December 11, 2015

Astounding stories

As 2015 draws to a close, here’s a Quality Street assortment of some of the things that Houston PR made happen this year: 1. We launched […]
December 5, 2015

Clive James

  When I was growing up in Canberra in the 1970s, my parents would have bouts of intense homesickness. Both were born in Wales, £10 Poms, […]
December 2, 2015

Cut and paste Christmas thank you letter

It’s the time of the year when many parents spend too much time reminding their kids to send thank you letters to Uncle Keith and Auntie […]
November 24, 2015

Concept Album Talks: Pet Sounds

  Thank you to everyone who came along to the Old Bank Of England pub on Fleet Street last night for the second of our Concept […]
November 8, 2015

Some free writing and PR tools that we’ve created

Over the last few years we’ve created a few tools that I thought might be useful for writers, other PR professionals or small businesses.  They’re all about […]
November 5, 2015

The market value of your CEO

Over the last month Houston PR has been working on a report examining the role of the CEO in corporate communications. One of the most interesting […]
November 5, 2015

An astronaut’s view on John Lewis

  The John Lewis Christmas ad, due to appear tomorrow, if rumours are correct, looks to be about a more recent legend than the conventional Christmas […]
November 4, 2015

Next Concept Album Talks: Pet Sounds, November 23rd

Please note: NEW VENUE: Old Bank of England pub, 194 Fleet St, London EC4A 2LT, starting at 6pm A while back we held our first Concept Album […]
November 2, 2015

Twitter on the psychiatrist’s couch

  An amateur psychiatrist’s perspective on what might be wrong with Twitter: Twitter incentivises behaviours. Twitter encourages care, wit, cleverness, etc – and it encourages vitriol. […]
October 31, 2015


Back in the 1970s, growing up in Canberra, Australia, I became an addict. Canberra, until 1977, had two black and white television stations – CTC 7, […]
October 5, 2014

Anti-social media agencies

I have a hive in my bonnet about the snake oil that is sold about social media. I can’t shake this feeling that marketing directors are […]
October 4, 2014

Raiders of the Lost Lists

I think I have always loved lists.  Perhaps it’s the way they sometimes neaten the most unlikely things; an order for the disorderly. My interest in […]
October 3, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

We’re hiring! Piers Morgan joins Mail Online as US editor-at-large ‘The New Yorker’ does its first GIF cover Ello… Is it my you’re looking for? Everything […]
October 3, 2014

The world’s most honest recruitment ad

We advertised recently for an account director and a senior account manager to join us at our new offices at Somerset House on the Strand. They’re […]
September 30, 2014

A modern-day Frost?

Chomsky once said something along the lines of ‘the construction of binaries in news manufactures simple orthodoxies that quash real debate.’ I can’t find the quote, […]
September 26, 2014

“E and Non-E”: Nancy Mitford on Twitter

Note: Also available on Kindle as an electric book. An extract: Twitter, in its infancy, was a classless environment – a great democratiser of communication in […]
September 24, 2014

UPDATED: Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs [Extended]

September 24, 2014

“Chancing your arm”

I’ve been looking at the stuff being discussed at a number of recent conferences on the future of PR, brand marketing, etc.  There seems to be […]
September 22, 2014

Curation collation

A lot of people seem to be confusing ‘curate’ and ‘collate’. Inspired by Harry Wallop’s tweet… Food people. Repeat after me: a meal is cooked. It […]
September 21, 2014

Quality of life transcribed as a formula

Having read and thought about Rhodri Marsden’s excellent essay on Hipsters in the Independent, I’ve decided to soften. Being a Hipster for many seems to be, […]
September 19, 2014

My favourite unlikely Twitter story

My favourite unlikely personal Twitter story comes from September 2013. I have an investment banking client and I issued a reaction on his behalf to an […]
September 16, 2014

Rumsfeld, Richard Hamilton and Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters have hit the headlines again for creating a sweatshirt that appears to be a blood-stained piece of clothing referencing a clash between police and […]
September 15, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

The obvious one… Apple announced the new iPhone 6/6 plus this week (as well as the Apple Watch) That’s not a celebrity you’re following on Twitter, it’s […]
September 15, 2014

New feature: #pulledwatch

    Submissions welcomed.  Drop me a line at or tweet me at @HamishMThompson. BREAKING NEWS: Pulled SPAM Pulled TUNA  Pulled CHEESE     Pulled […]
September 13, 2014

The EZ-waist guide to London Fashion Week

I slipped past the paparazzi stationed outside London Fashion Week on Friday by cunningly disguising myself as a man in his fifties with no dress sense. […]