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Branson Ego Latest - Ice Cubes In His Liking.  
User currently offlinebestwestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7152 posts, RR: 57
Posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9462 times:

In a ego boosting moment of pure waste of time and money, Virgin have launched ice cubes in the likeness of Sir Richard.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/tr...nches-Branson-shaped-ice-cube.html

Warning, sick bags at the ready before clicking on the link.


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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9446 times:

Quote:
A spokesman for Virgin said the creation meant “all passengers will be able to enjoy some chill out time with Mr Branson”.

That's all I've ever missed on a long-haul flight.



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User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25260 posts, RR: 85
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9446 times:
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Quoting bestwestern (Thread starter):
In a ego boosting moment of pure waste of time and money, Virgin have launched ice cubes in the likeness of Sir Richard.

I think it's quite funny.

mariner



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10897 posts, RR: 37
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9449 times:

Quoting bestwestern (Thread starter):
Warning, sick bags at the ready before clicking on the link.

I wonder what he will have on his Virgin Galactic suborbital space toys.

Some of these mega-rich people egos know no limits.

  



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25260 posts, RR: 85
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9392 times:
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Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 3):
Some of these mega-rich people egos know no limits.

Ego often gets things done. You don't become a President or a Prime Minister or a top CEO without a considerable ego.

I don't have a problem with ego. I've never understood why people do.

mariner



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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19230 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9388 times:

Quoting mariner (Reply 2):
I think it's quite funny.

I agree - light-hearted and quite funny.



"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlinePHXA340 From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 891 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9337 times:

Would I rather have his ice cube in my drink on Virgin or pay $100 on Spirit for a carry on ? Ha come on , it could be way worse ... I think its funny and neat. Nicely done SRB !

User currently offlineGiancavia From Vatican City, joined Feb 2010, 1366 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9322 times:

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 5):

I agree - light-hearted and quite funny.

Thirded.. Amusing indeed.

Such a minute thing to get butthurt about.


User currently offlineairportugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3638 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 9283 times:

Quoting mariner (Reply 4):

  

Well said.

Pretty interesting ice cubes though.



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User currently offlinevasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3916 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9181 times:

Ha! Yup, Virgin Atlantic is definitely becoming Virgin Atlantic again...! 

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10897 posts, RR: 37
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9064 times:

Quoting mariner (Reply 4):
Ego often gets things done. You don't become a President or a Prime Minister or a top CEO without a considerable ego.

There are also some world top-most people who you don't hear about much at all as they stay in the shadow and are rather discrete and humble.

Look at Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA. He is the World's 7th richest - probably worth much more than Richard Branson.

He takes easyJet flights, drives himself around in a 15-year-old Volvo, and has furnished his modest house almost entirely with Ikea items - which he assembled himself.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...founded-Ikea-worth-pound-15bn.html

Another example of an "invisible type" is Carlos Slim Helu a Mexican business magnate and philanthropist who is currently ranked as the wealthiest person in the world in 2012.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Slim

They are not all publicizing themselves like Richard Branson or Donald Trump.



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25260 posts, RR: 85
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8959 times:
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Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10):
There are also some world top-most people who you don't hear about much at all as they stay in the shadow and are rather discrete and humble.

Sure, there are. Everyone does it differently. But you don't get to the top without a powerful ego.

Some people think that Steven Spielberg is a kind and benevolent employer and are not aware of his more ruthless side.

But even in one of the examples you cite, I see no particular virtue in the world's seventh wealthiest man flying Easyjet, and that, in itself, is an affectation - look at me, how humble I am, how just like everyone else. When he isn't.

Personally, I don't want to live in a world of boring and bland - I don't want to live in a world of Ikea, I dont want to be bored to death - fine for those that do, of course. I like a world of extravagant personalities, Branson and O'Leary and Trump - at least I know where I stand with them. I admire people like Steve Jobs, people who make a difference.

And it's what I want on my own tombstone - "at least he wasn't boring."

mariner



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User currently offlineslvrblt From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 135 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8958 times:

Quoting bestwestern (Thread starter):
In a ego boosting moment of pure waste of time and money, Virgin have launched ice cubes in the likeness of Sir Richard.
it IS kind of funny, though; question is, how much does a drink cost with ''his'' special ice cubes?   I'm sure the cubes are meant for Upper class but what if a person in steerage wants one, 'just because?'



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User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13124 posts, RR: 100
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8925 times:
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VS's new ad: "Everyone gets to drink a little dick."   

Note: Play on US nickname for Richard...

Quoting mariner (Reply 2):
I think it's quite funny.

