From Brick Lane to Mayfair via Uber: a typical week in outsider town

I love my city, not least because I consider London the world capital of outsiders. That said, a run of news this week reminds me that – even in London – being an outsider can be a challenge, not least because it’s not always obvious who’s the outsider, and what constitutes being on the inside. First up, the attack by …

The Cereal Killer entrepreneurs and the Channel 4 drive-by shooting

I’m often asked why I went into PR rather than pursue my primary skill of journalism. For many PRs, the reason for moving to the “dark side” is due to money. The wages are assumed to be better, although that sometimes hides the fact opportunities for journalists can thin-out once over a certain age. Yet that wasn’t my reason. I’m …

The strange death of Britain’s curry houses, or not

A recent article in The Economist featured the apparent decline of what’s become the traditional British curry house. I say “traditional” because these institutions – which proliferated in my childhood – undoubtedly changed British eating habits forever, making them culturally significant in our recent history. At some point in the 1970s Indian takeaways and restaurants replaced the “Chinese chippy” as …