The Friday Smile (200412) … La sonrisa del viernes

Hola amigos and amigas,

Prepare your self for the shortest smile ever. But I have been pretty swamped with things and still am, but wanted to get a quick Smile out to let you know I am alive and kicking (actually more like “alive and clicking” given how much time I have been glued to my Vaio screen recently).

It has been the normal relaxed life in Madrid – the occasional tapa, occasional vino or cerveza (or 2) and enjoying the Spring weather despite the occasional downpour that seems to never happen if I have umbrella in hand.

Work-life has been pretty hectic. Serious marketing to fill a few holes looming, co-launching a new product with my colleagues at Atlantic in the UK and, as you must all be aware, unless you have been without internet connection for three weeks, the launch of The Genesis Strategy Genie. “Strategy – at your command” (to be read slowly with a deep, echo-ey voice!). OK, just in case you missed it, go to the Genie web-page at Genesis Genie and he even has his own Facebook page at Genesis Genie Facebook – go along and “like” him!
In seriousness, if you you have a friend or colleague with a small or medium sized business who may be grappling with a strategic issue or needing to craft or review their strategy -pass the link on. You would be doing them (and me!!!) a favour.

Other than socialising and working, I have also been doing Forrest Gum impersonations and been in training for the Madrid marathon on Sunday. Its been great to get back to a good level of fitness and have enjoyed some great runs. One notable one was a 32km run with (the G) Vivi, having hired a bicycle, cycling alongside until we stopped in the Caso del Campo for lunch (mainly liquid) and took the Metro (tube) home. The next day, Vivi who is not accustomed to sitting on a small bicycle seat for 3 hours could hardly walk never mind sit down. To her extreme annoyance, I showed no signs of tiredness (which is not the same as I had no tiredness!).

Anyway, here we are  with 48 hours to go. Good weather prediction (6º to 20º and sunny). As fit as I’m going to be. Today I picked up my chip, free T-shirt and bag of running goodies alongside a host of other healthy, chatty, slightly-wired runners – which left me with the great sense of pre-race nerves (even after 53 marathons), adrenalin beginning to flow and sense of positive expectation and excitement. The marathon is the frst “Rock n Roll marathon (US events company) which means every 10 km or so there is a rock n roll band belting out loud music, cheerleaders, etc – its going to be great. So – wish me luck and think of me at 09h00 on Sunday as we all set off down Paseo de Castellana – or at about 15h00 as I sit in the Plaza Santa Ana for Vivi and my traditional post-run lunch (plus friends) guzzling cañas by the dozen – solely rehydrating you understand.

A quick note to say though, that I am humbled (yep – even me!) by my friend Elise de Beer (and hubby) who are doing the Iron man on the same day – so they add a 3,8 km swim and 180 km cycle race to their 42,2km run. Well done guys, I am truly proud of you already!

Football? Lets talk about this next Friday. Real Madrid & Barca in La Liga tomorrow – the winner probably wins the Spanish league. Next week both teams in the second part of their semi-finals Champions – to possible tee up a Real Madrid – Barca final. Lets see what happens. I would be confident if it were not for that damn Messi …..

Well I promised a short Smile, so that’s it for now. The real smiles below.

Have an awesome weekend and a relaxed week.
Abrazos a todos.


You have a choice. You can throw in the towel, or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face.

“Out of the silver heat mirage he ran.  The sky burned, and under him the paving was a black mirror reflecting sun-fire.  Sweat sprayed his skin with each foot strike so that he ran in a hot mist of his own creation.  With each slap on the softened asphalt, his soles absorbed heat that rose through his arches and ankles and the stems of his shins.  It was a carnival of pain, but he loved each stride because running distilled him to his essence and the heat hastened this distillation.”
– James Tabor, from “The Runner,” a short story


British film director Sir Ridley Scott launched a global film making contest for aspiring directors. It’s titled “Tell It Your Way”. There were over 600 entries …

The film could be no longer than three minutes, contain only 6 lines of narrative & be a compelling story. The winner was “Porcelain Unicorn” from American director Keegan Wilcox.

It’s a story of the lifetimes of two people who are totally opposite, yet very much the same – all told in less than 3 minutes. Quite amazing what you can do in 3 minutes of film!

You’ll see why it won.

Porcelain Unicorn


Very punny!

I changed my iPod’s name to Titanic. It’s syncing now.

When chemists die, they barium.

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

I know a guy who’s addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.

How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can’t put it down.

I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Typo.

PMS jokes aren’t funny; period!

Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.

I didn’t like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?

When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

Broken pencils are pointless.

I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

All the toilets in New York’s police stations have mysteriously vanished. Now the police have nothing to go on.

I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

Haunted French pancakes give me the crêpes.

Velcro — what a rip off!

A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.

Venison for dinner again? Oh dear!

The earthquake in Washington obviously was the government’s fault.


 One for my 2 nephews (Wes & Charles)

Lying in bed the 72 year old man was seriously ill. Knowing that death would come soon the man called his lawyer.

“I was thinking how you told me I could get a law degree if I had enough money to buy one. How much does it cost again?”

“It’s $65,000,” replied the lawyer. “But you are dying! Why would you want to have a law degree now?”

“That is none of your concern”, replied the dying man. “I want you to get me that law certification!”

Within the week, the sick man had received his law degree. Of course his lawyer quickly came to his side, to make sure the bill would be paid in full.

Within moments the old man began having trouble breathing and was gasping for air. It was clear he would not live much longer.

The lawyer was going nuts not knowing why this man would want a law degree and pay so much for it when he knew the end was near.

“please, please can’t you tell me why you wanted this law degree so desperately before you died?”

Barely able to speak and on his last dying breath, the old man said,

“One less lawyer…”



A professor was giving a big test one day to his students. He handed out all of the tests and went back to his desk to wait.

Once the test was over, the students all handed the tests back in. The professor noticed that one of the students had attached a $100 bill to his test with a note saying “A dollar per point.”

The next class the professor handed the tests back out. This student got back his test and $56 change.





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