How to Do Something as Big as Michael Jackson’s Thriller

I still remember when the Thriller video got its TV premier. It was such a big deal. Like, really a big deal. It didn’t fall short either. The hype was worthy. But how, in these days of media saturation, overnight celebrity and more brand launches in a week than you used to get in a…

Business Books That Inspire Me Part I

The first business book I would like to mention as being truly inspirational is called “Ready, Fire, Aim” and is written by Michael Masterson. The reason I particularly liked this book is because its key, central message is something I could relate to in myself and is something I can see – all too often…

My Life Has Been a Lie

It’s for times like this that I am grateful to have a personal blog, an outlet to record the little moments in my life that manage to annoy and amuse at the same time, they ammoy me. So here’s the thing. Barclays Bank tell me I’m a great customer. So good in fact, I’m a…

Why Do I Buy The Stuff I Buy?

I am, shall we say, a careful purchaser of goods and services. I spend a lot of time researching the stuff I buy. A LOT of time. I want to be right. I HATE to waste my hard earned cash on rubbish. Not only that, I want to buy stuff that actually does what I…

Dangerous Dogs Debate: Mia & Me on 5 News

Cheeky Mia became the first Rottweiler to take a seat on Natasha Kaplinsky’s sofa. She behaved herself, as she always does when on TV, and didn’t trump once. Note my ‘Rescue Me’ by dogsblog.com T-shirt. I am lucky enough to have a limited edition, one-of-a-kind sample and it attracted a lot of interest from some…

Chloe on Camera

Testing a new camera and I appear to have actually taken a photo of Chloe were she doesn’t look like a simpleton (which she isn’t, she just insists on taking photos like one). Chloe examines something:

Pink Dog Poo

Apparently….. It is the scourge of communities across Scotland and beyond, and no council has escaped censure for failing to clean up its act. Now one local authority has unveiled a novel solution to the problem of dog dirt – spraying it bright pink in a bid to shame guilty owners. But, according ‘Ryan O’Mara’,…

News Hounds

Today I received a box from the USA. It contained my book. My first ever forray in to the world of writing for a publisher who wasn’t, well, me! It’s been probably about a year since the book was completed, so unlike when the magazine comes back from the printer and the fatigue of working…

Chloe’s Birthday

Yesterday it was Chloe’s birthday. She was 10. As the editor of a highly successfull dog magazine, I get sent a lot of free dog products. My dogs are spoiled in that department. So why was a trip to the shop required to buy Chloe a bag full of shiny, squeaky things to ‘celebrate’ her…

Launches – They’re Like an Interesting Car Journey

I love launches. I think I love the launch of a new product or service almost as much as when a business venture starts to become successful. They’re hard work but it’s the unknown that makes it so exciting. I suppose it’s like a car journey. When you set out to go to a new…