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What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes)

Hi Russell,
I feel the same way lately, as if there are no more new ideas out there...everything has already been said or done in the past. So I take comfort in the words of Picasso:
"Good artists copy, Great artists steal".

Just ordered Paul Arden's book. Thanks for the signpost, Russell.

at the risk of appearing brown-nosed, I'd say what you do better than most is present familiar ideas in a new light. Even a subtle variation in hue can be enough to make someone see differently. Enough metaphors.

i'm going to blatantly brown-nose: i've got mr arden's book. and love it. a lot. but when i think of 'the best way to be interesting is to be interested', i think of mr davies. [and not the one on the bbc, or the dr w_ one.] maybe because your picture was a better illustration of the point, but mostly because you actually illustrated it through your actions.

From the BBC's chat-up guide (yes, surprised me, too http://www.bbc.co.uk/relationships/singles_and_dating/techniques_chattingup.shtml)

tips for success (no.2)

1. Avoid cheesy chat up lines and focus more on 'approach scenarios'.

2. Ask questions and show a genuine interest in what the other person is saying.

3. Match your listener's mood.

Of course we'll run out of 'new ideas'. Originality is in their application.

And there you scored extremely high.

Yes, there is something to be said for being original, but only one person can be first. There are a lot of people left not being original.

But, having passion, trying new things, not being afraid... Those are things anyone can do, yet not everyone does.

I applaud your efforts not because they are (or aren't) orginal, but because you say, 'screw it, let's try something fun!' and I think that is maybe more important than being original.

The secret of originality is concealing all sources.

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