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January 22, 2016

“Owna Lisa”

Our clients, Creative United, have come up with a brilliant new scheme to enable art enthusiasts to purchase a piece of art.  It’s an interest free […]
January 22, 2016

Fame in the 21st Century

In the 1970s, before the dawn of health and safety, my mum and dad bought me a chemistry set. It was possible (ask my brother who […]
January 18, 2016

The ‘value’ of the CEO

More information: Hamish Thompson  hthompson@houstonpr.co.uk 07702 684290 POLL FINDS THAT EXCEPTIONAL CEOS MAY BE WORTH MORE THAN THE BUSINESSES THAT THEY LEAD An international poll of analysts, City […]
January 15, 2016

The rise of the bench

Benches are in. Shoreditch is littered with them. I recently moved and am learning that, when I walk anywhere, I am sharing half of the pavement […]
January 12, 2016

“A lot of what I am is my enthusiasms”

A terrific interview with David Bowie, sparkling with wisdom.
January 7, 2016

2016 predictions

OK, I’m a little late with my homework.  Here are my predictions for PR and brand communications and marketing for 2016.  I’d be glad to debate […]
January 6, 2016

There is no new. There is only now.

There is no new. There is only now. The concept of new is past its sell by date. The smart money these days is in useful. […]
January 3, 2016

What next?

2015 was a great year. We did some terrific work (even if I do say so myself). I made some mistakes and learned from them (as […]
January 2, 2016

Case study: 100ft below ground

Over the last couple of years we have been working with, and advising, Growing Underground, London’s first subterranean farm. The project has been led by inspiring entrepreneurs Richard […]
December 31, 2015

10 Things that became A Thing in 2015

10 things that became A Thing in 2015 Furry loafers Kid Goat meat Mindful gifting #ObiQuiet The Dress Cereal Cookbook Concept Album Talks Theories on how […]
January 9, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

This weather app is probably the most honest one you’ll ever come across Why you should use the word “and” instead of “but” Virgin Trains saves […]
January 7, 2015

HOW much?

I’ve grown up with Advertising.  I was born the same year as Ronald McDonald.  In the hot Australian summers of the seventies I would sit and […]
December 24, 2014

Ban eGreetings

Dear [firstname] I’m as bad as anyone else when it comes to sending cards. Since email and social media we’ve all found it easier to share […]
December 23, 2014

Houston PR review of the year 2014

Happy Christmas from Houston PR!  It has been a momentous year for us, with so many highlights we don’t really know where to start.  Some of […]
December 23, 2014

Chips and mayonnaise as protest

The Belgian Prime Minister had chips and mayonnaise thrown at him today. A quick glance at the Internet reveals the other things that have been thrown […]
December 23, 2014

Everything you need to know about 2014

Top 25 viral Tumblr blogs of 2014 ‘Happy’ by Pharrell was named ‘Song of the Year’ by Spotify World Cup was the most tweeted event in […]
December 22, 2014

Sandwich boards

Since I started walking around London with my space suit and my board on I’ve become interested in the history of sandwich boards.  They date back, […]
December 21, 2014

New business idea: Prey

  Over breakfast I was watching the squirrels eating all the bird food. It got me thinking about the point of squirrels (the way in the […]
December 16, 2014

Christmas Serial: episode 1

  I was reading something about Christmas music today and I was struck by the idea that two of the most famous Christmas songs in Britain […]
December 16, 2014

How to kill internal debates about language

Prior to setting up Houston PR I was director of media relations for Dixons Retail, owner of Currys, Dixons and PC World. Like all big businesses […]
December 9, 2014

2014: A space oddity

It has been an action packed year. We moved to Somerset House in London, something that I already wish we’d done years ago.  It is a […]
December 5, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Top 10 geo-tagged locations on Instagram iOS users have more money than Android users New filters on Twitter… but does it beat Instagram? Colour of 2015 […]
December 5, 2014

My new suit

I bought a space suit a month ago. It’s not a real one, but it looks fairly realistic. It comes from a company called Space Toys […]
December 2, 2014

Houston PR Instruction Manual

Houston PR: Instructions for use Once purchased and unpacked, for a quick start, just plug Houston in and turn it on. Read directions at your leisure, […]
November 28, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

A new billboard in Times Square is the biggest EVER. Costs $2.5million for 4 weeks, making it the most expensive ad space in the world. TGI […]