8 things a Sicilian detective can teach us about comms

When it comes to gritty, intelligent crime drama the Nordic countries pretty much have it sewn up with their seemingly endless production line of ice-cold, fatally flawed detective series.

 

So a blast of white hot Sicilian attitude is the perfect contrast for lovers of crime drama with the latest BBC4 series of the irrepressible Inspector Montalbano.


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On demand

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If you’re a lover of TV shows like ER, House or even Casualty then the last 10 months of my role would have been right up your street.

Joining the NHS as a complete layman has certainly been an education, especially when working in an area where you’re expected to know a lot about everything that happens.

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A question of Faith

Despite what you might read it’s not all A&E waiting times, drunks and chronic obesity working in NHS communications.

One thing that I’ve found since joining the NHS last summer is that it’s a hugely varied and all encompassing role. I’ve been pretty lucky with the timings because I’ve been the lead on communicating two fairly major and unique new buildings for the NHS. Continue reading

Not dead, just different: Big media in a social media world.

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In a week when Newcastle Brown Ale admitted it was changing the recipe to please some Americans who don’t like the colour, it seems fitting that I was at the site where there famous ‘dog’ was once brewed.

The brewery has now been bulldozed after the familiar corporate merger/ acquisition/ sale process that seems to do for everything these days and a new science city building called ‘the core’ stands on the spot where millions of bottles of booze once rolled off the production line. Continue reading

Reading, Romans, bleepers & leaving local government. My 6 key 2014 moments

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This dry January thing is dragging on a bit isn’t it?

After living like Oliver Reed since the back of December, two full days of total sobriety is breeding a cumulative hangover so devastating that it’s threatening my sanity. That aside there’s plenty to look forward in 2015 (like the last series of Mad Men).

A brief look back at my blog stats from 2014 shows that the most popular posts align unerringly with some of the biggest themes for me in the last 12 months.

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The tinker, tailor, soldier, spy of social media

George Smiley in the film version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
George Smiley in the film version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

There’s a bit somewhere in the middle of the George Smiley spy trilogy where the characters reach a point where they know their place in the world is facing huge change, an era of cold war and Empire is coming to an end, and while their methods seem increasingly outdated they carry on regardless for want of anything else to do.

As bizarre as this may sound these amazingly atmospheric set of novels provided a nice parallel for two social media events that I went along to last month. Continue reading