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Entries from December 20th, 2008

Anna Murphy

December 20th, 2008 · 23 Comments · Off-topic

  Anna Murphy, born today, December 20th 2008 at 3.11pm in the Coombe Women’s Hospital, Dublin.   Weighing 7lbs 5oz.     Mother and daughter both doing very well. Tweet This Post

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Off-topic: the phantom contractions

December 19th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Off-topic

Saying that the birth of your first child is a stressful event is something of an understatement.  Nothing prepares you for the associated stress but then again nothing prepares you for the pure unadulterated joy either. I was a mess. I kept referring to the fantastic midwives as “housewives” and to contractions as “orgasms” (no […]

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Edelman Cartoon

December 18th, 2008 · No Comments · Public Relations

Hugh MacLeod is well known across the blog-o-sphere for his cartoon and wine marketing skills. Well Edelman’s David Brain commissioned Hugh to create a PR-related cartoon and you can see the result here. (Unfortunately the limitations of the width of this blog means I can only post a snippet) He’s also the mind behind the […]

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Awards, job searches, twits (not Twitter-related) and disasters…

December 17th, 2008 · No Comments · Public Relations

Heartiest congratulations to Stuart Bruce and the team at Wolfstar who won the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Grand Prix Award for the UK’s Outstanding Small Consultancy!  Fantastic achievement in 18 months!   Fair play award of the day goes to Thomas Brunkard, who as a communications professional in these challenging times, is documenting his […]

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It’s a question of trust

December 10th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Public Relations, Social Media

Forrester’s Josh Bernoff has published some interesting findings from a survey they undertook in the second quarter (April-June) of 2008 to find out the most trustworthy information sources. Interesting, good old e-mail comes in a #1, traditional media is holding up nicely and the poor blog (particularly the company flavour) limps in last. See the […]

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Be careful what you wish for

December 9th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Public Relations

The doom and gloom around the failing global economic climate continues to gather pace and with news that the Tribune Company (home of the L.A. Times and the Chicago Cubs among others) has filed for bankruptcy with a debt of (cough) $12 Billion it appears that the media industry has now moved front and centre […]

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More from Manchester…

December 7th, 2008 · No Comments · Social Media

A couple of other reports from Friday’s Social Media event in Manchester: Robin Wilson Stephen Davies Richard Bailey Tweet This Post

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False alarm…

December 6th, 2008 · No Comments · Off-topic

Thanks to everyone for their kind thoughts at the Manchester event on Friday. Just to let you all know, Sorcha is fine… it was a false alarm, so roll on Christmas! Tweet This Post

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Some PR Links…

December 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Public Relations, Social Media

As referenced during my talk today: “Beyond online. Get Inline” by James Warren. PR: new tools of the trade – Becky McMichael Use BackType to be a better PR pro – Todd Defren PR is right for social media but is it ready? – Shel Holtz Well after the shocking number of people at today’s […]

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Don’t Panic Guide to Social Media #4

December 5th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Social Media

Chief Inspector Mark Payne from the West Midlands Police gave a really enjoyable talk on how they are using social media. A year ago officers weren’t allowed to access social network sites unless they were in a specific crime division. Like all police forces, they have a need to engage directly with the public.  With […]

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