When I am old…

… I shall drink purple. This is called a Black Jack, a rum-based cocktail at Alchemist in Leeds. Pour over the ice, then squirt something out of a syringe onto it. Meh.

Photo: a purple-coloured, rum-based drink.

Sheffield Snow

(You can tell it’s Sheffield because of the tram.)

Photo: snowy scene in Sheffield, with a Sheffield Supertram vehicle in the background.
View from the office.

Scrubbing up for PRide

With sincere apologies to Simon Baylis, who was cropped out of this image by the photographer before uploading. I look good though.

Photo: me, in black tie at the CIPR Yorkshire & Lincolnshire PRide Awards. Taken by Steve Pope
Me at the PRide Awards Dinner in 2017. Photo by Steve Pope for CIPR.

Election night special

Separated at birth…

Composite photo of Professor John Curtice and "Gunner Graham" from "It Ain't 'alf Hot, Mum".

Garden gate

Had to take this shot when I went round my mum’s earlier today – a frost-covered spider’s web on her front gate.

Photo: Frosty spider's web on my mum's front garden gate.
Frosty spider’s web on my mum’s front garden gate.

Then and now

I was fortunate to have a ‘golden ticket’ to tonight’s Leeds Trinity University 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner, and took the opportunity to have this photo taken, recreating one I did a little over 27 years ago at the Going Down Ball in Harrogate, 1989. Still got it.


Let the panic begin!

Front door of my soon-to-be ex-house.

New client launch party

Yes, I do get to go out once in a while.

Sophie (l), Sammie (r) and me in the middle, letting it all hang out.

Saturday 9 March saw the press launch party of SW1 Management, a fab ‘n’ groovy new model & events management company, co-Directored by Sophie Walton (ex-Leeds United Ladies, now with Lincoln Ladies).

It’s a shame that the person taking the photo for me couldn’t manage to maintain focus for a few seconds… I like to think I have that effect on women, but truth be told it was a bit dark in Paipa VIP by that time!

Anyway, it was a fun – and brief – time creating the site for them. Still one or two issues to sort out, but they are/were great people to work with, who knew exactly what they wanted and weren’t afraid to change their minds the night before the launch… oh dear.

Surviving PRide

Well, I just about survived PRide this year!

It’s the big event in the PR diary regionally, and always a lot of fun – if you remember to moderate your alcohol intake…

This year – as last year – I got to present the Award to the Communicator of the Year. Unlike last year though, there were four winners; Nicola Adams, Jess Ennis, Sophie Wells and Seb Coe. Also unlike last year, none of the winners were there… which is why Lucy and I can be seen with all the uncollected Awards.

All being well, I’ll be Chair of the Group for the next two Awards and I am thoroughly looking forward to it.

Photo: me, Lucy and lots of unclaimed awards.
Me, Lucy and lots of unclaimed awards.

Stepping up for PRide

On the way to Northern Conference earlier this month, Deborah (Y&L Group Chair) casually mentioned that she had a work engagement on the same evening as PRide, which meant I’d have to step up and make the opening remarks. Two week’s notice!

Actually, not that difficult. I mean, standing on stage in front of 300-ish already slightly merry PR people wasn’t an issue, I just wanted to make sure I said everything that needed to be said. Which I think I did. And it was good practice for when I’m Chair (all being well) in 2013 & 2014.

I still seem to be having trouble smiling for photos though.

Photo: Christine Talbot and me.
Me and this year’s PRide MC, ITV Calendar’s Christine Talbot.