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Friday, July 20, 2018

#ReadThis #TastyTidbits @islandpokeuk @RylandPeters #WhomYouKnow The Island Poké Cookbook Recipes fresh from Hawaiian shores, from poke bowls to Pacific Rim fusion By James Gould-Porter

The weekend is the perfect time for most people to experiment in the kitchen, and Ryland Peters has another fun one for summer in Island Poke.  Written by an owner of a London restaurant (we have yet to visit), this creative wonder is full of both bright pictures and bright ideas that will illuminate the season and your tastebuds.  This is a beautiful lifestyle book and even if you do not follow the recipes exactly, it will provide a lot of inspiration.

We applaud the American metrics included as we do not participate in the measures that the rest of the world does, and we are proud of it.  Cups and ounces galore are translated, and if you are reading us outside of America, know that your system is listed first.  If you are in Manhattan in particular, you'll love the beach pictures that you know you will not get in person in our city.  We are jealous of the Palm trees forever.

Poke means to slice or dice in Hawaiian and the author we understand grew up in Hawaii which lends to great authenticity.  We do not know him but we have a waiting list for London restaurants to be reviewed via brand owner only.  Stay tuned.

Not only is this a brilliant edition to your kitchen, but also it is a wonderful gift to the backyard or roofdeck bbq that you will visit this season.  And, in the winter, it will add some Hawaiian sunshine into your diet.

Perfect for when the weather is 80F and above, Whom You Know recommends Island Poke cookbook and we will not translate the temperature into Celsius!

The Hawaiian people have a laid-back love of life, and Island Poké is a London restaurant committed to sharing this ethos and the authentic flavours from these shores in over 65 recipes.
Poké (pronounced Po-Keh) means to ‘slice’ or ‘dice’ in Hawaiian but it has evolved to become the Hawaiian staple of sliced raw fish served on rice with many condiments and toppings. James, the author and founder of Island Poké, became hooked on this delicacy as a child on the beach in Maui. Fast-forward a couple of decades, James sensed a gap in the market for an authentic and sustainable approach to Hawaiian cuisine. Thus, Island Poké was born − fusing the joy of real Hawaiian food, which is a delicious fusion of many cuisines including Polynesian, Japanese, Chinese, South American, Pacific Rim and even Portuguese influences. The book includes recipes for popular poké dishes sold in the restaurant such as classic Spicy Ahi and Golden Beet with Chile Lime Shoyu. There are multicultural Pacific Rim inspired dishes such as Sea Bass Crudo, Teriyaki Salmon Chirashi and Baja Poke Tostadas. Famous Luau feasting recipes include Kalua Pork, Pacific Chowder and Huli Huli Chicken. Finally, a chapter showcasing tropical brunches and bakes includes Acai Bowls and zucchini and Pecan Loaf.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

#NHLPeachy #PeachysPetPals #SirWinston @NHL #WhomYouKnow Exclusive Interview from Las Vegas with Sir Winston_da_Doodle VGK Dog @doodle_winston @winston_da_doodle @GoldenKnights Our Coverage Sponsored by Cosmopolitan Dental, Official Dentist of Whom You Know @GaroNazarianDDS #cosmopolitandental #loveyoursmile

Sir Winston of Las Vegas

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Dr. Nazarian, a graduate of Boston College and Columbia Dental School, opened Cosmopolitan Dental in 2006 and has grown his practice to over 2,000 patients. Peachy Deegan is proud to be the second ever. Cosmopolitan Dental strives to surpass all patients' expectations by catering to your dental needs while providing the utmost professional results. Cosmopolitan Dental has been recognized by America's Top Dentists and has earned both the Patients' choice award and the Doctors' choice award. Dr. Garo Nazarian is a proud member of the New York State Dental Association, New York County Dental Society and the American Dental Association. Cosmopolitan Dental loves to make you smile and Dr. Nazarian is an enthusiastic hockey fan! 

Sir Winston, a five-year-old Australian Labradoodle, loves learning new tricks and is a huge hockey fan. A few of his tricks include playing volleyball, dunking basketballs, catching frisbees and playing hockey goalie! The Vegas Golden Knights are his favorite hockey team and he loves watching them play and going to their practices. His video of playing goalie on Twitter was posted by the Golden Knights and has garnered over 109,000 views! You can check it out on his Twitter page @doodle_winston where it is pinned. Or click here for a direct link Sign Him Up

His super-fan status has led him to be on the local news many times, including a year-end special on the Golden Knights. He has made many fun videos with cool tricks in support of the Knights, including one for each round of the playoffs and a two-parter for the NHL Awards show. His favorite video is the one where he runs through the desert with his lantern warning Las Vegas that the enemy hockey team has arrived. It can be seen at Warn the City! You can see many of his videos on his Instagram at @winston_da_doodle.

Of particular note, Sir Winston is especially excited to announce that he and his dog pal Bark-André Furry are planning a special fall Dog Cotillion to raise money for a local animal charity. There will be a buffet for the dogs, music, photographers, swag bags and more! It is bound to be the soiree of the season! Check out his Instagram and Twitter for more details soon! 

