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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

Adhocism

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 […]
July 7, 2016

It’s A Mystery

The news has been pretty bleak recently – well, pretty much all year to be honest – and so this story on the BBC website yesterday was […]
July 7, 2016

Handwritten blog post no.1

July 5, 2016

Metal words

This article has been floating around Facebook and recently caught my eye. A data scientist has performed a linguistic analysis of heavy metal lyrics to determine […]
June 30, 2016

Future Shock

It’s fair to say that the last week has been rather eventful. Resignations and recriminations have dominated the headlines and will continue to do so for […]
June 27, 2016

GoldPlay

I watched the Coldplay set at Glastonbury, mud and Tom Watson-free from the sofa, on BBC 2 last night.  They are masters of the powerful emotional […]
June 27, 2016

Wishful thinking

Proposed joint statement from the leaders of the UK’s main political parties: “Last week the British people voted in an advisory referendum to indicate whether they […]
June 13, 2016

Ratings v Votes

On Thursday, Britain became the world’s largest reality TV programme.  ‘Housemates’ were asked to do the equivalent of calculate Pi to 140 decimal places using mental […]
January 22, 2016

“Owna Lisa”

Our clients, Creative United, have come up with a brilliant new scheme to enable art enthusiasts to purchase a piece of art.  It’s an interest free […]
January 22, 2016

Fame in the 21st Century

In the 1970s, before the dawn of health and safety, my mum and dad bought me a chemistry set. It was possible (ask my brother who […]
January 18, 2016

The ‘value’ of the CEO

More information: Hamish Thompson  hthompson@houstonpr.co.uk 07702 684290 POLL FINDS THAT EXCEPTIONAL CEOS MAY BE WORTH MORE THAN THE BUSINESSES THAT THEY LEAD An international poll of analysts, City […]
January 15, 2016

The rise of the bench

Benches are in. Shoreditch is littered with them. I recently moved and am learning that, when I walk anywhere, I am sharing half of the pavement […]
January 12, 2016

“A lot of what I am is my enthusiasms”

A terrific interview with David Bowie, sparkling with wisdom.
January 7, 2016

2016 predictions

OK, I’m a little late with my homework.  Here are my predictions for PR and brand communications and marketing for 2016.  I’d be glad to debate […]
January 6, 2016

There is no new. There is only now.

There is no new. There is only now. The concept of new is past its sell by date. The smart money these days is in useful. […]
January 3, 2016

What next?

2015 was a great year. We did some terrific work (even if I do say so myself). I made some mistakes and learned from them (as […]
January 2, 2016

Case study: 100ft below ground

Over the last couple of years we have been working with, and advising, Growing Underground, London’s first subterranean farm. The project has been led by inspiring entrepreneurs Richard […]
December 31, 2015

10 Things that became A Thing in 2015

10 things that became A Thing in 2015 Furry loafers Kid Goat meat Mindful gifting #ObiQuiet The Dress Cereal Cookbook Concept Album Talks Theories on how […]
December 30, 2015

The return of silent cinema?

I’ve long been a fan of the podcast Answer Me This by Helen Zaltzman and Olly Mann, and indeed appeared as a guest on Helen’s other […]
December 23, 2015

Pre-emptive Christmas Facebook status updates for kids

Steven appreciates that whilst it is Christmas, it is really important that he focuses on intensive fact-finding for his Year 7 essay on morality and the […]
December 22, 2015

Dick Whittington: the original start-up Hipster

The global technology industry is in thrall to Silicon Valley. Yet new evidence suggests that it was 15th century London that was the original source of […]
December 21, 2015

Christmas Cards

Is there any writing task as simultaneously agonising, stressful and rewarding than trying to think of the perfect message to write inside a greetings card? The […]
December 16, 2015

How to destroy your social media effort in one sentence

    “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this.”