Grant Feller
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I’m a media executive who has spent more than two decades at the top of his profession. I’ve now started my own business inspired, rather bizarrely, by Hollywood actor and director Ben Affleck whose recent award-winning speeches had the theme of living a ‘Second Act’. It’s never too late, he said, to reinvent yourself. Well here's another 40-something, bruised, bewildered and spurned by Jennifer Lopez, looking to star in his Second Act. And win an Oscar.

It took redundancy – and the naïve wisdom of children – to make me realise that all that’s holding us back is the fear of doing something different. I ought to be more afraid than ever but really I feel liberated. And inspired.

You can view my thought bubbles at themidlifeaffleckted.blogspot.co.uk or twitter: @grantfeller

Please do get in touch – to abuse or amuse. Preferably both at the same time.

Alternatively, if it’s about work come and find me (us) at www.gf-media.co.uk

Entries by Grant Feller

Elitism: The Curse of The British Summer

(0) Comments | Posted 12 July 2015 | (12:21)

When I was growing up I wanted to be the American tennis champion Jimmy Connors. To be honest, I wanted to be sweary, stroppy, petulant John McEnroe (which I kind of was anyway) but my mum preferred his more charming, coiffured rival so Jimmy it was.

Anyway I saw a...

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I Want to Grow Grumpy Not Happy

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2015 | (14:31)

There are few benefits to being old. Spending a pension, perhaps, enjoying free transport, heating my house (or bedsit) just for the hell of it because I have a taxpayer-funded allowance, and getting half-price tickets to West End matinees. No one would dare deprive people in their twilight years of...

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The Lesson of Rugby's Super Saturday: Let's Reward Risk

(0) Comments | Posted 23 March 2015 | (11:12)

Like the spectacular solar eclipse that many were fortunate to witness the previous day, last Saturday's extraordinary day of rugby was an event made more memorable by its rarity.

There were 221 points scored in three matches, the winners of which could all have won the championship. Seemingly liberated from...

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The Key to Winning This Election Will Be to Fake Authenticity

(2) Comments | Posted 20 March 2015 | (12:38)

I always wanted to be in a band but an inability to sing, play an instrument, dance or disguise my lack of stage presence held me back. Which is why I've always so admired Celine Dion.

So whenever a more gifted friend of mine holds a gig in a sticky-floored...

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Attack HSBC for Tax Evasion - But Not the Clients Who Accept Their Cash

(2) Comments | Posted 8 March 2015 | (14:21)

One of the best holidays I ever had cost just under £7,000 and I didn't pay a penny. Our family of four were privileged enough to enjoy an idyllic holiday in Mauritius and no expense was spared by our obliging hosts and the PR company that had been the go-between.

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Why I Find The Galliano Love-In Hard To Take

(0) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (11:45)

Saying sorry can do wonders for your rehabilitation - especially if you blame outside forces for your transgressions. So I hope shamed footballer Ched Evans finds time to learn the lessons of previously-shamed fashion designer John Galliano - a man who has not only returned to the catwalk but has...

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This Is How to End Fifa Corruption

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2014 | (12:25)

As undemocratic dictatorships go, Sepp Blatter's FIFA is pretty much the perfect model. Yes, North Korea has a formidable set-up but it lacks the financial clout of the Swiss. And I suppose Isis is trying hard to be the planet's most feared organisation but, faced with an increasing number of...

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The Joy of a Jewish Row

(0) Comments | Posted 5 November 2014 | (16:08)

My wife's introduction to the Feller family was traumatic. In the first tentative weeks of learning about each other, we met my parents in a swish restaurant. I thought the evening went well until, in a taxi later, Sian asked with a worrying frown: "Do you actually like your parents?"

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Authentic and Classy - Why Journalism Is the New Vinyl

(0) Comments | Posted 21 October 2014 | (17:17)

A vinyl collection, according to Nick Hornby in his brilliant novel High Fidelity, is a metaphor for relationships. Filled with precious moments and a fair few forgettable ones too, to be obsessed over and treasured for their authenticity.