But his life isn’t all Las Vegas glitz and glamorous parties. He works at his human’s law office. People often come to the office upset and nervous and Sir Winston’s job is to help them relax and feel happy again. He takes his job very seriously and will sit on his client’s foot and have them pet him during meetings. He feels this calms them. Even people who are scared of dogs love his sweet and gentle nature and often leave the office with a new canine friend. There are other law offices in town now who request his presence for depositions! 

He also loves visiting hospitals and retirement homes. Recently, he was honored to be a part of the Golden Knights fan family that went to visit Sai, a brave young boy and Golden Knights fan (@_teamSai on Instagram) who was recovering from heart surgery in the hospital. It melted his fuzzy heart to have Sai pet his head. Whether cheering his Golden Knights on or cheering people up, his goal is the same: to make people smile.  We are absolutely thrilled to present Sir Winston as our latest Peachy's Pet Pal!  Dame Peachy Deegan interviewed Sir Winston for Whom You Know.

Dame Peachy Deegan: Las Vegas is the newest expansion city in the NHL; what made it the best candidate for a new team? 
Sir Winston: Pets and their people move here for the sunny skies, but often miss all the fun they had at a hockey games. Transplants and native Las Vegans alike had enthusiastically supported the minor league hockey teams that were here over the years….so, while many did not believe that hockey could happen in the desert, everyone here rallied around the possibility that we’d have our own NHL team! 

Please comment on your love for hockey and what makes it so awesome. 

I grew up watching my biped sister play the game… her speed and skating on those thin blades was so exciting I would actually run from the car to get to the rink! During those games, my eyes were glued to the action; my dad says I looked like I was watching a tennis match! Now I go to City National Arena to watch the Golden Knights practice and watch all the games on TV. It is thrilling! 

Please tell us about your other sports interests. 

I love to go paddleboarding, play beach volleyball, and hike in the desert with my family. 

What do you love most about the Las Vegas Golden Knights? 

What can I say here? What they did for our city after October 1st will never be forgotten by our community. Mostly newcomers themselves, they helped to heal a city and build community from broken hearts. They are just such an exceptional group of guys and the chemistry just explodes on ice when they’re playing! Even we canines can’t contain ourselves; I love them win or lose! 

Who are your favorite players and why? 

William “Wild Bill” Karlsson because I love his flow and Marc-André Fleury because I love to play goal like him! 

When making one of your signature videos, how do you direct your human team to execute them properly? 

My human team knows exactly what I’m looking for…I like to have them play to my obviously “huggable” features. The only part I’m still working on with them is getting the camera angles right so we can get it all done in one take! 

What are your ideas for upcoming videos? 

I’m currently working out a guest spot to do the weather report for a local news station, but the video I'm most excited about is a pre-season mystery video where the VGK Victory Flamingo is missing and Inspector Sure-like Bones (played by yours truly) would lead friends and fans on a hunt to locate the Victory Flamingo before the season starts! 

What should everybody know about your human pal, Sai? 

Sai is a super brave young man who has had multiple heart surgeries. He is quick to smile, even when he doesn’t feel well, and loves dogs! 

What should the world know about your canine pal, Bark-André Furry? 

Bark-André is a great dog and a good friend. What most people don’t know (if they haven’t been to a Golden Knights practice) is that he loves to “coach” the players on the ice by barking tips to them as they skate by! Oh, and he really is that adorable! 

What do you think will clinch the Stanley Cup for Las Vegas in future days? 

What makes this team really special is that the culture of the team top to bottom is about working and playing for each other. I can’t wait to see the Stanley Cup paraded down the strip! 

Has dog food ever been eaten out of the Cup, and if Las Vegas wins it would you like to eat out of it or drink Champagne? 

I remember hearing about Nolan Pratt’s dogs eating out of the cup a few years back. Lapping up some champagne would be amazing, of course! But personally, I would be more interested in eating meatballs out of it, like Luc Robitaille did! 

How many plastic flamingoes do you own and do you name them? 

I do have 2 flamingoes, one that I carry around in my mouth during the game and one that goes out front of my house after a win. 

If so what are their names? 

Their names are Goldie & Knight 

Please tell us about your law career. 

I’m no legal beagle, but I do attend my share of de-paw-sitions, I mean, depostions. My law career has changed so much since I started. I have gone from simply greeting clients at the door with a lick or a smile to having clients requesting that I go with them during depositions and mediations. 

Is there a law school for dogs and if not are you going to start one? 

A law school for dogs is a great idea! I can imagine the admissions process would be fierce, starting with competitive placement for top-notch puppy preschools and kindergartens (no dog ate my homework excuses here!), leading to the all-important search to hire a top canine college consultant, and of course to having to get top scores on the NO-CAT (New Optimized Canine Aptitude Test)! 

What kinds of law practices should dogs dabble in? 

Well, the courtroom is often seen as being a dog eat dog world. Yet, we pups are naturally good at doggedly sniffing out the truth. So, I feel that being a judge is a paw-rfect fit for pooches. They could hound down sentences for cur-imes, and mutt-demeanors. 

