June 12, 2016

EU said what?

Here’s a cherry-picked list of links to EU rebuttals of some of the headlines that appear in the media about alleged EU excesses and allegations of […]
June 7, 2016

Happy VCR Day

Part of my morning routine is to visit a site called  Collected on the site, by an enthusiast, based in the US, is a list […]
June 4, 2016

RIP, The Greatest

When I was a kid growing up in the middle of nowhere in Australia there was a local run-of-the-mill department store chain called Norman Ross. In […]
June 2, 2016


A few examples of the corrosive effect of notoriety. Here’s an extract from Nick Bryant’s piece from the BBC News website this morning referencing a Trump […]
May 27, 2016

Ethical Chip Disposal

I like chips. We all like chips. Chips are so great that even chips like chips: I’ve never quite understood the physiology of that man. Are […]
May 20, 2016

Vacancy: Restless Manager

I spotted a post this morning from Mark Adams, which referenced a recruitment ad for a Content Manager that he’d seen.  Mark’s question was why nobody […]
May 18, 2016

Things that make us smile

This ingredients label.   This piece of Victorian gym equipment.   This horse bike.   This cartoon from the New Yorker, which is in our view […]
May 18, 2016

Guest post: “Good day, young man…”

We’re pleased to publish this post from Jasmine Wheelhouse, a talented young writer and recent graduate from St Andrew’s University. “Good day, young man…”  …he said, […]
May 18, 2016

The power of the pause

In PR, one of the often overlooked weapons in the arsenal is the pause. News is a multi-directional torrent these days.  We are showered by new […]
May 13, 2016

Two croissants and a whole fresh chicken

I have a bad habit. Whenever I’m in the supermarket, I find myself become obsessed with the contents of other people’s shopping baskets. I wonder why […]
July 17, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Time Out London invites you to… The Melbourne treemail phenomenon Harvey Nichols is launching its new loyalty app with CCTV footage of shoplifters Campaign viral chart […]
July 15, 2015

Predictable text

My son Jeremy is working for us as an intern.  I asked him for a few anecdotes about routine conversations.  Here’s what he gave me in […]
July 10, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Tune in on The Monocle Weekly this Sunday at 12:00 for an interview with Growing Underground co-founder Steven Dring The #WalkTogether campaign a top trend on Twitter Imagine… […]
July 3, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

GROWING UNDERGROUND has launched! Another satisfied customer The leap second explained in precisely one second 10 of brands’ worst social media mistakes Facebook types The Economist seeks readers […]
July 1, 2015

Another satisfied customer

We launched Growing Underground this week.  London’s first underground farm will start trading in weeks.  During a break in media interviews Michel Roux Jr was kind […]
June 26, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

The C.A.T is out of the bag Night Tube, we salute you! At first I was afraid I was digitized In case you missed National Upcycling […]
June 19, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Andy Murray, Liam Payne, Jack Whitehall and Clare Balding film tennis comedy sketch for Unicef Are you hipster enough? Doga is the new yoga Why Tinder Charmers […]
June 12, 2015

20 Things You Need To Know About This Week

PRs gasped in shock that Starbucks is phasing out cappuccinos in the US as flat white dominates The Mail on Sunday overtook the Sun on Sunday […]
June 11, 2015

A Letter From America

Yesterday I received a letter from Gilbert Enterprises in Gales Ferry, Connecticut. It was marked DO NOT BEND. Inside it was another letter from 1969.   […]
June 5, 2015

20 Things You Need To Know About This Week

3 ways Steve Jobs made meetings productive Is the Charlie Charlie Challenge a PR stunt for the new horror film, The Gallows? Apple is reportedly wooing […]
June 1, 2015

Why don’t we ask?

Have you ever stopped and wondered what you might have got at certain times in your life – if only you had asked? Literature, film and real […]
May 30, 2015

Update: The Concept Album Talks

I have been thinking about organising some talks.  And thinking.  And thinking. [Less thinking, more action!] We’ve been talking for a while about something that we […]
May 29, 2015

Weeks become years

Last week I went to see some things at the Brighton festival. The first was Dawn Chorus, a video installation. Marcus Coates, the artist, recorded birdsong […]
May 29, 2015

18 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Snapchat is launching a news division This is the World’s most persuasive font (it’s Baskerville) Snapchat hogs 75% of all social messaging data traffic in the UK […]
May 22, 2015

Prawn sandwiches and Renaissance art

In 1550, Giorgio Vasari, a mediocre Renaissance painter, published his ‘Lives of the Artists’, the most comprehensive book on the history of painting of its time. […]