emptypromises graphic by Peter Aranyi www.thepaepae.com

Poor Simon Edhouse. If this isn’t viral yet, it will be. IMO.

“If deal goes ahead there will be some good money in it for you.”

— How many times have publishing and design professionals heard this line?

“The project I am working on will be more successful than twitter within a year. When I sell the project for 40 million dollars I will ignore any emails from you begging to be a part of it and will send you a postcard from my yaght. Ciao.”

{{{snort}}}  This reminds me of some of the ‘instant wealth’ experts I see hawking their snake oil around the place.

Read the full ‘interchange’

From: Simon Edhouse
Date: Monday 16 November 2009 2.19pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Logo Design

Hello David,

I would like to catch up as I am working on a really exciting project at the moment and need a logo designed. Basically something representing peer to peer networking. I have to have something to show prospective clients this week so would you be able to pull something together in the next few days? I will also need a couple of pie charts done for a 1 page website. If deal goes ahead there will be some good money in it for you.


From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 16 November 2009 3.52pm
To: Simon Edhouse
Subject: Re: Logo Design

Dear Simon,

Disregarding the fact that you have still not paid me for work I completed earlier this year despite several assertions that you would do so, I would be delighted to spend my free time creating logos and pie charts for you based on further vague promises of future possible payment. Please find attached pie chart as requested and let me know of any changes required.

Regards, David.

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It goes on (and on) and gets very funny… read the rest.

Then on another website, apparently, Mr Edhouse “answers” …. in this fashion:

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NOTE: to all those who might have visited here in relation to a posting by David Thorne on his website, David’s story is of course quite untrue, the emails fraudulent, and we may take appropriate action. (haven’t decided yet) LET ME SAY THIS… Yes, David is a VERY funny guy, and I know his humour and him more than most as we have been friends for years, and worked together. However, the things he has said about me are fabrications, and he does this type of character assassination often and wantonly. – I could laugh too, if I didn’t know that he would go on hurting others again and again until someone says, ‘enough is enough’ i.e. try and be funny without trying to denigrate and humiliate your friends.

David is a very angry man, (with H.A.T.E. self-tattooed on his knuckles) and has many problems. His satirical piece on me is quite ironic actually, because we would be very happy to pay David well for his graphic design, (if he would just do that, but the difficulties working with him outweigh the benefits) He is an excellent designer and we certainly have the funds to pay him. However, David would prefer to slander and defame and make up this kind of silly nonsense than conduct himself in a professional way. – I have always liked David, but as I said, he has some serious personal issues. (To all other victims of David’s vicious pranks… shall we form a support group?) – Cheers, Simon.
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Oh dear. And I thought I was a tough friend to have at times…