What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence? 

I had two older dog sisters that I lost this year. They were the most amazing role models I could have asked for. They inspired me by how quickly they learned new tricks and how silly they could be. They would even invent new tricks simply to entertain the family. I try to bring that kind of joy to my family every day. 

What are you proudest of and why? 

I’m proud of my ability to cheer people up, especially when I can change a sad face to a smiling one. 

What is your favorite toy and why? 

I used to have a stuffed whale and a rubber pig that really got me going; sadly, they couldn’t take the pressure of play every day and have since disintegrated. Today, it would have to be Ellie the Elephant. I got her for my birthday. It has a squeaker in each foot! 

What do you get in trouble for and why is that not fair? 

I can’t really say that I get in trouble for much; but every once in a while, when I’m giving out too many kisses and begging for belly rubs from someone other than my Dad for too long, I think he might get jealous. It’s not fair because he loves sharing me with others in the first place! 

What do you take your sense of identity from? 

There are some really terrific roles models out there; Benji, Rin Tin Tin, Lassie….and my identity is built somewhat on their brave, giving and warm temperaments, but really who I am is a result of the love and caring I receive from my family and all the wonderful people I meet in my town every day. 

What is your favorite place to be? 

Sitting next to my Dad on the glass at City National Arena watching the Golden Knights practice. 

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you at a cocktail party? 

At a recent event, I was served sparkling water instead of Dög Pawrignon because I was the “designated passenger.” 

Who would you like to be for a day and why? 

George McPhee, GM of the Golden Knights so that I could draft myself as the backup goalie! 

What has been your best athletic experience? 

Skiijoring in the Berkshires. 

If you could have dinner with any person or animal living or passed, who would it be and why? 

It would be amazing to have dinner with my hero Marc-André Fleury and show him my goalie skills in person! 

What has been your best art or music experience? 

I’m lucky enough to have had two special Instagram fans of mine illustrate me. I think the sketches are great and I am so touched that these wonderful people who took the time to create special artworks of me! Pencil Drawing by @woodenshooz and Illustration by @sunstone815

What do you personally do or what have you done to give back to the world? 

On top of my legal work and visiting of hospitals and senior homes, I am most excited about the upcoming fundraiser that Bark André Furry and I are planning to raise money for local dog shelters. 

Other than Peachy's Pet Pals of course, what is your favorite column and what do you like about it? 

I have to say NHL Peachy is my favorite column because it offers a great take on hockey, although you currently feature a photo showing the moment of my greatest heartbreak- losing to the Capitals at home in Game 5! 
[Note from the Editor: It has been since updated and now features the #WinterClassic at the top.  Sir Winston responded on Twitter:

Have you been to Manhattan and if not what would you like to do if the NHL invites you to their offices on Sixth Avenue? 

I love Manhattan! The smells of all the food trucks and restaurants are so mouth-watering my mom and dad usually have to pull me away! I haven’t been to the NHL headquarters yet, but I would like to go so I could give Gary Bettman a big, slobbery kiss for helping to bring a hockey team to Las Vegas, and if the Stanley Cup happens to be there, I would love to get a photo of me sitting in it! 

What else would you like to do in Manhattan? 

I think I’d love an afternoon romp in Central Park! 

What should everyone know about the City of Las Vegas? 

That we are a real city with real community: dog parks, schools, firefighters, friends and families. Oh, and not all of us live in casinos! 

What should everyone know about the Golden Knights? 

That they are just getting started; the best is yet to come! 

What are your future dreams and aspirations? 

True confession: I sometimes fantasize about the Golden Knights carrying me around in the Cup after they win! Seriously though, I hope to go on a road trip to visit other hockey towns and meet their dog fans! I’d also like to be the first doggie goalie to play in net for my Golden Knights team, even if it were just for a practice game. But most of all I dream of one day being with my Golden Knights when they win the Stanley Cup! 

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you? 

If you ever meet me and I sit on your foot, that means that I consider us good friends. Coincidentally, it is also a practical way of trapping someone into petting me for longer! 

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers? 

Please email my mom-ager Dori at or direct message me on my Instagram @winston_da_doodle. Thank you very much! 


#FashionAlert @frenchfashionwk #ParisPeachy #FrancePeachy Fashion Will Speak French in New York French Touch USA & Glitz Paris Announce the dates of the First Edition of FRENCH FASHION WEEK in New York & Olivier Lapidus as first guest of honor Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner @hallakcleaners

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Even though Fashion, Couture and Design are strongly associated with France, the vast majority of French Fashion brands and emerging designers have little or no visibility in the US.
Until now, there has never been a major gathering of the French Fashion Industry in the United States. FRENCH FASHION WEEK is therefore the first experiential platform dedicated to French fashion in the US.


From March 27 to 29, 2019 in New York, FRENCH FASHION WEEK will present a qualitative selection of brands among French emerging creators, established brands, "Savoir-Faire" and Fashion Tech Houses (list to come) in the Women, Men, Accessories, and Jewelry worlds.

FRENCHFASHIONWEEK aims to create meeting opportunities between participants and key market players, potential US partners, local institutions, policy makers, media, influencers or trendsetters.