That it is.


Branson is clever in gaining free press. This is a very low cost way to put Virgin's name in a few papers. Perhaps customers will talk about it. I see no downside. I don't worry about Branson, MOL, or other CEOs ego. They are spokesmodels for their company who are paid to get the company name in the press.

Lightsaber



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User currently offlineHiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 869 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8901 times:

That's actually quite funny. Imagine being asked if you want a "little Richard" !

User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2825 posts, RR: 45
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8892 times:

Quoting mariner (Reply 11):
But even in one of the examples you cite, I see no particular virtue in the world's seventh wealthiest man flying Easyjet, and that, in itself, is an affectation - look at me, how humble I am, how just like everyone else. When he isn't.

How do you know how humble Ingvar Kamprad is?


User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8883 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 13):
VS's new ad: "Everyone gets to drink a little dick."

Someone should create a cocktail and name it after Richard Nixon's nickname. Then you could ask for a Tricky Dicky with extra Dicky if you want it with extra Bransicles.

Yes, that was a portmanteau.



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User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25260 posts, RR: 85
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8857 times:
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Quoting PGNCS (Reply 15):
How do you know how humble Ingvar Kamprad is?

I don't - I've never heard of the man.

I am responding to what the poster said in post #10. She claimed his wealth and that he flies Easyjet.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 10):
Look at Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA. He is the World's 7th richest - probably worth much more than Richard Branson.

He takes easyJet flights, drives himself around in a 15-year-old Volvo, and has furnished his modest house almost entirely with Ikea items - which he assembled himself.

mariner



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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3037 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8822 times:

Quoting mariner (Reply 4):
I don't have a problem with ego. I've never understood why people do.

You use ego when/where it can be effective (in the board room for example), not to "show off" and be obnoxious. This is an example of the latter, closer to hubris IMO.

[Edited 2012-05-01 14:05:29]

[Edited 2012-05-01 14:06:42]


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User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25260 posts, RR: 85
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8803 times:
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Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 18):
You use ego when/where it can be effective (in the board room or in marketing perhaps), not to "show off" and be obnoxious. This is an example of the latter, closer to hubris IMO.

I don't know what the problem with "showing off" is - Hollywood would be a ghost town without it - and I don't find it obnoxious.

mariner



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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 20, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8789 times:

Quoting mariner (Reply 17):
I don't - I've never heard of the man.

...and that is exactly how he likes it, which goes to show that having a substantial ego doesn't have to go with flaunting it.

Quoting mariner (Reply 17):
I am responding to what the poster said in post #10. She claimed his wealth and that he flies Easyjet.

That info came from the Daily Mail.



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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 21, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8773 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 13):
VS's new ad: "Everyone gets to drink a little dick."

I found telling one of my quite anti-Branson friends about this rather satisfying, knowing the gist of what his answer would be. "Finally I can stick an ice-cube up my arse for a good reason". I didn't enquire as to what he meant by finally...


Dan  



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User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25260 posts, RR: 85
Reply 22, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8675 times:
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Quoting aloges (Reply 20):
...and that is exactly how he likes it, which goes to show that having a substantial ego doesn't have to go with flaunting it.

Exactly as I said:

Quoting mariner (Reply 11):
Everyone does it differently.

  

mariner



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User currently offlineGSPSPOT From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3037 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 8599 times:

Quoting mariner (Reply 19):
Hollywood would be a ghost town without it

While I'm a fan of much of their work, I'm NOT a fan of the vapid lifestyles those people with more dollars than sense on the Left Coast lead.



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User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25260 posts, RR: 85
Reply 24, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8357 times:
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Quoting GSPSPOT (Reply 23):
While I'm a fan of much of their work, I'm NOT a fan of the vapid lifestyles those people with more dollars than sense on the Left Coast lead.

No one asks you to like the lifestyle. But - it sells.

Hollywood a business designed around making money out of fantasy, often in vast quantities of both, and much of the work is only possible because of what you call the "vapid" life style.

