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David Parkin on how not to handle a crisis

DO you want a bet? I’m not into motor racing and I’m not much of a gambler, but I’ll put a big bet down on one thing. Yesterday Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said it is “time to draw a line under” the controversy over accusations about his behaviour
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David Parkin feels like a Morris minor in a roomful of Rolls-Royces

HOW the hell did that happen? You get some of the most successful business people from not just Yorkshire but the UK together in a room – and the conversation turns to Morris dancing. Eh, I suppose that’s my fault. A member of the campaign board at Martin House children’s
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David Parkin finds inspiration and desperation

THE London Transport Museum is based in the old Victorian flower market in a corner of the famous Covent Garden Piazza at the heart of the West End. It seemed the perfect place to host the Stagecoach Excellence Awards, run by the bus company to celebrate the best of the
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David Parkin gets the hottest ticket in town

IT was only a matter of time. After a trip to work in Barcelona last week I knew my next overseas assignment wasn’t far away. And this week I was off to the Far East. Yes, Hull. I know I’ve used that line before, but bear with me. There’s a
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David Parkin on adding value

I’VE spent the last few days in Barcelona. The sun shone bright in the sky and temperatures topped 20 degrees celsius. And the only time I really saw daylight was in the cab from the airport to a five star hotel on the coast to the south of the city.
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David Parkin considers transferring his affections

QUESTION. How do you know it has been a quiet Transfer Deadline Day for Sky Sports News? The pundits that the TV channel has brought in to discuss ins and outs at football clubs end up playing darts against each other. The channel was also forced to run quizzes about
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David Parkin on a Big Weekend in the ‘Gate and being mistaken for a film star

IT sounded like a good idea at the time. The note from Sean Jarvis piqued my interest. Given “Jarvo” is an influential and experienced figure in the world of sport – current chief executive of Leicestershire County Cricket Club, ex-commercial director of Huddersfield Town and former owner of Oldham Athletic
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David Parkin blows up Christmas

THAT’s me in the photograph above. I’m the one on the left. My companion in the photo is my cousin Lesley’s rescue dog Scarlett. I thought you might like a festive photo from outside a house in Byron, a neighbourhood in London, Ontario in Canada. They have an annual Christmas
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David Parkin on meeting an old business friend and saying goodbye to another

IT felt just like the old days. Up with the lark, a quick shower and shave, put a tie on to complement my Michelsberg jacket, a slurp of tea and then out to scrape the ice off the car before heading to a business breakfast event. It used to be
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David Parkin on demystifying the media

I’VE always been philosophical. As you can see from the photograph above, even my media training sessions wrestle with the existential dilemma facing humanity. The most philosophical things pertaining to the meaning, purpose and value of human existence I have ever read was on a birthday card. “To be is
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David Parkin on a blunt city treasure

MR Blobby, Noel Edmonds and Sonia. No, they aren’t on my bucket list of celebrities I’m desperate to meet. But they also weren’t people I expected to be talking about with an eminent Yorkshire businessman. However Keith Loudon OBE isn’t your usual entrepreneur. The words “legend” and “veteran” are bandied
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David Parkin on a zombie city

I’M worried. In depth research recently published in the Daily Star revealed that the first city in the UK to be invaded by zombies would be Leeds. Yes, according to this newspaper of record, the biggest city in Yorkshire would be the first in the country to be overrun by
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David Parkin on Ol’ Blue Eyes and getting a black eye from readers

REGULAR readers of this blog will have deduced that my taste in music is rather “retro”. In fact I don’t like anything that was recorded post circa 1963. Actually, that’s a lie. There have been a few modern classics that have piqued my interest in recent years by all time
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David Parkin on being a retiring individual

IT was only a matter of time. Bodybuilding legend, huge Hollywood film star and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledging the man who made him what he is today. I’m indebted to Huddersfield entrepreneur Andy Needham (who, like Arnold, is an imposing man of sculpted physique) for sending over
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David Parkin on a shining light in business

