March 20, 2015

PR Club: update and date

Great news: We have a confirmed date for the first PR Club. It’ll be Thursday April 23rd at the Bank of England (pub) on Fleet Street. […]
March 20, 2015

Cut-and-paste all eventualities email sign-off

Best regards/wishes, Confidently yours, Kind regards/wishes, Many thanks, Respectfully yours, Warm regards, With anticipation, Yours respectfully/sincerely/truly, Cheerful greetings to all, Hugs, Kind thoughts, Take care, Wishing […]
March 19, 2015

British politics is fragmenting because politicians are singing cover versions of the same song

As a sideline I run a site called The site automatically strips clichés out of politicians’ speeches. It’s a simple idea – no more sophisticated […]
March 18, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Now the new Barbie can gossip. It records kids’ voices and sends the intel back to corporate! What will Meerkat do without Twitter 3 tools that […]
March 16, 2015

Nothing ventured

One of my few rules for the weekend is to spend a bit of time dawdling (a great word, mid 17th century, ‘moving slowly and idly […]
March 13, 2015

15 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Apple Watch. Everything you need to know A driverless Mercedes has been going around SanFran and it looks like the future is here This is why […]
March 9, 2015

Apple Botch?

Apple, I think for the first time, has announced a product that ranges from the low hundreds of pounds to around £8,000 with as far as […]
March 6, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Ford wants to make all car launches social media first campaigns IKEA unveils phone charging furniture  Google to launch US mobile network Cadbury and M&S lose […]
March 6, 2015

PR Club

I thought I might have a go at setting up a geeky club for people in PR. It won’t be like a real world LinkedIn thing […]
February 27, 2015

10 Things To Know About This Week

It was the final Orange Wednesday this week Spotify on desktop is now a karaoke machine KFC to introduce cups you can eat to UK branches, […]
May 8, 2014

The Underground farm in Clapham North WW2 air raid shelters

May 8, 2014

Catch-all cut-and-paste email sign off

If you’re like me, you agonise over the tone of your email sign off.  Is it too stiff, is it too relaxed, is it too weird, […]
May 8, 2014

The art of the non-apology

Lots of talk yesterday and today about the Lord Rennard matter. I obviously have nothing to say on the claims/allegations, but I am interested in some […]
May 8, 2014

A rare exception

Users of the Buzzsaw, our automated buzzword removal tool, will know that we have an aversion to the use of the word “awesome”.  I think I […]
May 8, 2014

‘Faction’ or ‘friction’?

I was watching the programme called Wild Brazil last night – nature programme with monkeys, panthers, birds, crocodiles and various other things. As has become customary […]
May 8, 2014

The most influential force in digital media is covered in white fur

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 […]
May 8, 2014

Our tech experience

Here are some of the technology brands that we have supported with PR, either as an agency or in-house.  Our work has included product promotion / […]
May 8, 2014

Lord of the fries

  The best ideas are like great food.  The ones that linger on the palate and memory are the ones that taste the best and that […]
May 8, 2014

Saul Bellow: “When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.”

  The following is a list of things I have either (a) collected like a magpie over the years or (b) made up.  Life lacks precision, […]
May 8, 2014

On the back of our dust jacket

Here are some of the kind things that clients have said about us: “Because of Houston PR, the Boring Conference, which originally started out as a […]
May 8, 2014

Buzzing clichés

We’re adding a list of 1,000 clichés to the Buzzsaw today (  The list includes: don’t put all your eggs in one basket patience is a […]
May 8, 2014

“Since when am I the doll reporter?”

We’re making a start on a US chapter for our How Not To Guide to Public Relations.  We’ve already had more than 100 responses from all […]
May 8, 2014

Nine reasons why lists are now boring

 There’s nothing left to list The only good one is ranked 5th Once you get to 7th you’re utterly bored There’s generally a picture of an […]
May 8, 2014

The Periodic Table of Story Elements

Last year we issued the first draft of our Periodic Table of Story Elements.  Each of the elements on the table is a potential ingredient for […]
May 8, 2014

Princess Diana and me

Nicholas Witchell was just on the BBC news talking about the news that William and Kate and their kid are going on tour to Australia and […]