Every year I write something hopeful, something that I wish would help just one person who reads it to have something to reach for in the new year. This has been such a tumultuous year that it almost feels like I need to reconsider everything, even my parting shot for 2020. But have no fear, there’s enough inspiration to go round, even after an annus horribilis like this. I’ll start with the things that have kept me going this year, that have given my life meaning, and perhaps they will strike a chord with something in your life...

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28.10.20 Pt 2 - It's important to credit the correct people when you enjoy a new TV series. Trying to see your aged parents during a pandemic is like arranging a prison visit. Is it worth keeping people around just because they are highly entertaining? Women can pee standing up now... Damon tells us how.

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28.10.20 Pt 1 - Can Siya replace Katlego on those insurance ads? If you touch yourself while on a video call, just make sure the camera is angled correctly. Does leaving your teaspoon in your mug while you drink your tea make you uncultured? And Damon and Gareth have another fight.

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Gareth Cliff tackles the mask debate with Odette van der Haar, Bev Wium, Dr Mark Human and Nick Hudson. Plus insights from traditional healer Dr Sylvester Mkwambani Hlati, and HumanProgress.Org's Marian Tupy.

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How are you doing in this madness? ‘Vasbyt', as the Afrikaans people say... I write one of these blogs every week and normally they’re not as controversial as the last two, but they might interest you if you’re thinking about what happens next. Just like any other mammal, I don’t have any special powers to predict the future, but I think it’s becoming clear that the lockdown will have far-reaching ramifications. The Coronavirus pandemic has swept across the planet, leading to global chaos and extraordinary changes to all our lives. We’re all spending almost all our time at home and consuming media very differently. There are many confusing messages, and not many sources you can completely trust...

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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is impacting every part of our lives... from the places we can go, to the way we spend our time, to the priorities we have and the way we spend our money. So, how will this change how brands communicate with us? To give his take on how the marketing world will change, legendary ad man Reg Lascaris speaks to Gareth. As the Co-Founder of TBWA Hunt Lascaris and best-selling author, Reg has many pearls of wisdom to share.

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