Be inspired, be very inspired! ‘Advertising – More fun in the Philippines’- an absolute ‘Must-Read

Before yesterday, I think the only book I had read in one sitting was “The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas” but yesterday afternoon, I started to read Tony Harris’ book, “Advertising – More Fun In The Philippines” and I didn’t go to bed till I finished it. I look forward to the next installment of Tony’s autobiography series.

Tony Harris, CEO of BBDO Guerrero, a very good friend of mine, a very good friend of a lot of people, is an inspiration. The fact that the Jerusalem Post is predominantly read by people in Israel and the US does not render it an inappropriate arena for the review of this book.

I know that there are people around me, olim who have made aliyah, who have moved from their comfort zones in the UK, North America etc and who, at times, are questioning that decision to uproot, people who feel a bit like the Oleh equivalent of Quentin Crisp, Sting’s “Englishman in New York”. One minute, Tony was the toast of London’s advertising scene and living very comfortably in London’s N11 (Friern Barnet) suburbs, the next, he was living, alone, in Manila. The aforementioned Olim, perhaps low on inspiration, wondering if they can make it work, read Tony’s book – it’ll give you a lift!

It is a book which is not only destined to be a ‘set text’ for marketing/advertising students, it is not only an autobiography to finally keep David ‘Niv’ Niven’s “The Moon’s A Balloon” company in the esteemed realms of legendary hysterical autobiographies (the difference between the two books being that the episodes recounted in Tony’s book are all real – not that the doubt as to the veracity of the tales in Niv’s autobiography should ever diminish it’s legendary status), it is not only a book which confirms Tony’s status as a raconteur in the same class as Sir Peter Ustinov but it is a book which inspires people to ‘go for it’, to live life to the max. Besides, any book which incorporates one of my favorite words, ‘churlish’, and the wonderfully expressive idiom, ‘All fur coat and no knickers’, has got my vote. Moreover, the two protagonists, besides Tony, are a married couple, David and Angel, and that did bode well: co-creator and co-executive producer of one of the finest US comedies of all time (in my humble opinion), Frasier, was the late David Angell.

Before yesterday, I think the only book I had read in one sitting was “The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas” but yesterday afternoon, I started to read Tony Harris’ book, “Advertising – More Fun In The Philippines” and I didn’t go to bed till I finished it. I look forward to the next installment of Tony’s autobiography series. Tony Harris, CEO of BBDO Guerrero, a very good friend of mine, a very good friend of a lot of people, is an inspiration. The fact that the Jerusalem Post is predominantly read by people in Israel and the US does not render it an inappropriate arena for the review of this book.

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