the claim would make it quite apparent that it was a joke. Sorry to anyone I have left out, but if you do want a personal apology just drop me a line and I'll sort one out for you. But most of all I'm sorry that it seems we now live in a world where we can't have a good natured laugh and a joke anymore at an awards ceremony without running the absurd risk of being deemed sexist and disrespectful of women. I love women. My mum, who I love and cherish above anything else on earth, is one. My wonderful girlfriend is a woman too. So are my sisters. And my nieces. My aunties. My cousins.... Bloody hell, they're everywhere.


26 Oct 2009 - 14:07
Newhaven's Wrinkly posters are next phase in Scots Government campaign

Newhaven's Wrinkly posters are next phase in Scots Government campaign

Anon 17:11, your comment was removed because it was nasty. You actually made a good point, but you just couldn't help yourself could you. You really can be a nasty bunch.


13 Oct 2009 - 21:09
Newhaven's Wrinkly posters are next phase in Scots Government campaign

Newhaven's Wrinkly posters are next phase in Scots Government campaign

It would appear I have rather inadvertantly positioned The Drum's news editor Stephen Lepitak as a kind of industry goffer. Can I please move to quash this inaccuracy. Like myself, Stephen is a professional journalist and should be afforded the same respect one might afford journalists such as the mighty John Pilger or maybe Bob Woodward. Stephen will one day have his Watergate, of that I have no doubt. Who knows, he might even find his own deepthroat on The Aurora later this week.


13 Oct 2009 - 16:45
Rubble Club winner to be announced at Roses Design Awards

Rubble Club winner to be announced at Roses Design Awards

I'll give you one bollox Will, but not two b*ll*x! I'll even raise you a bollocks.


13 Oct 2009 - 14:52
Newhaven's Wrinkly posters are next phase in Scots Government campaign

Newhaven's Wrinkly posters are next phase in Scots Government campaign

I know I'm only a lowly magazine editor, but can I wade into the 'this is an old idea' argument? What am I saying, of course I can, this is my bloody website. Anyway, surely just because it's an idea that may have been used in another form in the past doesn't mean it's not a good idea or the right idea to do this particular job. Surely, part of being creative is using the ideas and concepts creatives collect over the years and adapting them for their own personal use/message. I can't remember who said it, but someone very impressive and important once said there are no truly original ideas anymore. Therefore, a huge part of what advertising creatives do today is adapting ideas to support new messages. Right back to work for me. Well, maybe a coffee and a biscuit first. Lepitak....


13 Oct 2009 - 14:44

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