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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. […]
May 22, 2015

18 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Brands ❤ emoji … so much so, that Footlocker launched Shoemoji, a iOS keyboard extension that is all about one thing … and Burger King launched the […]
May 17, 2015

An apology is an apology, not a disclaimer

I’ve handled some crises in my time – and observed a few from the gallery – but I can’t recall one that has seen such an […]
May 15, 2015

19 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Analysing a year of Kim Kardashian selfies. 17% duckface, 7% in bed, 1% koala. #KardashianBlock blocks all Kardashian related content (so that’s half the Mail Online […]
May 8, 2015

Recipe: Hat au Vin

A truly authentic Hat au Vin is made, obviously, with a broad-brimmed hat, and some of the rim goes into the sauce which, by the time […]
May 6, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Mayweather beat Pacquiao, but the real winner was Periscope, allowing the World to watch for free This website tells you who you should vote for, and […]
May 6, 2015

BORING CONFERENCE TO TAKE PLACE YET AGAIN

BORING CONFERENCE TO TAKE PLACE YET AGAIN – London’s ‘must-we’ event returns to Conway Hall this Saturday (May 9th) – This year’s line up ‘will bring […]
May 1, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

There was backlash from Protein World’s advertising campaign, but they stuck by their guns In fact, people are so angry, that they are protesting this Saturday […]
April 29, 2015

Wabi-sabi in Maida Vale

In Mie Prefecture, part of the Kansai region of the Japanese island of Honshu, is a Shinto shrine known as the Ise Grand Shrine: In an […]
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 […]
May 21, 2014

Good & Bad PR

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May 21, 2014

Dixons and Carphone connect, but do they have a USP socket?

(This post first appeared as an opinion piece for Retail Week) Dixons and Carphone Warehouse merging is like the plot twist in season 5 of a […]
May 21, 2014

We ask: “Just how new is all this so-called cutting edge technology?”

Every day we read about new technology.  But how new is it?  Here are a few things that have been around for a surprisingly long time: […]
May 19, 2014

Then / Now, no. 2,397

Then: Now:
May 19, 2014

“Youtilities”

Invent a neologism time…. A youtility. Isn’t that what Twitter is?  There’s a great deal of debate about whether it can ‘monetise’ its user base. How […]
May 9, 2014

The food chain

There have only been three occasions in our trading history when we have declined work from a potential client. One was for ethical reasons (“You want […]
May 8, 2014

21st Century Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

May 8, 2014

Brief

When PR first became a serious part of the marketing mix, secretaries were using windows to look out of, the only chips were in the canteen […]
May 8, 2014

This cat has been built its own mansion. And the reasons why might surprise you.

Sorry if you feel duped or disappointed.  No cats here. This is just an experiment. I’ve been reading this article on the grammar of ‘clickbait’. It’s […]
May 8, 2014

Parallela hoc ergo propter hoc is the new post hoc ergo propter hoc

I know absolutely nothing about David Moyes, though I assume he was appointed because he is talented.  Why he was sacked is a different matter.  One […]
May 8, 2014

Magical and real

Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died.  Some writers and artists are waymarkers in our lives and he was one for me.  There’s a book called The Fragrance […]
May 8, 2014

‘Come to London!’

British Pathé have uploaded their entire catalogue to YouTube.  If you have a decade or so to fritter away, dip in and have a look.  You […]