May 2, 2017

A new name for Public Relations

I noticed on LinkedIn (yep) this morning a note by Paul Holmes, founder of The Holmes Report. He was referencing a recent study that looks at PR […]
April 25, 2017

The day with no Crosswits

For reasons too inane to go into, earlier today, I found myself reading the Wikipedia page for the 1980s ITV daytime game show Crosswits. Crosswits was […]
April 21, 2017

I’ve found a buried chest!

The term “cliffhanger” is considered to have originated with the serialised version of Thomas Hardy’s A Pair of Blue Eyes, published serially in Tinsley’s Magazine in 1873. […]
April 13, 2017

1,000 true fans

In 2008, the founding editor of Wired magazine, Kevin Kelly wrote a blog post where he proposed a new creative model. Rather than aiming for mass appeal, […]
April 6, 2017

The Sachertorte war

I’ve just come back from a weekend in Vienna. It’s a very beautiful city, full of grand buildings and rich in history. During our time there, […]
March 29, 2017

Brexit Headline Generator

The day is here.  Britain has formally served notice of its intention to leave the EU.  Here’s our guess at some of the headlines that we’re […]
March 29, 2017

The wrong trousers

When I was getting ready for work this morning, I took out a pair of trousers from my drawer as is my wont. I thought that […]
March 28, 2017

Baby pigeons

I went to Trafalgar Square to try and solve the question “why don’t we see baby pigeons?” I found the answer. We’ve been looking at the […]
March 21, 2017

Indistinguishable from magic

I went to a talk recently which dealt with the theme of fear and technology. During the talk, the speaker made one of those points which […]
March 17, 2017

Speak and Spell

I think it was Neil Tennant who, when asked if he accepted that his band had a somewhat preposterous name, replied by saying that the thing […]
February 24, 2017

Happy birthday Bertrand

There’s a common stereotype about the country of Belgium. For some reason, people seem to believe that there are no famous Belgians. It’s not quite an old […]
February 23, 2017

The Notoriety Machine

Back in the Middle Ages, inventors and alchemists tried to build machines that relied on perpetual motion.  The idea was that the machines would continue to […]
February 15, 2017

Decimal Day

Happy Decimal Day everyone! On February 15th 1971, the United Kingdom introduced decimal currency and said goodbye to pounds, shillings and pence. This video shows some […]
February 14, 2017

La la la

Driving along the south coast the other day I found myself on a flyover. Like half the world I’ve seen LaLaLand (I loved it). This flyover […]
February 3, 2017

Something about Something About Functions

I’ve long been a fan of the film Powers Of Ten, by Charles and Ray Eames. It’s rather wordy subtitle gives you a clue as to […]
February 2, 2017

Other things to talk about

Here’s a list of some other things to talk about if you feel (a) aghast at the prospect of talking about him again and (b) a […]
January 31, 2017

Inventing a word

One of the arbitrary ambitions I’ve set myself this year is to have a go at getting a new word into the dictionary. It’s quite a […]
January 27, 2017

Halloa old girl

A friend of mine on Facebook recently asked people for their favourite words. It’s always an interesting question, because there are different ways of thinking about […]
January 23, 2017

Milton Keynes at 50

I grew up in a town that was invented in the last 100 years. Canberra, Australia’s capital, was formed after an Act of Parliament sorted out […]
January 20, 2017

Turning the world upside down

In 1961, the Italian conceptual artist Piero Manzoni turned the world upside down. In a field in Herning in Denmark, he placed a large metal plinth […]
January 18, 2017

Vacancy: Account Executive

Account Executive: Corporate / Financial  Houston PR is looking for an ambitious Account Executive to join its fast-growing team based at Somerset House in central London. […]
January 17, 2017

Giant steps

Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died this week, aged 82. Of the 12 that walked on the moon only six remain. […]
January 16, 2017

My golden rules of PR

These rules are solely about the craft of PR, how to do it, and how to avoid some potholes and roadblocks.  They’re today’s version.  Tomorrow they’ll […]
January 13, 2017

Friday the 13th

Today is Friday! Hooray! But wait – let me just check today’s date. Uh-oh. Friday the 13th. Unlucky. Fear of the number thirteen – triskaidekaphobia – […]
January 9, 2017

The iPhone and propaganda

The walls of my office are covered with propaganda posters from all over the world – Britain, the US, Russia, Cuba, South Africa, Poland, North Korea […]