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

The 17 Golden Rules of Blogging

(0) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (09:04)

One of my many talents - aside from an unerringly accurate double-handed backhand - is, to my surprise, blogging. Not necessarily my own but others', their ghosted blogs.

The other week I was asked to speak to a selected group of PR executives as to how I approach writing a...

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Banning Phones Won't Beat the Bullies

(0) Comments | Posted 27 March 2014 | (08:51)

Last week my 15-year-old daughter told me she hated me. Absolutely screamingly, door-slammingly, never-come-in-my-room-again hated. 'You don't understand,' she said. 'This is my life and you're ruining it!' I hadn't stopped her from going to a party or from going within 10 feet of boys (tempting though that is). All...

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Cameron's Digital UK Needs A Dose Of Chutzpah

(0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2014 | (14:06)

As a mischievous teenager I was berated by my grandmother for showing too much chutzpah. I believe she was using the original meaning of the popular Yiddish phrase - insolence. She'd be amused to think that it's now a word we use to shower praise on someone with the confidence...

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The Best Music to Lose Your Job To

(0) Comments | Posted 13 March 2014 | (11:42)

We all know that our choice of music has an effect on our subconscious but I realised this morning - listening to my new, lovingly-compiled playlist - that the exact opposite is also true. Our subconscious chooses our music.

A year ago I lost my job, felt sorry for myself...

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Ukip Don't 'Love Britain', They Hate It

(9) Comments | Posted 4 March 2014 | (14:40)

In the history of political slogans, there cannot be another more contradictory than Ukip's catchy new phrase, purloined with extraordinary naivety from the British National Party. 'Love Britain, Vote Ukip.'

It is perfect except for one thing. The omission of a single word. Don't. And a question mark. 'Don't Love...

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Sold Its Soul? Journalism Has Found Its Calling!

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2014 | (08:15)

What is the difference between a paid-for article praising a product and an article praising the exact same product in which no money has changed hands?

The former we might call native advertising, content marketing or perhaps even advertorial. The latter is traditional journalism.

Here's the follow-up question: which...

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How Personalised News Can Actually Help Us Live Longer

(0) Comments | Posted 16 February 2014 | (11:29)

For someone usually over-enthusiastic to make instinctive judgements, I'm peculiarly undecided about the internet and privacy.

One side of me says, 'Well I've got nothing to hide, what's wrong with people knowing who I am and what I like.' On the other, it's undeniably creepy that strangers - some with...

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The Problem With Yes-Men

(0) Comments | Posted 3 February 2014 | (08:29)

I have won and lost jobs on the back of my (occasional) inability to be an obsequious yes-man. I won a job in a powerful publishing empire because I dared to speak my mind in a room of conformity, at precisely the moment the boss was changing his. The next...

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Is Old the New Gold?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 January 2014 | (10:11)

What will everyone be discussing at the World Economic Forum in Davos - apart from Bono's new superdark sunglasses and the luxurious hospitality accompanying debates about third world poverty? At a recent event I attended, the speakers concluded that ageing populations will dominate the agenda.

Which dovetailed neatly with two...

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Google's Contact Lens Is Just the First Step in Turning Us Into Empowered Robots

(0) Comments | Posted 19 January 2014 | (16:44)

Forgive me for slightly boiling down the reasons for human existence into one pithy sentence but the three base instincts that truly fuel us are to get richer, have more sex and live longer. Or maybe that's just me.

Anyway, it's not a coincidence that the internet's most lucrative enterprises...

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2014 - The Year of the (New) Journalist

(0) Comments | Posted 5 January 2014 | (13:48)

Recently, I helped out a teacher friend of mine at her school careers fair. I was asked to be the friendly journalist - or Media Consultant as my more seductive name-tag suggested. My desk was pitched in between Mr KPMG and Ms Goldman Sachs, both of whom freely distributed company...

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The Real Reason We Lost The Ashes - We're A Sycophantic Clique

(2) Comments | Posted 5 January 2014 | (13:37)

I doubt Michael Cimino has ever watched a game of cricket in his life - nevertheless the Oscar-winning director who imploded in a fireball of arrogance, sycophancy and self-obsessive control-freakery more than three decades ago is the perfect mentor for England's beleaguered cricket captain, Alistair Cook.

Cook has gone from...

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Why We Should Fear The Ukip Call To 'Send Them All Back Home'

(2) Comments | Posted 8 December 2013 | (12:48)

The senior UKIP so-called politician Victoria Ayling has received the full backing of her party following revelations that she wished she could kick out immigrants and 'send them all back home'. It's language that should worry anyone with a passing interest in politics.

But before we get to why, let's...

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The Truth About Nelson and Me

(0) Comments | Posted 6 December 2013 | (15:20)

Some of the greatest journalism this country has ever produced can be found in the obituaries. Not just in the 'back of the book' history lessons that often tell the most extraordinary stories eloquently, concisely and captivatingly. But in the insightful personal tributes written by comment editors, politicians or assorted...

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Why the Answer Will Always Be Blowin' in the Wind

(1) Comments | Posted 28 November 2013 | (11:53)

What makes something that's classic, timeless? The two, in terms of creativity, sound as if they mean the same thing. But I think they're a world away from each other - as I am from my daughter.

Aged 15, she's studying American civil rights for history (her Martin Luther essays...

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Why We Should All Embrace the Fear of Failure

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2013 | (14:43)

I have been re-reading a selection of speeches over the past few weeks, understanding their subtexts far better now than when I first encountered them. One, in particular, stands out - President Franklin Roosevelt's first Inauguration speech 80 years ago.

With the words of his gifted aide Raymond Moley, he...

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John Major's Right - Eton Has Eaten Us All Up

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2013 | (11:03)

'The only meritocratic institution in Britain today is the City', proudly announced my friend, a fabulously successful and - please believe me when I say this - genuinely humble fund manager. His team are there to make money, of course, look after their clients and, though my friend didn't say...

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Russell Brand May Be Wrong - But Here's Why He's Right

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2013 | (15:29)

My first permanent job on national newspapers was awarded for me arguing with the Editor. My most recent was utterly infuriating for the same reason.

Twenty-odd years ago I didn't go into my first features conference with the intention of arguing - to be honest I hoped I could just...

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The Real Problem With Homeland

(6) Comments | Posted 23 October 2013 | (00:00)

The rather dull and uninvolving third series of Homeland - and let's face it, it's been going downhill since the middle of the first series - is, I think, the result not just of the curse of 'sequelitis' but the impossibility of turning a crisis into a drama.

Or, more...

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If You Want My Vote, Tell Me A Story

(0) Comments | Posted 16 October 2013 | (17:02)

Let's imagine for a moment there are two companies, bitter rivals, each with their own defined ethos and recognised team, and both with the same broad agendas - to sell their product, make money and steal customers away from the other. Let's call them Team Red and Team Blue.

Both...

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