Category Archives: Travel

Fortuitous Timing

It’s my Grandad’s 90th birthday in a few weeks time and we’re all schlepping down to Swansea (including both his 3 year old and 6 week old great granddaughters), which is going to be a fun trip.

However, as luck would have it Leicester Tigers are playing Ospreys in the Heineken Cup that very weekend.

So Mr Goold (that being my father, not me, obviously) has been extremely forward thinking in booking a box at Liberty Stadium at which there will be no less than four generations of Goolds assembled and together for the first time ever.

The Trip’s Over (& I’m Out)

Well it took a while but the trip back was pretty painless, what with the complete lack of sleep whilst I was away resulting in a 6 hour crash out on the flight.

I certainly can’t pretend to know San Francisco well, having only been twice for around a week in total but, of the various US cities I’ve been to, I think it’s my favourite. There’s a terrific combination of personal appeal – the sea, approach to lifestyle etc – and professional appeal (being global HQ for the web). So, despite (because?) I’m currently trashed and having been absolutely 100% immersed in work since first switching on my mac en-route to the outbound flight four days back, I’m already looking forward to heading back.

Weirdly, a friend and former colleague of mine got in touch with me via facebook last time I was over there, at which point he had relocated to Cupertino and was working for Apple. Having not spoken to him in the intervening 12 months, the exact same friend contacted me again, one hour prior to departure. Hopeless of me to not have picked up the phone to him in advance really and I know that a tweet was most likely the reason for it but even so, it still struck me as highly bizarre. Next time Mr Pope, next time…

James Ryder of web agency Willoughby Stewart tipped me off about this new blog, from a Mr Sergey Brin, (I’m sure I’ve heard his name somewhere before) called ‘Too’. He says:

Welcome to my personal blog. While Google is a play on Googol, too is a play on the much smaller number – two. It also means “in addition”, as this blog reflects my life outside of work“.

Messaging, Check

A long, hard but rewarding day today.

Messaging workshop alongside Reality Digital’s US agency, Sterling PR, has been duly cracked. Just time for a quick turn around then out for a bite to eat with the team.

Tomorrow will focus more on the UK launch/European roll out.

Quite freaked out that CEO of another client happened to be in San Francisco today – unfortunately I only found this out when he was at the airport about to leave.

Weirdly almost the exact same thing happened last time I was here when, as I was checking in, I found that a former friend I hadn’t seen for years was working at Apple just a few miles away from where I had been staying for the previous two days…

Silicon Valley Update – Day 1.5

Actually I’m going to give up trying to figure out what day it is. As my colleague Ben just pointed out to me, I’ve had 4.5 hours sleep in the last 45 hours, which is a little concerning to be honest.

Pulled up outside Reality Digital’s office last night to find that the building is directly opposite Adobe’s global HQ. More on this, in an official media announcement capacity, in a few weeks time.

The new Macbook Pro’s finally come into it’s own. Apart from the aforementioned nonsense with the charger on the plane – and the fact I despise Entourage (and therefore am using Outlook within Parallels Desktop – the media aspects are terrific. For example using skype with video to call home and check in on the domestic front was both cheap (free) and easy. And a much more pleasant experience than just the usual call. Finally figured out how to cope with ‘forward deleting’ too – guess I should perhaps have read the manual before now.

There’s all sorts of heated talk about a late night tonight. Frankly, if I make it past 6pm, I’ll be pretty happy…

More on the outcome of the day’s PR strategy planning to follow.