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Tom Murphy blogging about PR and other things since 2002…

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A view of the changing face of journalism and PR from a motorsport perspective

August 16th, 2013 · No Comments · Off-topic

I should preface this post by pointing out that I spent many of my childhood weekends surrounded by racing cars.  When I wasn’t watching my father trackside, I was watching the sport on TV.  While my brother has continued the family tradition, these days, besides the annual trip to Le Mans, my motorsport habit is […]

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Book Review: Onward… eventually

August 26th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Off-topic

I limit the number of books I agree to review because I always have a long queue of books to read, and I find that agreeing to review a book changes my relationship with it from being a joy of exploration, to yet another task to be completed – a task that’s now four months […]

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The magic of words and images

July 14th, 2011 · No Comments · Off-topic

We’re getting close to the weekend, so here’s some bubble gum for the mind from the ever entertaining British illusionist Derren Brown. If you work in marketing or communications it’s a great illustration of the  power of well written words and visual cues. Both are very smart and well worth the watch… Tweet This Post

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Quick Tip: Fixing video

January 5th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Off-topic

OK, this one is off-topic but I thought I’d share.  I’m sure you are far more clever than I, but last night I shot a video of my daughter with my phone. When I finished I realized that I had shot the video in portrait rather than landscape, which meant when it was posted online […]

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Respect the brand this Christmas/Holiday Season*

December 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Off-topic

I love seeing creativity. Mixing creativity with humor to poke fun at an institution is better again. It’s why I love the Santa Brand Book. Serious kudos to Quiet Room on their magnificent work in support of one of the world’s truly enduring mega-brands. I will never use unapproved Santa® related vocabulary again.   *I […]

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Sometimes it’s good to stop and take stock

October 16th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Off-topic

Blog notification: This is one of those self-indulgent rambling posts that I do from time to time. Part-introspective, part-grumpy… We “office” workers are probably are working longer and harder than ever before.  We deal with more information from more sources, we juggle meetings, calls, work, e-mail, IM, social media and of course most important of […]

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Children can be cruel…

September 22nd, 2010 · 8 Comments · Off-topic

Sorcha and Anna (my 20 month old daughter) were walking through a store this morning.  There were loads of Halloween costumes on display.   My daughter stops, sees the mask pictured below, points at it, and says: "Daddy".     Nice. Funnily enough Sorcha thought it was rather funny. Tweet This Post

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True life is always stranger than fiction…

May 17th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Off-topic

I previously wrote about my love of language in general and the writing of the vintage UK TV series “Yes Minister” in particular. Yes Minister for the uninitiated was a sitcom based around the relationship of a UK government minister and his daily struggle with his civil servants. Well a story in the UK Daily […]

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Bloggers Note: Guest Posts

January 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Off-topic

General note to all those people kindly sending me offers to write guest posts. Unfortunately this blog only gets about 5 visitors a month (and that’s if I hit refresh a couple of times) so you’re probably better spending your time pitching and writing for a real blog like the Huffington Post or Engadget or […]

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The joy of… language

September 12th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Off-topic

During a meeting earlier this week I spotted a well thumbed copy of Eats, Shoots & Leaves on an office book shelf.  This discovery sparked an enjoyable conversation on the power of language. Of course if you’re working in Public Relations then language is occupational currency. Later in the week I was absent mindedly browsing […]

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