FRENCHFASHIONWEEK also aims to create a unique, glamorous event, offering a fantastic visibility to the French fashion in the US!

A long term project that ambitions to support French designers in their approach of the US market.


Renowned French couturier Olivier Lapidus is the first public figure to join the event to share his passion thanks to a project that has been close to his heart for long: Establishing, in France, a "Conservatory of French Savoir-Faire". In the Conservatory, he will incorporate his vision of "… reconciling ancient craftsmanship and French Savoir-Faire with technology…".

OlivierLapidus, one of the great French Fashion Designers, began his career at Balmain and receive the "Dé d'Or" (Golden Dice) of Haute Couture in 1992. More recently, he was the Artistic Director of Maison LANVIN until March 2018. He is now dedicating himself to his own "Maison".



Each selected brand who so wishes will organize its own Fashion Show in a dedicated space within FRENCH FASHION WEEK, in a "French" atmosphere.


An area dedicated to the presentation of the participants' collections/products, organized in "worlds" and "savoir-faire".


An opportunity for brands to test the American consumers' reactions.


Official launch party & networking meetings with professionals, potential US partners, institutions and media.




Exhibition of fashion photographers, book signings and more.


Source: French Fashion Week


On What She Believes In, by Audrey Hepburn

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."
-Audrey Hepburn


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Peachy's Pick Since 2015 In Manhattan: Flinders Lane @FLINDERSLANENYC Summer 2018 by Chris McPherson and Chris Rendell - STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT THE AUSTRALIANS ARE KILLING IT! #FLINDERSLANE Be There, Stamford!

Chris Rendell and Peachy Deegan
Majestic Grilled Hanger Steak sourced from Australia by Executive Chef and Owner, Chris Rendell
You know you'd rather be sipping a gracious Australian red at Flinders Lane than being at your desk right now, so we are reminding you to book your table.
It's not who you know, it's WHOM YOU KNOW and you know that by now.
We learned that from Mover and Shaker Rennie McQuilkin, once Peachy's English teacher and now the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut.  Really. He is so awesome that his students become writers like our classmate Mover and Shaker Chrishaunda Lee, and she loves Connecticut so much she went to college there too.
The greatest new aspect of the State of Connecticut is that you can also eat at Flinders Lane there too, in Stamford with Owner Chris McPherson at the helm while Owner Chris Rendell is master of the kitchen in Manhattan's East Village.  Manager Alan Bickerton runs the front of the house in New York with fantastic sommelier suggestions.
In summer, you want to be somewhere beachy, and as a country Australia excels in beaches, so you want to go to Flinders Lane, uber-authentic with these owners straight from Melbourne. Flinders Lane excels in fine Australian cuisine, and they are better than anyone else in America at it; it is named after the lane in Melbourne, Australia.
Nothing says summer like the boys from Down Under.
They were first featured in early 2015:
White anchovies dying to swim into your stomach!
 It is salad time in the city, and one of the best across the board is the Kale Salad here, complete with white anchovy evocative of gorgeous elegance.  Dotted with flavorful pecorino, the Kale salad is indeed fresh and dressed beautifully in lemon dressing that is natural and delicious. Even when it is too hot to eat, you will be happy to eat this.
 A special when we visited was the phenomenally refreshing Watermelon Salad, which is the best watermelon salad you can get in Manhattan.  It's like eating a party with all the pizzazz: from the festive pickled watermelon rind, brilliant in itself, to the feta marinated in lemon to the seeded texture, Chris Rendell's creation is the epitome of summer.  
 The Burrata, sourced locally, is another beacon of freshness ready to wow your stomach.
 Going to Flinders Lane, you learn that you even like Thai Basil when it is accenting the burrata with an anise flavor and baby heirloom tomato.  The burrata is the ferrari of mozzarella if you are previously unfamiliar and the creaminess will tantalize your tastebuds.
Even the grilled bread is magnificent.
 You almost hate to eat it because it is so gorgeous.
The basil seeds star in this dish also.
 The Fluke Crudo sings another song of summer in your stomach and is a brilliant rainbow of flavors that meld together beautifully.  Lesser venues try too hard to come up with something trendy and lose sight of the fact that many flavors that come together actually have to taste great together.  Flinders Lane is philosophically aligned with our culinary vision and our tastes, and the dishes here are created with the ultimate in both good taste and creativity balanced perfectly.  Here, avocado, grapefruit, radish, and pickled watermelon rind all accentuate the Fluke Crudo. 
Look at those terrific chunks of crab meat! 
If someone does not do well on a review we do not publish on them, and Peachy is wicked crabby as a result because dinner matters.  She prefers to be wicked crabby by actually eating crab, and the superlative perfectly al dente Angel Hair Pasta with amazing chunks of crab meat dancing in it puts some of the best Italian venues to shame.  Local crab is sourced and we absolutely adored the garlic accents, as Peachy is definitely a garlic monster.   Chili and baby arugula further elevate this dish which is perfect for the hot season. 
 Succulent and Juicy, the Grilled Hangar Steak is irresistible waltzing in its chimchurri with grilled shishito peppers and roasted heirloom carrots, which Chris personally goes to the market in Union Square three times a week to pick the best and brightest.  The supreme carnivorous endeavor also comes from Australia, further highlighting the authenticity.  Every bite will bring a huge smile to your face and it is just delicious.
It triumphs over some of the best steakhouse steaks.
A classic creme brulee is the perfect closing.
 Flinders Lane is among our favorites and it continues to be Highly Recommended.


