Aven En Blooma & Viral Leadership
Professional to Steven: “Have you been out on your community programme this morning Steven?”
Steven: “No. Steven Neary’s been swimming”.
I love Steven’s direct way with language. I love his whole relationship with language. Most of all, I love the way he cuts through all the bullshit and goes straight to the heart of the matter. I get envious and wish I could be more like him.
If Steven isn’t understanding what the other person is saying, he has three stock phrases:
“Lady’s doing silly talking”.
“Why don’t you talk properly” (Thank you Basil Fawlty)
“Man’s doing MFL talking. Like Steven Neary in class 6 with David Watson”
For the uninitiated, MFL is Modern Foreign Languages. That lesson was a constant source of excitement but bewilderment for Steven. He’d go into the sweet shop and say, “Bonjour Ranjit. A Caramac s’il vous please”. On Wednesdays. On Sundays however, he’d revert to English, leaving Ranjit totally perplexed. MFL class was on Wednesdays, so I’d like to think that Steven believed that you only use “different words” on Wednesdays.
Perversely, being an Abba fan, he has never for one moment questioned that Swedish might be a MFL. After getting an Abba documentary DVD, Steven plagued me to buy their music pre and post Abba. So, I’d be searching through Amazon Sweden for CDs by The Hootenanny Singers and The Hep Stars. Post Abba, Anna Frid released an album and the lead track was “Aven en Blooma”. It’s sung entirely in Swedish but Steven knows all the words. He doesn’t acknowledge that she is singing in another language. To make it more surreal, Steven sings it in his London accent so it comes out as “Having a bloomer”. Like a cross between Dizzee Rascal and Dick Van Dyke via a Stockholm archipelago.
He doesn’t like change in words. I got him the deluxe copy of Take That’s “Beautiful World”. The non deluxe copy was turned deluxe by adding a DVD of three hits and two extra tracks. Also, the deluxe version of Rule The World has an extra verse. Every time he listens to it, he says: “Dad – different words Dad. Gary Barlow – what do you think you’re doing?”
Yesterday, I watched a Southern Health video, where KP was trying to inspire her staff by telling them they are inspiring. You don’t have to watch the whole thing. In fact, that’s an order, not a recommendation. You will probably be a danger to yourself and the community by the end of it.
I wonder what Steven would make of it if he was sitting in the audience:
“Dad. Lady’s doing silly talking. You can’t push an envelope Lady. You can push a trolley in Tesco but you can’t push an envelope”.
“Dad. Lady’s a vanguard Dad. Bit like the Fat Controller”.
“Dad. Lady’s got the shivers with the inspirations. Better put a cardigan on Lady”.
Or he might have just eaten all the cakes.
Better still. Sod KP. Sod the cakes. Have a bloomer with Anna Frid instead:
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