Joel Soetendorp

Apr 252017
 

How do you like your coffee?

Is usually a nice question to be asked in any interview, if somewhat passive aggressive in the UK.  Where it can be translated into,

“I’m challenging you to dare to ask for a tea, come at me bro.”

That is except these days you’re more likely to be being interviewed via Skype or similar and the person may well be thousands of miles away, oceans apart on another continent.

In which case they’re most likely saying;

1       Go and make the coffee yourself

2       I’m going to pay JustDrink to deliver a coffee to you at your desk by drone

3       They belong to a religious group that forbids caffeinated drinks and they have a kinky fascination with hot drinks that aren’t herbal tea.

4       This is a sneaky way for me to read your very soul and to learn your dark secrets via your coffee preference.

 

Because if you’re a writer how you drink coffee says a lot about yourself.  If you’re asking for a Tall, cappuccino with blah blah. You’re saying that you work mostly in Starbucks meaning either haven’t actually got a desk at home or you neurotically need the valorisation of strangers looking at you and thinking,

“Hey that guys working on a screenplay I bet it’s awesome!”

As opposed to,

“Hey he’s nicked the comfiest chair in Starbucks to check his Facebook, as soon as he goes to the toilet I’m stealing his Airbook.”

If you say a super strong cup of coffee blacker than a black hole at night, made from insanity coffee beans grown in the same Guatemalan insane asylum Chief Wiggum gets his chilli peppers. Then you’ve just said,

“I’ve got insomnia and play online games all night, I might write your article at some point.”

If you said a Starbucks Unicorn drink you’re not whimsical fun or possibly gay. You’ve probably just got diabetes and are colour blind.

So in a world of quick online interviews it’s always worth remembering that you and the person you’re chatting with is trying to get a quick glimpse into your soul. Via often the most straightforward and mundane of questions do you open the key to your very inner you.

As such here are my preferred answers to the question how do I like my coffee?

1       Nescafe in a Styrofoam cup and getting paid on time.

 

coffee2

Mar 022017
 

Your best friend has just decided to ask you to be his best MAN. What an honour, what a privilege, but what does it actually involve? Organising a big drunken party, to celebrate his loss of freedom, comedically pretending to forget the ring at the ceremony? Maybe trying to convince the maid of honour it’s part of her job to sleep with the best man? Then of course giving the best man’s speech gently roasting the bride and groom and giving all the guests a well-deserved laugh.

Actually these days most couples have been engaged for years and marriage is more an enjoyable break in between weekend trips to IKEA.  Freedom was surrendered maybe a decade ago. The stag night, is more likely to be an ironically named “shag night” compromising of stags, hens,  a booking at Ask Pizza and half a dozen novelty penis-shaped straws.  The maid of honour is most likely your wife which if anything makes her even less likely to sleep with the best man. In fact most weddings seem to be between couples on their third or fourth time “lucky”.  First marriages, like learning to use the potty, appear increasingly to be lost in the dark lands of yesterday.

So the one immutable fact task rfor the best man remains giving the best man’s speech. As the other functions of the best man have decayed and fallen away over time this one has taken on growing importance.  You will  stand before an audience of a couple of hundred inebriated guests, most of whom don’t know each other and probably don’t like each other.  Those that are related or married to each other know they dislike each other.  You hold a couple of crumpled sheets of A4 in your hand as you prepare to speak. You realise you’re actually the most, ancient, the most primal part of the whole ceremony.  You are the human sacrifice.  You knew the happy couple were vegetarians so you wondered what was going on that giant wicker man shaped bbq, which seemed a bit much for some halloumi and tofu kebabs.

Unless of course you hired a speechwriter.  Then you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Unless you are an experienced public speaker, stand-up comedian or terrifying mafia crime lord the best wedding speech is 3 minutes or 360 words long approximately.  Even Tony Soprano would have to get his gun if he went over 10.  So when I tell people I’m a wedding speech writer and emphasise the brevity of a good wedding speech, followed by the cost, it sounds like a bit of a steal.  But what it misses out is that in speech writing the biggest trick isn’t what you write, it’s what you remove.

In one case, having written an effusive wedding speech for a son whose dad was getting remarried, he returned my first draft with the comments,

“Nobody likes her. She’s a drunk and has caused nothing but fights.  We all think he’s an idiot and making the worst decision in his life. If I say anything as sweet as that, everybody will beat me up.”