Monday, July 16, 2018

#NHLPeachy #WinterClassic @NHL #ChicagoPeachy #SportyPeachy #WhomYouKnow NHL and Chicago Blackhawks Reveal 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Logo @Regis it is in @NotreDame Stadium

The National Hockey League today unveiled the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® logo as the Chicago Blackhawks® prepare to host the Boston Bruins® outdoors at Notre Dame Stadium on New Year’s Day.

Designed by NHL Creative Services and Fanbrandz (Montclair, N.J.), the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® logo celebrates the first NHL outdoor hockey game to be played at iconic Notre Dame Stadium. This year’s logo features an ice-frosted, green iconic shamrock, a tip o’ the hat to the famed history and fabled legacy of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The logo features a cursive inspired NHL Winter Classic® type treatment which is an evolution of the typography that has become a familiar and consistent feature in all 10 previous NHL Winter Classic® logos.

The outdoor game will be played at Notre Dame Stadium, home of the NCAA Division I Notre Dame Fighting Irish, on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. The game will be broadcast on NBC in the United States and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada at 1 p.m. ET. 

Additional details on the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® – including ticketing information and other events surrounding the game – will be announced at a later date. NHL Network™ and will provide extensive coverage live from the event leading up to and after the game. NHL Social™ will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the official hashtag NHL #WinterClassic. 

NHL, the NHL Shield and the word mark NHL Winter Classic are registered trademarks and the NHL Winter Classic logo, NHL Social and NHL Network are trademarks of the National Hockey League. NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams. © NHL 2018. All Rights Reserved.


MOVERS and SHAKERS: Jem Duducu, Historian and Author Our Coverage Sponsored by Cosmopolitan Dental, Official Dentist of Whom You Know @GaroNazarianDDS #cosmopolitandental #loveyoursmile

Jem Duducu

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Dr. Garo Nazarian is a Mover and Shaker, and was the first featured:
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Life is a journey without a set map; when Jem Duducu left university with a B.A. in Archaeology and Medieval History from University of Wales College of Cardiff UWCC, there was no way he could know where his journey would take him. The love of history had always been there, and history had always seemed exotic and exciting whether as a nine-year-old staring into the unblinking 1,300 year old face of the Sutton Hoo helmet to reading about the crusades at university in Cardiff. 

Fast forwarding nearly 25 years, and Jem Duducu is happy, proud and humbled by his accomplishments and the great people whom he calls friends and family. Knowing his degree was somewhat useless in the real world initially, Jem fell into sales, as many do. He was good at it, and in the realm of media sales in London, Jem achieved the level of assistant in under a year, and full manager year later at age 23. Undeniably the degree had taught him to explain himself in a passionate manner, however, that was the sole skill his love for history brought to the commercial world then. 

A job for life is something that our parents or grandparents experienced, but today in the modern world it simply is not how business is done. In this first job in media sales, every time Jem was bored, he kept being given a new role or new project to work on. It kept him busy for the best part of a decade, but then he struck out with a colleague to start their own London-based company in the summer of 2001. Everything was going great in the first quarter, beating projections and bucking the trend of startups needing time to make money, but that all changed on a sunny late summer day on 9/11/2001. Suddenly Jem’s dissertation on the crusades and the clashes between Christian and Muslim seemed far more relevant than he could have ever imagined. The company bumped along for another 18 months but it never really recovered- who did? 

But Jem picked himself up and got on with things, and as his career progressed so did his love of staff development leading to him moving into the world of training. As a sales trainer, you have to have done the hard stuff. Salespeople won’t take tips from people who have never been in a pitch meeting or cold called or handled objections. It was as if everything that had happened early in his career had set him up to be the business trainer he became. Then after nearly 20 years for mainly working for large corporates (except for the whole startup in 2001), he decided to become a freelancer. Every weekday up until that point was a process of getting up, putting on a suit and commuting to work. Now things were more flexible. It led to training in far flung places such as Amsterdam, Houston, New York, Las Vegas and Barcelona, were the sexy ones- Telford, Hull and Norwich were a little less exciting. When he wasn’t travelling, more time could be spent with his family, and while the safety net of a large company was gone, the cash flow was his responsibility alone, the ultimate motivator when you have a wife, two kids and a mortgage. 

At the same time, Jem’s love of history began to be rekindled, and he became a published historian. At the time of writing, he has had seven non-fiction books published and of those, two are self-published (one being a historical novel). The publisher got him in contact with BBC History Magazine and now articles were being written promoting the books to a wider and more appreciative audience. They were so successful that standalone projects were specced covering such diverse topics as Roman inventions to unusual facts about American Political figures. This aspect of his life led to two important achievements. 

