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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

Imprecise precision

I went to the cinema earlier this week. While I was queuing up to buy a drink, I looked at the snacks they had on sale. […]
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. […]
June 23, 2014

Have we reached ‘peak Cannes’?

It’s Day Four at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (or just Cannes/Cannes Lions as it’s known to the industry folks). For those who are […]
June 23, 2014

Weekend Round-up

For those too hung-over or maybe even still too drunk to read through the heavy helping of news stories from this weekend, we picked out the […]
June 23, 2014

The difference between ‘Hah!’ And ‘Hmmm’.

Stunts.  They go back a long way.  PT Barnum, the circus impresario, was famous for his stunts. His first major stunt, in 1842, was a ‘creature’ […]
June 23, 2014

A Blog About Other Blogs

British Summer is here, we know because it only rains once or twice a week now. The sun is actually warm on our skin and some […]
June 23, 2014

12 Things You Need To Know About This Week

The CIA joined Twitter The first Vine from Space was posted No, Paddy Power didn’t actually cut down part of the rainforest for a World Cup […]
June 23, 2014

That Peston speech

Here’s some of what Robert Peston said in his Charles Wheeler Lecture: “I have never been in any doubt that PRs are the enemy – our mission as […]
June 9, 2014

12 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Even though you probably shouldn’t, here’s how to get iOS 8 right now. Here’s the most important things for you to know from Apple’s WWDC. #Byebliss messages flood […]
June 9, 2014

Bandwagons

James Goldsmith once said “if you see a bandwagon, it’s too late.”  He was right, but the line is worth updating.  I’d say that if you […]
June 9, 2014

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Twitter may acquire music and audio service Soundcloud How hashtags have spiralled out of control into the real world How much does Buzzfeed write about cats […]
June 9, 2014

More useful autoreplies

I calculated last week that the cost to British business of chasing up business leads is around £2.73 billion per annum.  Actually I didn’t.  It’s a […]
June 9, 2014

What politicians do wrong on telly

I’ve been thinking about the things that politicians do wrong on TV.  Here’s my list: 1. Your voice: Avoid any of the old political accents. The Tory […]
June 9, 2014

Your brand has been kidnapped

Here are my notes for the business book I probably won’t get round to writing.  Things change too fast – and anyway, what’s the point in […]
June 9, 2014

All your ‘reached peak’ needs catered for here

Sixty-one years ago next Thursday, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached peak Everest. Today, “reached peak” has become the default phrase for describing an eclectic array […]
May 21, 2014

Good & Bad PR

May 21, 2014

How to be really terrible at PR

Here’s a helpful sure-fire 10-step guide to boring PR 1.     Pack briefings / emails / press releases / speeches / tweets with buzzwords and jargon.  The […]