So

“I wish the happy couple, all the joy and laughter in the world, we wish them all the best,”

Became

“I wish them both all the happiness they DESERVE.”

But don’t worry you’ll probably be fine, keep it short follow an online template and write a couple of gags that will make people think affectionately about the happy couple. But if you are still not sure,  feel free to drop me a line.

 

colin

Mar 012017
 

IF FREELANCE WRITING WAS LIKE RUNNING A PET SHOP
CUSTOMER
Hello, I would like to purchase a cat
SHOPKEEPER
Excellent choice sir, what variety of cat would you like? We have exotic short hairs, Siberian long haired…
CUSTOMER
What’s your cheapest cat?
SHOPKEEPER
Well, we have this tabby, moggy 20 quid.
CUSTOMER
Can I have it for a fiver?
SHOPKEEPER
No
CUSTOMER
Well, this guy in Bangladesh offered to sell me an elephant for a fiver.
SHOPKEEPER
Well, that’s not a cat is it, it weighs several thousand times more, is vastly more expensive to feed and is likely to demolish your house and kill you.
CUSTOMER
Yes but it’s only a fiver.
SHOPKEEPER
Well, how are you going to get your hands on it, I mean postage would run into the thousands of pounds.
CUSTOMER
Fine, look I’m still looking to do a deal I’m not really in need of a whole cat.
SHOPKEEPER
Are you asking me to sell you a part of a cat, it’s a living creature you don’t seriously expect me to dismember the poor creature.
CUSTOMER
Look all I need is a head to show appreciation by purring, a tail to wag to show it’s unhappy by wagging. Cats, unlike dogs, wag their tails when they’re unhappy.
SHOPKEEPER
You’re insane.
CUSTOMER
You’re dead right….I’d need some spinal cord to link the head and the tail.
SHOPKEEPER
Take your sick, money saving, Isle of Dr Moreau fantasies and get out of my shop!
CUSTOMER
My neighbour could dress up as a cat, and I could feed him pilchards
SHOPKEEPER
Get out!
CUSTOMER
Fine I’m going to dress up as a cat myself and feed myself pilchards and save myself the money, ha!
CUSTOMER STORMS OUT ANOTHER CUSTOMER WALKS IN
SHOPKEEPER
Phew thank goodness that tight fisted loony has left, how can I help you sir.
CUSTOMER2
Right then my good man, it’s this dead parrot what you sold me last week it’s dead, and what’s worse it’s clearly ripped off of a Monty Python sketch

Oct 192014
 

In life, there are followers, and there are leaders, in the world of freelance writing there’s mostly followers. Because when you want an advertorial or explainer you want reliable, you want predictable, you want safe. What’s an explainer or advertorial they’re those short little usually animated films you have to sit through before watching cute cats or cradle of filth or cute cats playing cradle of filth on youtube. Or they’re part of that online training you’ve had to do on avoiding paper cuts in the modern work place. And now and then someone decides let’s make them funny, people like funny, when they’re laughing they’re learning. And it’ll make me the coolest guy in the training/advertising department. After all this guy lets call him Wally probably has the whackiest tie with a knob on it and the keraziest screen saver and a mad desk toy. The most common expression you’ll hear as a freelance comedy writer in the advertorial/explainer genre.
“can you write me dollar shave club?”
Because dollar shave club is the Beatles, the Jesus, the Ronald McDonald of advertorial scripts, it’s the one that everyone follows.
Dollar shave club is an online site that for a dollar will send you horrible cheap razors once a month, for a little more they will send you slightly better razors more often. It’s a pretty good idea and deserves its success What’s amazing is its advertising because it’s one of those rare things an advertorial that went viral all on its own.

How viral. In the millions of views, this is an advert that not only did it boost sales it also recouped its production costs in youtube advertising. Some of them quite possibly from rival razor suppliers. A few have replicated this success, Hello Flo an awesome little tampon delivery company with some wickedly funny adverts springs to mind

. So when asked if I can replicate dollar shave club for a client my answer is always.

