Think Hard

Nick Cave: Philosopher.
September 8, 2016, 1:30 pm
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Total respect to Mars and Channel 4 (and thanks to David Reviews for publishing)

As David Reviews says “This is one of three new commercials for Maltesers which won a competition launched by Channel 4 earlier in the year. The Paralympics broadcaster wanted to further its commitment to diversity by offering airtime to work which puts disability and diversity at the heart of a campaign.”

The commercial, one of three, is extremely “saucy” and  as Bodyform did earlier in the year  it has taken on a taboo subject (in their case menstruation; in this, disability) in a bold and confident manner.



August 22, 2016, 6:54 pm
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It’s been some summer.

Chicago, Newcastle, Elgin, Glasgow, London, Paris, Edinburgh, Cupar, Gleneagles.

And on Skype: Germany, Australia, Japan, New York, Holland, Cornwall.

Thank you to all my clients for your support.



My life is complete.
May 13, 2016, 3:41 pm
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I have a coaster.

For my quiz.

It’s important

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“Apostrophes are wee arseholes.”

That is the single bestest sentence I’ve read in a long while.

It stemmed from a twitter conversation I had with Helen Sell of The Gate Interactive.

She’d posted this, decent, long copy ad for Currys, but my Lynne Truss-like eye spotted that slap dang gosh in the middle of it was an offence to mankind.



Come on Currys.  Come on.

And come on your agency too.

A bloody great retail ad spoiled by a wee arsehole.


Bristol Pounds


Did you know about Bristol Pounds?

I didn’t until I read Dave Trott’s blog about them.  Here it is.

It’s a new currency.  A what goes on in Bristol stays in Bristol currency.

And the new Mayor of Bristol is paying himself in his own currency.

(Clearly he has no travel plans.)

It’s sort of daft having a currency you can only spend in your own back yard: quaint really.

Niaive?  You could argue that it is.

But you know what?  It’s brilliant too.  It’s outrageously ‘outside of the box’.

Someone thought hard about that and I doff my titfer to them.


You wouldn’t Adam and Eve it. (Officer Dibble)

My first job in advertising was at the world famous Hall Advertising.  I even met my wife there.  Just before I started (1983 in fact) they ran a hugely, no massively, popular advertising campaign for the Royal Bank Of Scotland featuring the ‘cast’ of Top Cat.

Pete Mill and Rodger Stanier, were the creative team responsible for it and, along with John Denholm (the Suit), they spent memorable time working in California with Mr Hannah and Mr Barbera bringing the campaign to life.

Here’s a couple of the ads…

So imagine my shock at discovering that one of London’s hottest agencies, Adam and Eve, had also stumbled upon the SAME idea of using Top Cat but for rivals Halifax Building Society (part of HBOS Group).