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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

Pokémon-etization

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

Clanguage

‪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 […]
March 28, 2016

Piece

I guess most of us have a visceral reaction to the use or misuse of certain words. The word that makes my skin crawl when it […]
March 24, 2016

The Clickarus Phenomenon

Another week, another series of car crashes on Twitter, including, notably, the sorry tale of the Croydon-based PR consultant (actually a publicist turned cack-handed self-publicist) who […]
February 21, 2016

What to name your corporate baby

Naming a business is even more difficult than naming a baby. Before I set up this business eight years ago I sat for days surrounded by […]
February 18, 2016

Apple: it’s about who holds the key

There’s a subtext to Apple’s decision not to cooperate with the FBI. They’ve more likely modelled the consequences for their reputation of voluntary agreement. If they […]
February 16, 2016

Abandon all soap

Electrifying new soap opera takes on Eastenders and Corrie A brand new soap opera, Thamesmeerd, is set to challenge Eastenders and Corrie and reignite the ratings […]
February 16, 2016

Thinking outside the cereal box

We’re often asked for case studies that feature our work and last week I was asked by a potential client whether I could send through an […]
February 15, 2016

Claps, laughs and boos

Stephen Fry has left Twitter again after an ad libbed joke at last night’s BAFTAs.  His remarks about the dress sense of a costume designer (he […]
February 15, 2016

Whatever next?

Lots of languages have words for longing, some of which defy definition and translation. In Welsh, it’s ‘hiraeth’. In Portuguese, it’s ‘saudade’. In Anglo Saxon it’s […]
February 12, 2016

Knapsack Man

I first discovered the work of William H Whyte when I was at university, studying architecture. He isn’t all that well known, certainly far less well […]
February 12, 2016

Case Study: #misCOURAGE

BRIEF: Tommy’s Charity approached us in November 2015 to ask us to help raise national awareness of the millions of parents in the UK who have […]
February 12, 2016

Things I’ve enjoyed this week

1. This lovely video (essentially just a phone held up to a train window) for a Sandy Denny song (via Andrew Male)   2. This clip […]
February 9, 2016

Reading with your ears

I listen to a lot of podcasts. In fact, I listen to so many that I’ve more or less stopped doing something which I have done […]
February 7, 2016

The most annoying piece of jargon is….

For three years at Houston PR we’ve been collecting jargon and buzzwords.  We write to correspondents and editors in the UK and the US once a […]
February 5, 2016

Turkish Rocky, elephants and mynah birds

YouTube is a rabbit hole for all sorts of things. The other day a clip of a Hindu version of Superman caught my eye. It’s a […]
January 22, 2016

Concept Album Talks: Blackstar

Towards the end of last year, we began a series of events called the Concept Album Talks. The idea is simultaneously simple and slightly complicated. Essentially, […]