When the cleverness of a friend surprises you all over again. Even when they’re dead.

Posted: March 15, 2016 in Popular Culture et al
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Simon-Titley-009We were sitting at our desk this morning, thinking about our rambunctious, opinionated, stubborn, cheeky and very longstanding friend Simon Titley, who died ridiculously young at 57 a couple of years back, of a brain tumour. For a man of such luminous intelligence to die of a brain cancer was ironic indeed.

A few years earlier he was irked by the use of jargon in something he was reading and to make his point he very wittily translated the opening of the Bible into PR speak (he was a PR professional and consummate writer) to illustrate his point. We recalled it when grumpily seeking to persuade a colleague of the joys of plain English earlier today. It bears re-reading.

1. At the outset, God’s agenda was to basically focus on his core deliverables, namely two new leading-edge products, (a) heaven and (b) earth.

2. However, the earth lacked an overall concept, and had a low profile in terms of its key audiences. Obviously the Spirit of God had to step back and benchmark the existing waters before his game plan could get the green light.

3. And God’s key message was that light was a strategic objective, and it was covered-off.

4. And God’s perception of the light was that it was fit for purpose. However, his desired goal was that light and darkness should be differentiated in the marketplace.

5. So God branded the light ‘Day’, and the darkness he branded ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Light’. And the evening session and morning session made up Day One.

6. Then God set out with the object of factoring-in a firmament to interface with the existing generic waters, to bring to the party two segmented brands.

7. So God tasked himself with the job of rolling-out a firmament, to supply a proactive vehicle for launching his two distinct waters products, and it was up and running.

8. And God branded the firmament ‘heaven’. And at close of play, the prioritised actions for Day Two were ticked off.

Simon was an atheist, so probably found himself somewhat surprised to be in a heaven where unctuous black pudding and Lincolnshire sausages were available daily, and the fountains gushed forth good Belgian beer 24/7. What’s for damn sure is the angels are pissing themselves at his wry humour and admiring his gentle goodness.

We miss him so much. One day it will stop hurting that he’s gone: until then the legacy of his writing is a comfort.

More memories of Simon can be found here, written soon after his illness was announced.

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  1. gwpj says:

    What a blessing to have a friend like that, and with such a delightful sense of humor. His translation of the Genesis passages is hilarious; somehow I can see him intoning them with a twinkle in his eye. Thanks for sharing your memories of your good friend.

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  2. Pat A says:

    As a deeply religious person, I have to say that in my view God has a very definite sense of humour – all I have to do is look in the mirror to see evidence of that!

    Thanks Yolly for this, and thanks to Simon Titley too, it is wonderful – I hope he is enjoying the beer and sausages! (BTW I have worked for people who spoke like that – in the NHS, God help us all!)..

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