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July 14, 2016

Adhocism

Last night, I went to a talk at the ICA by the architectural theorist and critic Charles Jencks. He was talking about his 1972 book Adhocism. […]
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

It’s A Mystery

The news has been pretty bleak recently – well, pretty much all year to be honest – and so this story on the BBC website yesterday was […]
July 7, 2016

Handwritten blog post no.1

July 5, 2016

Metal words

This article has been floating around Facebook and recently caught my eye. A data scientist has performed a linguistic analysis of heavy metal lyrics to determine […]
June 30, 2016

Future Shock

It’s fair to say that the last week has been rather eventful. Resignations and recriminations have dominated the headlines and will continue to do so for […]
June 27, 2016

GoldPlay

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 […]
June 12, 2016

EU said what?

Here’s a cherry-picked list of links to EU rebuttals of some of the headlines that appear in the media about alleged EU excesses and allegations of […]
November 2, 2015

Twitter on the psychiatrist’s couch

  An amateur psychiatrist’s perspective on what might be wrong with Twitter: Twitter incentivises behaviours. Twitter encourages care, wit, cleverness, etc – and it encourages vitriol. […]
October 31, 2015

SIMPLE TWISTS OF FATE

Back in the 1970s, growing up in Canberra, Australia, I became an addict. Canberra, until 1977, had two black and white television stations – CTC 7, […]
October 27, 2015

Tech PR expertise

One of our areas of expertise is PR and brand communications for tech companies.  Our most recent work has included the launch of the most comprehensive […]
September 10, 2015

“Isn’t that incredible?”

Imagine if a company had such a strong brand that you could tell what company it was even if the words it used didn’t make a […]
September 8, 2015

What of it?

Professor William Cleaver Wilkinson, a 19th century academic, popularised the famous five Ws (who?, what?, when?, why? and where?), a way of organising information gathering that is […]
September 4, 2015

Less can be a great deal more  

  Amidst the mixture of moaning and applause that has accompanied the release of the Google logo (I like it), one significant fact has been missed.  The […]
August 28, 2015

What lens are you using?

In 1977 Charles and Ray Eames made a film for IBM called Factors of Ten. The film begins with an overhead view of a man and […]
August 27, 2015

Raiders of the Lost Art

For years I’ve been searching for a simple way of summing up how we approach our work. Part of the struggle is my natural antipathy for […]
August 20, 2015

Frankie and Desiree, our new CURATIVES (TM)

Wagwan, we’re Frankie and Desiree.  We’re CURATIVES (TM). Today we went to an AMAZING pop up restaurant in Midtown (our parents say it was called Farringtown […]
August 19, 2015

The problem with pitching

The problem with pitching Imagine the situation: you’re approached by someone who says “Hey, make me a suit.  When you’ve finished, bring it to me at […]
August 19, 2015

The importance of negativity in storytelling

Here’s the great Robert McKee on the central importance of negativity in storytelling.  Watch this. If you are a communicator, this will be the most valuable […]
August 13, 2015

World’s shortest press release

STATEMENT FROM HOUSTON PR, RESPONDING TO CALLS FOR CLARIFICATION OF THE AGENCY’S AVAILABILITY TO MEET POTENTIAL CLIENTS OVER THE SUMMER AND GIVE A BIT MORE DETAIL […]
August 7, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

Selfie nation: Britons take own picture 1.2bn times a year How To Be More Like Andy Warhol ‘RN,’ So Hot RN Tiny Planets Meet the muppies […]
July 31, 2015

10 Things You Need To Know About This Week

If You Have To Say It, Say It In GIFs 10 brands doing an amazing job on social media What Michael Bloomberg could learn From “Middlemarch” […]
July 27, 2015

The Curmudgeon’s Style Guide

The Curmudgeon’s Style Guide starts here: Never start a sentence with ‘So….’. Relatively few things in life are awesome.  Burgers, for instance, are never awesome – […]