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 […]
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 […]
May 18, 2016

The power of the pause

In PR, one of the often overlooked weapons in the arsenal is the pause. News is a multi-directional torrent these days.  We are showered by new […]
May 13, 2016

Two croissants and a whole fresh chicken

I have a bad habit. Whenever I’m in the supermarket, I find myself become obsessed with the contents of other people’s shopping baskets. I wonder why […]
May 13, 2016

Life as an RPG

According to Wikipedia, a role-playing game (RPG) is ‘a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for […]
May 11, 2016

‘Asking for a friend’

On Twitter, people often ask questions and add ‘asking for a friend’ because they’re a bit embarrassed to be asking for themselves.  I thought I’d take […]
May 10, 2016

Shark Bay

Port Phillip Bay, a great basin of water around which the Australian city of Melbourne is built, has a slow clockwise current. Water from the Bass […]
May 3, 2016

Word of Mouse

I was a guest on Michael Rosen’s programme, Word of Mouth, on BBC Radio 4 last week, chatting with Michael and Dr Laura Wright for half an […]
April 22, 2016

Pointless list: Seventies words

First in a series of pointless lists.  Today’s list: words that sound like the seventies.  Thanks to everyone who contributed (Athene Selena, John E Dunn, Paul […]
April 21, 2016

RIP 20th Century

Sometimes it snows in April Sometimes I feel so bad, so bad Sometimes I wish that life was never ending, But all good things, they say, […]
April 18, 2016


I’m reading loads about self-driving cars at the moment – how the technology is getting better all the time, etc. Not much is being written about […]
April 13, 2016

Honeysuckle Creek

I might be the Walter Mitty of spacemen these days, occasionally commuting to the office in my replica Apollo 11 suit, but I did have a […]
April 12, 2016

The museum of ruined words

Words are born with a meaning. Sometimes they get lassoed by another meaning. Sometimes their definition is diluted by fashion and circumstance. Words acquiring new meanings […]
April 8, 2016


Marc Andreessen, the venture capitalist, says that software is eating the world. I’d say that ideas are eating the world. An idea is weightless. An idea […]
April 2, 2016

‘Can I’ vs ‘should I’

The British passenger’s selfie with a hijacker is, perhaps at a bit of a stretch, a signal that Buckminster Fuller’s knowledge curve is nudging closer to […]
April 2, 2016

How fashion works

As all three readers of this blog will know, I own a replica Apollo 11 space suit. Up until recently London Fashion Week has set up […]
March 31, 2016


According to Inc magazine, there are 27 million entrepreneurs in the US alone. That’s a LOT of entrepreneurs. If there were 27 million entrepreneurs in Britain, […]