Short Month, Busy Month

Been a hugely busy month so far here at Modern Parlance. The blogs have had a bit of a redesign, the Modern Parlance website is crisp and working well and I’m awash in a world of words.  I’ve been outlining – actual outlining – for an upcoming food piece I’m rather excited about (more on… Read More »

Helping Felines Stay Flu-Free

B.A.R.K.S. (Banbury Animal Rescue & Kindness Service) is a small, local, self-funding, volunteer-run local charity dedicated to the rescue, care and re-homing of cats, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs and small rodents. We adopted our cat Harry (aka Mr Moustache) from them last year and we were blown away by the dedication, hard-work and care that… Read More »

All The World’s A Stage – #Shakespeare400

Lots of Shakespeare events happening at the Globe & around the globe. All the world’s a stage, indeed. I’ll be putting together a page of relevant links but check out the hashtag #Shakespeare400 on Twitter for a ton of links to info, online exhibits, schedules of performances, etc. Here are a few quick highlights I’ve… Read More »

Content Marketing Ideas for Small Biz

In Part 1 of my Small Biz Tips – Digital: A Big Boost for Small Biz – I discussed the way that small businesses and independent shops could use content marketing & social media to meet the challenges of today’s consumer-centric marketplace. My intention was to put content marketing in a context non-marketers could understand… Read More »

Digital: A Big Boost for Small Biz

Technology has given people more information and choice than ever before when it comes to purchasing products or services and that means customers are now firmly in a position of power in the consumer relationship. This means retailers, brands and service providers are havingt to work harder than ever to meet – and wherever possible… Read More »

Popping up on Podcasts

Now, I did say in “Hittin’ the Airwaves” that when I had the audio, I would share my appearance on the Banburyshire show from the other day. Thanks to Ian for getting me the file. If you missed that post, here’s the situation – I was invited to be a guest on The Banburyshire Show… Read More »

Searching Out Stock Photos

Does the cost of stock photography sometimes leave you reeling? Join the club! I’ve been shopping for and using stock photos for over 25 years and there are still times the price tag can leave me speechless. Not surprising then that so many of us end up Googling phrases like “free stock photos” or “hi-res… Read More »

Hittin’ the Airwaves

So, I spent part of yesterday talking about two of my favourite things – Banbury and content marketing – when I appeared as a guest on The Banburyshire Show on Puritans Radio. It’s a bit of music and a lot of chat about local businesses, highlights and issues.  Once the podscast is available, I’ll post… Read More »

Dealing with Unwanted Gifts

We all know it’s the thought that counts but let’s face facts. It doesn’t always make sense to keep everyone’s ‘thoughtfulness.’ It may duplicate something you have, be utterly opposed to your taste or lifestyle. Or it may – the truth hurts – be utter crap. So, what do you do after you smile sweetly… Read More »

Considering the Culinary in Coventry

My most recent piece – 15 Things You Need To Eat In Coventry Right Now – is now live on Buzzfeed and boy was I ever hungry working on that. There’s some awesome stuff happening on the Coventry dining scene. I also noticed something while putting it together. The restaurants, cafes and coffee shops of… Read More »