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September 4, 2015

Less can be a great deal more  

  Amidst the mixture of moaning and applause that has accompanied the release of the Google logo (I like it), one significant fact has been missed.  The […]
August 28, 2015

What lens are you using?

In 1977 Charles and Ray Eames made a film for IBM called Factors of Ten. The film begins with an overhead view of a man and […]
August 27, 2015

Raiders of the Lost Art

For years I’ve been searching for a simple way of summing up how we approach our work. Part of the struggle is my natural antipathy for […]
August 20, 2015

Frankie and Desiree, our new CURATIVES (TM)

Wagwan, we’re Frankie and Desiree.  We’re CURATIVES (TM). Today we went to an AMAZING pop up restaurant in Midtown (our parents say it was called Farringtown […]
August 19, 2015

The problem with pitching

The problem with pitching Imagine the situation: you’re approached by someone who says “Hey, make me a suit.  When you’ve finished, bring it to me at […]
August 19, 2015

The importance of negativity in storytelling

Here’s the great Robert McKee on the central importance of negativity in storytelling.  Watch this. If you are a communicator, this will be the most valuable […]
August 13, 2015

World’s shortest press release

STATEMENT FROM HOUSTON PR, RESPONDING TO CALLS FOR CLARIFICATION OF THE AGENCY’S AVAILABILITY TO MEET POTENTIAL CLIENTS OVER THE SUMMER AND GIVE A BIT MORE DETAIL […]
August 7, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Selfie nation: Britons take own picture 1.2bn times a year How To Be More Like Andy Warhol ‘RN,’ So Hot RN Tiny Planets Meet the muppies […]
July 31, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

If You Have To Say It, Say It In GIFs 10 brands doing an amazing job on social media What Michael Bloomberg could learn From “Middlemarch” […]
July 27, 2015

The Curmudgeon’s Style Guide

The Curmudgeon’s Style Guide starts here: Never start a sentence with ‘So….’. Relatively few things in life are awesome.  Burgers, for instance, are never awesome – […]
September 1, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About Last Week

Uber is trialling food delivery = UberFRESH Instagram unveils a new time-lapse video app called Hyperlapse Men’s Fitness… 15 years of front covers shows how times have […]
August 22, 2014

Wearables, “nearables”, “spearables”, “unbearables”, etc

Our anti-buzzword software has picked up the emergence of “nearables”.  We’re working on a fix.  Here are a few others that we’re zapping…. Beerables – shaped […]
August 22, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Mum creates an App so that her kids can’t ignore her calls Finally! We may be able to play YouTube offline if this music subscription rumour […]
August 21, 2014

About my dad

Here are some words I said about my dad at his funeral in Australia in 2014. Dad was born in Newport, Gwent, South Wales on October 6th, 1935, […]
August 19, 2014

HOW TO BE TERRIBLE AT PR

August 17, 2014

Rupert Bear, futurologist

As part of our research for a client I have been shopping on eBay for antiques.  During that research I came across a postcard from the […]
August 15, 2014

A Lesson in Customer Service

As I stood waiting for my train this morning, I wasn’t exactly smiling, and neither were the mounting crowds around me. The train was already 11 […]
August 15, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

How to stop being lazy and get more stuff done The 10 best networking tips for people who hate networking No more waiting on the waiter […]
August 13, 2014

The 20th century died yesterday at the age of 114

The 20th century died yesterday at the age of 114. It was a rich and at times joyous life, though not without tragedy. At 14, 20thC, […]
August 8, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Want to increase your readership? Forget about Twitter and stop posting so many stories, says the Telegraph A picture really does say a thousand words. That’s […]
August 4, 2014

The power of the lens

Ed Miliband has been criticised today for apparently failing to put a personal message on the card attached to the wreath that he laid to commemorate […]
August 1, 2014

Friday feeling? We’re recruiting.

              We’re looking for an account director to join Houston PR at our offices at Somerset House in London. If […]
August 1, 2014

Trade secret: the Periodic Table of Story Elements

PR is a game of chance.  There, I’ve said it.  There are rarely guarantees of success, unless, of course, you are announcing an immortality pill, the […]
July 31, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Apple will ‘set the world on fire’ with iPhone 6 sales Study: Social Media May Be Just As Addicting As Other Vices, Drugs and Alcohol How Nicki […]
July 30, 2014

19th century YouTube

Lots of people in the PR profession are gnashing their teeth again about how it all needs to change. “The old PR agency is no longer […]