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February 16, 2016

Thinking outside the cereal box

We’re often asked for case studies that feature our work and last week I was asked by a potential client whether I could send through an […]
February 15, 2016

Claps, laughs and boos

Stephen Fry has left Twitter again after an ad libbed joke at last night’s BAFTAs.  His remarks about the dress sense of a costume designer (he […]
February 15, 2016

Whatever next?

Lots of languages have words for longing, some of which defy definition and translation. In Welsh, it’s ‘hiraeth’. In Portuguese, it’s ‘saudade’. In Anglo Saxon it’s […]
February 12, 2016

Knapsack Man

I first discovered the work of William H Whyte when I was at university, studying architecture. He isn’t all that well known, certainly far less well […]
February 12, 2016

Case Study: #misCOURAGE

BRIEF: Tommy’s Charity approached us in November 2015 to ask us to help raise national awareness of the millions of parents in the UK who have […]
February 12, 2016

Things I’ve enjoyed this week

1. This lovely video (essentially just a phone held up to a train window) for a Sandy Denny song (via Andrew Male)   2. This clip […]
February 9, 2016

Reading with your ears

I listen to a lot of podcasts. In fact, I listen to so many that I’ve more or less stopped doing something which I have done […]
February 7, 2016

The most annoying piece of jargon is….

For three years at Houston PR we’ve been collecting jargon and buzzwords.  We write to correspondents and editors in the UK and the US once a […]
February 5, 2016

Turkish Rocky, elephants and mynah birds

YouTube is a rabbit hole for all sorts of things. The other day a clip of a Hindu version of Superman caught my eye. It’s a […]
January 22, 2016

Concept Album Talks: Blackstar

Towards the end of last year, we began a series of events called the Concept Album Talks. The idea is simultaneously simple and slightly complicated. Essentially, […]
February 22, 2015

What will definitely happen between now and May 5

It’s not much more than two months (71 days) until the General Election, which means, of course, that: Politicians will start to show their ‘softer and […]
February 20, 2015

Office clothing

I’m a firm believer in functional clothing.  This morning I got dressed as usual in my versatile and practical suit.  It was slightly cold so I […]
February 18, 2015

Some useful definitions

‘Curate’ – choose from a pile ‘Artisan’ – throw together roughly ‘Super excited’ – momentarily enthused ‘Awesome’ – acceptable standard ‘Authentic’ – bought off eBay ‘Pop-up’ […]
February 15, 2015

Why haven’t you replied?

I did some clearing out of my inbox last night. I’m pretty organized with folders, etc, but sometimes all the spam, various alerts and newsletters that […]
February 6, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

This may be the scariest wave we’ve ever seen! David Cameron likes to listen to the ‘chillax’ playlist on Spotify Snapchat update: Discover – a new […]
February 3, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Daily Mirror published a montage of tits on their page 3 British Heart Foundation is calling for a pre-watershed junk food ban Brands that respond on […]
February 3, 2015

How much do you love your job?

I’m going to be 52 this year.  When I look back at all the jobs I’ve had over the years the ones that I enjoyed the […]
February 1, 2015

PR isn’t dead: it just needs to outgrow its romper suit

Like everyone else in the PR world, I’ve been reading Robert Phillips’ book, ‘Trust Me: PR is Dead’. Nah. It isn’t dead (though Robert’s book does […]
January 24, 2015

What it is to be lost

  I was thinking this week about what it is to be lost. I grew up in Australia, in the capital city, built out of the […]
January 22, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Is it worth advertising on Snapchat for $750k?! 10 homepages that teach you something new every time you open them Rihanna wins a long court battle […]
January 18, 2015

E.Tree. – Alien spotted in log at Scottish Hotel

A bit of Sunday fun.  An old colleague of mine runs the Uig Hotel on the Isle of Skye.  I spotted on Facebook that he’d found […]
January 17, 2015

Our new neighbour, P J Harvey

  I’ve read with interest the reaction on Twitter, blogs, etc, to PJ Harvey’s residency at Somerset House. A couple of floors beneath our offices she’s […]
January 16, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Blogger Marc Ehrich has promoted a tool that allows you to check whether someone has liked a Facebook page you don’t like. How to be motivated […]
January 9, 2015

YOU’VE BEEN ‘AD MATE

Christmas is over, the blockbuster ads are behind us and the trading numbers are out for most of the big retailers. The UK’s largest retailers spend […]
January 9, 2015

The art of the apology

This morning Gordon Taylor said: “If people feel that way (offended) about what I said, I can only apologise.” Most public apologies are pretty poor and […]