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Good Things Come In Trees with Octopus

Eugene Costello's day out tree-planting at Walsall Society for the Blind with Chris Collins off that Blue Peter, thanks to Octopus Energy

The Kindness of Strangers

In the week I lost my brother AND my iPhone, the kindness of strangers has been a huge support...

So What's It Like Working At Octopus?

Octopus might just be the best place I have ever worked. Fact. Probably. The offices overlook Golden Square in the heart of west Soho…

I'd Like To Be Under The Sea...

Well, here’s a funny thing. Back in December, I received exceptional customer service from Kelly at Octopus Energy. So much so, in fact, I was moved to write a blog post about it, and that is something I only do about every three months or so.

A Big (Eight) Hand(s) for Octopus

Superb customer service by Octopus Energy

Let’s Hear It For Divorced Dads

If you’re a divorced dad, you might feel society doesn’t fully acknowledge your role...

We Coulda Been Anything We Wanted To Be

We Coulda Been Anything We Wanted To Be. Apparently...

The art of the Gorkana freelance update

The freelance update section of Gorkana is fertile ground for rootling out nuggets of entitlement and braggadocio, I always find...

Fair Terms, Not Their Terms

Last night, building on the momentum brought into sharp focus by a piece I wrote for Press Gazette on the insidious practice of Payment on Publication (POP, piece here: Pop, go the weasel words...), a group of freelances assembled at NUJ headquarters, Headland House, in London, to discuss ways in which to keep the pressure up on publishers to deal fairly with those who fill their pages, and help them to make vast profits.

Isle of Dogs: My Review

As Isle of Dogs is set in Japan, my review takes the form of a haiku...

POP, go the weasel words...

In a hard-hitting piece, NUJ president Tim Dawson said: "Eugene Costello has done us a great favour by researching and writing an excellent piece on the pernicious practice of payment on publication. Like a spark falling on dry tinder, his efforts have set social media aflame..."

Honi soit qui mal y pense

A cartoon of Stephen Hawking shuffling off his mortal coil and stepping into the cosmos was, I thought, a lovely tribute. Turns out that some people have found offence in it...

For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn...

Sometimes I see a piece of writing that is so perfect that, first, I think "I wish I had written that". And, second, if I were being paid to edit it, I would metaphorically give a long, low whistle of admiration and refuse to change a single word of the copy. Today was one of those days...

Old Havana Town: A Tale of Two Cabbies

Taking two journeys through Havana in ‘almendrones’ — the pre-1959 imported American gas-guzzlers that survived the Revolution — I found two very different pictures of Cuba painted by my drivers…