And now I'm convinced that, in this age of branded content, it...

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Why Every Woman Should Indulge Their Man's Midlife Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted 28 September 2014 | (11:49)

It started with an extravagant 40th birthday party and ended in a tangled heap of fast cars, unsuitable women and illegal stimulants.

Well, that's not strictly true. It certainly did begin on a balmy and raucous April evening five years ago, when I inexplicably convinced myself that my guests had...

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Wake Up Football And Stop Pretending Racism Doesn't Exist

(2) Comments | Posted 22 August 2014 | (13:57)

Excusing racism is as bad as expressing it. The former fuels the latter, almost as if it's a subtle - though often completely unintentional - form of endorsement.

It is one of the reasons we have seen such a spate of anti-semitic attacks in the past weeks, because the language...

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Be Brave Bercow - Or You'll Be the One Out of Your Depth

(1) Comments | Posted 19 August 2014 | (16:33)

John Bercow's questionable motives for wishing to employ a key assistant who, according to one of his predecessors as Speaker, is 'totally out of her depth', says less about his character than it does about the notion of leadership in Britain.

Baroness Boothroyd spoke out after it was revealed that...

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The Curse of the Deputy

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2014 | (16:36)

It was always Gordon Brown's problem. It's turned out to be Philip Clarke's as well over at Tesco. And, despite his recent runs for England, it may well be Alastair Cook's too.

But why are deputies so often such failures? Why, when they have spent years planning their accession and...

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What It Feels Like to Be the Target of Anonymous Trolls

(2) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (00:00)

My family, it appears, are a 'bunch of ugly, sad losers'. My wife is so 'desperate' to leave me that she will '**** the next man she has a drink with'. My beautiful children are, variously, 'pathetic... spoilt... probably adopted' because I am 'unable to get it up... a waste...

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Why Is It Always Yes Men and Not Yes Women?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 June 2014 | (09:00)

Men are either sycophants or narcissists. A fortunate few can even be both, such as the frankly scary Dominic Cummings, a close ally of Education Secretary Michael Gove and a person who is unlikely to have ever uttered the words: 'Sorry, you're right.'

Dominic has rebuked David Cameron for surrounding...

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Dedication, Not Delegation, Is What You Need Prime Minister

(0) Comments | Posted 6 June 2014 | (09:34)

David Cameron has got me singing an old TV theme tune all morning. It's from the wonderful Roy Castle's Record Breakers: 'If you wanna be the best, if you wanna beat the rest, dedication's what you need...'

Except I've replaced the word dedication with delegation. Because for a man supposed...

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My Friend's a Ukip Politician - So What?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2014 | (14:51)

So when is it acceptable to drop a mate?

All men like to think that they're unfailingly loyal, understanding and loathe to engage in petty vendettas with friends. But two encounters this weekend made me consider the dilemma of standing by a friend no matter what they do.

The gifted...

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The Future of Content: Left to Right, Not Up and Down

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2014 | (10:27)

I lead a very 20th century life in the morning, well before work begins and the rest of the family ruin my peaceful breakfast. I read my papery newspapers, write notes with a pen and occasionally sketch - badly - the comings and goings in the back garden.

But everything...

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My Son's Coach Could Teach Mourinho That Losing Well Makes You a Winner

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2014 | (18:29)

My son's football coach, one of us dads, was adamant. 'Boys, I only want winners. There is winning or there is nothing. I don't care how you do it but just win.' They lost.

Not only did they lose but they lost by kicking the ball aimlessly upfield, feigning injury...

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Don't Worry Moyes, There Really Is No Success Like Failure

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2014 | (17:12)

It's said that success breeds success but failure is a far more potent ingredient, which I suspect David Moyes will find out to his immense relief in a couple of years or so. Humiliation, disappointment and catastrophic loss - that's what makes people successful. That's why there's so much expectation...

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