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    Could it be Magic?

    Friday 31st July 2009, 6:37am

    Mary Poppins Tree by paulhollinson.

    The Accidental Billionaires is a new book which charts the rise and rise of the individuals behind the online giant Facebook.  Sarah Lacy, in her book, Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good, also touches on the personal story of founder Mark Zuckerberg, who may well be the youngest self-made billionaire in history.  Following her recent visit to London, writer Sarah Lacy reflected on my rendition of certain Mary Poppins songs, wondering if ‘fun’ has a return on investment. Of course it does.  As I have now pointed out, in every job that must be done, there is an element of fun; you find the fun and, snap, the job’s a game. 

    It seems that some people are getting a little hacked off about being asked whether they are on Facebook.  One of them is Nina Myskow, who came to public attention judging talent show New Faces in the 1980s.  Her technological tendencies have not moved on much since then, given that she doesn’t own a mobile phone, however this may be no bad thing.  I was invited to discuss the merits and pitfalls of Facebook with her on Jeremy Vine’s BBC Radio 2 show last week, and she seems perfectly charming.  I just won’t be poking her any time soon.

    Sometimes, I just can’t believe my eyes.  Take Willard Wigan for example.  His mini, teeny tiny, micro sculptures, carved on the head of a pin or in the eye of a needle, are almost literally unbelievable.  I like to think of myself as the least cynical person you’ll meet.  I worked at Disney World for goodness sake.  Have a look at this remarkable video.  It’s amazing and I do hope it’s true.  Astonishing!  In a world crammed with the latest special effects and explosions, sometimes it’s the smallest things which impress us.  Or the most human.  Take for example this somewhat ridiculous video of a man sounding remarkably like a guitar.  It’s silly isn’t it?  But captivating.  I’ve discovered recently that three, yes three colleagues who I respect enormously are all MAGICIANS.  Wouldn’t it be good to hold an event where everybody invited onstage was actually there to showcase a hidden talent.  We could invite Nina along.  Now where did I put my pen and paper?

    In Thin Air by felixtcat.

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