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Fifty Shades of Soundbite

The Rolling Stones last week celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first live performance by appearing at Somerset House in London to launch an exhibition displaying some of the group’s most iconic photos. While the legendary Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have shared the writing duties for some of rock’s most legendary numbers, “Sympathy for […]

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Boat race bather achieves elite status

Trenton Oldfield’s dramatic protest in the River Thames last Saturday, which brought a temporary halt to the 158th Oxford-Cambridge boat race, propelled the debate surrounding elitism firmly into the media spotlight. Australian-born Oldfield, who is a tiny bit elitist himself, having been privately educated at one of the most exclusive schools in Sydney before graduating […]

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Corporate Citizenship Hits the Front Page

Barclays plc completed a UK corporate first last Friday when the first page of its annual financial results was headlined ’citizenship’ and did not mention profits or dividends. The report highlighted how Barclays contributes to growth in the real economy, what it does for charity, and how it treats customers. Barclays citizenship highlights included a […]

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‘Ambush Marketing’ Outlawed at London Olympics

If you are not an official sponsor and are thinking of piggy backing next year’s London Olympic Games with a timely promotion, you need to read the rules very carefully to avoid the risk of a heavy fine or even jail. The most comprehensive and exacting regulations on advertising and marketing ever introduced for an […]

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Keep your comments colourful

Traditional English words are dying out due to the increasing popularity of text speak according to a survey published last week to mark the launch of Planet Word, a book and BBC TV programme, which tells the story of language from the earliest grunts to the world of Twitter and instant messaging.  The survey of […]

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Many are called but few are chosen

People often ask me if a successful company spokesperson is born to the role or created through media training and hard earned experience. What are the skills, temperament and personal qualities that allow them to succeed? Malcolm Tucker, the no-nonsense government spin doctor in the TV series ‘The Thick of It’, provided  a typically colourful […]

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Tough time for universities

The funding of Britain’s higher education establishments, once a topic which was confined to specialist supplements of national newspapers and erudite trade magazines, is now firmly placed in the news sections from the tabloids to broadsheets. The coalition government’s decision to remove the cap on university fees has been the main catalyst for most of […]

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Media Offers Information Lifeline in Japan Earthquake Disaster

The earthquake and resulting tsunami which hit north east Japan last Friday, described by Prime Minister Naoto Kan as, “the worst disaster Japan has faced since the Second World War,” proved how the media offers an information lifeline to the world at a time of crisis. As the waves smashed into the Japanese coastline following […]

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World Cup Debacle Has Lessons for Business

The announcement in Zurich last week that the opportunity to host the football World Cup for 2018 and 2022 had been awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively, has led to widespread cries of ‘foul’ across the British media, fuelled by invective from aggrieved England bid team members. The national papers were full of anti FIFA, […]

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Professional Investment Advisers Struggle to Find Clarity

The financial markets remain challenging for even the most clairvoyant investors. Turbulent, uncertain, and volatile are the frequently used adjectives to describe the outlook. The advice offered to high net worth investors by the army of UK-based wealth managers, private banks and family office advisers is much sought after to steer a course through these […]

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