Monthly Archives: August 2012

BECAUSE THEY CAN

Supplying life’s essentials can provide a steady flow of business, even in a flaccid economy. While the latest widescreen telly or a week in the sun can wait, keeping the lights and heating on, paying the train fare to work…

THE BANK HOLIDAY FORFEIT

There’s something slightly decadent about a bank holiday, extending the traditional weekend recuperation from work into more of a carefree, calming mini-break.  Bank holidays were ushered into British law as an alternative to religious holidays by liberal politician and banker…

FEWER THINGS, BETTER?

To run efficiently, a car engine needs up to 10,000 gallons of clean air for every gallon of fuel it consumes.  The vehicle’s air filter, therefore, performs a critical task, removing contaminants before they dance with the oil and argue…

THE ART OF SELF DECEPTION

If you aim for nothing, the chances are that that’s what you’ll hit. I’ve just read the latest ‘Business Panel Research’ report from Richmond Events, the company that organises directors forums that bring ‘sellers’ and ‘buyers’ together to do business…

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

My friend, an account director at a provincial advertising and public relations agency, wasn’t happy.  The sun was shining, he’d not long returned from holiday and had no client meetings that day.  So I asked what could possibly be ailing…

IMAGINE THERE’S NO MEEJA …

Not a day passes but someone predicts a future that holds better prospects for the endangered giant panda than traditional newspapers.  Maybe it’s just my imagination but even some comms and PR folk seem to have started viewing the press…

THE LEGACY OF SELF CONFIDENCE

The global economic slowdown and the institutional indiscretions it exposed took a large bite out of British self-confidence.  You could see it in peoples’ eyes and hear it in their voices.  Who do you turn to in difficult times when…

PAY AS YOU ‘EARN’ MEDIA

A judge in the US is presiding over a patent hearing, where database giant Oracle is claiming $1 billion from search giant Google for alleged infringement of its intellectual property in software programming language, Java. The judge has demanded that…

A CONTROVERSIAL TALE

“When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.”  – William Hazlitt Have you been to an industry conference recently where the panellists had a good old ding dong, where one…

PLANNING TO SAY NO

Oscar Wilde would have struggled had he chosen a career in public relations. Few professions offer the range of daily temptations to do ‘just one more thing’. We can always write another press release, sell-in to another reporter, post another…