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


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


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


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 […]