Author: The Ledlie Group

September 2014

You can’t put that on an invoice. In a new paper on competence and warmth submitted to the National Academy of Sciences, lawyers are seen as unquestioningly competent and as warm as a taxi driver or prostitute. Talk at the top. Light-hearted banter – occasionally with an edge – has always marked …

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August 2014

Just send all the Moms their own personal lei next month, Edgar. The ladies love flowers!  Why did Land’s End, a focal point of all things Middle American, send a steamy issue ofGQ to millions of customers’ mailboxes?  The cover featured a Hawaiian lady with only a lei where her Regular …

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June/July 2014

Now that’s not very groovy.  A laid-back pizza chain born in 1974, when peace allegedly guided the planets and love ostensibly steered the stars, has gone corporate by closing one of its stores hereabouts. Without officially advising its staff. A “Closed” sign reportedly went up on the store’s Facebook page …

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May 2014

Ah, the snickering side of globalism. Kinki University, named after its region in Japan, is large and well-respected at age 65. But its name draws chuckles at meetings in Western countries where it means “perverted.” Now it’s changing its name to Kindai, a kind of made-up moniker meaning “university that used to …

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April 2014

Icon not go on like this. A squib on a computer screen? Yep. A living symbol of an idea, movement or period? True, by definition.  A painting in Eastern Christianity that opens “a window to the divine”?  Sure, that’s where “icon” comes from.  A football player who declares “I am …

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