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Hardworking may be the hardest word

Take a trip to the centre of Manchester between now and Wednesday and you may be greeted with this sight: That’s right. A hotel saying it’s for the hardworking – … Continue reading

29 September 2013 · 1 Comment

Why Geordie Shore is better than The Apprentice

It’s the interview episode of The Apprentice tonight and we’ve been promised a showdown between Claude and one of the candidates but to be honest I’m more looking forward to … Continue reading

10 July 2013 · 2 Comments

What should we call Crossrail?

Sunday’s Telegraph contained an article by the Mayor of London claiming credit for Crossrail (if I remember correctly, funding was secured in 2007, before his term of office began) and … Continue reading

4 June 2013 · 4 Comments

How London’s underground lines were named

London’s tube lines are unusual – they have names. Not for Londoners the relative humdrum of ‘line 4’ or ‘the red line’ (though our lines have colours too). But a … Continue reading

3 June 2013 · 4 Comments

Margaret Thatcher vs British Airways: a tale of tailfin trauma

The final instalment of our Margaret Thatcher trilogy focuses on brand. Every brand is owned by its customers. This makes life hard for brand managers, but the challenge is most … Continue reading

22 April 2013 · 1 Comment

Mili-brand of brothers

David Miliband should have better managed his personal brand Today is Maundy Thursday, the start of Easter liturgies, but coverage of the demise of the man who said he wanted to … Continue reading

28 March 2013 · Leave a comment

Night Mair for Brand Boris?

Boris Johnson makes good copy. That’s why editors love him and partly why – until now – he has had a pretty easy ride from the commentariat. Until Sunday’s interview … Continue reading

26 March 2013 · 5 Comments

The tragic tale of the Twunfollow threat

A long while ago, I held a meeting with a potential supplier. In the tradition of Simon Bates’ Our Tune, let’s call them Fred. I liked Fred’s work very much … Continue reading

18 February 2013 · 2 Comments

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