November 2006

  Firstly, may I congratulate my good mate Jenko on two years of superb blogging. Whilst his posts are less frequent these days than his readers would like (to which he ascribes the pressures of being a successful consultant, which take him away from his blog editor), they are always a fantastic read. Even when […]

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Pornography is cheating

by Lee Hopkins on November 24, 2006 · 4 comments

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Okay, nothing to do with Business Communication, true. It’s just something I wanted to get off my chest… The teenage son of some friends of mine has his bedroom walls covered with soft-porn posters from ‘lads’ magazines like Ralph and Inside Sport. His parents are divided over this — one is against the objectification of […]

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Ben Hamilton has just this minute forwarded me a stunning example of Customer Service the good ol’ Antipodean way. Here’s the deal: A potential customer was informing a company “The Great Marquee Company” that they wouldn’t be using them for their wedding From: Steve Hausman To: ‘Events Team’ Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 4:06 PM […]

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In this exciting episode in the long-running soap opera that is Lee and Allan‘s business life, Lee submits his PhD application and thanks Sallie Goetsch and Kami Huyse for their ideas; Lee will be researching the business PR opportunities of Second Life. Allan extends warm congrats from the both of us to Shel & Neville […]

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How Sydney-centric is SkyNews?

by Lee Hopkins on November 23, 2006 · 0 comments

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Bushfire — photo courtesy ABC news I’d forgotten how Sydney-focused some elements of the Aussie media landscape are. Picture this: I’m at breakfast in Sydney two days ago, watching SkyNews (which originates from Sydney). A full three minutes is spent on bushfires that were then (and still are) blazing in the Blue Mountains. There was […]

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Australian etiquette

by Lee Hopkins on November 23, 2006 · 21 comments

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We Australians are renowned around the world for our etiquette, and with good reason. Even European royalty contacts the more famous of us to ask the correct way to do one thing or another — and thank goodness Dame Edna Everage (“La Dame aux Gladiolas”) or Sir Les Patterson are around to lead us by […]

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Blogger UnCon – Cook & Hopkins finally meet

by Lee Hopkins on November 23, 2006 · 4 comments

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Since I had the good fortune to be in Sydney for a client presentation recently, I caught up with Trevor Cook, a fellow PR blogger and co-author of our exceptionally popular White Paper. Trevor is the most genial of gentlemen and we dined at the infamous B.B.Q. King in Goulburn St, which is apparently famous […]

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Update on Second Life – more big names…

by Lee Hopkins on November 17, 2006 · 0 comments

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There’s more activity over at Second Life, which due to my recent flat-out activity I have neglected to pass on. Here’s some of the highlights: Dell have announced their 64-acre island (thanks Trevor) A stack of PR companies are now in Second Life (thanks Paull) Harvard Law School IBM New York University Coca Cola (and […]

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Anyone want a lightbox?

by Lee Hopkins on November 17, 2006 · 2 comments

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Update: it’s gone! – Fellow IABC member and ace communicator Stuart Symons from Santos here in Adelaide is giving one away. It’s 100 x 50 cm in perfect working order with a clean unmarked surface. As Stuart says, I’m getting rid of it because Santos is having an office cleanout in preparation for our move […]

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On reading blogs in browsers in my PDA

by Lee Hopkins on November 14, 2006 · 6 comments

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I recently treated myself to a shiny new pda, the rather lovely Dell AximTM X51. I had long done without a pda, after my ancient and much-loved Palm III finally turned up its toes. But now that I am becoming a bit of a road warrior of late, I figured it was time to lash […]

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