Forres calendar sold out

The Visit Forres website and app launched this year and I provided a substantial quantity of photographs taken over the years to illustrate the site. In October, we produced a wall calendar. It’s nice to know that the snapshots of Forres through the seasons are making their way all over the world, and there will … Read more

Copyright theft and unauthorised use of creative works

It’s unfortunate that I’ve had to write this post, but it has become an increasing problem. Copyright in pictures (and words and videos) exists automatically by law. This should prevent people from copying them, but it doesn’t, and I have found people and companies using my pictures, and constantly having to track them down and … Read more

Interview: John Wilson, Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association

When I worked for Forres Events, the organisation behind the European Pipe Band Championships, for each of the six years it was in Forres, I got the opportunity to meet and write about some amazing people, including John Wilson, a retired Chief Superintendent of the former Strathclyde Police force, and life-long piper. I spoke to … Read more

Facebook capitalises on clarity, or does it?

If there’s one thing Facebook does well, it’s muddying the waters. It distributes an app which it claims helps people connect with the things they care about when really it listens in to your life to extract data to sell to advertisers. It encourages you to share your photos while extracting irrevocable rights to use … Read more

Scraping the bottom of the social barrel?

A wise person once said to me that it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and prove it. And I am regularly reminded of this pearl of wisdom by the foolish notion that a business should post ‘content’ frequently on their social networks to be considered ‘alive’, … Read more

Lush – We don’t need the newsfeed to be social

Pink Bath Bomb In Water

When high street cosmetics chain Lush announced it was switching up social, the press was quick to translate that as ‘switching OFF social’. The BBC said Lush quits social media in UK. The Independent – Lush to close its social media accounts And even industry mouthpieces said the same thing. The Drum was straight in … Read more

JD Wetherspoon – ‘social media no more’

Ditching your social media could be the next trending topic for businesses as they struggle to see a return on investment JD Wetherspoon yesterday deleted its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, citing them as a distraction to the business and blaming social media for widespread unethical behaviour and addiction. The 900-strong pub chain’s chairman Tim … Read more