A Really Good Podcast

A ugly listenable and inoverview of where the world is at, where it is going and what might be around the corner. . It is, of course, generally optimistic, but hugely practical …. https://itunes.apple.com/nz/podcast/long-now-seminars-about-long-term-thinking/id186908455?mt=2&i=1000428295322


Nine to Noon morning chat

From Nine To Noon, 10:07 am on 15 October 2018 When Nelson peanut butter lover Pic Picot discovered sugar was creeping into supermarket brands, he decided to start making his own in his garage. Ten years later, he sells 20,000 jars a day of Pic’s Peanut Butter around the world. Listen to the full interview…


Couch Story – Nelson Arts Festival

The 6th Couch Stories Show – The Nelson Arts Festival  22 October 2014, The Granary, Founders Park Theme of the Night: 9 to 5 Stories About Work  Grab a cup of tea and listen to Pic’s Couch Story below.

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Work and Mental Health

Work and Mental HealtHh I was invited to speak to a group of Nelson mental health professionals about how we maintained a healthy workplace. The topic was well outside my comfort zone, as I’m not a frontline guy with an ear to everyone’s problems, but I am the boss, so I get to set the hopes…


This message was from a guy organising a grocers conference. Drivel like this is so darned annoying I just have to share it. If I did go to his show, I sure wouldn’t want to sit at his table …. As Australia undergoes structural economic change, the value and performance of the $126 billion Australian…


Halal Certified Looniness

I’ve had a prepared answer for the food show visitors who want to know what sort of salt we use in the product for quite some time. More often than not, he salt question is an opener for a diatribe on the benefits of Himalayan yak salt, Brighton mud salt or Murray a River purple…

Dealing with Risk

When you get an idea and decide to do something about it you’ve got yourself a project. If it’s something new, whether it’s new to the world or just new to you, you’ll have to deal with old man risk. Old man risk will hover around your project, begging to make you a nice cup…


The Grill: Nelson Mail meet Pic Picot

Pic Picot, peanut butter maker, Nelson.  What gave you the idea for Pic’s Peanut Butter?  I had always liked peanut butter, but when the big brands started adding sugar to it I became annoyed and made my own. What made you want to start your own business?  I had pretty much always done my own…


Three Ways to Make Old People Like You

Open a Hotel where the little bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash are marked shampoo conditioner and body wash in GREAT BIG LETTERS. If you are printing nametags, use the whole damn card. One line for first name, second line for last name. 30pt font or better. Bluetooth your PowerPoints. Not everybody in the room…



Once I owned a yacht and a restaurant. The restaurant folded and I thought I’d start a charter business. Having been a bit burned on the restaurant I undertook some uncharacteristically serious research into the boat charter business and unearthed dozens of vessels that were available for hire that no one knew about. These boats…

Mint shower blog

It Smells Like Mint Sauce

I was in a friend’s shower picking through bottles of stuff in search of shampoo. I could see a lot better back then and grabbed a green bottle labelled shampoo. It smelled really minty – almost like mint sauce, and did the trick nicely. Mint flavoured shampoo was new to me, so I took a…