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 […]
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 […]
October 7, 2016


The peculiar thing about markets or currencies is that their value is almost entirely based on faith and perception.  Anything that has a ‘value’ is assessed […]
October 6, 2016

Capital Markets PR with a bit more oomph

Aeons ago when I was director of media relations at Dixons Retail I used to take the view that the set-piece announcements in the financial reporting […]
October 6, 2016

Concrete ears

The Greatstone Sound Mirrors, massive concrete listening devices shaped like crude ears, were built in marshland in Kent in the late 1920s as part of Britain’s […]
October 3, 2016

The golden age of presidential gaffes

Here are five major gaffes from previous presidential campaigns.  Dan Quayle, in the first, offers his chin to Lloyd Bentsen.  In the second, Nixon outsweats Kennedy.  In […]
September 15, 2016

Breaking Space News

Consider the maths… Houston PR has been trading for 9 years.   Radio waves travel at the speed of light.   The nearest habitable planet is […]
September 15, 2016

Facing the wrong way

I had a horrible realisation the other day: I am officially old. I had this epiphany in a tunnel at St. Pancras station. I’d seen a […]
September 14, 2016

Dull mobs

While I was thinking about flash mobs, I did the thing that everyone always does when ever they think about anything: I read the Wikipedia page. […]
September 11, 2016

The futility of borders

I have been away for a few weeks clearing my head.  I don’t know about you, but what often happens is that I find myself thinking […]
September 9, 2016

The life and death of the flash mob

It’s strange how things suddenly pop back into your head when you hadn’t given them a moment’s thought in years. This morning I suddenly started thinking […]
September 7, 2016

Whoever wins, we lose

“Whoever wins, we lose” was the tagline from the slightly ropey 2004 film Alien Vs Predator. It’s a phrase that often pops up in relation to […]
August 26, 2016

My brother Matt

My brother Matt turns 50 this week, much to my surprise. I say ‘surprise’, not because I’m surprised that he’s made it this far but because […]
August 24, 2016


A week or so ago, I was at a neighbour’s 60th birthday party and I met a man who collects magic lanterns.  The lanterns are the […]
August 22, 2016

Dear Brand,….

Dear Brand, Forgive the intrusion, but I have something important I need to say. Things have changed between us and I’m not sure I can go […]
August 19, 2016


My friend Mark Webb was bemoaning the quality of NHS toast the other day but as he was doing so I was thinking how nice his […]
August 18, 2016

Before Video Games

Before the dawn of computer games there was the pad and pen. When I was a kid, my dad would periodically commit minor white collar crimes […]