December 18, 2016

Recipe cards

A few years ago I saw a very good talk by Helen Zaltzman at the Boring Conference in London on recipe cards.  Since then I’ve developed […]
December 16, 2016

Postcode lottery

Bowie, Prince, Brexit, Trump. It’s safe to say that 2016 has been a difficult year, and as we approach the new year, many people are looking forward […]
December 12, 2016

The paradox of choice

Last week I was chatting with a workmate about what we’d done the night before – the usual water cooler stuff.  We’d both been at our […]
December 9, 2016

Round Robin

With Christmas fast approaching, there are always a million things to do before the big day. While we can’t help you decorate the tree or wrap […]
December 8, 2016

Hair today….

“Did you know that in Britain you don’t need a qualification to be a barber or a hairdresser?” I was in the chair last week, half […]
December 8, 2016

I don’t know, George got it somewhere

On this day in 1894, James Thurber was born. The writer and cartoonist is probably best known for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and his […]
December 5, 2016

Houston appointed by Johnson Matthey

November 17, 2016

Milton Keynes appoints Houston for 50th anniversary brief

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been appointed by Milton Keynes Council, Britain’s most famous New Town, to handle media strategy and media relations for the […]
October 19, 2016

“Houston, we have a problem.”

Minutes into their descent to the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin found, to their alarm, that they were […]
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 […]
June 7, 2016

Happy VCR Day

Part of my morning routine is to visit a site called  Collected on the site, by an enthusiast, based in the US, is a list […]
June 4, 2016

RIP, The Greatest

When I was a kid growing up in the middle of nowhere in Australia there was a local run-of-the-mill department store chain called Norman Ross. In […]
June 2, 2016


A few examples of the corrosive effect of notoriety. Here’s an extract from Nick Bryant’s piece from the BBC News website this morning referencing a Trump […]
May 20, 2016

Vacancy: Restless Manager

I spotted a post this morning from Mark Adams, which referenced a recruitment ad for a Content Manager that he’d seen.  Mark’s question was why nobody […]
May 18, 2016

Things that make us smile

This ingredients label.   This piece of Victorian gym equipment.   This horse bike.   This cartoon from the New Yorker, which is in our view […]
May 18, 2016

Guest post: “Good day, young man…”

We’re pleased to publish this post from Jasmine Wheelhouse, a talented young writer and recent graduate from St Andrew’s University. “Good day, young man…”  …he said, […]
May 18, 2016

The power of the pause

In PR, one of the often overlooked weapons in the arsenal is the pause. News is a multi-directional torrent these days.  We are showered by new […]
May 13, 2016

Life as an RPG

According to Wikipedia, a role-playing game (RPG) is ‘a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for […]
May 11, 2016

‘Asking for a friend’

On Twitter, people often ask questions and add ‘asking for a friend’ because they’re a bit embarrassed to be asking for themselves.  I thought I’d take […]
May 10, 2016

Shark Bay

Port Phillip Bay, a great basin of water around which the Australian city of Melbourne is built, has a slow clockwise current. Water from the Bass […]
May 3, 2016

Word of Mouse

I was a guest on Michael Rosen’s programme, Word of Mouth, on BBC Radio 4 last week, chatting with Michael and Dr Laura Wright for half an […]
April 22, 2016

Pointless list: Seventies words

First in a series of pointless lists.  Today’s list: words that sound like the seventies.  Thanks to everyone who contributed (Athene Selena, John E Dunn, Paul […]
April 21, 2016

RIP 20th Century

Sometimes it snows in April Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad Sometimes I wish that life was never ending, But all good things, they say, […]
April 18, 2016


I’m reading loads about self-driving cars at the moment – how the technology is getting better all the time, etc. Not much is being written about […]
April 13, 2016

Honeysuckle Creek

I might be the Walter Mitty of spacemen these days, occasionally commuting to the office in my replica Apollo 11 suit, but I did have a […]