Christmas Gift or Charity Donation?

What would you prefer? A conventional gift or a charitable donation given in your name this Christmas? According to new research by one of my clients, the Gift Card & Voucher Association (GCVA), more than one in five Brits (21.5%) would prefer a charitable donation. In the run-up to Christmas, the GVCA surveyed 1,000 consumers who celebrate Christmas in order to determine how gifting habits are changing over time. When asked what else they would be happy to receive instead of a traditional Christmas gift, gift cards emerged as a popular alternative, being chosen by 44% of Brits. 40% said…

Copywriting: Wealth from Words

NUJ training with Eugene Costello and Nick Saalfeld Copywriting and branded content creation pay two or three times more than conventional journalism and there is near-insatiable demand for skilled practitioners. Join Eugene Costello and Nick Saalfeld to learn how to delight clients and what it takes to command truly stellar day rates. So, I went along to find out more… a really enjoyable course, funny, entertaining, & inspiring with lots of anecdotes, jokes and useful tips. The men have different backgrounds – Eugene focuses on B2C work and Nick, B2B and thought leadership so good insight into the pros and…

Sticking it to Stigma: Hot Octopuss’ Banned Sex Toy Campaign

I’m proud to be working with Hot Octopuss, a London-based inclusive sex toy company. This week they launched the Show Stigma The Finger campaign, starring six activists wearing nothing but the middle finger. Show Stigma The Finger was designed to be displayed across the Big Apple but was banned by numerous media buyers, deemed “too…

Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband – review

I’ve recently signed up for unlimited fibre extra broadband with Plusnet. I’m working from home so need a fast, reliable internet connection. I live with a 12-year-old YouTuber/Netflix addict so we’re both online evenings and weekends, which can slow things down. Yesterday I received a cheque in the post from them for £70 as a…

Warren Lee Wilde:👇🏼my highlights are my art 👇🏼

“Oooh, I love your fringe,” he peers at me over the top of his gold shades as I walk into the salon. I’m loving the look. Jungle playsuit, gold safety pin necklace, pencilled brows, and platform trainers. “Take a seat. Can I get you a drink?” asks Amber. “Water, thanks.” I sink into a black…

16 Ways to Beat the Menopause Naturally

“My biggest ‘aha’ moment was realising that it all starts with the gut! “I mean everything, absolutely every health concern, starts with the gut! Looking after our digestive system should be the number one priority when it comes to health. Mental health is considerably improved once we begin to work on the gut.” Which is…

A Night of Flamenco: Jesus Olmedo & La Kati – review

I went to see Jesus Olmedo perform at the Kino Teatr last month. A graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Madrid, he is now working across the globe and runs a collective in London called Flamenco Soul – live shows combining ‘cante jondo’ (traditional song) with Spanish guitar and flamenco dancing. He rose to fame…

The M’Hencha Company – Moreish Moroccan Cake

“What is it?” “It’s a traditional Moroccan cake, but made here in the Cotswolds by a woman in Bourton on the Water,” the shopkeeper said proudly. “It won a Gold Great Taste Award”. M’hencha (M’hanncha) is a tear and share filo pastry filled with almond, pistachio and rose water. The name is Arabic for ‘coiled…

The Art of Tickling – Cosquillearte, Madrid

I watched The Great Beauty last night – Paolo Sorrentino’s ode to Rome, a satire on high society decadence. In one scene the lead character Jep Gambardella, a journalist and ageing playboy has a meal with one of his confidantes who calls herself ‘the Queen of Misfits’. “How’s the soup, little Jep?” she asks him. “You’ve not…

Ground Zeroh: Bottle Alley, Hastings

Daniel Hardiker and Neil Hetherington started working together as ZEROH on New Year’s Eve 1999 – a name inspired by new beginnings so it’s fitting that their initial project in Hastings’ neglected Bottle Alley was the first public art show in its 80-year history. Their second work, WaveLength, comes after the repairs and serves as a celebration…