1970s iconic live music gear: Shure SM58, Marshall amp, Vox amp, Fender Stratocaster and a Ford Transi Van/

Some images are iconic and full of memories. For live music in the 1970s, these brands are truly memorable:

  • Shure SM58 microphone
  • Vox amplifier
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Marshall head amplifier
  • Marshall 4 x 12″ speaker cabinet
  • Marshall PA speakers
  • Ford Transit van

What other images would conjure up memories of live music in the 1970s? Let me know.

Chat services on websites are great. And they can be fun. I was buying a couple of those pop-up/roller banners earlier today. The more I wanted to buy the more the individual price went up.

Anyway, we got the order in, buying one at a time.

Here’s the chat transcript.

Conor (at the supplier)
Hi there, thanks for getting in touch. How can I help?

Kevin Harrington
Roller banner prices. I want to order two x double-sided. One costs £69. Two costs £156 which is more than twice the price. How do you recommend I order?

Hi Kevin, is that two of the same design? Or two separate designs? I think, either way, it would be best for you to add a single banner to the basket (for £69), then continue shopping, and add another single banner for £69. This way you’d save yourself a little bit.

Kevin Harrington
Anyway, they are both the same with a different reverse.
When will they arrive if I order and upload the artwork in the next hour?

It’s due to the sale price on the quantity of 1. We don’t tend to get a lot of orders for more than 1 double-sided banner, but I will be getting this fed back to the marketing team, as it does seem to be a little incorrect. As for the delivery date, this would be due for Tuesday to a mainland UK address if you were to order and approve that all before 6.30pm today.

Kevin Harrington
Thanks, Conor.
Marketing people, hey? Ha ha.

The market analysis

The supplier’s observation is, “We don’t tend to get a lot of orders for more than 1 double-sided banner.” Well, perhaps that’s because people buy them singly as it’s cheaper!

Watch out Starbucks, watch out Costa…Change Please is making award winning coffee and helping the homeless in a great way. And, the public is starting to take note.

We had the Change Please founder, Cemal Ezel, speaking at the launch of DisruptionX yesterday. His story is compelling. His organisation is making a positive difference.

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No, I do. I love meetings that are well planned and productive. But, just occasionally I do get distracted in meetings.

Earlier this week I was distracted by words and phrases being used. What do you think of these?

This phrase appeared in the middle of a slide:

Adaptability delays and reduced elasticity due to local and global regulation.

I found myself wondering how many different meetings I could insert that phrase without anyone picking me up on it.

And a couple of words popped up, one on a slide and another in conversation. Neither of them was recognised by the spell check on my computer. That said, a quick Google search revealed a worrying level of use of them.

The tendency of an image, video, or piece of information to be circulated rapidly and widely from one Internet user to another; the quality or fact of being viral.

New metrics will allow marketeers to better assess the virality of their campaigns.

A working definition
A multipreneuer is an entrepreneur who is actively involved in several projects at once.

I’m off to see some friends for dinner. I’ll see if I can slip these words in to our conversation without them noticing or telling me I’m talking bollocks (again).

Rail tickets for Reading to Leeds returnIt was recently announced that there would be a government review of rail fare structures and ticketing. I’m sure many of us would agree this is needed.

I’m on a return journey from Reading to Leeds. Using a ticket splitting service I saved £43.12. What this means is that a website service searched all elements of my route, getting prices for each and every variation of station departure and routing points to get the best fare. All perfectly in line with the rules.

The train companies themselves will not offer this service. They appear content to not help travellers on this matter.

The issue that made me smile was the number of tickets I ended up with for my journey…a total 10 ticketed journeys and 19 pieces of card. But, a saving of about a third made it feel quite acceptable.

A word of warning though. You will have to allow extra time on your journey to allow for the printing of all the tickets!

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Sidney Yoshida's Iceberg of IgnoranceThe problem is in the hierarchy.

The power resides at the top, while all the information resides at the bottom.

Sidney Yoshida quantified this in his 1989 landmark study, “The Iceberg of Ignorance,” where he found that only 4% of an organization’s front‐line problems are known by top management, 9% by middle management, 74% by managers and 100% by employees.

I’ve always asked my direct reports to be open and straight. If they tell me everything is perfect in their area/department the possibilities really are only:

  • They’re not telling me the truth.
  • They are ignorant.
  • They have low standards.
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  1. The more pretentious a corporate name, the smaller the organisation. (For instance, The Murphy Centre for the Codification of Organisational Software Applications, compared to IBM and Apple).
  2. You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard.
  3. Never ask two questions in a business email. The reply will discuss the one you are least interested in, and say nothing about the other.
  4. When bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves.
  5. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a fool about it.
  6. Everything can be filed under “miscellaneous.”
  7. Never delay the ending of a meeting.
  8. To err is human, to forgive is not company policy.
  9. If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
  10. At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of pens they are carrying.
  11. When confronted by a difficult problem you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, “How would the Homer Simpson handle this?”
  12. The longer the title, the less important the job.
  13. An “acceptable” level of employment means that the government economist to whom it is acceptable still has a job.
  14. Success is just a matter of luck: just ask any failure.
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