I ALWAYS knew I was destined for great things. And this week I became a Mayor. OK, it was only for an hour and I was in charge of a fictional town called Farefield, but I think I was born to lead. I was drafted into my role at a
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David Parkin bids farewell to a pair of legends

LAWYERS are often portrayed as being dull, boring and risk averse. I’m lucky that none of the ones I know fall into that category. And if you wanted an antidote to that stereotype, then Tim Wheldon was it. Tim, who has died at the far too young age of 64,
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David Parkin would prefer a perma-tan to a permacrisis

DO you know which word was picked as the word of the year for 2022? ‘Permacrisis’. Yes, according to Collins Dictionary, permacrisis – a word describing the feeling of living through a period of war, inflation and political instability – was its word of the year. That was highlighted by
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David Parkin ponders his microcosm

IT’S a small world. The reality of that struck home several times following last week’s blog. I mentioned that on a recent trip to Yorkshire’s county cricket match at Scarborough I sat next to former York businessman turned vicar Michael Sinclair in a marquee that included big names from Yorkshire
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David Parkin talks trains and talent

NOW here’s a funny thing. I went to Scarborough the other day. No, that’s not the funny bit. What’s funny is that my wife and I left the house at the same time on Tuesday morning and she got to London, which is 200 miles from Leeds, two hours before
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David Parkin on chipping in to cross the deep blue sea

AS challenges go, it is likely to be slightly harder than completing a leisurely round of golf. Golfing pals David Knaggs and Richard Larking have set themselves the formidable goal of rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. It hasn’t been dubbed “the World’s Toughest Row” for nothing. David and
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David Parkin on a plucky underdog with a point to prove

“I FELT I had to do this because shouting at the telly every night didn’t seem to work.” That’s how businessman Nick Palmer explains his decision to stand as an independent candidate in next week’s by-election in Selby and Ainsty. The vote was triggered when the constituency’s Conservative MP Nigel
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David Parkin on a diamond in Steel City

FAREWELL then, Lord Bob Kerslake. The career civil servant, who has died of cancer aged just 68, held roles including Head of the Civil Service, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Communities and Local Government and chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, the national housing and regeneration agency
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David Parkin on not mixing well

I’M a snob. I’ve always suspected it, but got full confirmation last week. We had spent a lovely few days on the Greek island of Paxos in the shimmering Ionian Sea. It is a small island, the main port town, Gaios, is the size of a fishing village and there are
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David Parkin sends a postcard from the seaside

WHILE the rest of the country basked in sunshine, I went to Bridlington for the cloud last week. This corner of the East Yorkshire coast didn’t see the sun until mid-afternoon last Friday but there was plenty of brightness in Bridlington Spa where the annual The Business Day conference was
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David Parkin on wit, wisdom and film noir

FAREWELL then Mike Carey. You may well not have heard of him but his recent passing brought many tributes including one from former Guardian journalist and Wisden editor Matthew Engel who described him as “one of the most talented, versatile and prominent cricket journalists of his generation”. Mike, who is
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David Parkin avoids a political scandal

THE top Conservative politician has retired as the party’s group leader on Leeds City Council after 43 years in the role. There are dictators in banana republics who would be envious of that run. Councillor Andrew Carter has led the local Tories since 1980 and served as Leeds’ joint council leader
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David Parkin asks Gareth Southgate leading questions

THEY used to say being England football manager was the impossible job. English managers who had succeeded in the domestic game tried it. Foreign managers who had won European honours at club level were imported and didn’t do much better. Whatever was tried, the Football Association never achieved the holy
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David Parkin on making history

I WAS a part of history being made yesterday. No, I didn’t buy a round. But glasses definitely deserved to be raised as transport group Stagecoach unveiled the world’s first autonomous bus service. My colleague at COPA Group, Andrea Munt and I provided event and media support at the launch
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David Parkin on a rebel with a cause

