Final Days

So, the last free day gave my students the chance to explore one last time. Some headed out of the city to places such as Stonehenge, while others visited the multitude of amazing markets London has to offer. I spent time with family in a wonderful pub in Islington, eating Sunday dinner and watching my mighty blue’s (Everton FC) beat Manchester City on tv. A perfect end to a hectic, fun Study Abroad to London.

Until January 2019!

Deadline Day. Presentations

So the deadline for the team brief arrived – just three days to develop a strong Creative Strategy and then apply it to campaignable ideas. Each team had to select an iconic British brand and find a way to incorporate President (to be) Donald Trump into the brand strategy – I kid you not! A wonderful creative challenge 🙂

Team 1 chose Mini. 2 chose Rolex and team 3 chose Burberry. All great presentations, well delivered and well executed.

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Back in Time to the 60’s and a Faculty Get-together

I was determined to get out to at least one exhibition while I was here. The ‘You say you want a revolution’ one at the V&A museum was recommended to me by a friend, and it didn’t let me down.

Although I relate more to the late 1970’s and early 1980’s – this exhibition was extremely interesting and entertaining. It was nice to again see the legend, Alan Aldridge, referenced time and time again, reinforcing just how much of a part he was of the whole scene. Definitely recommend going to see this one – whether your an old hippy or not, it gives a very insightful overview of the whole counter culture revolution.

The end of the night say the majority of the faculty and directors of this years trip enjoying a beer and some good food at my favorite pub – The Lamb. Good company and good conversation.

More Brainstorming

As the students progress with their final brief, they were offered some much needed additional help and strategy direction from a good friend of mine who came from working on his own deadlines straight to the pub to discuss the brief with all three teams. Thank you Russ 🙂

Borough Market – My favorite London haunt

For an afternoon of wandering around (and eating), you can’t beat one of my all time favorite places in London – Borough Market. Wonderful range of foods and cultures. One day I will get the nerve up to try the jellied eels!!!

Waiting for my Veal burger with cheese…

Real Turkish coffee (double shot!)

British Breakfast and Brainstorming

As with any long trip, however good the hotel breakfast is, you tend to get a little ‘cabin fever’ after a while, so I ventured out to find a little cafe I had read about.

The Bloomsbury Coffee House is tucked away in the basement of a hotel, accessible outside by a little set of stairs. Cute and cottagy inside, with a great menu and (spotty) wifi – a really nice place to start the day off at, away from the craziness happening on the sidewalk above.

Clotted Cream, Abba and the Serious Stuff!

Official classroom sessions came to an end and the team brief was set. Now came the challenge for the students to put into practice everything they have learned over the past week and a half.

As a nice diversion, the entire Study Abroad group attended the traditional Cream Tea at the hotel. Always amusing watching them try to figure out what, exactly, clotted cream is, and how to assemble it with jam and a scone!

After tea we all headed to the Novello Theatre to see Mamma Mia (again, the theatre trip is a tradition of study abroad). Now I’m going to be honest and say that it has taken me over twentyfive years to get the music of Abba out of my head – despised it then – despise it now, so sitting through a musical that is essentially a vehicle for the Abba back catalog, was…. tough! Never the less, everyone seemed to have a fun night and, in the case of my own students, gave them a little breathing space before getting back to the serious job of their final brief.