March 10, 2017

The end of the circus

I was on a flight to Edinburgh a few weeks ago and through the gap between the orange seats I spotted a report in the Wall […]
March 8, 2017

Pod machine

A terrible thing has happened. OK, maybe on the grand scheme of things, it may not seem quite so terrible. The other day, as I was […]
March 3, 2017

What Book Day?

If you have kids, you’ll know that yesterday was World Book Day. Even if you don’t have kids, if you spend any time on Facebook or […]
February 24, 2017

Happy birthday Bertrand

There’s a common stereotype about the country of Belgium. For some reason, people seem to believe that there are no famous Belgians. It’s not quite an old […]
February 23, 2017

The Notoriety Machine

Back in the Middle Ages, inventors and alchemists tried to build machines that relied on perpetual motion.  The idea was that the machines would continue to […]
February 15, 2017

Decimal Day

Happy Decimal Day everyone! On February 15th 1971, the United Kingdom introduced decimal currency and said goodbye to pounds, shillings and pence. This video shows some […]
February 14, 2017

La la la

Driving along the south coast the other day I found myself on a flyover. Like half the world I’ve seen LaLaLand (I loved it). This flyover […]
February 3, 2017

Something about Something About Functions

I’ve long been a fan of the film Powers Of Ten, by Charles and Ray Eames. It’s rather wordy subtitle gives you a clue as to […]
February 2, 2017

Other things to talk about

Here’s a list of some other things to talk about if you feel (a) aghast at the prospect of talking about him again and (b) a […]
January 31, 2017

Inventing a word

One of the arbitrary ambitions I’ve set myself this year is to have a go at getting a new word into the dictionary. It’s quite a […]
October 17, 2016

Is this a question?

I watched Elon Musk’s webcast of his presentation about interplanetary travel a few weeks ago.  At the end there were questions from the audience.  It’s always […]
October 13, 2016

I’m not sure I can help you

‘Solutions’ is a remarkably popular word in business. It crops up in ads, mailings, CVs, company names and cheesy corporate gifts all the time. I did a […]
October 12, 2016

I bought a pale blue dot

I bought a packet of round pale blue stickers today.  They’re the sort that go on to calendar charts in the office to mark out the […]
October 7, 2016


The peculiar thing about markets or currencies is that their value is almost entirely based on faith and perception.  Anything that has a ‘value’ is assessed […]
October 6, 2016

Capital Markets PR with a bit more oomph

Aeons ago when I was director of media relations at Dixons Retail I used to take the view that the set-piece announcements in the financial reporting […]
October 6, 2016

Concrete ears

The Greatstone Sound Mirrors, massive concrete listening devices shaped like crude ears, were built in marshland in Kent in the late 1920s as part of Britain’s […]
October 3, 2016

The golden age of presidential gaffes

Here are five major gaffes from previous presidential campaigns.  Dan Quayle, in the first, offers his chin to Lloyd Bentsen.  In the second, Nixon outsweats Kennedy.  In […]
September 15, 2016

Breaking Space News

Consider the maths… Houston PR has been trading for 9 years.   Radio waves travel at the speed of light.   The nearest habitable planet is […]
September 11, 2016

The futility of borders

I have been away for a few weeks clearing my head.  I don’t know about you, but what often happens is that I find myself thinking […]
August 26, 2016

My brother Matt

My brother Matt turns 50 this week, much to my surprise. I say ‘surprise’, not because I’m surprised that he’s made it this far but because […]
August 24, 2016


A week or so ago, I was at a neighbour’s 60th birthday party and I met a man who collects magic lanterns.  The lanterns are the […]
August 22, 2016

Dear Brand,….

Dear Brand, Forgive the intrusion, but I have something important I need to say. Things have changed between us and I’m not sure I can go […]
August 19, 2016


My friend Mark Webb was bemoaning the quality of NHS toast the other day but as he was doing so I was thinking how nice his […]
August 18, 2016

Before Video Games

Before the dawn of computer games there was the pad and pen. When I was a kid, my dad would periodically commit minor white collar crimes […]
August 16, 2016

No textbook required

How to become a PR professional without opening a textbook Here’s a step-by-step guide that has served me reasonably well.  No tuition fees, no monogrammed leisurewear […]