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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

Non-trepreneur

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

Piece

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 […]
June 1, 2015

Why don’t we ask?

Have you ever stopped and wondered what you might have got at certain times in your life – if only you had asked? Literature, film and real […]
May 30, 2015

Update: The Concept Album Talks

I have been thinking about organising some talks.  And thinking.  And thinking. [Less thinking, more action!] We’ve been talking for a while about something that we […]
May 29, 2015

Weeks become years

Last week I went to see some things at the Brighton festival. The first was Dawn Chorus, a video installation. Marcus Coates, the artist, recorded birdsong […]
May 22, 2015

Imprecise precision

I went to the cinema earlier this week. While I was queuing up to buy a drink, I looked at the snacks they had on sale. […]
May 22, 2015

Prawn sandwiches and Renaissance art

In 1550, Giorgio Vasari, a mediocre Renaissance painter, published his ‘Lives of the Artists’, the most comprehensive book on the history of painting of its time. […]
May 17, 2015

An apology is an apology, not a disclaimer

I’ve handled some crises in my time – and observed a few from the gallery – but I can’t recall one that has seen such an […]
May 8, 2015

Recipe: Hat au Vin

A truly authentic Hat au Vin is made, obviously, with a broad-brimmed hat, and some of the rim goes into the sauce which, by the time […]
April 24, 2015

The Underdog

There’s a moment in the film Rocky II (the one in which the stage is set for a rematch with his heavyweight opponent Apollo Creed) when […]
April 15, 2015

The case for costumes for politicians

  I’ve been thinking about heroes and their to-do lists. It seems to me that 21st century life isn’t very well configured for heroes as we […]
April 14, 2015

“Is that the time?” – Semiotics and the ‘smart’ watch.

When someone looks down at a swivelled wrist it is a universal signal of impatience. I wonder if the inventors of smart watches have considered this. […]
April 7, 2015

Every decision we make has a bibliography

Pablo Picasso and George Braque introduced the world to Cubism. Cubism was an art movement in which perspective with a single viewpoint was abandoned. I love […]
April 6, 2015

A small British business needs your help

My client and friend Adam Pritchard is in trouble and he needs your help. Adam runs PomeGreat, a small British juice business. I’ve been working with […]
March 20, 2015

PR Club: update and date

Great news: We have a confirmed date for the first PR Club. It’ll be Thursday April 23rd at the Bank of England (pub) on Fleet Street. […]
March 20, 2015

Cut-and-paste all eventualities email sign-off

Best regards/wishes, Confidently yours, Kind regards/wishes, Many thanks, Respectfully yours, Warm regards, With anticipation, Yours respectfully/sincerely/truly, Cheerful greetings to all, Hugs, Kind thoughts, Take care, Wishing […]
March 19, 2015

British politics is fragmenting because politicians are singing cover versions of the same song

As a sideline I run a site called Polifiller.com. The site automatically strips clichés out of politicians’ speeches. It’s a simple idea – no more sophisticated […]