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Journalist, producer and media consultant based in Spain working for UK press. My focus here is safe travel and the tourism industry. 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.

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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

WHAT’S ALLOWED IN SPAIN THIS WEEK?

There are four phases from lockdown to the new normality in post-COVID Spain, and on May 25 almost half the country advanced from 1 to 2. So what does that … Continue reading

May 25, 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

COOL YET WARM HOTELS – SPAIN

COMING SOON: Sublime design hotels with fires in the bedrooms across Spain. There are more than you might think and I’m checking them all. And taking my time.

February 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES

Possibly the only reason to travel through the Gorafe desert in Granada is to take a look at the Casa del Desierto. The bleak desert can be extremely hot and … Continue reading

January 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

WHEN IN SEVILLE

Far too much to recommend in beautiful Seville. I could have filled double the space in The Guardian City Guide. Start there, but here are four more top places. Las … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 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

BRITISH BOHEMIA

Thirty years ago a zoroastrian from Zanzibar with eye make-up, buckteeth and unusually stretchy clothes, lost in his music whatever it was about, was a reminder that there were bohemians … Continue reading

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

ALMERIA

Recently had an action-packed tour of Cabo de Gata and the edges of the Tabernas desert in Almeria, researching an article for The Guardian. Here’s some extra bits.

September 9, 2015 · 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

Costa de la Luz | Travel | The Guardian

Guide to the moorish jewels and the spaces in between the coastal towns of Cádiz province – craggy mountains, pine forests, fields and endless beaches.  Read it over at  The Guardian

July 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Guardian | Huelva Coast

I wrote a holiday guide to the Huelva coast for The Guardian which I hope will be useful this summer. This is a quintessential, mainly local, family seaside destination with … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Huelva Buenas Noticias

Huelva Buenas Noticias interviewed me to get my thoughts on the Huelva coast following a research trip in preparation for a Guardian travel piece. All is lovelier than you expect … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

10 great public transport rides | Travel | The Guardian

Ten reminders that the best travel experience are often the cheapest (luckily), just as long as you’re not in a hurry. I recommended the Sabalito border crossing, Costa Rica to Panama (although the … Continue reading

May 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jerez | Travel | The Guardian

Spain’s gastronomic maridaje – the marriage of food and wine – is a definite threesome in Jerez de la Frontera, where all life is fuelled by sherry and tapas, but … Continue reading

March 26, 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

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