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I’ve written articles and thought pieces for newspapers, magazines and trade publications such as Campaign, Shots, B&T and Campaign Brief. I’m also a regular columnist for Adnews. Here are some of my most recent pieces/rants.

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  • Your own virtual Cannes.

    So Cannes is on and our Facebook feeds are full of people checking into Qantas First Class Lounges. (They’re not really; you can check into First Class lounges from home if you…

  • The plastic mask of fame.

    A few days ago, Candace Payne, a middle aged woman from Grand Prairie, Texas uploaded a video of herself giggling as she tried on the Chewbacca mask she’d just bought for her…

  • This is what it sounds like when brands cry.

    Apparently Prince was a huge fan of the 3M range of products. From Scotch Precision Ultra Edge scissors to MagicTape dispenser rolls, it seems he simply couldn’t have written such seminal tracks…

  • Skewering the Vegans.

    On the day I arrived in Sydney, the chief of police gave his opinion on the new ‘Crimestoppers’ telephone line. He didn’t think it would work. When pressed, he said ‘nobody likes…

  • Donald Trump, clickbait and the human dung beetle.

    In 2009, Jan Moir, a Daily Mail journalist in the UK wrote a deeply unpleasant and grossly offensive article on the death of a gay Irish singer Stephen Gately. Written within hours…

  • Hungry and emaciated. A short piece about junior creatives.

    There was a time when young, hungry advertising creatives would do almost anything to get their foot in the door. That included one team sending us a package containing a metal ruler…

  • How to buy a house in Sydney with weaponry.

    There are scuba divers who dive in human waste. Seriously. Their sole job is to dig their way down into sewage tanks (do they swim? Is there wee in there?) and make…

  • Adblocking. The inevitable antidote to shit.

    There’s a scene in ‘The Breakfast Club’ when Molly Ringwald mouths the word ‘STOP!’ to Judd Nelson during an argument that’s careering out of control. That’s happened to me, only it was…

  • Tracking down a troll.

    In Advertising, anonymous comments are used primarily to defend or attack work. We’re all guilty of making one or two. I’ll admit for the first time that one of my all time…

  • Very, very far from super.

    I will never watch ‘Man of Steel’ again. I won’t rent it. I won’t download it. If ‘Man of Steel’ were the only movie available on a twenty-five hour flight to London…