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For my 70th birthday (May 20th 2018) I want a Facebook setting that totally automates all future sincere heartfelt birthday greetings to all my 209 dearest most wonderful FB friends and family. You’ll never know the difference; it will give … Continue reading
Its not just the crass stupidity of the remark but his profound ignorance that underpins it. He very revealingly and so inappropriately used the term ‘holocaust centres’ for Nazi extermination camps. Thus moral and historic outrages are brutally dulled by … Continue reading
No wonder the Germans fear for their language! – from Schweizer Versicherung mag 1/3/2017 about Swiss Life launching an app called now@work ‘Swiss Life lanciert (modified French loanword from lancer- to launch) per (Latin/Italian loanword) 1. März 2017 mit der … Continue reading
After a mega-hack, I have the blog site up and running. It has only taken 5 months to get it back.
I hate referenda. I hate the abrogation of power with consequence but no responsibility to the people – to the feeling iPhoned mob. I hate what its doing to my friends, to the aurora of bores at dinner parties. I … Continue reading
I was asked an interesting question today ‘whether the BBC had any right to investigate others’, after the appalling management failings unveiled in Dame Janet Smith’s Savile Report. My answer was an unequivocal yes they can, they should, and they … Continue reading
What a wonderful indulgent time I have had. You see its raining and its cold (not very, just a bit) so no need to go outside, ride my exer-bike, do errands and all the other stuff that are Sunday round … Continue reading
“Nestled in the mountains of the Alps, it’s Italy’s richest province, and has been part of that country for almost 100 years – but some in South Tyrol just don’t feel fully Italian.” (BBC News 8/12/2012). Introduction Summer climbers, winter … Continue reading
Shamelessly I am reprinting this excellent summary by media law guru Gill Phillips, director of editorial legal services at the Guardian News & Media. 2015 looks set to be another year of important developments in media law. First published on Olswang’s Changing … Continue reading
In the blogosphere random observers quite independently latch on to a topic which quickly takes on a life of its own to become an issue. It is a common enough PR headache, but for an organisation, sticking that head in … Continue reading
The Beeb report that the Home Office has issued a document on ‘enhanced protection for Police whistle-blowers’. (BBC R4) Reminds me that one of the pranks played on rookie policemen and women over the years, was to pin up a notice in the … Continue reading
With the recent drama of Scotland’s near exit from the Union (mercifully not dubbed Sexit), you might think Scottish Power (SP) is a soubriquet for the nationalist movement, rather than an energy company supplying, if not exactly serving, 5.4 million homes … Continue reading
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Good Advice from Galaxy 6 in the US I’ve trained about 10 people this month and was inspired to write this post. A great media training session depends on both parties. Once you’ve decided to commit to media training, make … Continue reading
(Article courtesy of Mashable.com) http://mashable.com/2013/01/02/do-you-need-media-training/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29
I knew it! I knew there was something fishy about the Andrew Mitchell Plebgate story. Back on the 23rd September I blogged “keep a pinch of salt handy” http://bit.ly/SetYZo. and I was right. Mitchell is calling for a full enquiry. … Continue reading
“Some basic journalistic checks were not completed and no one was sure who was giving the final sign-off on the story on the day, the report found (FT)” I’ve been asked by countless people (OK, one) what I think of … Continue reading
Ten days after the worst storm to hit Long Island NY in living memory, thousands of homes there are STILL without power. The local power company LIPA (Long Island Power Authority) has come in for considerable criticism. And while it’s … Continue reading
Looking your best is just as important as saying it right, so we are now actively promoting Style and Colour counselling with Red Leopard (www.redleopard.co.uk) for all our Media Training clients. Red Leopard advises on colour, style, image and make-up … Continue reading
I went to a famous public school. I was a policeman. I was an adviser to the House of Commons Commission. I rode my bike in and out of the Palace of Westminster daily. Why are these facts relevant? The … Continue reading
Clint at the RNC Having a famous movie star endorse you is no guarantee.
Yes I’m gathering a handful of experienced media trainers, to run my courses for executives, Meet in London in September. Send a CV.
Cannot believe NBC showed US/CZ Beach Volleyball quarter finals, when rest of world got to see 100m Finals. Fantastic Twitter storm. Serves them right.