Firstly bringing together both his love of training and love of history he has created a management training course where the art of leadership is split into a number of disciplines, and each one is represented by a historical figure, The response has been electrifying. It seems whether you love or hate history, everyone gets excited about whether they are better at delegation than Queen Elizabeth I. Its currently under talks to be turned into a book. 

It was also led to a podcast. NEON takes a piece of pop culture and reveals the real history behind it, did you know that Star Wars a new hope shares DNA with the Samurai and a World War Two bombing raid by the RAF? It was picked up by Acast almost instantly and of all the thousands of podcasts out there, was featured by Apple- a real sign of success. We are so pleased to present Jem Duducu as our latest Mover and Shaker.  Peachy Deegan interviewed Jem for Whom You Know.

 Peachy Deegan: What are your favorite five moments in British history and why? 
Jem Duducu: 793 AD the first chronicled mention of the Vikings, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle gets so hysterical it even mentions dragons! 

1066 AD the epic events of that year starting with the death of Edward the Confessor leading to three different kings clashing in England and culminating with the famous Battle of Hastings, whats not to love? 

Henry VIII, he can be read as a comedy, tragedy or psychological horror. He’s good value for money. 

1759 this was the year Britain went from an imperial power, to the imperial power during the Seven Years War (where a young George Washington was fighting for the British). 

World War Two, it’s not often in history a country is willing to do the right thing at a likely huge cost to itself. Britain lost an empire because of that war, but we did the right thing. America by contrast took 2 ½ years and an attack on Pearl Harbor to work out Nazis are bad. 

What are your favorite five moments in American history and why? 

New England is so named because it reminded the explorers of home. Maryland was so named in honour of Queen Mary. However I would have loved to have seen the conversation about the way to honour Queen Elizabeth I was to name a region Virginia because of her virginity. A breath takingly personal proclamation. 

James Town colonial America. Similarly (and apologies to our American cousins) we weren’t very good at naming things. There was also a James River and a Fort James too… guess what the name of the monarch of the time was and what other names were they thinking of? 

George Washington’s inauguration as the First President George Washington in Federal Hall New York City. What a moment that would have been to witness. 

The Gettysburg Address, what most people don’t realise is that Lincoln was not the main event. That was a 2 hour long oration by the Hon. Edward Everett called "The Battles of Gettysburg". Lincoln was meant to say a few words in summary afterwards. He did, but those were the ones that counted. 

The hell of Omaha Beach D-Day 1944. It is simply America’s finest moment in all of military history. 

What are your thoughts on July 4, 1776 and the American Revolution? 

Not a lot actually happened on the 4th of July 1776. Fighting had already been going on for a year and it took months to get all the signatures. It’s also worth remembering that hundreds of thousands of Americans fought for the mother country and the rebels wouldn’t have won without French assistance. 

These uncomfortable truths get swept under the carpet because they don’t make a good founding of a nation story, and that’s ok because all countries do that, it’s just America is such a comparatively young country that there’s a lot of historical evidence out there that makes a neat narrative hard to create. 

What should the world know about British history that they probably don’t know? 

That Richard the Lionheart was not a good king of England. In his 10-year reign he was here for just 11 months. He would have sold London if only he could find a buyer (an actual quote of his) he crippled the country with taxes to pay for his crusade and wars in France. Finally he spoke French not English. He is was however as brave as the legends say. 

Please share with the world why history matters… 

What’s happening in the news right now and why is your economy the way it is, is all down to history. History isn’t just about kings and politicians, there’s a history of art, economics, textiles and even hip-hop. History explains why you live in the world you do today, and if you can learn from the past’s mistakes, maybe you can do a better job for the future. 

Do you also agree that studying history in school gives you an edge in the business world over your competitors that only studied business? 

I think there are better degrees to help you in business than history. Saying that when I meet graduates with business degrees they always think they know everything, not understanding that to be really successful you have to have been knocked down a few times first. There’s no substitute for experience. 

What should all Americans understand about the BBC? 

It’s a national institution. No adverts, paid by the British population (you have to have a license for your TV in the UK or face a fine). So it doesn’t have to always be commercial giving us great shows like the Blue Planet and the longest running scripted TV show ever- Doctor Who. 

Do you watch the History Channel by A and E in the USA and if so what do you think of it? 

When the channel was first launched I lauded its intentions to spread popular history. But it turns out people can only see so many shows about the Romans and the Nazis so now you have cheap reality TV like Ice Truckers, how this can be on a channel called “History”, I have no idea. 

Do you wish you had a job for life like previous generations? 

No, I love the flexibility I have now, and what if you spent 35 years being miserable and finding out right at the end of your career there was the perfect job for one floor below? 

What do you hope the world has learned from 9/11? 

To understand history and geopolitics more seriously. That’s what I hoped, that’s not what happened. 

Where do you enjoy traveling to the most? 

Anywhere new. I’m embarrassed to say I went to Dublin for the first time last year. It’s taken me more that 40 years to get to the island next to mine. You can find something nice everywhere, and something bad too. 

