December 22, 2015

Dick Whittington: the original start-up Hipster

The global technology industry is in thrall to Silicon Valley. Yet new evidence suggests that it was 15th century London that was the original source of […]
December 21, 2015

Christmas Cards

Is there any writing task as simultaneously agonising, stressful and rewarding than trying to think of the perfect message to write inside a greetings card? The […]
December 16, 2015

How to destroy your social media effort in one sentence

    “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this.”
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 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, […]
October 16, 2014

Authentic political language

We launched a new service today as part of our crusade for clearer communication. Our new micro-site,, is a jargon-removal tool for politicians. I launched […]
October 12, 2014

Mixing colours

Yesterday I used three tubes of acrylic paint – red, yellow and blue – plus a tube of white. I’ve spent small fortunes in art supply […]
October 6, 2014

Baked dust

It’s the first day of Autumn. The day fluctuates each year. It’s not defined by an equinox. It’s marked by the first day that the heating […]
October 5, 2014

Anti-social media agencies

I have a hive in my bonnet about the snake oil that is sold about social media. I can’t shake this feeling that marketing directors are […]
October 4, 2014

Raiders of the Lost Lists

I think I have always loved lists.  Perhaps it’s the way they sometimes neaten the most unlikely things; an order for the disorderly. My interest in […]
October 3, 2014

The world’s most honest recruitment ad

We advertised recently for an account director and a senior account manager to join us at our new offices at Somerset House on the Strand. They’re […]
September 30, 2014

A modern-day Frost?

Chomsky once said something along the lines of ‘the construction of binaries in news manufactures simple orthodoxies that quash real debate.’ I can’t find the quote, […]
September 26, 2014

“E and Non-E”: Nancy Mitford on Twitter

Note: Also available on Kindle as an electric book. An extract: Twitter, in its infancy, was a classless environment – a great democratiser of communication in […]
September 24, 2014

“Chancing your arm”

I’ve been looking at the stuff being discussed at a number of recent conferences on the future of PR, brand marketing, etc.  There seems to be […]
September 22, 2014

Curation collation

A lot of people seem to be confusing ‘curate’ and ‘collate’. Inspired by Harry Wallop’s tweet… Food people. Repeat after me: a meal is cooked. It […]
September 21, 2014

Quality of life transcribed as a formula

Having read and thought about Rhodri Marsden’s excellent essay on Hipsters in the Independent, I’ve decided to soften. Being a Hipster for many seems to be, […]
September 19, 2014

My favourite unlikely Twitter story

My favourite unlikely personal Twitter story comes from September 2013. I have an investment banking client and I issued a reaction on his behalf to an […]
September 16, 2014

Rumsfeld, Richard Hamilton and Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters have hit the headlines again for creating a sweatshirt that appears to be a blood-stained piece of clothing referencing a clash between police and […]
September 15, 2014

New feature: #pulledwatch

    Submissions welcomed.  Drop me a line at or tweet me at @HamishMThompson. BREAKING NEWS: Pulled SPAM Pulled TUNA  Pulled CHEESE     Pulled […]
September 13, 2014

The EZ-waist guide to London Fashion Week

I slipped past the paparazzi stationed outside London Fashion Week on Friday by cunningly disguising myself as a man in his fifties with no dress sense. […]