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Journalist, editor and producer covering society, business, architecture, tourism, rural regeneration, conservation. I work/have worked for The Guardian, Telegraph, Times, Financial Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Business Life, Business Insider, Reader's Digest, Icon Films and the BBC. I also provide consultancy services to international brands.

FREELANCE JOURNALISM

I do reviews, analysis, reportage, investigations and think pieces. Some short, some long. Some for online platforms, many for print. There’s a list below and a link to a Contently portfolio in the sidebar.

The subject range looks diverse but it’s dominated by travel + discovery (we all need it, even vicariously), business strategy, and the extraordinary, brave and inspiring people who push to change the way we live and work and / or protect the planet + well-researched background context.

SOCIAL

THE LIBYAN CONNECTION Reader’s Digest
THE SELF HELPERS Reader’s Digest
SMART CITIES Business Life
WE LOVE PLENTY OF NOTHING Financial Times
FARC HOSTAGE RELEASED The Times
GREAT OLIVE OIL SCANDAL Readers Digest
THE COUNTRY SHOW Financial Times
THE LIFE SAVER Reader’s Digest
ONLINE PRESCRIPTIONS – The Times
EXPERT PATIENTS – The Times
PRIMATE TOURISM – BWIN
CHILD SOLDIERS – High Life, BWIN
I BOUGHT A TOWN – Financial Times
BEING SPECIAL: BASQUES The Guardian
FROM COUNTRY GIRL TO CITY GIRL The Times
THE POWER OF SAILING – Financial Times
BRITISH BOHEMIANS – Discovery
HUMAN / WILDLIFE FRONTIERS – documentary series development, along with: 
THE TRAVELERS’ CENTURY CLUB 
THE COLLECTORS 
IKEA TOWN
THE PRISONER COACH
HELL’S GORGE, HISTORY OF THE PANAMA CANAL LIFE IN A GHOST TOWN 

LIFESTYLE COLUMNS

GOING TO EXTREMES The Times. Weekly interviews of explorers and adventurers including Roz Savage, Rosie Stancer, Randolph Fiennes.

EXPAT LIVES – Financial Times. I devised and initially wrote the weekly column featuring interviews with people who had moved from one country to live and work in another about their daily lives.

BUSINESS
VEGANOMICS Business Life
ALIEXPRESS Business Insider
SPANISH STARTUP ECOSYSTEM Business Insider
TECHNOLOGY, BASQUE COUNTRY Business Life
ADVENTURES IN THE JOB MARKET Business Life
WATCHING THE WORKERS  Business Life
SECOND LIFE, VIRTUAL BUSINESS Business Life
TOY WARS Business Life
ROYAL BUSINESS Business Life
IN STORE PSYCHOLOGY Business Life
UNIFORMS Business Life
CYBERCRIME Business Life
PARALYMPIANS & TECHNOLOGY Business Life
BIG DATA VISUALISATION Business Life
FUTURE HOTELS Business Life
PERSONALISATION, THE MARKETING REVOLUTION Business Life

BUSINESS SERIES
THE SECRET LIFE OF THE OFFICE – Business Life. Feature series that covered sex, design, life, surveillance, uniforms.

SCIENCE
GIANT PANDA BREEDING – Panda Makers BBC
WILD PLACES OF ESSEX – BBC
BARCODE OF LIFE, DNA DATABASE PROJECT – documentary series treatment. As were:
PERFECT STORM, ANATOMY OF A WATERHOLE
MISSION ANTARCTICA, THE WESTERN SHELF BIOPUNKS
BEING ANIMALS, NATURAL SOLUTIONS
ICE STATION PENGUIN
PSYCHOLOGICAL PROFILING
SMART MATERIALS 
CONGO RANGERS
SHARK CENTRAL, COSTA RICA
ANIMAL DIARIES – Analysing diurnal movement. ANIMAL ALCOHOLICS
PART MAN, PART ANIMAL

USA ROAD TRIP
Tick Tick: The USA Road Trip
Thank You
America: In conclusion
12 Uplifting Observations: USA Motels
USA Roadtripping: Motels & Hotels
Nashville Country
To Memphis & Nashville
Motels and Shootings
Elvis Fans in Memphis
Leaving Texas for Little Rock
Holiday Shootings
Interview in The Bone House, Texas
The Bone House, Texas
Santa Fe to Fort Worth & Dallas
Czeching Out West, Texas
God, Steak, Texas
Santa Fe
Las Vegas to Santa Fe
To Grand Canyon & Beyond
Grand Canyon
Confusion in Flagstaff, Arizona
Dam Boring
High-Rolling in Vegas
Mojave (the drive to Vegas)
Mojave (The Town)
Yosemite: Where’s the edge?
To Big Sur and Beyond
Lloyd Kahn, King of Shelter
Bolinas, North California
Thank you
16hrs in San Francisco
Seal-spotting, Big Sur
Big Sur
Tumbleweed
Is that all there is? (Newport Beach)
USA Coast to Coast
Elusive Dreams & Schemes
Fabulous Palm Springs Follies
Palm Springs House-Hunting
On the Road (to Palm Springs)
Desert Town
Meeting with small horse, Hillsboro
Scottsdale HoJo
Ghost Town, New Mexico
Heading for Truth or Consequences
Visiting Marfa, Texas
Food Marfa
Prada Marfa
From Austin to Marfa
On the (Texas) Road
Reclaimed Space, Austin
Tiny Texas Houses
hotrods and customs
Toughest town in Texas
Cajun country
Breaux Bridge New Year Cajun Feast!
New Orleans Sound
New Orleans vision
Atlanta to New Orleans
Atlanta local
What is Atlanta?
Atlanta’s guilty pleasures
Car radio
Southern hospitality, North Carolina
O. Winston Link
USA Rent-a-Car
Detroit to Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
Where every bar has been replaced by a church
Germantown and a sticky motel, Ohio
Live in Detroit
Detroit Local
The Detroit Homestead
Toronto to Detroit
Where to stay in Detroit?
Toronto to Detroit on Greyhound
Live in Toronto
Bristol to Toronto
Toronto local
A place, Toronto
Alternatives to hotels in Toronto

