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Ron Clements – Home Run on Wheels

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​Sports writer Ron Clements is Funky Thinker 134

Ron Clements is a sports writer and what started out as a joke, like all these things do, turned into a mobile goodwill jaunt. Taking kids who would otherwise be stuck with their faces pressed up against the glass, to a real life major event.

On 12th March 2018 Ron and Patti set sail ​on what we British would call a camper van, on a mission to visit all 30 major league baseball stadiums in a season.

This Funky Thinkers episode is rare because I just talked to Ron​. No preprepared questions, no FUNKQUEST board, nothing. Just two friends talking about stuff.

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​We talk about getting kids to games and how one young person caught a home run. (You will have to listen to the full episode to find the details of why it is so rare).

One major league baseball team donated 200 free tickets for kids to get in...

Which stadiums allow tailgate parties and which do not?

We also got a FUNKY THINKERS exclusive and details of Ron's next book.

You can contact Ron via Homerunonwheels.com and contact the Children's hope alliance.

Plus - people we need on the show. Anyone who has been round all 92 English football league grounds and any ground steward or ball boy who works in a major sports league anywhere in the world.

​You can get Ron's book direct from Amazon

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​Ron and Patti travel around in what we would call a camper van. (A big one...)

Melissa Clark – Lady on a mission…

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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?

Thought not...

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.

​The she shift - by Melissa Clark

​There is a shift taking place in the world, with women in the workplace, female entrepreneurs, and women supporting one another. More women are being highlighted, recognized, and empowered.This book acknowledges high-profile businesswomen who have paved the way, presents statistics about women in the workplace as well as female entrepreneurs, and provides examples of how women are taking the reins and empowering one another.Twenty-five dynamic women from various backgrounds, industries, and regions share their stories of life and business. These inspirational women describe their triumphs, tribulations, and journeys. The She Shift is crafted to highlight women influencing the world, creating legacies for future female leaders, and to globally inspire, empower, and enlighten the audience.

Melissa Clark - The she shift
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Bryan Falchuk – social media detox game – who is in?

Bryan Falchuck - how big is the world series?

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​Bryan Falchuk recorded this episode 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...

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/247672-seaweed-based-water-pouch-aims-end-need-plastic-bottles

Bryan found that turning his phone resolution to black and white reduced use dramatically. Maybe we should all try it.

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Bryan Falchuk Do a day
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The BBC drowning in plastic trailer is below.

Dr Aaron Smith PhD – What does it take to make a good school?

Dr Aaron Smith PhD started with the question

"What does it take to make a good school?"

Like most Funky Thinker questions - it is harder than it appears at first glance.

It requires some sit down and talk time - Funky or what?

After a quick trip round the size of aircraft carriers at Norfolk Virginia and Portsmouth (UK), we decided that the worst place in the world to be was on the flight deck of one on 4th July.

The temperature is 110 degrees. (That's 43 Celsius - or very hot) and you are cleaning rust off. Nice

We got to talking about education and things which are required for a good school - that it is very hard to measure and therefore articulate in simple terms.

Like culture, the way things are done. Relationships between school and home and more.

I often wonder if the desert island question still has a place in the world.

Turns out it really has - not for the few minutes we allow it on the show - but for a wider group or team discussion.

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How to really detox from social media

Is testing in schools the only success measure?

What does it take to make a good school?

Tim Armacost – JOHN NOT ROBBIE..

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Tim Armacost is a musician.

I asked him off air if he was any good - just google his name...(or better still type his name into YouTube...)

What's it like to be children of US diplomats?

Well you get to go to baseball games as kids on the Japanese underground. (With no parents attached).

The Japanese still have the social contract - even today - that most other western countries have lost.

Tim has conflicting emotions because for the last few weeks - he has had no kids around the house - they have all flown the nest.

Luck vs skill and what is a professional musician anyway? 

There is a cliche which says the harder you work - the luckier you get. Attributed to various people. Or is it skill ? Below is Tim's take on it.

How musicians make money in these days of music on tap via YouTube, Spotify etc? 

In days gone by, record collections would take months and years to assemble. Incrementally, the fan would send money to the artist every time they bought a single or an LP. Now you can listen to the entire back catalogue of virtually any artist you can name.

The answer is the experience... Instead of just pulling up YouTube on your phone - you gotta go to a live event. Concert, gig, whatever you want to call it.

Who is the person Tim want to be stuck in a lift with?

Turns out it is JOHN Coltrane - video below - rather than Scottish actor ROBBIE Coltrane. You can tell the obvious differences in the two clips below.

Oh the amateurish mistakes we make when not properly prepared...

Makes for a better conversation though?

We also talked about 'bloodlines' for rock groups.

The Beatles/Sex Pistols vs heavy rock KISS - YES etc

In his younger life, Tim was a KISS fan but never painted his face... 

What is it like to be a musician and be paid to mine/act/play along to backing music?

Tim Armacost tattoo
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JOHN Coltrane

ROBBIE Coltrane

Plus - ever been to a wedding and thought the band/music was somehow a bit odd. Here is why...

Vivian Acquah – Computers bringing up children worries me…

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Did you know it is rude to ask a lady how old she is?

That's what I was brought up to believe anyway...

Vivian Acquah is a workplace wellness advocate from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Of course, we didn't talk about that - but a whole heap of other random stuff. It's Funky Thinkers after all.

The most unusual place Vivian has been to is the LA ghetto.

I am not sure there is such a place with the designation of ghetto.

What is it actually like in Germany?

Does the grass grow straight up like it has been combed with a hair comb? And why does Germany have that reputation?

The term screenager cropped up - I hadn't heard it - and it turns out it is a film and a whole heap of other stuff.

