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Journalist and producer based in Spain working for UK press. My focus here is safe travel and tourism in Spain. I also cover current affairs, business, architecture and rural regeneration, and work / have worked for The Guardian, BBC, FT, The Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Business Life, Reader's Digest, Evening Standard.

OH TO TRAVEL!

A USA, Spain, Costa Rica video from the archives. With normal travel freedoms restricted throughout the world I’ve been thinking a lot about joys of unplanned wandering. Or spending time … Continue reading

July 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

THE NEW VEGANOMICS

               

July 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

TOURISM: RISKY BUSINESS

It’s a risky gamble. Should countries re-activate foreign tourism before an international test and contact trace system is in place? Last year 1.5 billion people made trips for tourism. 2020 … Continue reading

May 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

SPAIN HOTELS HEALTH & SAFETY

What is being done to protect tourists in Spain? A lot, is the answer. See my overview in The Guardian. The Spanish government released a set of protocols for 21 … Continue reading

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

OLIVE OIL FRAUD

Meant to include a link to this feature on extra virgin olive oil fraud in Italy, written a while back for Reader’s Digest. Fascinating to research the industry in Bari. … Continue reading

April 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

THE VUELTA, A TOUR OF SPAIN

The Vuelta Ciclista a España aka The Tour of Spain is taking place for a 70th time. The event starts on August 22 in Puerto Banús and – after some brand new challenging … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

WHAT THE VUELTA NEEDS IS DUCKS & FREE STUFF

The Vuelta Ciclista a España aka The Tour of Spain takes place for a 70th time at the end of August. The event starts on August 22 in Puerto Banús and – … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Podemos, Andalucia, Elections

It all looked very possible in Sol, Madrid on January 31: Podemos could just rise and rise and win Spain’s general election. It might be led by geeky, scruffy, and … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Smart Cities | Business Life

All cities struggle to manage water, power, transport, waste and pollution, and urban populations are said to be growing at the rate of 10,000 people an hour. So the future … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Visualisation | Business Life

Half the human brain is dedicated to the task of attaching meaning to visual signals. As the amount of information we ingest daily increases, could pictures do a better job … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Personalisation | Business Life

As technology advances, marketing techniques become ever more sophisticated and the amount of information that can be mined from our day-to-day lives increases. Advertisers know where we are and they … Continue reading

May 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Michael Morpurgo | FT

As children’s laureate, the author Michael Morpurgo travelled far and wide like a literary missionary for two years, persuading children of the importance of books, the power of great literature to … Continue reading

August 27, 2010 · Leave a comment

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