Yes
But there’s a few caveats.
1 Dollar Shave Club works because it’s the first of its kind you can’t catch lightning in a bottle. Whatever you do will have to be different.
2 It’ll cost, not for my script, fees standard. But Dollar Shave Club has good editing, lighting, direction, production, even if they didn’t hire actors and just use friends and family that will cost you 5-10,000 dollars.
3 It’s simple; the message is “our blades are f’ing great” and we’ll send them to you regularly if you pay us. That is it.
4 It’s a little bit cheeky, there’ s a couple of racist jokes, a near swear word and a joke about tuberculosis.
5 It’s live action; live action if done properly always looks better than animated. Especially if you’re using a horrible kit animation system like Whiteboard or Getty Images.
6 Don’t start with “meet Dave” and launch into a dreary narration about a fictional customer, that the viewer will want to kill after 10 seconds.
The client will usually reply sure no problem. So I send them the script, and they come back a few days later with, great, love the script that’s brilliant…….but.
Could you;

1 Tell people about our guarantee, founder, loyal members scheme, etc etc.
2 Take out anything cheeky.
3 Can you write it so it could be animated with Whiteboard and Getty images?
4 Could you start with “meet Dave.”

That reply may help explain why dollar shave club is a little bit more unique than most.
Although it only ever sold 12,000 subscriptions for 4,000,000 views. This video went viral simply because its terrible, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lydpAmMMoT0 Maybe some times it’s better to focus on making a great video that appeals to your actual customers as viral doesn’t naturally mean catching.

sick computer

 

 

Oct 192014
 

IF FREELANCE WRITING WAS LIKE RUNNING A PET SHOP

CUSTOMER
Hello, I would like to purchase a cat
SHOPKEEPER
Excellent choice sir, what variety of cat would you like? We have exotic short hairs, Siberian long haired…
CUSTOMER
What’s your cheapest cat?
SHOPKEEPER
Well, we have this tabby, moggy 20 quid.
CUSTOMER
Can I have it for a fiver?
SHOPKEEPER
No
CUSTOMER
Well, this guy in Bangladesh offered to sell me an elephant for a fiver.
SHOPKEEPER
Well, that’s not a cat is it, it weighs several thousand times more, is vastly more expensive to feed and is likely to demolish your house and kill you.
CUSTOMER
Yes but it’s only a fiver.
SHOPKEEPER
How are you going to get your hands on it? Postage would run into the thousands of pounds.
CUSTOMER
Fine, look I’m still looking to do a deal I’m not really in need of a whole cat.
SHOPKEEPER
Are you asking me to sell you a part of a cat, it’s a living creature you don’t seriously expect me to dismember the poor little thing.
CUSTOMER
Yes but all I need is a head to show appreciation by purring, a tail to wag to show it’s unhappy by wagging. Cats, unlike dogs, wag their tales when they’re unhappy.
SHOPKEEPER
You’re insane.
CUSTOMER
You’re dead right….I’d need some spinal cord to link the head and the tail.
SHOPKEEPER
Take your sick, money saving, Isle of Dr Moreau  fantasies and get out of my shop!
CUSTOMER
My neighbour could dress up as a cat, and I could feed him pilchards
SHOPKEEPER
Get out!
CUSTOMER
Fine I’m going to dress up as a cat myself and feed myself pilchards and save myself the money, ha!
CUSTOMER STORMS OUT ANOTHER CUSTOMER WALKS IN
SHOPKEEPER
Phew thank goodness that tight fisted loony has left, how can I help you sir.
CUSTOMER2
Right then my good man, it’s this dead parrot what you sold me last week it’s  it’s clearly ripped off of a Monty Python sketch

SHOPKEEPER

I wish I was a lumberjack

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Jul 022014
 

clarkson

 

A client asked me to write a letter to persuade Jeremy Clarkson to propose to his wife…..on his behalf.
I hope, or else that’s just weird.

