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March 8, 2017

Pod machine

A terrible thing has happened. OK, maybe on the grand scheme of things, it may not seem quite so terrible. The other day, as I was […]
March 3, 2017

What Book Day?

If you have kids, you’ll know that yesterday was World Book Day. Even if you don’t have kids, if you spend any time on Facebook or […]
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 6, 2017

Choose Your Own Memory

If you decide to enter the cave, turn to page 42. If you decide to return to the camp to tell the others, turn to page […]
December 22, 2016

It started before it started

The festive season is one full of traditions – some religious, some cultural, some national, some personal. Families develop their own rules and rituals. As a […]
December 21, 2016

Fake News

[THIS IS AN EXPERIMENT. THIS IS FAKE NEWS] NEW CALORIE-NEUTRAL ‘FAST FOOD’ SERVICE LAUNCHES IN TIME FOR JANUARY DETOX A new service, named Fast Food, that […]
December 18, 2016

Recipe cards

A few years ago I saw a very good talk by Helen Zaltzman at the Boring Conference in London on recipe cards.  Since then I’ve developed […]
December 16, 2016

Postcode lottery

Bowie, Prince, Brexit, Trump. It’s safe to say that 2016 has been a difficult year, and as we approach the new year, many people are looking forward […]
December 12, 2016

The paradox of choice

Last week I was chatting with a workmate about what we’d done the night before – the usual water cooler stuff.  We’d both been at our […]
December 9, 2016

Round Robin

With Christmas fast approaching, there are always a million things to do before the big day. While we can’t help you decorate the tree or wrap […]
December 8, 2016

Hair today….

“Did you know that in Britain you don’t need a qualification to be a barber or a hairdresser?” I was in the chair last week, half […]
December 8, 2016

I don’t know, George got it somewhere

On this day in 1894, James Thurber was born. The writer and cartoonist is probably best known for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and his […]
December 5, 2016

Houston appointed by Johnson Matthey

JOHNSON MATTHEY ENGAGES HOUSTON PR TO DELIVER GLOBAL POSITIONING PROGRAMME FOR THE COMPANY’S 200TH ANNIVERSARY Johnson Matthey Plc, a FTSE 100 speciality chemicals company and a […]
November 17, 2016

Milton Keynes appoints Houston for 50th anniversary brief

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been appointed by Milton Keynes Council, Britain’s most famous New Town, to handle media strategy and media relations for the […]
October 19, 2016

“Houston, we have a problem.”

Minutes into their descent to the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin found, to their alarm, that they were […]
October 17, 2016

Is this a question?

I watched Elon Musk’s webcast of his presentation about interplanetary travel a few weeks ago.  At the end there were questions from the audience.  It’s always […]
October 13, 2016

I’m not sure I can help you

‘Solutions’ is a remarkably popular word in business. It crops up in ads, mailings, CVs, company names and cheesy corporate gifts all the time. I did a […]
October 12, 2016

I bought a pale blue dot

I bought a packet of round pale blue stickers today.  They’re the sort that go on to calendar charts in the office to mark out the […]