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 15, 2016

Facing the wrong way

I had a horrible realisation the other day: I am officially old. I had this epiphany in a tunnel at St. Pancras station. I’d seen a […]
September 14, 2016

Dull mobs

While I was thinking about flash mobs, I did the thing that everyone always does when ever they think about anything: I read the Wikipedia page. […]
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 […]
April 12, 2016

The museum of ruined words

Words are born with a meaning. Sometimes they get lassoed by another meaning. Sometimes their definition is diluted by fashion and circumstance. Words acquiring new meanings […]
April 8, 2016


Marc Andreessen, the venture capitalist, says that software is eating the world. I’d say that ideas are eating the world. An idea is weightless. An idea […]
April 2, 2016

‘Can I’ vs ‘should I’

The British passenger’s selfie with a hijacker is, perhaps at a bit of a stretch, a signal that Buckminster Fuller’s knowledge curve is nudging closer to […]
April 2, 2016

How fashion works

As all three readers of this blog will know, I own a replica Apollo 11 space suit. Up until recently London Fashion Week has set up […]
March 31, 2016


According to Inc magazine, there are 27 million entrepreneurs in the US alone. That’s a LOT of entrepreneurs. If there were 27 million entrepreneurs in Britain, […]
March 28, 2016


I guess most of us have a visceral reaction to the use or misuse of certain words. The word that makes my skin crawl when it […]
March 24, 2016

The Clickarus Phenomenon

Another week, another series of car crashes on Twitter, including, notably, the sorry tale of the Croydon-based PR consultant (actually a publicist turned cack-handed self-publicist) who […]
February 21, 2016

What to name your corporate baby

Naming a business is even more difficult than naming a baby. Before I set up this business eight years ago I sat for days surrounded by […]
February 18, 2016

Apple: it’s about who holds the key

There’s a subtext to Apple’s decision not to cooperate with the FBI. They’ve more likely modelled the consequences for their reputation of voluntary agreement. If they […]
February 16, 2016

Abandon all soap

Electrifying new soap opera takes on Eastenders and Corrie A brand new soap opera, Thamesmeerd, is set to challenge Eastenders and Corrie and reignite the ratings […]
February 16, 2016

Thinking outside the cereal box

We’re often asked for case studies that feature our work and last week I was asked by a potential client whether I could send through an […]
February 15, 2016

Claps, laughs and boos

Stephen Fry has left Twitter again after an ad libbed joke at last night’s BAFTAs.  His remarks about the dress sense of a costume designer (he […]
February 15, 2016

Whatever next?

Lots of languages have words for longing, some of which defy definition and translation. In Welsh, it’s ‘hiraeth’. In Portuguese, it’s ‘saudade’. In Anglo Saxon it’s […]
February 12, 2016

Case Study: #misCOURAGE

BRIEF: Tommy’s Charity approached us in November 2015 to ask us to help raise national awareness of the millions of parents in the UK who have […]