Dear Jeremy

I’m a great fan of yours, you’re just the kind of man I’d want to be if I were a 7 foot tall man with terrible hair from Romford.
In fact, I think you’re the greatest man to come out of Rotherham. Yes, that puts you ahead of the Chuckle Brothers. I want to share some great news with you; I’m going to propose to the most wonderful woman in the world. How wonderful? She said there were only two and a half men she truly admired. Her dad, you, and well I’m the half. She still’s half sure about me because I used to drive a Mitsubishi Eclipse[blame the Fast and the Furious sorry] and now I’m driving a BMW 7. Good yes, but not quite a McClaren P1. It’s been her life ambition to have you flirt with her in the Top Gear studio, whilst also making fun of my American accent and probable ownership of an unreliable GM pickup.
But her, she’s perfect. Just as you once described an Alfa Romeo as Cameron Diaz with wheels. Well, if my special lady was on roller skates she’d be a perfect Alfa Romeo, yes she’s that special. And that’s why I want to ask a favour of you? Could you come and join us when I put the question to her, nope not should I buy a newer model 7 with a rally pack. But the other one, will she be my wife till death do us part or I get a car with recycled, wood panelling and a battery for the engine, designed by the European Union.
I can guarantee a great dinner and a kick ass night out in NY’s Time Square. I’m going to pop the question to her on the Brooklyn Bridge! Don’t worry it’s completely level. So there’s no danger of you needing to mention anything about a slope on a bridge. She’s a special girl, even if she drives a VW Jetta….an automatic…..in Diesel……that was probably made in Mexico. But she’s a wonderful girl and I think you could show her the error of her ways. You need to join us, we bonded over our mutual love of you, your show and your two idiotic presenters [bet the BBC makes you hire them because they’re minorities]. Because they wouldn’t be anything without you and we’d be sorry very much more with you. Please join us or I’ll have to invite Captain Slow and send the invitation via semaphore or Richard Hammond who I’m not sure can even reach into his mail box.
So Jeremy please join us and help me tell my Alfa Romeo what a top of the range model she is. Failing that if you could package the Stig and send him by UPS? I’ll pick up the postage at my end (I’d also appreciate some guidance on what to feed him and how to stop him hibernating).
Looking forward to seeing you soon, one half of your two biggest fans.

Mar 062014
 

One of the most important skills as a freelance writer is reading your client.

In this internet age, it’s rare to meet them, hear their voice or look at them.

It’s all about finding clues in emails. The client who talks about his love of cheap whiskey and having it for breakfast is the client who will email at 3am in block capitals filled with ill directed fury.  One such client raged he wouldn’t pay for the expletive-deleted terrible work I’d done, when he could have written it better himself. When it turned out he had been reading his own notes, it somewhat contradicted his earlier claim.

I’m often asked if I use my own name. Does it make me vulnerable? My first name is quite anonymous, so I don’t mind using it. I suppose if I were genuinely perturbed I might consider a pseudonym, perhaps of someone I dislike

Birthday speeches are a bit of a rarity for me. Unlike wedding or Barmitzvah speeches there’s rarely a budget for the event. No budget = no money for speeches = no BespokeJokeBloke, Sometimes I do write a handful of jokes, for a smaller fee.

One time I was invited to bid for the job and the client agreed my price straight off. My usual start fee is a little inflated to allow room for haggling.

The notes provided described Tony (not his real name) as retired, a joker, who liked to play golf, had a loving wife, had lots of friends and liked practical jokes. The practical joke here being he would pretend his surprise party was a surprise to him. Then boom would whip out a brilliantly written comic speech, written by yours truly. The job he retired from, I didn’t need to know nor pretty much any other details to do with his life.

Tony quite liked my first draft, but suggested wouldn’t it be funny to have a bunch of actors in the audience shout at him. I said wouldn’t that be very expensive? Money no object Tony replied. Well I said why not have some actors dress up as FBI officers and drag you off in cuffs, whilst you protest.

“Stupid damn surprise party. Of course the Feds found me.”

Tony was pleased. He said this would shock but not surprise the party guests, adding something about lucrative but shady business deals and a mislaid work of art. He laughed out loud on our one Skype call. I wrote the draft and sent it to him. He liked it, released the funds and thanked me. A couple of days later he emailed me and said ‘FBI officers arresting him, a legitimate business man, might be too shocking for the guests. It might make them react in a way the actors wouldn’t like.’ ‘By the way’, he asked, ‘What’s your name?’ My reply?