mariner



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25 Post contains images HiFlyerAS : Exactly who I was going to compare SRB with....both he and Trump are experts at getting their faces in the news. In other similarites, they both have
26 ykaops : Well, for those in Upper Class, at least they have the choice to be able to chew him up and spit him out!
27 mikey72 : It is funny.....very VS. Lip stick, ice cubes.......what next ?
28 Post contains images skygirl1990 : For all you Anti-Branson's out there I'm sure you could take great pleasure in crushing or melting an object that is shaped just like your favourite p
29 Post contains images ChazPilot : bestwestern, you wouldn't happen to be Michael O'Leary, now would you?
30 Post contains links AF1624 : To be honest, this man had better be silent, calm, and discreet indeed: Granted, he says it's the greatest mistake of his life. But I would have foun
31 MillwallSean : I think its funny. Made me laugh. The world needs more humour not less. And for those of us that remember flying in the 1980ies Branson will always be
32 fca767 : Now all they need to do is change the Dull miserable customer service staff who are still manning the desks at manchester airport since the time i wo
33 RWA380 : People often are confused between arrogance and ego, they are very different things, but often times come tied together. Hollywood, You can have it,
34 sturmovik : I think it's funny, and good publicity. SRB is very much a part of the Virgin brand identity, and this is a good way to get people talking about the b
35 mikey72 : Well sorry but I think any billionaire who does that is just sad. Don't shout at me...I know, I know...he can do what he likes......but come on......
36 rktsci : Awesome! Pretty good detail.
37 Post contains images sailas : I wonder if i will be seeing these in 3 weeks when i do my first VS flight from LGW - ANU. Off topic, but there is a reason why Ingvar Kamprad moved t
38 Post contains images MadameConcorde : I am no anti-Branson - don't get me wrong. I knew the man from his very first days with his little store on the second floor of a shabby building on
39 mikey72 : Ahem....not when it comes to British Airways Plc or any airline that doesn't carry the Virgin brand....
40 MadameConcorde : FYI he did not think highly of NASA's Space Shuttles either probably as he wants to sell the seats on his own suborbital Spacecrafts.
41 Pe@rson : ? Why should he be positive to such things?!
42 mikey72 : Pe@rson.... Why be negative ? More precisely what is there to be negative about ? BA is a company that transports millions of people a month all over
43 Pe@rson : Undoubtedly Richard Branson is 'negative' because BA is a major competitor. Seems clear and reasonable to me.[Edited 2012-05-02 04:11:36]
44 Post contains images aloges : You'd think it was obvious, wouldn't you?
45 Post contains images mikey72 : I don't think the latest hollow and self serving attack on BA with ref to the BD acquisition and the potential resulting job losses falls under the c
46 SSPhoenix : The last thing I want to see is his face in my drink .... but then again I never fly VS .... But then again if I had this Ice cube in the drink glass,
47 mikey72 : Oh and one more thing. Not only did the latest actions of VS threaten thousands of British jobs but there is also the small (well not so small I would
48 kdhurst380 : I'm no fan of VS, or their products, but I suppose a bit of light hearted humour never did any harm. That said, it would put me off my brandy a bit. I
49 aloges : I don't like it either, but CEOs all have their own ways of advancing their corporations. BA played their dirty tricks, Branson plays the media and O
50 mikey72 : Alright...works quiet...I will indulge myself. Dirty tricks.... BA were tried and convicted and payed their dues for that....how many years ago now ?
51 Post contains images ual777uk : I can...Lord King and the Dirty Tricks episode! Cue mikey72 Joking aside I think the cubes are a fun idea and look whats happened, we are all talking
52 Post contains images lightsaber : Branson is paid to get Virgin's name out there to increase brand awareness. He has done so very cheaply. Lightsaber
53 Post contains images globalflyer777 : I wouldn't have a problem with ego if it was exclusively available to those who deserve one .
54 mikey72 : How DARE you !! LOL Seriously, Lord King and his team performed an economic and public relations miracle with BA, we all know that. (if you don't you
55 Dainan : In all fairness, this is part of his "image" which he portrays to encourage his staff to be thrift, but there are indeed two sides to the story of In
56 Post contains images ual777uk : Oh mikey you just could not resist taking the bait could you. I am not going to go down that route now save for the factr that I would add that i met
57 Post contains images tonymctigue : I reckon there would be a strong demand for a Micheal O'Leary shaped ice cubes available for pruchase on board all Ryanair flights.
58 Post contains images mikey72 : No. Actually now BA have got IB, AA and BD in the bag (no thanks to old beardy) i'm feeling much more relaxed about my shares. All ten of them.
59 SSPhoenix : Just a thought .... how cool would it be for BA to do a Speedbird or Crest shaped ice cubes?
60 pliersinsight : Since I drink my Whisky neat, this is of no concern. True luxury drinks, if you want to go ego at levels beyond Sir Richard*, do not have ice put in t
61 Mir : Or watch his likeness slowly melt into a misshapen lump. -Mir
62 Post contains images virgincrew : I think it's fantastic - it's funny, it's quirky ..... It's Virgin !!!! These are the kind of things that made VS the best in the 90's. VS are doing
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