IT has been sad to read about the crisis facing Yorkshire’s iconic Black Sheep Brewery. The Masham-based business this week announced its intention to appoint administrators after failing to secure new investment or a sale of the firm. The company said it had been “hit very hard” by the pandemic
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David Parkin works out a few problems

FAREWELL then Barry Humphries, one of the great entertainers of our time. The Australian comedian, actor, writer and artist died last week aged 89 and the tributes on TV, radio and in newspapers and online underlined what a great talent he was and how fortunate we all were to experience
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David Parkin on re-cycling a bike dream

LET me take you on a journey into a world of delusion. We don’t have to go too far. Just up to the Yorkshire Dales, or wherever it is the man that bought the assets of Welcome to Yorkshire is based. When the ailing regional tourism agency was put into
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David Parkin on an inspiring bar story and a haunted hotel

WHEN I first met Martin Wolstencroft 20 years ago he was a regional manager with pub group Whitbread who had an idea. It can’t have been a bad idea, because Martin is now the chief executive of a bar and restaurant chain, Arc Inspirations, which operates 19 venues in England
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David Parkin on a man for all seasons

I THOUGHT you might like the picture above – not just one Parky but three in the same photograph! It was taken by cameraman and videographer Paul Ross at a Stagecoach event I helped organise and host in Manchester last week. The dinner and day-long conference was for the transport
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David Parkin on the sadness of a fading old friend

WILL the last person in Morrisons please walk out past the empty shelves, leave your trolley in the trolley park and don’t forget to take your pound coin out of the slot. I used to enjoy the experience of a shopping trip to Morrisons. The cheery staff, aisles bustling with
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David Parkin gets a bit overwhelmed

I WAS quite overwhelmed by the kind and thoughtful messages sent by readers of last week’s blog. Despite seeing the weekly readership numbers for my blog, they are only numbers and so when people take the trouble to write a comment or send a message or to ‘like’ it on
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David Parkin ties the knot

YOU might have seen that this blog didn’t appear last week. That’s because I was away getting married. Well, you’ve got to keep yourself busy. As you can see from the photo above and another below, we tied the knot in Venice, a favourite destination for us since Harriet and
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David Parkin on an uncertain role as a media svengali

IT’S not a bad compliment when someone who regularly appears on the BBC, Sky Sports and Channel 4 credits you with helping launch their media career. Danika Priim is far too generous in putting her success down to a helping hand from me. The former Leeds Rhinos, Bradford Bulls and
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David Parkin wrestles with a sex symbol

FAREWELL then Raquel Welch. The actress and sex symbol died this week aged 82. I have to say when I watched the film One Million Years BC, I was more interested in the dinosaurs rather than Raquel in her iconic deerskin bikini. But that’s me. Give me a copy of
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David Parkin wonders if TV return will be funny or faulty

DID you see that John Cleese plans to bring back Fawlty Towers? The much-loved sitcom about a crazed hotelier, his bossy wife and a madcap group of hotel staff and guests, ended 44 years ago. But now former Monty Python star Cleese, who co-wrote and starred in Fawlty Towers with
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David Parkin on racing to the bottom of the dressing up stakes

FORWARD thinking, quick to embrace change and transparent and open in the way it operates. These terms are rarely used to describe the Jockey Club, the former regulator of British horseracing which is the largest commercial organisation in the sport in the United Kingdom. The London-based body, founded in 1750,
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David Parkin on the false modesty of Linkedin

WELCOME to Linkedin Jesse Marsch. The Leeds United head coach joined the business networking platform this week. The American, who replaced the hugely popular Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road in February last year, has gathered more than 8,000 followers in his first few days. He told them: “There’s so much
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David Parkin on professionalism over Prosecco taps

IT was when a bloke walked past me wearing pink shorts and flip flops that I first thought that perhaps I wasn’t perfectly suited to the city centre offices where I was based. Look, I’m not daft (shut it). I know that my preference for wearing a suit or jacket
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David Parkin wonders about batting for the other side