“Delighted you liked the original speech; sorry you chose not to use it. Yours sincerely Piers Morgan”

 

 

Feb 232014
 

pennyStarting as a freelance writer I had a long period of bad jobs before I got my break. A client was willing to chance working with me, on an original project which would help me get more work. It paid reasonably well; so there had to be a catch. There was one, a small one. My new client was a clown. As a comedy writer I was a clown writing for a clown. But this was not just any clown.
There are different degrees of clowning. Happy children’s entertainers make balloon animals at birthday parties. Circus clowns indulge in prat falling and throwing custard pies before crying children, whist the real big ticket acts ready the equipment. Then, at the dark heart of clowning there are Rodeo clowns, whose job it is to distract enraged bulls with their capering so they don’t kill any of the performers (or at least only the clowns who are more disposable).
No play acting, no pies, just raw danger and a crowd baying for your blood. What would such a performer need with a comedy writer? Randy (not his real name) was a very special kind of Rodeo clown. Whilst the mangled bodies bull carcasses were being dragged out of the arena and the blood mopped up, Randy would entertain the audience with sketches, jokes and songs to keep them sweet. He specialized in Michael Jackson impersonations and moon walking, which seemed somehow fitting.
Randy was concerned that I woudn’t get the nature of the performance. Violence, howling drunken rednecks and vast amount of bull. It sounded like most of the gong shows and open mikes I’ve played as a standup.
We discussed his performance over email (he was a Canadian Rodeo clown). Randy was considering doing some stuff about his anti bullying project. I had nightmares of a sulky, palid goth child dragged to the rodeo by his parents, surrounded by guffawing, drunken, yokels glowering at a capering clown shouting;
“Hey Jethro your ma and pa said you’re being bullied at school, shall we sing a song about that.” Followed by news headlines “Saskattchewan school massacre, remorseful clown held, Interpol seek smart arsed,comedy writer.”
We tried differing subjects, with an impressively difficult set of parameters. The performance had to be short and family friendly because there were children in the audience. It had to be raucous and innuendo laden because there were parents there; and it had to be simple because the parents were most likely drunk .
After some early drafts Randy informed me that for special occasions he had a unique prop: a boat that had motorised wheels, with a built-in industrial bubble machine with which he could tootle around the arena.
So I wrote a sketch involving sweding Titanic, the James Cameron epic. Randy was cast in the role of Leonardo DiCapriom with a large ginger wig for Kate Winslet. The iceberg was a big piece of cardboard on a cart dragged behind the boat. Randy ended singing My Heart Will Go On in the style of Michael Jackson.
This was of course substantially superior to the actual film Titanic. Having thus bested a multimillion pound epic, my work was completed. I submitted my invoice and moved onto the next job, left only with the uneasy thought that in Canada mocking Celine Dion may actually be high treason and I could have got the clown into very hot water.

Feb 172014
 

In freelance writing there are many goals to aim for: jobs that are fun and jobs that bring you fame. But the holy grail is repeat work. it means knowing your bills are taken care of for months and you won’t be sitting in front of the bus station with a piece of cardboard reading:
“Will write SEO for a sandwich.”
Of course clients know this. So most repeat jobs are dull or poorly paid and are replete with mission creep: “Yes I know I hired you to write web copy, but walking my dog is really part of that job, even if I live on a different continent from you”
As for poorly paid, well some jobs pay so little you could starve to death whilst trying to earn the cost of a sandwich. But every now and then you hit the mother lode: the reasonably paid, reliable and of course legal repeat job (more on legality in another blog).
One day I was invited by a Russian company to write wind up phone messages for an app. It was designed to wait till your mate’s mobile is turned off and then sends them a message like “Your cars been towed” or “You’ve won the lottery”. Hilarious stuff.
But like most apps they needed hundreds of the messages. They were only a couple of hundred words each, easy to write 4 an hour. I suggested my hourly rate and they agreed without haggling (this is a very good thing). Of course they wanted 3 things: originality, funniness and a nasty twist.
The first hundred were fine, the second hundred were a little tougher and then, well they wanted more. Were there more than 200 windups in the world? I was about to find out, as over the next months I was to write 753 of them.
It wasn’t just the money. My Russian client’s avatar had serious 1960’s KGB, Russian Bond girl looks. The thought of her elegant, black nail polished fingers typing in overly perfect English at speed…. When you find the act of typing sensuous, then you really are a writing geek.
Round about wind up 473 I developed an obsession that I had in fact been hired by the FSB to write them. At the time Russia and England were having a spat and I had visions that Vladimir Putin was sitting, shirtless in his bunker, glass of Vodka in hand phoning David Cameron.
“Hello is that the imperialist weakling, David Cameron, your farts are malodorous….”

