I’ve written before in these posts about how few magazines there are on newsagent shelves that are aimed at men. This is particularly true for men of my age who are too old for Shortlist but not quite old enough, and not nearly posh enough, for The Oldie. Go into any newsagent or supermarket and […]

Welcome to 2018. At the start of a New Year it’s always interesting to speculate on what the coming months might bring. In the world of politics, this will be the first year since 2013 where there will not be a General Election or a major referendum. There will however be Council elections across England […]

As 2017 draws to a close, I’m taking the opportunity to reflect on the year. The first half of my review was posted last week. Best PR of the Year – The one PR stunt of the year which brought a smile to my face was when the craft beer maker Brewdog announced that they were […]

As we near the end of 2017, you have to admit that it’s been an interesting year. Anyway, here are some of my memories of 2017… Best Campaign of the Year – The #MeToo campaign came to prominence following the various sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Many brave women, and men, came forward to […]

Last Friday evening I was fortunate enough to be in the audience at the National Theatre for An Evening with Private Eye, the satirical magazine’s traditional review of the year. Ian Hislop was joined on stage by other familiar faces (Harry Enfield, John Sessions, Lewis McLeod, Jan Ravens and Craig Brown) as they recalled the […]

I’ll be celebrating my birthday early next month. I keep being reminded of this because for the last few days my inbox has been receiving various offers from businesses keen to help me celebrate. These “gifts” vary from a free pint of IPA (they know me too well!) to buy one get one free offers […]

Last Wednesday evening I was walking along a narrow stretch of pavement in the centre of Liverpool when a Deliveroo cyclist came speeding up behind me and missed crashing into me by inches. When I shouted after him that he shouldn’t be cycling on the pavement, he replied with a torrent of four letter words. […]