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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 […]
September 9, 2016

The life and death of the flash mob

It’s strange how things suddenly pop back into your head when you hadn’t given them a moment’s thought in years. This morning I suddenly started thinking […]
September 7, 2016

Whoever wins, we lose

“Whoever wins, we lose” was the tagline from the slightly ropey 2004 film Alien Vs Predator. It’s a phrase that often pops up in relation to […]
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

Limelight

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

Toast

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 […]
August 12, 2016

America

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 […]
February 12, 2016

Things I’ve enjoyed this week

1. This lovely video (essentially just a phone held up to a train window) for a Sandy Denny song (via Andrew Male)   2. This clip […]
February 7, 2016

The most annoying piece of jargon is….

For three years at Houston PR we’ve been collecting jargon and buzzwords.  We write to correspondents and editors in the UK and the US once a […]
February 5, 2016

Turkish Rocky, elephants and mynah birds

YouTube is a rabbit hole for all sorts of things. The other day a clip of a Hindu version of Superman caught my eye. It’s a […]
January 22, 2016

“Owna Lisa”

Our clients, Creative United, have come up with a brilliant new scheme to enable art enthusiasts to purchase a piece of art.  It’s an interest free […]
January 22, 2016

Fame in the 21st Century

In the 1970s, before the dawn of health and safety, my mum and dad bought me a chemistry set. It was possible (ask my brother who […]
January 18, 2016

The ‘value’ of the CEO

More information: Hamish Thompson  hthompson@houstonpr.co.uk 07702 684290 POLL FINDS THAT EXCEPTIONAL CEOS MAY BE WORTH MORE THAN THE BUSINESSES THAT THEY LEAD An international poll of analysts, City […]
January 15, 2016

The rise of the bench

Benches are in. Shoreditch is littered with them. I recently moved and am learning that, when I walk anywhere, I am sharing half of the pavement […]
January 12, 2016

“A lot of what I am is my enthusiasms”

A terrific interview with David Bowie, sparkling with wisdom.
January 7, 2016

2016 predictions

OK, I’m a little late with my homework.  Here are my predictions for PR and brand communications and marketing for 2016.  I’d be glad to debate […]
January 6, 2016

There is no new. There is only now.

There is no new. There is only now. The concept of new is past its sell by date. The smart money these days is in useful. […]
January 3, 2016

What next?

2015 was a great year. We did some terrific work (even if I do say so myself). I made some mistakes and learned from them (as […]
January 2, 2016

Case study: 100ft below ground

Over the last couple of years we have been working with, and advising, Growing Underground, London’s first subterranean farm. The project has been led by inspiring entrepreneurs Richard […]
December 31, 2015

10 Things that became A Thing in 2015

10 things that became A Thing in 2015 Furry loafers Kid Goat meat Mindful gifting #ObiQuiet The Dress Cereal Cookbook Concept Album Talks Theories on how […]
December 23, 2015

Pre-emptive Christmas Facebook status updates for kids

Steven appreciates that whilst it is Christmas, it is really important that he focuses on intensive fact-finding for his Year 7 essay on morality and the […]
December 22, 2015

Dick Whittington: the original start-up Hipster

The global technology industry is in thrall to Silicon Valley. Yet new evidence suggests that it was 15th century London that was the original source of […]