Why real engagement is a brain of two halves.

July 18th, 2017

 

Stepping out of the studio a few weeks ago I chanced to look up, hoping to see swifts dive-bombing across the sky I think, but there, beaming satellite-straight across the patch of blue right overhead was a different shape – higher up than a swift and much larger – a stiff flared-out M with a… read more

 

The hermit crab, the feral pigeon and the finer points of collaboration.

January 25th, 2017

 

Anyone who has ever encountered hermit crabs will probably have discovered that they come in different sizes, in other words they grow. Not a completely noteworthy thought, I agree, however, have you ever considered what happens when a hermit crab grows? One day it wakes up, stretches its pincers and notices everything is a bit… read more

 

PowerPoint – the death of the presentation?

November 16th, 2016

 

Frank Lloyd-Wright, the great Wisconsin-born American architect, father of the Prairie School and designer of the first earthquake-proof tower block, famously asserted that mankind discovered permanent building materials fifty years before we were responsible enough to use them. I have very similar feelings about PowerPoint. As readily-available, easy-to-use, presentation production environments go PowerPoint is a superb piece… read more

 

Cutting edge fashion show made me ditch England for good.

October 14th, 2015

 

It’s nearly 8pm on Friday 18 September. The opening game of the Rugby World Cup, England v. Fiji at Twickenham, is about to start and I find myself…. at a fashion show. I have seriously mismanaged my calendar! This is On|Off, brain child of fashion Einstein and Dark Lord of event design Lee Lapthorne. It’s… read more

 

How to become twice as smart in forty-five minutes.

June 16th, 2015

 

When Don Draper took up swimming in the fourth season of Mad Men it was significant of more than just a rethink of his lifestyle in response to facing a glimpse of his own mortality. There was a reason it was swimming and not running or tennis. Ok, being able to watch Jon Hamm in… read more

 

You’ll get no free advice from reading this blog.

November 10th, 2014

 

As a naturally cautious person I spent several secretive months, whilst preparing to start blogging, doing a lot of research. The realisation that perhaps I did have thoughts that were worth sharing in some way had started to creep up on me, but I felt I needed to investigate what having a blog was all… read more

 

Kate Bush made me feel like an underachiever.

October 7th, 2014

 

A life time of waiting had taken me beyond hysterical days before – I was speechless and agog in the extreme by the time we were actually seated (three rows from the front – oh yes!) and Kate Bush actually appeared leading her line of singers onto the stage. Before the Dawn unfolded to be… read more