Mar
20

Nana’s Eulogy

St John’s RC Church, Perth. Wednesday, 19th March 2008 Requiem for Margaret Martin 29th April 1929 – 12th March 2008 With your forbearance Father, I’d like to start in the Irish tradition and take just a little time to talk about our mum and the great good she achieved in this life. Maybe just one […]

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Feb
19

Sell-out Scotland

Brandrepublic reports that a significant Scottish client is searching for a ‘London ad agency’. Which is depressing. In a year in which one well-regarded Scottish agency folded, a few of the more (ahem) senior figures in Scotland’s shrinking adland fell out. The sniping with misfiring antique blunderbusses made playground taunts look like Olympic markmanship. It […]

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Nov
14

Creeping Hitler

The Memorial to Murdered Jews in Berlin: a stark reminder for Scotland how unneighbourly thoughts turn into inhuman acts. The London School of Economics has published a study on the economic impact of immigration in the UK. Using 35 years of data, the researchers found that increased immigration has no impact on the wages of […]

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Jul
29

Albert Watson: In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is King

Albert Watson (Scottish photographer now based in the New York) held a show in Edinburgh this year. Probably the best – no definitely best photography exhibition I’ve ever seen. Sumptuous, massive prints. All kinds of stuff. He’s only got one eye, but what an eye. There’s also a sublime selection of shots here. The Albert […]

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Jul
25

Meikyo – Film Treatment

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Jul
24

How to sell your agency

Maybe the days have gone when communications groups paid big money for ad agencies. But I’m guessing that the money men will always chase the talent that’s chasing the next dollar… so today, it’s maybe interactive agencies which gain any mass who will be wooed. In the future, who knows – any IP business model […]

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Jun
19

Gaping Void

Been a big fan of – not just Hugh McLeod’s back-of-business-card cartoons – for years. I like the fearless truths he has pursued – about love, life and making a living – and often hunted down and killed… but it’s more the attitude. In creative work, there’s stuff you do for money and there’s stuff […]

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May
06

Home

Pete Martin is a writer, director, adman, sometime skimmer. Ah, the Mars Bar at the bottom of 2nd Avenue in the heat of a New York summer noon. Really quite far from Loch Lomond as the sun sets in Scottish spring. Skimming, I find, is a bit like creativity. It felt so easy when you […]

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May
06

Vote Scotland

As everyone in Scotland knows, the election results on May 3 were a disaster for Labour, and a serious blow for Scottish democracy. As creative director at SMARTS, I was closely involved in the campaign to publicise the election and to try and explain the new voting system to the electorate. Partly for my own […]

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