Boris's burka

A few years ago, the only time you would hear swear words on the mainstream terrestrial TV channels would be when an interviewer or interviewee forgot themselves on a live programme.

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Decrying the media is first step on road to totalitarianism

Anyone with a real interest in democracy must feel discomfort at President Trump’s blanket dismissal of the media as “fake news”.

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Revitalising Aberdeen's Union Street

The multi-million pound expansion of the Union Square shopping centre in Aberdeen has raised renewed concerns for the future of Aberdeen’s Union Street, the maginificent 19th century street that brought Aberdeen its fame as the Granite City.

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Do you take photos from the web?

It is perhaps not surprising that some people think that they can also help themselves to the photographs that they find on websites and social media.

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Concern over AWPR delays

It seems like so long ago that I stood at the Bridge of Dee and did a TV interview, wearing my IoD hat, launching our campaign for the Aberdeen by-pass.

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Marischal Square is a reality, so let's make it work

Like so many people the Aberdeen Christmas Village was my first opportunity to get a real impression of the new Marischal Square development in Aberdeen.

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Will local businesses benefit from your Christmas shopping?

Have you started your Christmas shopping? Who is benefitting from what you spend? local business? Or a large group headquartered miles away, maybe overseas?

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Aberdeen scores three own goals

With the oil and gas industry unlikely to recover the full economic impetus it has provided for the Aberdeen over the past 40 years and more, the city needs to diversify its economy.

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Is slow broadband holding us back?

It appears the UK and Scottish Governments are at loggerheads, as seems to happen all too often. This time it is over the delivery of superfast broadband.

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Ban on petrol and diesel cars

The announcement of a ban on sale of petrol or diesel powered cars from 2040 must rank right up there as one of the most momentous motoring announcements of recent years.

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Make way for premium internet packages

The internet could be about to embark on massive changes that would result in our providers selling us premium packages to access the sites that we like online.

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Re-inventing Aberdeen for a new era

The collapse in the oil price is a painful reminder that Britain’s time as an oil producer won’t last forever. We have been here before, of course, and the oil price has always bounced back giving us another period of buoyancy. But, as each year passes, we get closer to the end of the North Sea Oil era.

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Crises will happen - it’s how you respond that matters

I always remember the article in a computer magazine that started with the statement: “all computer disks will fail, the only question is when”. It’s amazing how that statement makes you sit up and start worrying about your back-up strategy.

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A momentous election, where does it lead us?

Anyone who thought that the result of the General Election would mark the end of the political debate about the future of our country will be sadly disillusioned this morning.

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Transport solution could be over our heads

At a time when Aberdeen is looking at implement a new City Centre Masterplan and looking at ways to connect the city centre more effectively to Aberdeen Beach, is this a time to reconsider my suggestion of a city centre monorail?

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Cherish your identity - don't lose your brand

Your business identity is the fundamental element in your corporate communications strategy. The business name and the visual identity are the face of your business and express your identity and personality to internal and external audiences.

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Concern grows over Marischal Square

Judging by the petitions and demonstrations, it seems that many of Aberdeen’s citizens have a healthy ambition to set high standards when it comes to regenerating our city centre. That is surely a laudable aim.

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The importance of ethics in public relations

My first-ever PR textbook, the ‘Manual of Public Relations’, wasted no time in getting to the subject of ethics in public relations. It was section 1.5.

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'Yes' or 'No", which was the better campaign?

Taking my ballot paper into the voting booth on September 18, I almost felt cheated. There it was. Just one short question and a box for ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

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Will development make Marischal College more enclosed?

When Muse Developments and Aviva Investors lodged their detailed plans for Aberdeen’s Marischal Square in May this year it seemed like the developers had won, despite widespread reservations from the public.

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