On floods

Flooding is no fun. But we all know where the problem areas are, so why isn’t more done about it?

A photographic morning

We’re very short on new / owned images of south Leeds for the A3 leaflet to go with the opening of the new Leeds Station Southern Entrance in January. So I’ve been out and about this morning. I don’t really do ‘arty’ but this would be a good Desktop photo…

Leeds Station Southern Entrance

View of the upper floor and roofline of Leeds Station Southern Entrance

Thanks to a couple of changes, I’m back on Council for 2016 as a ‘lucky loser’. Full story on the CIPR web site.

A new rail station at last!

Apperley Bridge Rail Station is now open – guess who was on the first train to call?

The secret’s out

The joys of working on a launch when most of the people you need to talk to haven’t signed the confidentiality agreement!

Charter viva

The Chartership process might have changed but I’m still on the old route – so I thought I’d get a shift on.

Somewhat delighted – and still a bit surprised, though I have been keeping the news secret for a few weeks – to have been made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Full story on the CIPR web site.

Many thanks to Paul Amourdedieu, Stefan Casey and Rebecca Benn for the nomination; and to the many people Paul tells me he rounded up to get testimony from; and to the people who have emailed, texted or tweeted congratulations today.

I promise to only use my new-found powers to annoy.

Google’s mapping changes

I don’t know what they’ve done, but my wonderful rail station maps don’t work any more 🙁

What will the new rail franchises mean for the economy of the north?

A series of breakfast briefings I’ve been working on around the new Northern and TransPennine Express franchises.