January 27, 2017

Halloa old girl

A friend of mine on Facebook recently asked people for their favourite words. It’s always an interesting question, because there are different ways of thinking about […]
January 23, 2017

Milton Keynes at 50

I grew up in a town that was invented in the last 100 years. Canberra, Australia’s capital, was formed after an Act of Parliament sorted out […]
January 20, 2017

Turning the world upside down

In 1961, the Italian conceptual artist Piero Manzoni turned the world upside down. In a field in Herning in Denmark, he placed a large metal plinth […]
January 18, 2017

Vacancy: Account Executive

Account Executive: Corporate / Financial  Houston PR is looking for an ambitious Account Executive to join its fast-growing team based at Somerset House in central London. […]
January 17, 2017

Giant steps

Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died this week, aged 82. Of the 12 that walked on the moon only six remain. […]
January 16, 2017

My golden rules of PR

These rules are solely about the craft of PR, how to do it, and how to avoid some potholes and roadblocks.  They’re today’s version.  Tomorrow they’ll […]
January 13, 2017

Friday the 13th

Today is Friday! Hooray! But wait – let me just check today’s date. Uh-oh. Friday the 13th. Unlucky. Fear of the number thirteen – triskaidekaphobia – […]
January 9, 2017

The iPhone and propaganda

The walls of my office are covered with propaganda posters from all over the world – Britain, the US, Russia, Cuba, South Africa, Poland, North Korea […]
January 6, 2017

Choose Your Own Memory

If you decide to enter the cave, turn to page 42. If you decide to return to the camp to tell the others, turn to page […]
December 22, 2016

It started before it started

The festive season is one full of traditions – some religious, some cultural, some national, some personal. Families develop their own rules and rituals. As a […]
August 12, 2016


I’ve been a Paul Simon fan for more than 40 years. My parents owned Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.  It was one of the I’d-inevitably-know-inside-out standards […]
August 9, 2016

Fleet Street

Earlier this year that last journalists left Fleet Street.  The street has had a close and essential relationship with my career. Before Twitter and Facebook and […]
August 8, 2016

Silly Season round-up

Granfiti Art projects to encourage the elderly to try their hand at Graffiti are cropping up everywhere.  In Lisbon, Berlin and now Croydon – or ‘The […]
July 28, 2016

Message from the Hoff

July 27, 2016

Case study: Dreams

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July 26, 2016

The world’s most boring credentials

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July 23, 2016


‪Most families have an invented vocabulary – the words that grow out of mishearing, misspelling, kids’ early attempts at talking or things that you might have […]
July 19, 2016

Happy Birthday to us

We’ve all done it:  Remembered a few weeks in advance that a birthday was coming up and then forgotten to send a card.  In this case, […]
July 15, 2016

Updated phonetic alphabet

The phonetic alphabet that we’ve used for years is starting to look a bit tired. ‘Papa Golf Charlie Zulu’, for instance, sounds like an appalling Sunday […]
July 15, 2016

Twitter at 10

It’s ten years today since Twitter, the chaotic scrapbook of our age, launched to the public. Whilst it hasn’t achieved the financial success of Facebook or […]
July 13, 2016

A jackhammer made of feathers

My friend for more than thirty years, Robert Foster, world-renowned silversmith, inventor, magician with time and honorary brother died today. Rob was one of the finest […]
July 7, 2016

Handwritten blog post no.1

June 27, 2016


I watched the Coldplay set at Glastonbury, mud and Tom Watson-free from the sofa, on BBC 2 last night.  They are masters of the powerful emotional […]
June 27, 2016

Wishful thinking

Proposed joint statement from the leaders of the UK’s main political parties: “Last week the British people voted in an advisory referendum to indicate whether they […]
June 13, 2016

Ratings v Votes

On Thursday, Britain became the world’s largest reality TV programme.  ‘Housemates’ were asked to do the equivalent of calculate Pi to 140 decimal places using mental […]