One of the most significant events in the history of the United Kingdom is being played out on the news channels as a sports event.
Trade agreements and sovreignty have replaced the sweeper system versus the flat back four as the discussion of choice for pundits.
And it's a BAD LOOK for elected members of parliament - to be fiddling on phones and generally not paying attention.
You don't have to go very far these days to read about controversies surrounding self driving cars these days.
(We have had self driving planes for years - and curiously no one gets - or has ever - got worked up about that).
But back in the 1700's - James Brindley & John Varley - went to parliament - got the money and started building.
Started building a structure that required a completely new style of boat to run on it.
So what can we learn from the Chesterfield canal?
FUNKQUEST - with Chantal Bosse.
You should listen to Chantal Bosse on FUNKQUEST if you don't know what a space hopper is. (Pretty sure there were copies called moon boppers or something).
Do you have a "witches nose"? - That is - can you suss out when something is good or bad - legit or a scam - truth or fiction? Worth trying to develop one if you can.
How do you judge a person?
And how do you figure out - in advance - that a salesperson is likely to be pushy and aggressive?
Is it what they say? How they dress ? What they look like and what mannerisms they have? Or all of the above?
What got ruined after it got popular?
Or would you stand on line to get an instagram picture taken at an "iconic" location - without thought for what you are doing to the local environment? Lots of people would (normalites mainly).
Michael was the first contestant to play under the new FUNKQUEST rules AND the first person to be on FUNKY THINKERS TWICE.
Most podcasts and shows are just a glorified advert for the speakers coaching program, bootcamp or some other product.
In FUNKQUEST - the player has no idea what question is coming next.
What does this mean for you?
IDEAS only come from free flowing CONVERSATION.
Listening (without prejudice) to new ideas and speakers from outside your usual network.
PLUS - each question has a strict THREE minute time limit. So no multi headed long complicated stories to endure. Just short punchy bite sized ideas.
In this episode
In this episode -
Q1 - Michael picked the hippies - We discussed sales mixology and why bar tenders (good ones) are worth studying for all salespeople.
Q2 - Michael picked the space hopper - We discussed Michael's secret talent which is singing. Next time you meet her - ask for a quick rendition of "When the banana skins are falling,I'll come sliding back to you."
Q3 - Michael picked the shoe - (I suspect in time - most women will select the shoe - we might have to remove it). Michael discussed her concerns about her upcoming 50th birthday. Note from host - nothing happens. No dancing girls, no message from the Queen. Nothing
Q4 - Michael picked the guitarist - We discussed homelessness and people selling the next step/Big issue. Remember if we have a slot on the show for a badged seller of one of these magazines.Contact us to discuss.
Q5 - Micahel selected the roller skates - We discussed the opposite sex and emotions.
Michael can be contacted via http://shockyourpotential.com
Michael Sherlock - FUNKQUEST - Full episode
Too busy to listen to the full episode? Watch the FUNKY INSIGHT into homeless people selling magazines.
Some things never age.
Swatting a fly with a newspaper or magazine is something that, currently, apps and technology has been unable to replace.
Just make sure you have the ipad owners permission before you swat that fly,,,
Melissa Clark is on a mission - to empower women to be better - to do better and live better.
Local, regional and national - you name it...
To read some more about how the internet can help local groups - read Clay Shirky.
We don't do religion but do you know what the Muslim call to prayer sounds like?
How would you like to be woken up by a loud alarm clock with the Muslim call to prayer?
I have suffered with wanting to keep up with the news and world events and letting it enter my head too much...
Melissa like to keep up with world new too..
We worked out that you need to have some kind of door manager.
Not sure about the US but we call that person a bouncer over here.
You need a bouncer for your head and head space...
In true Funky Thinkers style, we came up with an idea.
Melissa would like to be stuck in a lift (elevator) with the oldest woman in the world.
That might be a stretch - but we wondered if anyone had any connections to a woman over the age of 90 (NINETY) and could get them on the show.
We would love to do a three way interview.
Too busy to listen to the full episode?
Watch the extract below
Sending someone a birthday wish has become as easy as a few thumb swipes.
If you have issues with self confidence and self worth - (probably caused by social media in the first place) - you can get a brief guilt free dopamine hit - when it is your kids birthdays.
It's easy - tell all your friends that you have a birthday in the house.
They will want to get involved - like people do - but not to actually do anything.
So it goes on - feeding each other dopamine...
Recorded just after the Boston RedSox won the 2018 world series, Bryan gave me a quick lesson in how big it actually is.
Brief nugget about history and tradition - I looked up the Boston curse - vs something being manufactured in the last 20 years.
The environment cropped up. Maybe it is the next generation that accepts global warming - rather than the current one which could typically say "I don't believe in global warming"
I googled seaweed water blob and this was the first result I got. Coming soon to a running event - or a developing country near you...
Bryan found that turning his phone resolution to black and white reduced use dramatically. Maybe we should all try it.
Too busy to listen to the full episode? Watch the extracts below
The BBC drowning in plastic trailer is below.
What is it with people in mixed social gatherings who feel it is OK to have a private conversation in public.
I was brought up that it is rude to whisper - that is effectively what you are doing though.
Having a private conversation.
My solution - Without saying anything - I get up and walk out of the room. Not returning until minutes after the flurry of keystrokes has finished.