What does leadership mean to you? 

Getting people to work WITH you not FOR you. If people feel that you’re on a mission together they will try their hardest. But you have to give them that vision and commitment. 

What are the biggest mistakes people make in sales? 

They try and tell the buyer everything they know. STOP THAT. Instead ask questions, qualify the client. If they want things you don’t have, thank them for their time and leave. If they want what you’ve got, focus in on those points. But sales is about asking questions and not making epic speeches. 

What should everyone know about your podcast? 

I am incredibly proud of NEON. It’s a new way of looking at history. I start with a piece of pop culture and then reveal either the deliberate or inadvertent nods to history. It could be something obvious like Assassins Creed a video Game set in the Middle Ages so I can talk about the Crusades. To the harder to reveal history in The Handmaids Tale which while set in a near future dystopia, tells us a lot about totalitarian regimes and breeding programmes. 

What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence? 

My family. Every time I think I should be lazy I remember I’ve got mouths to feed. Also my wife is a perfectionist so an arched eyebrow of disappointment from her is a real killer. 

What are you proudest of and why? 

My kids, because they are the hardest work you’ll ever do, but so far (fingers crossed) they are both fun, smart and hard(ish) working boys who are always polite in social situations (but of course complete nightmares at home). 

What would you like to do professionally that you have not yet had the opportunity to do? 

Serious- a Ted Talk. I think I’d be good at it and its almost an unofficial award to be asked to do one. I would do it on one historical leader and what we can learn in the modern world from them. 

Fun- a slot on the shopping channel. I just want to know if I can talk for 20 minutes about a product without stopping. It’s a real skill. 

What honors and awards have you received in your profession? 

Nothing official, however getting published is really hard, so I’m proud of that. Also some of the lovely comments I get on LinkedIn mean a lot because there’s no politics or marketing about those. They are heartfelt thankyous. 

What one word best describes you and why? 

I’m a ball of energy. When podcasting I have to stand up and wave my arms around. In a training room, I’m forever bouncing about- it’ great exercise. 

What do you take your sense of identity from? 

This is the hardest question. My mother is from small town America (near Pittsburgh) my father is from small town Turkey and I was born in the unfashionable part of London. I just feel like “me” and I’ve always felt that way. It pains me to hear about those who have identity crises or feel that they are unworthy. It’s just something I can’t relate to, I know my strengths and weaknesses and I’m ok with them. 

What is your favorite place to be in Manhattan? 

The Guggenheim. And it really is the “place”. Some exhibits are amazing, others are ok. But just walking around the place with its sense of space is always a soothing experience, particularly 30 minutes before it closes because the crowds are gone. 

And in London? 

The British Museum. Why? Well look at everything I’ve said! 

And in the UK outside London? 

Oxford is an amazing city, do you now they have a blackboard in the basement of one of their museums which was written on by Einstein, and they preserved it. 

What is your favorite shop in Manhattan? 

Cinnabon on Liberty street. Hear me out- we don’t have them in the UK and I have a real sweet tooth. So cinnamon, carbs and sugar…mmm… 

And in London? 

Games Workshop Uxbridge. You will have never heard of it. I used to be into the table top modelling and gaming hobby when I was a teen but gave it up because…well…you’ll never get a girl that way. Now my boys are into it, we paint and play there. It’s so welcoming, a real community of geeks. All kind, smart and no bravado, it’s the opposite of a sports bar. 

And in the UK outside London? 

The gift shop at Harry Potter Studios in Watford, does that need an explanation? 

If you could hire anybody who would it be and why? 

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He seems like such a nice guy and is all about positive energy and belief in yourself. Also if he can get Rampage to make money, it shows he can sell ANYTHING. 

What is your favorite drink? 

I’m teetotal, it would be freshly squeezed orange juice with a splash of lime juice. 

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you at a cocktail party? 

A woman came up to me and asked why I hadn’t spoken to her. She then went on for quite some time calling me Kevin. She was so emphatic that I was Kevin, I started to play along. Using my sales techniques to ask her questions about herself while revealing nothing about Kevin (because, and I can’t stress this enough, I’m not Kevin). She walked away happy with her reconnection with Kevin about ten minutes later. I never saw her again, I wonder if Kevin did see her again? 

What is your favorite restaurant in Manhattan? 

Anywhere in China Town. I love Chinese food, and you can’t go wrong there in my experience (although I know it’s not the cheapest). 

And in London? 

Zedel, just off Piccadilly. It’s French food in the most amazing art deco setting, and it doesn’t cost the earth either. 

And in the UK outside London? 

The Red Hot in Leeds, all you can eat buffet of world foods. Want grilled octopus, or lasagna, or curry, take your pick. I have no idea how they make money. 

What is your favorite Manhattan book or favorite character in Manhattan literature? 

American Psycho and Patrick Bateman. Come on, it doesn’t get much more New York than that. 

And in London? 

Sherlock Holmes (pick any of the books or anthologies). He even has a plaque and statue on Baker Street. Not bad for a fictional character. 

And in the UK outside London? 