One big difference between the Olympics and the Jubilee, is that everybody from smallest stall holder to mega-store was able to cash in on the Jubilee GB brand. I have never seen so many Union flags and so much bunting. … Continue reading
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A new business is born: Air Supremacy Interaction – interactive media training. (I’ve nicknamed it – Remote Refutation Management) – more later. (www.superinteraction.tv)
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Spent the last week, soliciting LinkedIn contacts to reach this milestone achievement “500+ connections” – now I can relax, safe in the knowledge that I am umbilically invisibly eternally conjoined with strangers. The world is a safer place as of 7am … Continue reading
My God-daughter Domenica Lawson has a severe permanent learning disability. I would like to help her and thousands like her by asking you to sign this e-petition. You may know somebody with a child like Domenica so please pass the message … Continue reading
With everyone obsessed with Virtual Media, it’s easy to forget the basic questions when you get a call from a live flesh-eating journalist. 1. What’s Your Name/Contact details? 2. Can You Tell Me More About The Story You’re Working On? 3. Are You … Continue reading
The Battle of Hatchfield Farm in Newmarket is over. Rachel Hood and her fellow campaigners have won. Lord (Teddy) Derby’s appeal was rejected by the Planning Inspector Ian McPherson and ratified by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.
Just been reading some stuff on line about whether our coverage of Syria is ‘balanced’ or not. Having worked as a reporter in Beirut, albeit years ago, I wonder if I can venture a view. All our western media can … Continue reading
Busy Busy since Jan 1st – working with Halfords, Barclays, B&Q and Superdrug .
They are debating on one of the PR Forums whether PR isn’t ‘just common sense’. The implication being that it’s not a proper profession, anybody can do it. I beg to differ. A public relations professional has a proper understanding … Continue reading
I have a TV/internet account with Optimum Cablevision (NYSE: CVC), who emailed me to take part in a customer satisfaction survey. Question 1 – Are you in PR or Advertising? But when I clicked Yes – this is what I got: Thank … Continue reading
To my many American Friends. If further proof is needed of the extreme age and provenance of wireless technology; it’s a 17th Century British invention. I am reliably informed that we sent it over on the first pilgrim ships. Mayflower is an … Continue reading
With the racing world livid about Lord (Teddy) Derby’s plan to concrete over a chunk of Newmarket, Sir Michael Stoute (the Queen’s Trainer), Sir Henry Cecil and the legendary commentator Sir Peter O’Sullevan are hosting a fund-raising dinner for 250 at the Newmarket … Continue reading
Rick Perry fluffs it Check out this clip of Rick Perry forgetting his key message due to classic MBS (marshmallow brain syndrome). I suspect it spells the end of his shot at the Presidency. (wouldn’t have happened if he were … Continue reading
“In English,” said the linguistics’ professor, “a double negative forms a positive. However, a double positive never forms a negative.” “Yeah, right.” said a voice.
The Beeb has revised its Editorial Policy on Investigations and on Secret Recording for programme makers planning: larger-scale investigations to reveal serious anti-social behaviour or crime, with a significant element of undercover work, and secret recording, central to the evidence-gathering. The revision … Continue reading
Overheard at the Lutea investment seminar today. Two really old blokes, who didn’t know each other, got chatting during the coffee break. One said to the other: “The trouble with the Greeks,” he said, ” is they don’t know the meaning … Continue reading
Spotted this tweet just now “Anti #NPPF lobby now includes Melanie Phillips, Morning Star, George Monbiot, WI, NT, CPRE, Mail, Telegraph. Strange bedfellows. SWP next?” @colinwile Jonathon Porritt, has written a sarky but funny open letter to benighted Greg Clarke, Minister … Continue reading
Some people have asked why you need to get confirmation in writing that you are a ‘contributor’. (See Tip 2 below) You can read my blog post, http://www.airsupremacy.co.uk/blog/2010/09/01/229/ for the long version but in brief Ofcom ruled last year (to … Continue reading
Avoid a confrontation, with cameras around. It makes great TV. Get confirmation in writing that you are a ‘contributor’ (ask me why this is so important) They will not concede editorial control, but find out as much as you can. … Continue reading
INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM; DEAD OR ALIVE? Date: Wednesday September 21st 6.00pm for 6.30pm With Murdoch on his knees, MPs’ expenses, Wikileaks, phone hacking and Tomlinson; investigative journalism seems to be going through a purple patch. Is it really alive or is … Continue reading
Such a sad picture of Steve Jobs in the paper today. Is it a fake, the internet is abuzz? Really shocking if it is. As my wife Jane says, “the man is a genius, just when you think you’ve got everything … Continue reading
I happened across this brilliantly ‘funny’ account of sailing the classic New England Catboat, in the New York Times May 25th 1880! The message comes down the years loud and clear; this pussy cat will bite … Continue reading