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  • 2012 – A Digital Marketer (badly) Singing All Over Europe

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    December 20th, 2012ismepetePersonal

    So its that most wonderful time of the year once again.

    You’re still maniacally trying to get all those last minute pre Christmas jobs finished off, or have been lucky enough to finish for the year already and are rubbing your peers’ noses in it (you know who you are damn you!)

    Year in review posts are springing up all over the place and even more predictions for 2013 coming.

    2012 was a great year for me. I moved jobs at the end of 2011, and have spent a lot of time helping to grow a business, been to a conference in Iceland and various others around the UK, even braving speaking at one after a lengthy gap since my last one.

    But Blah, Blah, Blah… You’ve clicked on a link that says that a digital marketer has been (badly) singing all over Europe. I might have exaggerated a bit with that title, as I’ve actually only sung in Iceland, Turkey and in the UK, but that’s more than 2 countries right?

    So, to amuse my faithful online and offline friends and family, I’ve compiled some pictures and video of some of the high(read low)lights of this.

    For the record, I can’t stand my own voice, but I’m all for a little bit of fun at my expense should a suitable opportunity arise. Shockingly, evidence of my singing has actually been requested by a few people, a request I suspect they may come to regret.

    So without further ado…

    RIMC 2012 After Party

    For this one, we’ll have to rely on a picture of Nichola and I singing in the audience, as I couldn’t find one of me singing with the band:

    Nichola and Pete singing in Iceland

    I shamelessly stole this picture from Olafur’s Flickr page – I hope he doesn’t mind!

    RIMC was a great trip to make – Iceland is a wonderful country, the people were fantastic, the conference content amazing. I hope I can go again in 2013, we’ll have to see about that nearer the time. It snowed all the time and I didn’t see the Northern Lights, which seeing is definitely on the Bucket List!

    BrightonSEO March 2012

    A “triumphant” video that many of you may have already seen, co starring the fantastic conference organisers Dom “the Hodge” Hodgson  of ThinkVisibility and Kelvin Newman of BrightonSEO fame.

    A performance we were to reprise even more amazingly with a live Karaoke band at the one in September!

    Yalikavak, Turkey, May 2012

    Again, I’m limited to pictures with this one, but twice we went to a Karaoke Club in Yalikavak called Zorro M Club (great place – check it out if you ever visit, I’m hoping to return in 2013 too).

    After warming up with some Louis Armstrong and Van Morrison, me and my best mate Ben whooped out some Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil, and wowed the expat local crowd (I say “wowed”, they requested that we sung it again when we went the second time and kept calling me the good singer – I suspect their singing pool was somewhat “limited”!)

    Turkey Karaoke

    PeteStock, August 2012

    So, for my Birthday, I wanted to organise a big party back at my folks’ house, which had been legendary in my youth for its parties (ones that my parents knew about, but plenty that they didn’t too). Before I started planning my 29th I’d had the seed of an idea to organise it as a mini festival, hiring a band to entertain the crowd, with my sister later organising a band with her as the lead singer, some of our friends as backing an invite for me to do two whole songs with them

    This is the first outing of this videos. I couldn’t bring myself to upload it anywhere when Alex first shared it with me, so please, be gentle!

    Hallelujah I Love Her So:

    p.s. Thanks to everyone that came to that – I had one of the best nights of my life and there are too many people to thank here, without whom it would never happened. You know who you are and how grateful I was for it (I hope!)

    BrightonSEO September 2012

    There is some video of this one as well, courtesy of Dan:

    Me murdering Green Day, Basketcase with a live Karaoke band – if you can get past the first line, it is probably one of my better recorded performances :-S make of that what you will.  Live Karaoke band was fun!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    Sadly, I don’t know if video exists for RIMC, Yalikavak or BrightonSEO September’s performance of Bohemian Rhapsody – if you have any yourself to add to the post, just let me know and I’ll have a gander. It’s possible that video has been shared with me about this and I have conveniently forgotten about it – who knows!

    I hope this is a bit different to the rest of the end of year posts you’ll see, and that this has helped to spread a bit of cheer at this festive time.

    Who knows – you guys and gals might all get lucky next year – I have no plans to be singing anywhere at all :-D

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! Here’s hoping its a great 2013 for theMediaFlow and for all the rest of you!

  • http://www.alessiomadeyski.com/ Alessio Madeyski

    OK.
    wish for #2013: sing with Pete.

    I mean, man, not only the voice, but even your moves. You sing the passion, and you can totally see it.

    ROCK ON!

  • http://www.themediaflow.com/ Peter Handley

    Thanks Alessio :-D I have no idea what I’m doing when I’m doing it, but I certainly do it enthusiastically :-D

  • http://www.andrewisidoro.co.uk/ Andrew Isidoro

    Gutted that I had to leave early at September’s BrightonSEO. Had hoped to catch the performance haha.

  • http://www.themediaflow.com/ Peter Handley

    hopefully, I might retire gracefully after a packed year of singing :)

  • http://www.themediaflow.com/ Peter Handley

    hmmm, oddly didnt get an email when you posted this – sorry Steve – when I wasnt singing I was at the bar in April – but I caught you with the live band in September :-D Good times indeed

  • http://twitter.com/StokedSEO Gaz Copeland

    Voice of an angel Pete, that’s all I have to say on the subject :)

  • http://www.themediaflow.com/ Peter Handley

    That really is too kind Gaz. I have heard these back ;-) I was also told this evening by an offline friend that they had more footage from PeteStock for me to share in the not too distant future!

  • Gordon Campbell

    Did your wish come true Allesio? I fancy doing a wee rendition of 500 miles with him.

  • http://www.alessiomadeyski.com/ Alessio Madeyski

    nope, unfortunately. @ismepete:disqus and I are too far away these days.