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh. Written entirely in colloquial Glaswegian. It came out about the same time as Brit Pop was becoming big. It’s just cool, and a challenging read. 

Who would you like to be for a day and why? 

The Dalai Lama, he seems lovely and calm. I’m a fizzing ball of energy so I’d love to feel that soothing calmness. Also I can find out if he really is the reincarnation of a semi-divine being. 

If you could have anything in Manhattan named after you what would it be and why? 

I’d like to plant a tree in Central Park and have a plaque next to it with my name. Something organic in the big concrete city. 

And in London? 

Let’s go big- The Jem Duducu Museum rather than the British Museum. 

And in the UK outside London? 

The best find I discovered while on archaeology digs was a Mesolithic hand axe (some 8,000 years old). I’d like that farm renamed in my honour. 

What has been your best Manhattan athletic experience? 

I was taken to a Yankees game about 20 years ago. It was my chance to see the great American sport up close and personal. I found it really dull. And that is my only American athletic experience. 

And in London? 

The 2012 Olympics. I was in Excel watching the boxing where this guy called Antony Joshua had his first fight. He looked good even then. The atmosphere was incredible. Watching the commentators when I got home, they said they’d never seen a boxing crowd make so much noise. I was part of that verbal riot with my wife and father. 

And in the UK outside London? 

Climbing Tryfan, in my school days I did quite a lot of mountaineering. Tryfan is a mountain in Snowdonia which at the top has two great stone promontories called Adam and Eve. It feels like you’ve climbed to the sky (even though Snowdon nearby is higher, that has a café on the top of it so its not as romantic). 

What is your favorite thing to do in Manhattan that you can do nowhere else? 

When I’m in a hotel, try and get the best angle of the skyline. I was up the Twin Towers in February 2001 and just seeing Manhattan spread out before you is amazing. It’s a film set. So many places are in moves or TV shows. It makes you feel like you’re a film star. I am aware this makes me sound like a tourist. 

And in London? 

The walk from Westminster to Saint Paul’s along the southbank of the Thames. You see everything from the medieval to the modern. On a sunny day its one of the best 40 minute walks you can have. 

And in the UK outside London? 

Going to Tintagel. It isn’t the birthplace of King Arthur (he’s a legend) but it sure feels like it and it’s such an epic location in any weather. If it is sunny and calm it’s like a postcard. If it’s wet and wild you get to see the tempest play out before your eyes. 

If you could have dinner with any person living or passed, who would it be and why? 

Jesus. Because one dinner would clear up a lot of questions. 

What has been your best Manhattan art or music experience? 

Hamilton…mike drop. 

And in London? 

Seeing Johnny Cash at the Royal Albert Hall. My father was a huge fan (weird for a Turk I know). So I grew up with Cash, and to see him in such an “English” place was really special and surreal. It was his last tour of England. 

And in the UK outside London? 

The Edinburgh Festival, just buy some random tickets and be surprised. 

What do you personally do or what have you done to give back to the world? 

I give blood when I can (although it’s been a while). I try and raise my kids to be the best they can be. I try to recycle as much as I can. We are a one car family, and that can be a real pain sometimes. 

What do you think is most underrated and overrated in Manhattan? 

Overrated is Time Square, it’s just a road junction with big adverts. I don’t get it (and ties into my answer below) 

Underrated is Grand Central Station. I always remember a friend took me there just to visit it and appreciate it. Basically everyone goes there to be transported somewhere else. But take the time to look at the amazing ceiling, the impressive wide open space. It’s an architectural masterpiece that is clearly in the back of the minds of people as they hurry from point a to point b. 

And in London? 

Overrated is Piccadilly Circus, it’s just a road junction with big adverts. I don’t get it (and ties into my answer above) 

Underrated are the Churchill War Rooms. Everyone knows about Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey. But near both are the basement rooms preserved from World War Two where Britain fought a war for survival. It is an incredibly powerful experience. 

And in the UK outside London? 

Overrated The Cavern Club in Liverpool. Incredibly important for 60s music but the place was a cheap dive back then and now the reverence put on what was a poor venue in the first place is all a bit underwhelming. 

Underrated Is North West Wales. In the space of about 30 minutes’ drive there are three of the most amazing castles in all of Europe. Anglesey, an island where seals and dolphins can be seen and a mountain range that is within view of the shore line (which is a very rare geological feature). It’s sparsely populated, rarely visited by foreign visitors, but you could easily spend a week there doing very diverse things (warning it does rain a lot there though). 

Other than Movers and Shakers of course, what is your 
favorite​ column and what do you like about it? 

English errors. Grammar has never been my strong point, but I know its importance- I have spent many hours arguing with my editor on my books. 

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you? 

If you have enjoyed my fun and enthusiasm in this interview and like the idea of me being my guide to history, I have written a load of introductory books to all kinds of topics. Just search my name on something like Amazon and pick a book, you can’t go wrong. And if you want to hear my clipped British accent, NEON is available on all the main podcast streaming services. 

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers? 

I’m @JemDuducu on Twitter my Facebook Community page is History Gems and you can find me under my name on LinkedIn. 


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