Maybe I need to get out of the Funky Thinkers bubble a little more often.

Meditation crops up as per usual but Vivian is the first person to talk about meditation using an app.

Connect with Vivian via LinkedIn.

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Jonathan Pritchard – A map is the ultimate magic trick

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​Jonathan Pritchard was by far one of the most existential ​guests we have featured on the show.

Emotional Judo is a real thing - and the dot com is taken. So no point looking.

A map is the ultimate magic trick because if you have a piece of paper in front of you, you will know what is coming round the next corner.

It can't be any map - it must be a specific map - of the place where you are.

And that is the reason to use a consultant or a coach - because they have a map of where you are and what it likely to be round the next corner.

The glass half empty or glass half full thing got a twist. Einstein?

Everything is a miracle or nothing is a miracle

I am travelling half way across the world - to a different country - and it is like riding in a bus.

How cool is that?

Or - they don't even have wifi - what suckage...

Captain Cook cropped up.

He was a British explorer and navigator who made the first contact with the east coast of Australia (apart from the people who were already there) and the first circumnavigation of New Zealand.

In three voyages, Cook sailed thousands of miles across largely uncharted areas of the globe. He mapped lands from New Zealand to Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean in greater detail and on a scale not previously achieved.

One of his maps is below.

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This isn't a self help book. This is an exploration of the physical & meta-physical world starting from the abstract world of mathematics & geometry as it establishes a mathematical proof for personal integrity. This is a martial arts book that has little to do with punching & kicking, but everything to do with learning how to not be your own worst enemy. Never beat yourself up; that's your opponent's job!

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Captain Cook map of Australia (approx 1770)

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Modern map of Australia

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Robert McGuinness – social media takes away people’s autonomy

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Rober Mcguinnes proved a sign of the times​, often people show up to be on the show and they have already figured out their own version of Funky Thinkers.

Robert McGuiness had an angle that people live in a certain culture meme. And we see that everywhere - in mass market TV, politics, the news.

It takes a certain type of person to break through or break out of that strait jacket. Funky Thinkers.

This episode uses the vehicle of the travel industry to discuss this.

In the 1970's when airfares became affordable - everyone in the UK went to Spain in the summer. (Or Portugal or Greece).

That became the cultural meme.

If there are any budding historians who listen to the show - we would be interested in having you on the show.

Robert thinks you guys are under rated.

There is a link to a show which was on BBC a while back where each episode featured the trials and tribulations of a family - who lived in a specific house in Liverpool.

Outside UK people may be unable to see it.

Plus - if you haven't seen it before - there is the link to the DHL advert virtually proving that nowhere on earth is inaccessible.

Robert also thinks that social media takes away people's autonomy. Never heard it described like that before. In that people are living their lives measuring against what other people like or do or think or buy.

Plus - forget all these apps that bring your food to you. At a time slot of their choosing. Next time I need some takeaway food - I am going to go to the shop - with cash - and buy it. You will have to listen to get the full story.

The twitter user interface cropped up for the first time.... Could do better.

Robert McGuiness
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Hudi Kowalsky – Yes you can – (gobble gobble like a turkey)…

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I felt a little awkward after recording this.

Hudi Kowalsky is a born and bred New Yorker.

Because I knew who Top Cat was and he didn't.

A video snippet of the classic Top Cat introduction is below.

(Top Cat is a cartoon version of The Phil Silvers show - Sgt Bilko where a gang of wiseguys continually get one over on the slow witted and generally ineffective "officials".)

I might need to change some of the questions - because the "what makes you roll your eyes every time you hear it ?" is starting to become a little awkward.

I think we have proved that all Funky thinkers have a dislike for rudeness, intolerance and general 21st century attitudes.

Watch this space...

Where is the one place - (well two) that if you went to - and could stay there forever - you would meet everyone you had ever met.

The answer is Trafalgar Square - London and Times Square - New York. The Eiffel Tower in Paris. Red Square Moscow. CN Tower Toronto.

We talk about what life is like in the ant colony that is New York City - downtown.

Tip - Whatever and however your life is chaotic and busy - you NEED to have something that takes your mind off it. As someone famous once said "It's a rat race and the rats are winning."

Hudi was a child of the 1960's listening to Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

Plus the story of the Prince who thought he was a turkey - the answer for treating him. Let him be a Turkey if he wants to be.

Tom Baker (Doctor Who) cropped up as did King Solomon - How did they know he was one of the richest men who ever lived? Did they dig up his bank card?

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Jeffrey Gurian – Is he who I think he is?

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Jeffrey Gurian started life as a cosmetic dentist. Like you do...

He was still a little pumped when we recorded the show. He hadn't slept much after hosting and producing a hit New York comedy show the previous night.

We talked about the pressure of performing live on stage. People will ALWAYS clap if you sing - however bad.

But if your jokes are no good - you will bomb.

Jeffrey let us into the subtleties of some ways needed to avoid this.

Blocking out negativity cropped up again and I still haven't figured out if this desert island has wifi or not.

Jeffrey was the first person to take his family curiously.

For most people - the choice of eat in or takeaway is a genuine one. Not if you live in New York City - where there are restaurants every 3 feet. Takeaway is not really a choice.

As a curious wrap to the show - on a cruise - someone asked (of Jeffrey) "Is that who I think it is?" (thinking he was Elton John).

A short escapade went on - with the person who made the call of mistaken identity was a little annoyed.

Moral of the story - never assume things - always find out for yourself - and trust no one.

Jeffrey has just written his FIFTH BOOK - The first four were via a traditional publisher - The latest one is self published.

"Healing Your Heart, By Changing Your Mind - A Spiritual and Humorous Approach To Achieving Happiness"

Jeffrey Gurian
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