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Doing Comms: What does a Communications Advisor Do All Day?

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Communications, Strategy | No Comments
Doing Comms: What does a Communications Advisor Do All Day?

I do comms and strategy. That is, I write and communicate, mostly on environmental campaigns and science issues, as well devising ways to help organisations achieve their ambitions. As people – friends, family, even clients – are often perplexed as to what this involves, I thought I’d have a go at actually communicating about what I do all day.

Doing comms does include traditional press officer tasks – like pushing “send” on media releases and haranguing overworked journalists. Getting a story published, however is only part of the job. Communications shouldn’t happen as an afterthought or in isolation, or for its own sake. It doesn’t matter how many centillions of people Like, Retweet or even read (heaven forbid) what I’ve just catapulted out into the ether, if this frenzy of attention cannot be converted into some kind of real world action.

The River Flows

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Featured, Personal | No Comments
The River Flows

I said goodbye to my father last week. My sister, brother and I all spoke at his funeral. Here’s something I wrote, based on what I said.

Catalonia: State of Uncertainty

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Europe | No Comments
Catalonia: State of Uncertainty

Having escaped police violence during Catalonia’s independence referendum on October 1st, trouble arrived this week in the town of Sant Cugat, where I live, just north of Barcelona.

Irishman in Barcelona: ‘We’d be happy to live in a Republic of Catalonia’

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Europe, Human Rights | No Comments
Irishman in Barcelona: ‘We’d be happy to live in a Republic of Catalonia’

We spent from 5.30am on Sunday morning at the local library, or biblioteca, less than 100m from my home in Sant Cugat del Vallès, a town of 87,000 just over the hill from Barcelona. My partner and her father are from the French part of Catalonia, or Catalunya Nord, as it’s known. None of us could vote in the independence referendum, but after the authoritarian behaviour of the Spanish authorities in recent weeks, we wanted to help protect the voting centres.

Catalonia: We Just Want To Vote

Posted by on Sep 30, 2017 in Europe, Human Rights | No Comments
Catalonia: We Just Want To Vote

“We just want to vote”
This is the message, in English, that many Catalans have been sending out to the rest of Europe, in the run up to this Sunday’s planned independence referendum.

What my son taught me about the moon

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Articles, Featured, Sky | One Comment
What my son taught me about the moon

After taking the monthly arrivals and departures of the moon for granted, my young son is teaching me to pay more attention.

Some Good News: We are all crew on this voyage

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Climate, Ecosystem, Oceans, Polar | One Comment
Some Good News: We are all crew on this voyage

About a month ago, Deutsche Welle journalist Irene Quaile AKA Iceblogger wrote, in a piece titled Some Arctic good news – not #fakenews!

“With the environment and climate under constant fire from the actions of President Trump, it is great to end the week with a little piece of good news”.

2016 in review: What I Got Up To and What Happens Next

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Featured, Projects, Strategy | No Comments
2016 in review: What I Got Up To and What Happens Next

What a year – moving countries, working for Antarctic and Arctic protection and joining the quest to halt international trade deals in between.

Crossing Europe’s Frontiers #2: Pointless Pyrenean Traffic Jams

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Europe | No Comments
Crossing Europe’s Frontiers #2: Pointless Pyrenean Traffic Jams

We’re all here, nose to tail, thanks to the “border controls” that the French government, brought into force following the Paris November 13th attacks. In a previous article, I documented my recent slow crossing from Belgium into France. That crossing was rip-roaringly rapid in comparison to today’s torpid crawl. This is the real deal, with three 120 kilometre-an-hour lanes slowed to nothing, then funneled into one. It’s a farce.

Saving Antarctica’s Ocean

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Featured | No Comments
Saving Antarctica’s Ocean

In an article for Pan European Networks Science & Technology Magazine, I ask if its possible for members of CCAMLR reach agreement on protecting two vast areas the Antarctic Ocean?