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June 7, 2016

Happy VCR Day

Part of my morning routine is to visit a site called brownielocks.com.  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

Notoriety

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 27, 2016

Ethical Chip Disposal

I like chips. We all like chips. Chips are so great that even chips like chips: I’ve never quite understood the physiology of that man. Are […]
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

Two croissants and a whole fresh chicken

I have a bad habit. Whenever I’m in the supermarket, I find myself become obsessed with the contents of other people’s shopping baskets. I wonder why […]
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 […]
December 16, 2015

New rules for the era of Low-Fi marketing

Here comes 2016:  The age of Low-Fi marketing. Advertising revenues are on the decline. Audiences are more resistant to flagrant propaganda, shouting offers at us wherever […]
December 16, 2015

Dalek Invasion Insurance: A case study

BRIEF AND OBJECTIVES: Earlier this year Virgin Money approached us to develop an eye-catching way of announcing their new life insurance policy (underwritten by Friends Life) […]
December 14, 2015

“Obi quiet”: New Star Wars spoiler removal tool

14 December 2015 More information: Hamish Thompson +44 (0) 7702 684290 “OBI QUIET” Social media tool pretweet.co.uk automatically pre-checks tweets and posts for Star Wars spoilers […]
December 13, 2015

Robert Dyas Christmas ‘ad’

I love the Robert Dyas ad. But it’s not really an ad. It’s a creative idea that is more about PR than the rigmarole of expensive […]
December 11, 2015

The World’s Worst Computer Game?

A British inventor and former tutor is offering kids a life-changing computer game this Christmas. School Exam Simulator, developed by Murray Morrison, creates all of the […]
December 11, 2015

Astounding stories

As 2015 draws to a close, here’s a Quality Street assortment of some of the things that Houston PR made happen this year: 1. We launched […]
December 5, 2015

Clive James

  When I was growing up in Canberra in the 1970s, my parents would have bouts of intense homesickness. Both were born in Wales, £10 Poms, […]
December 2, 2015

Cut and paste Christmas thank you letter

It’s the time of the year when many parents spend too much time reminding their kids to send thank you letters to Uncle Keith and Auntie […]
November 24, 2015

Concept Album Talks: Pet Sounds

  Thank you to everyone who came along to the Old Bank Of England pub on Fleet Street last night for the second of our Concept […]
November 8, 2015

Some free writing and PR tools that we’ve created

Over the last few years we’ve created a few tools that I thought might be useful for writers, other PR professionals or small businesses.  They’re all about […]
November 5, 2015

The market value of your CEO

Over the last month Houston PR has been working on a report examining the role of the CEO in corporate communications. One of the most interesting […]
November 5, 2015

An astronaut’s view on John Lewis

  The John Lewis Christmas ad, due to appear tomorrow, if rumours are correct, looks to be about a more recent legend than the conventional Christmas […]
November 4, 2015

Next Concept Album Talks: Pet Sounds, November 23rd

Please note: NEW VENUE: Old Bank of England pub, 194 Fleet St, London EC4A 2LT, starting at 6pm A while back we held our first Concept Album […]
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, […]