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February 12, 2016

Knapsack Man

I first discovered the work of William H Whyte when I was at university, studying architecture. He isn’t all that well known, certainly far less well […]
February 12, 2016

Case Study: #misCOURAGE

BRIEF: Tommy’s Charity approached us in November 2015 to ask us to help raise national awareness of the millions of parents in the UK who have […]
February 12, 2016

Things I’ve enjoyed this week

1. This lovely video (essentially just a phone held up to a train window) for a Sandy Denny song (via Andrew Male)   2. This clip […]
February 9, 2016

Reading with your ears

I listen to a lot of podcasts. In fact, I listen to so many that I’ve more or less stopped doing something which I have done […]
February 7, 2016

The most annoying piece of jargon is….

For three years at Houston PR we’ve been collecting jargon and buzzwords.  We write to correspondents and editors in the UK and the US once a […]
February 5, 2016

Turkish Rocky, elephants and mynah birds

YouTube is a rabbit hole for all sorts of things. The other day a clip of a Hindu version of Superman caught my eye. It’s a […]
January 22, 2016

Concept Album Talks: Blackstar

Towards the end of last year, we began a series of events called the Concept Album Talks. The idea is simultaneously simple and slightly complicated. Essentially, […]
January 22, 2016

“Owna Lisa”

Our clients, Creative United, have come up with a brilliant new scheme to enable art enthusiasts to purchase a piece of art.  It’s an interest free […]
January 22, 2016

Fame in the 21st Century

In the 1970s, before the dawn of health and safety, my mum and dad bought me a chemistry set. It was possible (ask my brother who […]
January 18, 2016

The ‘value’ of the CEO

More information: Hamish Thompson  hthompson@houstonpr.co.uk 07702 684290 POLL FINDS THAT EXCEPTIONAL CEOS MAY BE WORTH MORE THAN THE BUSINESSES THAT THEY LEAD An international poll of analysts, City […]
March 16, 2015

Nothing ventured

One of my few rules for the weekend is to spend a bit of time dawdling (a great word, mid 17th century, ‘moving slowly and idly […]
March 9, 2015

Apple Botch?

Apple, I think for the first time, has announced a product that ranges from the low hundreds of pounds to around £8,000 with as far as […]
March 6, 2015

PR Club

I thought I might have a go at setting up a geeky club for people in PR. It won’t be like a real world LinkedIn thing […]
February 27, 2015

Shakespeare and Surfing

There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is […]
February 22, 2015

What will definitely happen between now and May 5

It’s not much more than two months (71 days) until the General Election, which means, of course, that: Politicians will start to show their ‘softer and […]
February 20, 2015

Office clothing

I’m a firm believer in functional clothing.  This morning I got dressed as usual in my versatile and practical suit.  It was slightly cold so I […]
February 18, 2015

Some useful definitions

‘Curate’ – choose from a pile ‘Artisan’ – throw together roughly ‘Super excited’ – momentarily enthused ‘Awesome’ – acceptable standard ‘Authentic’ – bought off eBay ‘Pop-up’ […]
February 15, 2015

Why haven’t you replied?

I did some clearing out of my inbox last night. I’m pretty organized with folders, etc, but sometimes all the spam, various alerts and newsletters that […]
February 3, 2015

How much do you love your job?

I’m going to be 52 this year.  When I look back at all the jobs I’ve had over the years the ones that I enjoyed the […]
February 1, 2015

PR isn’t dead: it just needs to outgrow its romper suit

Like everyone else in the PR world, I’ve been reading Robert Phillips’ book, ‘Trust Me: PR is Dead’. Nah. It isn’t dead (though Robert’s book does […]
January 24, 2015

What it is to be lost

  I was thinking this week about what it is to be lost. I grew up in Australia, in the capital city, built out of the […]
January 18, 2015

E.Tree. – Alien spotted in log at Scottish Hotel

A bit of Sunday fun.  An old colleague of mine runs the Uig Hotel on the Isle of Skye.  I spotted on Facebook that he’d found […]
January 17, 2015

Our new neighbour, P J Harvey

  I’ve read with interest the reaction on Twitter, blogs, etc, to PJ Harvey’s residency at Somerset House. A couple of floors beneath our offices she’s […]
January 9, 2015

YOU’VE BEEN ‘AD MATE

Christmas is over, the blockbuster ads are behind us and the trading numbers are out for most of the big retailers. The UK’s largest retailers spend […]
January 9, 2015

The art of the apology

This morning Gordon Taylor said: “If people feel that way (offended) about what I said, I can only apologise.” Most public apologies are pretty poor and […]