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.

These were six the most popular posts and hopefully they say something more about the current PR economy and landscape. Continue reading

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I never make predictions………and I never will (looking back at 2012)

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“I never make predictions………and I never will” – One of the most famous utterances of footballer Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne which has passed into commentary legend, but actually makes more sense than we all think.

If experience teaches us anything (and it doesn’t) predicting anything is utter folly. To stay with the North East footballing analogy, last season Newcastle United were flying high in the league and ended up qualifying for Europe.

The darlings of TV and regular scorer of inspiring goals (Chelsea away) the owner rewarded the manager with an unprecedented 8 year contract. Last night they conceded seven goals and dropped to within three points of the relegation zone.

Fate and time make a mockery of all predictions so instead I thought I’d look back over the last year – only to find that makes a mockery of expectations too.

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