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I’m moving

21 08 2008

I apologise to my avid reader(s) for the lack of posts recently. It has been a bit of a hectic few weeks, which is resulting in the empire that is dogandbone PR being put on hold for the forseeable future as I turn my attention to a new chapter in my career.

I am joining Microsoft next week to head up business audience PR in the UK. I’ll be working with some old colleagues and meeting a whole bunch of new ones too and am really looking forward to the challenge.  It is undoubtedly a very exciting time for Microsoft’s PR and certainly a very different proposition to working with the software giant a few years ago.

So, my blog postings may well be more sporadic from now but I might turn my attention to communicating and sharing via the magic that is Twitter (nickjamesmorris).

To paraphrase the mighty Frasier, “Thanks for listening.  Nicknack Paddywhack has left the building.”

Then, Now and NEVER…

31 07 2008

Good grief, I am feeling OLD.  I remember buying NOW 1 and liked it so much that I also bought into the whole Now That’s What I Call Music concept and bought numbers 2, 3 and 4.  I think I stopped there… though number 5 does look a bit familiar.

But can they really have got to number 70 already..?  I know it is more than one a year but the whole thing has made me feel 70 years old.

Perhaps most surprising is that the compilation album still exists and that enough people are buying these even though our iTunes-dominated world means that making ‘mixtapes‘ in our own homes is easier than ever before.  Mind you, I now have a sudden urge to download Now 1…  better go for a walk to calm down.

Does your Wordle show the inner you?

25 07 2008

This is my blog’s Worlde.

“Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.”

Should I be worried that I obviously use the word ‘want’ a lot?  Does that mean I am needy?  I’d better keep this hidden from the local shrink…  I’m quite sure that this would provide a “window into my soul” that I’d prefer to keep hidden.  Or maybe not.

Ooer missus

30 04 2008

The BBC’s web magazine has a lovely article on ‘the art of innuendo’ following Humphrey Lyttleton’s death last week. Humph was a true genius and I was privileged to see him on stage late last year for the recording of the Xmas ISIHAC show. He will be greatly missed – especially by the long-suffering Samantha:

“Samantha is the show’s fictional scorer, and has an active social life. She once trained opera singers – “having seen what she did to the baritone, the director is keen to see what she might do for a tenor,” as Lyttelton put it – while her baking instructor “popped her bread rolls straight into his mouth and he’s promised to try her muffin next week”. Of a builder, “she was pleased to see his tender won, but was startled when it suddenly grew to twice its size”.

40 winks

25 02 2008

I am a big fan of the power nap – and, when I used to travel a lot, I managed to teach myself to sleep anywhere for short periods of time to recharge my batteries.  So, I like this concept planned for airports but somehow this all seems a bit too public a place for me to get a bit of valuable shut-eye.  I guess I am happy enough to close my eyes and dribble onto my shirt on the tube for 20 minutes at a time so maybe this will actually afford me with more dignity rather than less..?


And I do like the fact that you can book one of these for as little as 3o minutes at a time and can even book a wake up in service just in case you slip into a deep sleep and risk missing a flight.

Just say no – it can’t be true…

6 02 2008

OK – so I haven’t actually seen an episode for a good few years but I am saddened to hear that Grange Hill is coming off the air


This is where I am many of my generation learnt about “life”. Next they’ll be saying that it’s the parents that have to take some responsibility and teach their children…