I’VE always wanted to be a fount of all knowledge. A message arrived from a reader following last week’s blog. “Surprised you had nothing to say about YCCC. As a member I need to decide how to cast my vote and your guidance would have helped.” How flattering. Particularly given
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David Parkin finds a celebrity chef story hard to digest

HE’S back! Just when you thought it was safe to go out for an Italian meal, Gino D’Acampo is opening another restaurant in Yorkshire. I thought the TV “chef” might have learned from his previous experiences in the county. His partnership with Individual Restaurants – the group behind Piccolino and
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David Parkin goes to the pub and has a Mone

I told the gathered guests that Tony was something of a hero to all of the family in Britain and not without reason. An accomplished sportsman, he was a talented swimmer and rugby player who came close to being selected for Great Britain’s Olympic water polo team. He was the
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David Parkin on what he shares with Pelé

DID I ever tell you what I had in common with Pelé? Silky footballing skills, a powerful shot and an idol to fans across the world. No, none of them. But I do have one thing I share with the late, great Brazilian football genius who died last week at
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David Parkin on a seasonal story

WHO’S that jolly red nosed character in the photograph above? Swap the sheep for reindeer and the overalls for a red and white suit and maybe I could just about pass for a cut price Father Christmas. OK, please yourselves. This was me yesterday morning helping feed the sheep on
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David Parkin on the road to hell

A FRUSTRATED and confused visitor to Leeds, who had found themselves stuck on the ‘Loop’ road around the city centre, once told me they now didn’t fear going to hell after death. No, he solemnly told me, purgatory would be circling the city of Leeds in his car in an
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David Parkin on a wrong turn in the city centre

I ALWAYS thought the way to encourage people not to take their cars into city centres was to focus on improving public transport. Leeds City Council appears to have decided on a more cost effective approach. Dig up the city’s main square, make diversion instructions unintelligible and put roadworks and
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David Parkin on cracking the code between business and sport

WHEN eminent sports lawyer Richard Cramer phoned me and asked if I thought three weeks was too short notice to invite people to listen to a question and answer session with a leading sports coach I told him I was confident he would get a good audience. Richard, who runs
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David Parkin on the sound of silence

DID somebody say there was a World Cup happening soon? For every previous FIFA men’s football tournament I can remember, that question, coming on the eve of a tournament, would have been sarcastic and, frankly, plain daft. Anticipation about a World Cup would have been bubbling towards fever pitch. In
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David Parkin on a wet lettuce and a limp banana

IT was a central part of the grand plan that would help “level up” Britain and add extra cement to rebuilding the so-called “red wall” which had crumbled to give victory to the Conservatives in the last general election. But in today’s Britain big ideas from politicians don’t seem to
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David Parkin on a controversial, crazy and chaotic life

FAREWELL then Jerry Lee Lewis. To call the ‘Great Balls of Fire’ singer a hellraiser doesn’t really do him justice. His life was chaotic, cruel, crazy and controversial. But putting morals aside, Jerry Lee Lewis was my favourite star of rock n’ roll. I loved Little Richard and Fats Domino,
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David Parkin on flying in the face of common sense

IT’s official, Doncaster Sheffield Airport has been crowned as the best in the UK. Yes, for the fourth year in a row the airport has been named the UK’s most popular by consumer champion Which? That’s right, the South Yorkshire airport which is soon to be shut down by its
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David Parkin wonders what the hell is going on

WHAT the hell is going on? There must be very few people who haven’t asked that question in recent months. Most probably say it several times a day. It was the title of an event I went to in London this week. When I got the invitation a couple of
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David Parkin on dealing with deal makers

IS doing a business deal an art or a science? According to the panel at last night’s latest Fresh Thinking Network event it is a bit of both as well as needing a good deal of common sense, strong communication and good relationships. Fresh Thinking Capital brought together a panel
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David Parkin has a problem

I’VE got a problem. No, not that one. Call me a cynical old … (insert your choice of word here), but I don’t buy the explanation put forward for the imminent closure of Doncaster Sheffield Airport. The airport’s owner Peel Group plans to wind down the airport from the end
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David Parkin remembers Ronnie Pickering

