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April 2, 2016

‘Can I’ vs ‘should I’

The British passenger’s selfie with a hijacker is, perhaps at a bit of a stretch, a signal that Buckminster Fuller’s knowledge curve is nudging closer to […]
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 […]
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 […]