The sun is shining in London. It’s true! The rain has stopped, people are smiling, legs are out and I’ve had Carl Malcolm and Bob Marley playing continuously through my headphones all day. Today is a day to be spent on a picnic blanket, in one of London’s great parks, possibly with a Frisbee and definitely with friends. Happily, the Little Black Book office has all the windows open, there’s a pleasant breeze circulating, our colleague Katherine Peach has a bright, silk yellow summer top on and we’re all excitedly talking about last night’s first ‘Battle of the Bands’ heat. Check out the acts from last night and cast your vote by visiting Eclectic's Facebook Page from noon London time May 24. Voting closes Friday May 25th around 6pm: http://on.fb.me/l7qzMb
Today is the last Gabby’s Word for a few newsletters. I’m sneaking off for a week of sunshine in the Greek Isles and, as most of my time will be spent on a boat, in the middle of the Mediterranean, the iPhone is being left at home. Yes, that’s right, I’m going MIA. In my absence we have two guest editors. On Tuesday, Joe Sinclair, UK Creative Director at Burson-Marsteller and Cannes Lions 2012 judge shall be replacing me and on Thursday, from across the pond, we have Faris Yakob, Chief Innovation Officer at MDC Partners, KBSP and Founding Partner of Spies and Assassins. I have no idea what either will be discussing and nervously, I’ve left our publisher, Sarah Cooper to communicate with them both. Each has been threatened with extinction if they let me down on their deadlines, but both have been chosen for their smarts, charisma and wit. Fingers crossed they prove me right and come up with the goods. I’m sure both will entertain and enlighten you with their insights and opinions.
This week I’ve been really inspired by the work of small production house Spin’s Nicole Pinch and her stunning work for Island Record’s re-release of Bob Marley’s album Legend. I met with her on Monday to discuss the work; you can read all about it in ‘Your Shot’. I have to say, the work that we feature in today’s newsletter is really great. I’m very pleased with the round up and I’m excited to see that after all our hard work, reaching out to many of you, coming and visiting as many offices as possible, we are getting loads of new work, as and when it breaks, from some of the best agencies, productions houses and post facilities across the globe. Looking at this week’s selection is a real privilege and I, as Editor, have to thank the many PR and new business people out there that trust us and support us by sending their work into me. Please continue to do so. Our goal to be the one stop shop where you can find out everything you need to know about our wonderful industry has been achieved and I, for one, am over the moon.
In my absence, please send all your work to firstname.lastname@example.org and see you all in June.