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Books for Wordsmiths

Being in communications and interested in the written word, I usually get a good crop of language books for Christmas. Last year it was the truly excellent "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynne Truss, which…


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Tsunami – too many to imagine

The conversations I’ve had with people over the last week about the Asian Tsunami disaster have all been notably short. We have trouble imagining its true scale, the number of victims, the extent of the…


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Donation

You can make a donation to the Asian Tsunami relief fund here.


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Behind the interviewee’s mask

We’re on a big recruitment drive at the moment, so I’m interviewing lots of candidates. In general, PR consultants are good at being interviewed – they’re articulate, organized, current and polished. They are natural presenters…


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IM

Our use of Instant Messaging now seems to be maturing. It’s much less used to chat and much more used for its intent – the swift communication of detail. This is a good thing from…


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Modes of communication

I had the good fortune yesterday of being upgraded on my transatlantic flight to Virgin’s Upper Class (and very comfortable it is too). I was struck however that each person is given a letter from…


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Paul Charles

While in the UK recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Paul Charles, director of communications at Eurostar. Paul is a man on the move. He was awarded PRWEEK’s Communicator of the Year for 2004…


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Firefox – update

While Firefox may not handle Bookmark importing and exporting well, here’s a great little app which does the job niceIy, imaginatively called Safari Bookmark Exporter – thanks to Joshua Ourisman for this tip.


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No-one is safe from consolidation

The last two weeks have been momentous in terms of consolidation: Oracle has bought Peoplesoft – for twice its original offerSymantec is making a bid for Veritas – for a mere $13bnSprint is merging with…


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Firefox

I’m a big fan of Open Source development, and so have closely followed the launch of Firefox 1.0. As a Mac user, I’ve already been saved from the security loopholes inherent in Internet Explorer, but…