Men and a Coffee Shop - 14th August 2003
They met at a coffee
shop. Budding media entrepreneur. Promising writer.
Two men, as different as night is to day, sharing
a common goal: achievement and recognition. And today
their vocational desires crossed over lunchtime refreshment.
Colorfully dressed and equally colorful demeanor,
one opted for three day growth look. Conservative
in manner and apparel, the other preferred the smoothness
of a morning razor. So many variances: personality,
sartorial and facial, and yet the skills of the other
drew them together.
Tingle is the Media Man. He's unashamedly loud and
fast and he's out there, making it happen. He's 100
miles an hour. He's television, radio, print, on-line.
He's a little bit of each and he's wants a whole lot
more of all. He's interviewed some of the big boys
of Australian media: Phillip Adams, Derryn Hinch,
John Laws, Doug Mulray and now he's staring over his
steaming and creamy cappuccino and preparing himself
for the interview of a lifetime. The big fish. The
big kahuna. The biggest of the big. It doesn't come
any bigger than this, Greg.
Crandon. Who? You say. Shame on you. He's sedate and
quiet and mysterious. He's written a book that no
publisher will touch. It's dark and it's coarse and
it's brutally obscene and it'll make your lips curl.
A nasty cocktail of sex, violence and humour, it's
more in-your-face that a fist from the local pub yob.
And now it's found its way to the busy desk of the
of us want to move forward and get ahead. And these
two go-getters want it as bad as anyone. Exchanging
solid eye contact, quickly dispensing with the firm
handshake and nod of recognition, they swapped thoughts
and ideas and laughs.
the Media Man help take The
Smile of A Lunatic to where it belongs: a bookstore
near you? Can Dane Crandon provide Greg
Tingle with another stepping stone to crossing
and conquering the fast-moving media river? Can George
Bush ever overcome his aversion to the truth? Will
Neighbours finally overcome its nemesis and out rate
Home and Away? Life is teeming with the unanswerable:
personal, international and meaningless. Life is full
of lunchtime meetings.
note: Yes, this meeting really happened. What will
happen next as this weekly saga unfolds? Media Man,
Greg Tingle says, "Reality TV sucks, this is