an enraged Cameron reaches for the nuclear button and has to be wrestled off by Nick Clegg.
We could all be living in an apocalyptic, nuclear wilderness thanks to my windups. They got more deranged “This is London Zoo. Your mother was assaulted by a gorilla 20 years, your father is a gorilla and he wants to see you“ “You failed your GCSEs and must now repeat the last 10 years of school even though you are 40“ “ you’re so ugly if you don’t wear a bag on your head you are going to prison.”
Towards the end of my very own Heart of Darkness they rejected a few. I’d been slightly desperate and had written a dozen about dogs. The UK had just passed a law that all dogs had to have a microchip with identifying information placed under its skin, in case it got lost.
This led to “Your dog’s chip has been found in the lions poo at London zoo”, “The chip has been found in the bins of a restaurant where there was a food poisoning outbreak”.
My client refused to believe that we English were so weak and sentimental that we chipped our dogs. Wouldn’t we just accept that the police would shoot them if they got lost? I sent articles on both dog chipping and how our police were unarmed.
The response was roughly “Fine we will accept your jokes about your weak sentimental attachment to your hounds” before emailing Putin ,“Mr President we have found the perfect way to smuggle our secrets out of the pitiful UK. In their chipped dogs.”
Shortly after that the job finished. They had had all they needed from me.

Feb 052014
 

 

 

The Sochi Olympics are almost with us a celebration of international fraternity through sports.

Though the International Olympic Committee claims to be politically neutral, sadly the countries that host the Olympics will always use it for political ends.  In 1936 Nazi Germany used the Olympics to snatch a lot of publicity for their poisonous creed.  Now Russia’s spending 50 billion dollars hosting the winter Olympics in Sochi and they’re not doing that because they want to get

” We are the world back in the charts.”

They’re doing it because they want to advertise themselves as a modern, go getting country that businesses can invest in and people go on holiday to.  Perhaps you might even want to get married their.  Married unless you’re  gay, lesbian and transsexual and here’s the rub.

In 2013 Russia passed a law banning “homosexual propaganda to minors”  they had already banned gay pride marches in Moscow for a 100 years.  There’s something especially hateful about legislation that simultaneously silences gay voices and implies paedophilia at the same time.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/58649/russia-s-anti-gay-law-spelled-out-in-plain-english

We’d like you to try and help us do something about this

And does Russia have a problem with a vocal, gay underground improving dress sense and lobbying for better night life?  No more than UK, New Zealand the old USA and the rest of the world. Gays are gays, lesbians are lesbians the whole world over and they’re rather more interested in dating each other than educating anyone in their ways.  They leave that to the Scientologists and other friendly types.

But this legislation like all hate based legislation has normalised prejudice and even violence.  Russia is currently experiencing an epidemic of homophobic violence by organised gangs, who evade prosecution despite airing their crimes on Youtube.

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/02/02/new-channel-4-documentary-to-show-methods-of-anti-gay-gang-violence-in-russia/

And with Putin’s taste in “macho” shirt free photos, is he running the risk of getting assaulted himself?

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2009/08/06/russian-prime-minister-vladimir-putin-a-gay-icon/

This is a Winter Olympics being hosted in a city where the mayor boasts of his city having no gay people. Has the Grinch started stealing Olympic spirit?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2550198/No-gays-Sochi-Wrong-Mr-Mayor-And-no-NOT-gays-Olympic-Village.htm

When one bears in mind that Sotchi already has several thriving gay clubs, this begins to sound like disturbing like something he wishes for.  This must be stopped, it can be stopped and you can help.

It’s hard to take on a whole country, but with the Winter Olympics there is a chance to make a real difference.  The Olympics has always been a place for sponsorship and big corporations will pay millions of dollars for a chance to associate their products with it. If you let Coca Cola know that every dollar spent on advertising at Sochi is a dollar wasted, more so every dollar spent is a dollar they may well be giving to Pepsi, they might get the message. That supporting a country that legalise prejudice has nothing to do with the Olympic spirit.

Even more importantly when Putin and his supporters see blank billboards and sports reporting without advertising, or just local ads for Ivan’s used snow ploughs instead of McDonalds. Then maybe they will get the hint.

So how can you get this message across?   MyQualityConnection a new NewYork based LGBT dating site is asking that you switch your Facebook avatar for their winter Olympics one.  And maybe just, just maybe Coca Cola will get the hint and then maybe Putin will.  And we can have a winter Olympics everyone can share in.

Contact us via;

Charlesadams@MyQualityConnection.com

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