DID you know it was seven years ago this week that Ronnie Pickering became an internet sensation? What do you mean who? Ronnie Pickering. Still no wiser? RONNIE PICKERING!!! Yes, seven years ago local man Ronnie Pickering wrote himself into Hull folklore when a video of him angrily confronting a
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David Parkin enjoys health and history

I WROTE about new health and fitness experience Feel Electric last year after trying out several sessions. Thanks to the generosity of fitness entrepreneur Jon Wright and his team, I’ve continued the 20 minute weekly sessions over the last few months. As my fitness has improved, it has been interesting
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David Parkin gets some kicks from his bucket list

IT has been a summer of several “firsts”. I visited Provence for the first time. I went to Jersey for the first time. For breakfast. In a private jet. Which was definitely something I hadn’t done before. Well, I’m not big on breakfast. The invitation came during a convivial lunch
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David Parkin on the boss of bosses

FAREWELL then Mike Lowe. He was my first boss and he terrified me and fascinated me in equal measure. Mike Lowe died last week at the far too young age of 68 after a short illness. He was accurately described by media website Press Gazette as “a legendary editor from
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David Parkin on facing up to life’s challenges

I LIKE a challenge. Only the other day I tackled a double 99 ice cream cone single handedly. I can see you are impressed. I suppose the size of the challenges we take on are set by our previous achievements. The other week I was MC at a charity ball
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David Parkin on losing a legend

FAREWELL then Harry Gration. THE long-serving BBC presenter died last week at the age of just 71. The news was greeted with tears by his broadcasting colleagues and total shock by a Yorkshire public who had spent a large part of their lives watching Harry on the telly. When you
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David Parkin is officially back out there

THE first proper “live” event I did after the lockdown during the pandemic was for accountancy firm Murray Harcourt. Booking speakers and standing in front of an audience to introduce them felt like a breath of fresh air after so many months in confinement. This week I was working with
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David Parkin on a source of seaside success

OH I do like to be beside the seaside. I know we are promised that today will be the hottest day of the year so far – hands up if you are “working from home” – but I enjoyed a positively balmy sojourn in Bridlington this time last week. The
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David Parkin on royals and rollers

I SIGNED off my last blog with the words: “More tea vicar?” as I said I would  be busy helping my Mum with her Platinum Jubilee party over the bank holiday weekend. Well how wrong could I be. Not about helping out, she gave me so many jobs I was
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David Parkin on going back in time – twice

IT’S not a bad way to arrive at an event and be greeted by a flypast by a Lancaster bomber and a Spitfire. Modern technology makes these relics of World War Two look positively antediluviun but I defy anyone to not look up and be impressed when the Royal Air
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David Parkin on living life in the fast lane

IF there’s one phrase that has entered modern parlance that I don’t understand it is: “Living my best life”. Often accompanied by a hashtag, what I’ve noticed is that the people who use it – mainly on social media posts – are rather needy individuals and my automatic thought tends
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David Parkin on the positives of being negative

I THOUGHT I’d been to events in most parts of Rudding Park Hotel at Harrogate. The only one I definitely haven’t been to is its luxury spa. And that’s not for want of trying. When I last visited I forgot my cossy and they didn’t deem a pair of off-white
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David Parkin on a stage debut with a difference

ROYALTY, Prime Ministers, celebrities and sports stars have all been the “victims” of award-winning cartoonist Graeme Bandeira. During a 23-year career at the Yorkshire Post, his cartoons made readers laugh and cry and his images held those in power to account. There’s also a big, likeable personality behind the pens,
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David Parkin on feeling the fear

WE’VE all been there. You walk into a business event or function and realise you don’t know anyone in the room. You grab a drink, gulp it down a bit too quickly as something to do, and wander about desperately looking for a familiar face or a stranger who might
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David Parkin on a happy dog tale

