Rober Fenner

November 25, 2017

One space or two?

Under: Language | Random thoughts

A few years ago I was cured of my two-spaces-after-a-full-stop habit. My client told me her rule was one space only, and since I’m a firm believer in putting dinner on the table, I immediately made the switch. Since then I’ve argued with others who stick to the two-space habit. Well, I need argue no […]

Rober Fenner

March 14, 2014

Speed reading

Under: Business | Language | Marketing | Media | News | Random thoughts

Heard of Spritz? It’s a new app enabling people to read content quickly. It moves the words, so your eye can stay in the same place – and it works. Even the basic demo takes you to 40% faster than a typical reading speed, and in tests people have gone faster still. It’s a particularly […]

Rober Fenner

February 13, 2014

Love poems to my clients

Under: Blog | Business | Language | Random thoughts

Well, it’s nearly Valentine’s Day. I’ve been too busy for too long to give any attention to blogging, but hey, you have to make time for special occasions, and this is one such. So I thought I’d celebrate the day with a few love poems in different styles. In verse as in my working life, […]

Rober Fenner

May 07, 2013

The hook

Under: Random thoughts

Earlier this week I re-read the first few pages of ‘A Murder is Announced,’ by Agatha Christie. It starts with a paper-boy delivering newspapers around a small English village. We find out which residents get which papers, and how everyone takes the local paper. Then we enter a house, to meet a woman and her […]

Rober Fenner

December 17, 2012

Slow news

Under: Media | News | Random thoughts

On Radio 4’s ‘A Point of View’ yesterday morning, Will Self pointed to the increasing frequency of news coverage. Rolling news, he said, either trivialised the present, or rendered it incomprehensible by bombarding us with too much mutable information, or both. He had a point. He went on to draw a corollary. Just as we’ve […]

Rober Fenner

December 14, 2012

Good Times, Bad Times

Under: Media | News | Random thoughts

The heading on this piece was the title of a book written by Harold Evans after his resignation as editor of The Times in 1981. In his book, Evans covered his long career as editor of the Sunday Times, his move to the daily paper when the group was acquired by Rupert Murdoch, his subsequent […]

Rober Fenner

December 12, 2012

PR and the Church

Under: News | Public relations | Random thoughts

Yesterday official census figures were published showing the proportion of English people claiming no religious affiliation has risen over the last ten years from 15% to 25%, and the proportion of Christians has dropped from 72% to 59% over the same period. And that was the same day the Government announced it wasn’t going to […]

Rober Fenner

December 10, 2012

PR, HR and the Royal nurse

Under: News | Public relations | Random thoughts

The names of two Australian journalists who made the prank phone call to the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London are mud. It’s so straightforward. Mel Greig and Michael Christian did a thoughtless thing, and someone died. Everyone is after them now. But I have to say I thought the parent company of the radio […]

Rober Fenner

December 05, 2012

Hello, spammers

Under: Blog | News | Random thoughts

No. i don’t want any of your ripped-off Ugg boots, North Face apparel, Louis Vuitton bags or Viagra. And why do you always pretend to be interested in my blog posts, and in such poor English, too? For instance: “Wonderful goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely […]