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Happy birthday, dad

April 13, 2018

My late father, Kenneth Guy Jack Charles Knowles, was born 110 years ago today. He tumbled into a privileged existence in early Edwardian England. He was the grandson of the original Polish builder, Julius Kino, who’d arrived penniless 40 years…

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Blesséd are the speechmakers – A linguistic analysis of the Lord’s Prayer and the Sermon on the Mount

March 30, 2018

Before getting into the meat of this blog, I need to start with some spoilers and declarations of interest – and, indeed, lack of interest. First, neither this blog nor the analysis it reports are intended to make any kind…

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Big business not telling stories clearly

January 26, 2018

The biggest businesses in Britain consistently fail to get their message across clearly. They use language that is too complex on two of the best-read corporate texts: the About Us web page and the CEO’s review in the annual report….

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No so densely overcrowded after all

All hail the statistics of the year

December 18, 2017

The Royal Statistical Society is a splendid, august body. Founded early in Queen Victoria’s reign, the original stated aim of the Society was set out by its founding fathers – “statists” as they called themselves; as members still call themselves…

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On the power of story, empathy, and insight #PRCA2017

September 24, 2017

The glitterati of a corner of the communications industry mired in scandal gathered at BAFTA last Friday. Not coke-addled movie stars or angry young TV folk. Not even the shady moguls who earns millions from wonky programmatic algorithms misplacing ads…

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Back to the future or fast forward to a new normal?

June 21, 2017

News is neither a fixed nor a finite entity. There are some periods in history when it feels like there’s just more happening than at others. I’m not talking about the Dark Ages (which suffered a blackout from not just…

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Making sense about the impact of science

May 17, 2017

In 1998, a doctor called Andrew Wakefield published a fraudulent research paper in The Lancet incorrectly linking the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism. The paper attracted global media attention, led scores of parents to deny the vaccine…

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Is Magnum the new Flake?

March 28, 2017

Spoiler alert: this blog gives everything away about the new Magnum ad, so if you want to see it ‘au naturel’ and experience it as its writers and directors intended, you might want to watch it first. Here’s a link,…

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Whatever happened to advertising?

March 23, 2017

When the last episode of the seventh and final season of Mad Men aired in May 2015, it was like the last bunch of grapes being lovingly twisted from the vine. A sign that something good had come to an…

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Marc Pritchard: metaphorically speaking

March 6, 2017

Marc Pritchard is the chief brand officer of the world’s biggest advertiser, P&G. He – and his company – need little introduction. I singled him out in a blog last Friday for the genuine impact he is having in the digital…

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