I CAUGHT up with my old friend Richard (Dick) Matthews before Easter when he was in Leeds on business. Dick is an expert in foreign exchange and a veteran City trader with a wealth of stories from the days when City boys worked hard and played hard, drove Ferraris, drank
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David Parkin on a star turn

THE last event I organised and hosted before the pandemic was two years ago just weeks before the country went into lockdown. No one had at that point quite grasped what we were facing and I remember when one of the panellists turned up and wanted to bump elbows rather
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David Parkin goes from peacock to slut drop

THE suit is dead. It was inevitable that sooner or later, the “experts” would predict that one of the many consequences of the pandemic would be the demise of that centuries old staple of a gentleman’s wardrobe. To be honest, they didn’t need a crystal ball to make this prediction
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David Parkin on a phoenix from the flames

ONE of the people I met on my recent visit to the Houses of Parliament – other than an irate Conservative MP – was Vincent Hodder, the chief executive of Leeds Bradford Airport. Hodder is a burly, shaven-headed Australian with a no-nonsense straight-talking approach to business. With plenty of experience
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David Parkin on the future of retail and a journalistic inspiration

FAREWELL then Peter Bowles. The actor best known for playing a smooth-talking cad, bounder and nouveau riche lord of the manor has died at the age of 85. With his elegance, charm and aristocratic manner, it was surprising to learn that Bowles had rather humble beginnings and grew up modestly
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David Parkin gets into a political kerfuffle

IT has been an eventful last few days – delivering a first big live event for more than two years, witnessing history being made…and being called “vile” by an MP. Let’s start with the positives. Last week I was at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester organising and hosting a ‘town
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David Parkin on a sad depart

FAREWELL then Welcome to Yorkshire. The regional tourism organisation was placed into administration this week. How sad but how pathetically predictable. You didn’t need to have the spiritual powers of Doris Stokes or Clinton Baptiste to work out how this story would end. Welcome to Yorkshire’s recent history involves so
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David Parkin takes the bus down memory lane

“FRANKLY, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” “You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.” “Here’s looking at you, kid.” “I love the
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David Parkin gets a bit overwhelmed by Yorkshire blondes

DISCLAIMER: The writer of this blog tested positive for Covid yesterday and so some of his statements may be affected by having the virus. ::: I WENT to Ilkley Beer Festival last week and had a wonderful time meeting lots of lawyers, accountants and property professionals. Nurse! This man is
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David Parkin defies the critics

CAN you forget everything I said last week please? What do you mean you already have? I’d already annoyed one reader by “doing politics” in last week’s blog. A chap I’ve never met before commented on Linkedin: “Please leave out the political comments, in my opinion they ruined what was
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David Parkin on a clown Carry On

IT says much about Boris Johnson’s two years as Prime Minister that even his closest allies would currently struggle to articulate what his legacy may prove to be. I mean the positive bits. The bluster of “Getting Brexit done” might have won him an election but so far it doesn’t
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David Parkin on laughing with Cryer and doing deals

FAREWELL then Barry Cryer. Morecambe and Wise, Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd, Les Dawson, Bob Hope, The Two Ronnies, Dave Allen, Kenny Everett, Stanley Baxter and Dick Emery. Not a bad roster of clients to put on your CV. And unlike many comedy writers, Barry Cryer was funny in his own
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David Parkin on the demise of a business double act

ALL the best partnerships can’t last forever. In showbiz, Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin split at the height of their success. In the business world two dynamic duos that delivered some of the world’s biggest corporations are Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Paul Allen and Larry Page and Sergey Brin at
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David Parkin tries to find a TV advert with impact

I DON’T know about you but I rarely view a television advertisement these days and enjoy it. Perhaps I’m viewing the past with rose-tinted spectacles, but TV ads used to be impactful, exciting, engaging and fun. It is no surprise that some of the great film directors like Alan Parker
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David Parkin looks for some festive cheer

I LEARNED a new word the other day. Kakistocrats. It was used by the Sunday Times columnist Camilla Long in a piece headlined: “Britain is like one of Johnson’s broken wives – cheated on, then fed a string of lies and excuses”. Off I went to my dictionary – well
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David Parkin on a business leader with a story to tell

