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

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 […]
August 16, 2016

No textbook required

How to become a PR professional without opening a textbook Here’s a step-by-step guide that has served me reasonably well.  No tuition fees, no monogrammed leisurewear […]
August 12, 2016


I’ve been a Paul Simon fan for more than 40 years. My parents owned Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.  It was one of the I’d-inevitably-know-inside-out standards […]
August 9, 2016

Fleet Street

Earlier this year that last journalists left Fleet Street.  The street has had a close and essential relationship with my career. Before Twitter and Facebook and […]
August 8, 2016

Silly Season round-up

Granfiti Art projects to encourage the elderly to try their hand at Graffiti are cropping up everywhere.  In Lisbon, Berlin and now Croydon – or ‘The […]
July 28, 2016

Message from the Hoff

July 27, 2016

Case study: Dreams

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July 26, 2016

The world’s most boring credentials

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July 25, 2016


I went to Alexandra Palace yesterday, and as we sat at the top of the hill, overlooking the whole of London, we could see small groups […]
July 23, 2016


‪Most families have an invented vocabulary – the words that grow out of mishearing, misspelling, kids’ early attempts at talking or things that you might have […]
July 19, 2016

A large room, frequented by disorderly persons

The first time I went to Wilton’s Music Hall was in 2011. I’d gone to see the film director Michael Winner talk about his life and […]
July 19, 2016

Happy Birthday to us

We’ve all done it:  Remembered a few weeks in advance that a birthday was coming up and then forgotten to send a card.  In this case, […]
July 15, 2016

Updated phonetic alphabet

The phonetic alphabet that we’ve used for years is starting to look a bit tired. ‘Papa Golf Charlie Zulu’, for instance, sounds like an appalling Sunday […]
July 15, 2016

Twitter at 10

It’s ten years today since Twitter, the chaotic scrapbook of our age, launched to the public. Whilst it hasn’t achieved the financial success of Facebook or […]
July 14, 2016


Last night, I went to a talk at the ICA by the architectural theorist and critic Charles Jencks. He was talking about his 1972 book Adhocism. […]
July 13, 2016

A jackhammer made of feathers

My friend for more than thirty years, Robert Foster, world-renowned silversmith, inventor, magician with time and honorary brother died today. Rob was one of the finest […]