I was asked by Mark Masters, who hosts the You Are The Media Lunch Clubs that I regularly attend, to write something about what I get out of the events. it was supposed to be a few short sentences but I felt the need to write something much bigger. Something that has been developing over the course of the past couple of years.

The Lunch Club is an event to meet other people and to listen to guest speakers over a provided lunch. Very much an informal networking and learning event.

The article : You are the media - Gordon Fong.

James Fowler and his team have finally opened Terroir Tapas on Southbourne Grove.

It's so different to anything on the Grove and the whole town itself.

Check out a little entry I've written on this website: Terroir Tapas

Standing in front of the Sagrada Familia

In short, I was pick-pocketed the other week in Barcelona at the Sagrada Familia. Ange suffered a similar fate about 10 years by La Rambla so I wanted to type up a couple of lessons learnt as it's always good to remind others of the risks.

Zip it up, all the time

It was mostly my fault as I didn't zip up my man-bag. I just had lunch, a spot of wine and was enjoying my holiday break from work. I shouldn't have been there anyway, because the train I wanted was full, with me thinking it was in the UK where you buy a ticket and you jump on and stand if no seats. Not sure if this was Spain being Spain, but the next train after the 12pm one was 3pm. So, I had some time to kill and decided to go back to the Sagrada Familia for a closer look, even though I had literally went there in the morning to take a few photos.

Adido Marketing Summit - summary slides

Following on from the two day Silicon Beach event I was booked to go to the Adido Digital Marketing Summit. This was held at the Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth and featured a full day of speakers with lunch thrown in. All kindly put on for free and gratefully accepted.

Summary of Silicon Beach 2017 in Bournemouth

This year was the first time I have been to Silicon Beach, an event curated by local Digital Dignitary Matt Desmier that brings a huge number of leading speakers to Bournemouth for two days. He doesn't set any agenda, any themes and as Matt put it himself - Silicon Beach is a selfish project where he brings a slew of speakers that he wants to listen to, we just happen to come along for the ride.

I had previously wanted to attend but for whatever reason I thought it was just some sort of marketing event for marketing types. This is definitely not the case. There was some talk in that direction but it definitely wasn't some how-to type talk. This year had talks on nano-technology, leadership, company culture and management styles, futurology talks, evils of the world and an Orwellian full-on theatrical media production that just stunned the crowd.

It's not for me to give a blow-by-blow account for each speaker and towards the end I didn't bother writing down my wordmaps as I just wanted to spend more time immersed in enjoying it, rather than wrapped up in making meticulous notes.