TRAVEL

2020 WAS TO BE A BOOM YEAR The Telegraph
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BEACH The Guardian
WHEN BENIDORM WAS THE FUTURE The Telegraph
HOTELS RE-OPEN BUT NO TOURISTS  The Guardian
SEVILLE CITY GUIDE The Guardian
KUALA LUMPUR Business Life
ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP PICNIC The Guardian
SPAIN’S EMPTY QUARTER The Guardian
TRACKING CLINT EASTWOOD Discovery
HOLIDAY GUIDE TO Costa Rica The Guardian
SPAIN ROAD TRIP MALAGA TO JEREZ The Guardian
CADIZ AND THE COSTA DE LA LUZ The Guardian
COSTA RICA – REASONS TO VISIT BA Club
SEVEN HOTELS WITH THE WOW FACTOR BA Club
MOVE OVER BARCELONA The Guardian
17 SPANISH EXPERIENCES Discovery
MACAU HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS High Life
10 BEST BEACHES IBIZA  The Guardian
CARMONA, OSUNA, ECIJA The Guardian
TARIFA The Guardian
SPAIN ROAD TRIP, GRANADA TO ALMERIA The Guardian
LISBON CITY GUIDE The Guardian
SPANISH FOOD AND DRINK The Guardian
10 BEST BILBAO PINTXO BARS The Guardian
HOLIDAY GUIDE TO ALMERIA The Guardian
HOLIDAY GUIDE TO HUELVA The Guardian
SPAIN ON A BUDGET The Guardian
BEST BARS SAN SEBASTIAN The Guardian
AUTUMN BREAKS IN EUROPE The Guardian
VINTAGE The Guardian
HOLIDAY GUIDE TO COSTA RICA – The Guardian
CITY SECRETS, TORONTO High Life
JEREZ – The Guardian
TRAVELS WITH LOCALS The Guardian
MACAU MO Mandarin Oriental
VIVA VANCOUVER High Life
EXPLORING NEW MEXICO’S LONELIEST GHOST TOWN Enterprise Magazine

TRAVEL SERIES

ADVENTURE TRAVEL WITH CHILDREN High Life
Intrepid travel with a child to destinations including Russia, China, Mongolia, India, Kenya, Egypt, Zambia, Canada, Stingray City the Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Nicaragua.

TRAVEL COLUMN

WEEKEND ESCAPE – The Times
Devised and wrote biweekly reviews of contemporary boutique hotel in the UK.

TRAVEL BLOG COSTA RICA
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
The Obligatory Sunset
What to Pack
Osa Cookery Book: Crackers
Costa del Crime
Instruction Manuals
Crabs Bomb Costa Rican Beach
Rare Sighting
Discovery of New Ocean!
Jaguarundi Wildlife ID
Monkey Jumps
Everything in the Garden is Lovely
Praying Mantis Washing Head
Hummingbird in a Cone
What Passes for Holiday Reading
Eco-Goldminers
Osa Cookery Book: Sandia
Small Hairy Thing Causes Panic
Forest Monster
Mantis
Coatimundi Day
Osa Cookery Book: Banana Ice Cream
Snakes Where You Can Tread on Them
The Osa Oh ****!s
Monkey Breakfast
Morning Visitor: Lizard Pal
Rain + Forest = Rainforest
24hrs: Costa Rica Rain
Over the Sea to Sierpe
Monkey Dangle
Monkeys
House in the Woods
Not Naked and Not Afraid
Pirates, Nudes, Mountains & Maps
Big Bad Fly Boy
Ray Mears & Osa Cookery Book
What a Difference a Rain Makes
I GO, I COME BACK
Jesus Christ, the Lizard
Change is in the Air
Osa Nightlife
Garden Macaws
Teenagers and the Big Osa Adventure
Tourists
On the Beach
Retro Fabric Beach
The Narky Sea
Monteverde a Long Time Later
Tweeting from the Osa
Lights! Action! Nature!
Settling for Monteverde
Rain
Creating Things
Snakes
Bird-Eating Snake and Alexander Skutch
Objets Trouvés
Of Mice and Men
Company on the Beach
In Praise of Hammocks
The Puma Route Map
Carmen and the Puma Sighting
Found In My Room & Just Outside It
Sierpe: Heading up to Town
Sierpe: Clothes Shopping
Rum & Coke: Nectar of the Gods
The Birds
Invasion of the Fruitsnatchers
Margaritas and Sunsets
Jungle Telegraph
Fitzcarraldo of the Osa
A Beach, A Hack, A Hawk
A House, a Puma, a Beach
A House on a Beach
Costa Rica: Out of San Jose to the Osa
South to Somewheresville Hot

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