I’m a dad. My daughter will be two years old next month and she’s a healthy, inventive, cheeky little girl, just like millions of other healthy, inventive, cheeky little girls. But I worry about her a lot. Or to be clearer, I don’t worry about her, I worry about the world she’s growing up in […]Read More Just like a girl: gender, toys and preconceptions
Being a parent is hard, exhausting work, both mentally, physically and emotionally: doubly so when you’re the mother. As a mum, you go through a journey that encompasses huge changes to your body, your emotional state of mind, your career, your relationship with your partner and your entire outlook on the world around you. And […]Read More Hats off to mum and dad – the emotional journey of becoming a parent
Happy New Year! *small phut of a damp party popper going off* Yes, it’s the first blog of 2015. And, as is traditional, it’s the time of year for writing lists of resolutions, looking back at the past 12 months or looking forward to the trends for the new year… so, in the spirit of […]Read More A very coffee New Year: are we a nation of caffeine junkies?
As the dust settles on another Christmas, I got to thinking about the presents my family and I exchanged this year. There was a time, not so long ago, when the vast majority of those gifts would have centred around three things: music CDs, movies or TV shows on DVD and heavy, hardback copies of […]Read More Owning your experience – a revolution in how we consume music and art
In the immortal words of Slade’s Noddy Holder, ‘it’s Chriiiiiiistmasssss!’. Or is it? When exactly is it really, really Christmas these days? Some supermarkets start putting those oh-so-tempting mince pies out in October, a good two months before the big day. And if your town hasn’t got its festive reindeer lights up in the high […]Read More Don’t panic, it’s only Christmas dinner!
Christmas is a strange time of year for advertising and branding. At the first hint of fake snow on a middle-England window pane, the big brands’ marketing departments start going a bit batty, commissioning agencies to create campaigns which have little, if any, relevancy to their products, services or brand. At this time of year, […]Read More Brand Christmas vs Christmas reality
I’m getting old. There, I said it! They say that you’re as old as you feel, but in reality you’re as old as your cultural references. And when you start quoting TV shows, films and songs that no-one around you has heard of then you’re on the rocky road to obsolescence. Let me explain. There […]Read More Cultural references and getting old
Procrastination: the curse of the writer. Sometimes the hardest thing in the world can be sitting with a blank screen in front of you and waiting for divine inspiration to strike. At these moments, absolutely anything seems preferable to actually getting on with the job in hand and starting to type your thoughts onto the […]Read More Procrastination and the allure of social media
Politicians are not exactly renowned for giving you the straight facts. Their reputation is one of evasiveness and persuasiveness, mixed with a healthy dollop of self interest to top things off. But recently I’ve noticed more and more examples of how politicians achieve this ability to evade the question. They, or their creative spin doctors […]Read More Forget the political spin – use the active voice
It was my 42nd birthday this week (cards, presents and gifts via my PO Box address, please). This isn’t a particularly momentous age to reach – at least I didn’t think it was until I noticed that I’m now *two* 21-year-olds. That depressed me greatly for a while, until I realised I’d never want to […]Read More The joy of getting older