WHEN she was a schoolgirl Carla Stockton-Jones wanted to become a nun. “Other people had posters of Nik Kershaw and Nick Kamen on their bedroom wall and I had pictures of God, Mary and the saints!,” she remembers with a smile. But life sometimes doesn’t quite work out how you
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David Parkin is inspired by a star in sequins

I REMEMBER once hearing a great phrase used to describe a footballer who played without much passion and who sapped the morale of his team-mates. “He’s a real ‘mood hooverer’ in the dressing room,” I was informed. It made me think that every workplace tends to have one. You know
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David Parkin on the loss of a gem

I USED to think property developers were some of the most creative people in business. The way they could look at a scraggy envelope of land or crumbling building and imagine the opportunities that could be created, phoenix-like from the flames. Now all they seem to do is find a
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David Parkin on an awards reward

IF you’ve not been to a big awards dinner since the pandemic, I think you are in for a surprise. Given the hiatus since these kind of shindigs last took place, they are returning with a bang. There seems to be a renewed energy to such events. I bet some
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David Parkin on media battles

YOU won’t have heard of Ron Ford, but he went into battle against Rupert Murdoch and won. And not many people can say that. Ron, who died in September, was a lauded and hugely talented editor in the newspaper business in Australia, one of the most competitive, ruthless and talent-laden
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David Parkin on Roger Hutton’s resignation

BY the time you read this Roger Hutton will have resigned as the chairman of Yorkshire County Cricket Club. I know this because I spoke to Roger last night and he sent me a copy of his resignation statement which is embargoed to 8.05am this morning. You can read it
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David Parkin on the best restaurant that isn’t open

I KNOW what you are thinking. It has been ages since Parky put a photo of himself in the blog. Well, at least seven days. There are people who have told me that they need their weekly fix of a Parky pic. And if you don’t believe me then I’ll
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David Parkin on working for a living

I HAVE to say, I forgot how exhausting working is. Well, I’ve got out of the habit a bit over the last 18 months. After delivering a “live” event for accountancy firm Murray Harcourt at the end of September, last week it was more of a “virtual” event with some
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David Parkin on the magic of carpet

WHEN the chips are down, I have to admit I wouldn’t know my tufted from my shag pile. Calm down dear, I’m talking about carpets. When I was commissioned to write a feature for the Yorkshire Post’s Saturday Magazine, the subject was a newly launched company making carpets near Halifax.
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David Parkin feels normal with extraordinary people

IF this is normality, I want more of it. Last week I organised and hosted a first “live” event for well over 18 months. When I spoke to Richard Bright, the managing partner of Leeds accountancy and business advisory firm back in April he was keen to bring some inspiring
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David Parkin feels electric ⚡

IF you mistook the character in the photograph above for a superhero, I’m not surprised. Rather than a character from the Marvel films, I think I look more like Robocop. Well, ok, perhaps Robocop meets Bruce Forsyth on The Generation Game. Nice to see you, to see you nice. Good
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David Parkin on why Welcome to Yorkshire’s woes are self-inflicted

I DON’T know what they put in the chief executive’s tea at Welcome to Yorkshire but they need to change the teabags. It was announced this week that James Mason, the chief executive of the Yorkshire tourism organisation, is leaving after less than two years in the role. He replaced
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David Parkin on the hottest ticket in town

AS invitations go, I think I’ve had the best one I’m ever going to get. I know I thought seeing Jimmy Cricket at the Bradford Club couldn’t be topped, but seeing Sir Rod Stewart and Sir Elton John in one weekend must push it pretty close. You may recall that
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David Parkin meets a true showbiz legend

WHEN it comes to seeing showbiz legends, I’m on a bit of a roll. I hope to reveal more in next week’s blog but in the meantime I can exclusively reveal that last Friday evening I saw one of the absolute icons of showbusiness. Yes, Jimmy Cricket. No really, I
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