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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.

Motels & Shootings | Somewheresville

Blog entry from somewheresville (www.somewheresville.org). The road trip was initially east to west. That was so nice, I added west to east. The minute the car was turned to face … Continue reading

January 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

Hot ferrets sleep in boxes, low-slung sheep dogs drive ducks over an obstacle course in the sportsfield, and traders do a roaring trade in tripe sticks, candy floss, PVC coated … Continue reading

August 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sailing for Boys | FT

Having been a decent parent for a dozen years, my powers are inevitably dwindling. My boy and I were constant companions, initially because he was an infant and couldn’t walk, … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Primate Tourism | BSpirit

Few tourists would see the misty mountains of the Virunga Conservation Area, the dense forest, hanging vines, orchids, giant lobelias, volcanic peaks (two active, six extinct) and crater lakes and … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

CHILD SOLDIERS

As a 13-year old soldier in Sierra Leone shooting someone was “as easy as drinking a glass of water” says Ishmael Beah. But given a place at a UNICEF rehabilitation … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

Town to Call my Own | FT

“You wouldn’t believe how many people want to buy a town” says Rudy Nielson, who has bought and sold a few. “Mainly to say they own one”. With towns, mountain … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Future Hotel | Business Life

“The hotel industry is entering an era of unprecedented change”, says Jérôme Destors, Director of Hotel IT at Amadeus. “Change requires bold actions . . . requires hoteliers to think … Continue reading

May 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Right Royal Wedding Business | Business Life

Outgoings Moments after Prince Charles twittered engagement congratulations on Nov 16, the nation was busily totting up the potential costs and profits of a Royal Wedding. Charles’ own wedding (the … Continue reading

April 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Macau Fusion | High Life

Perched on a volcano at night, I’m watching helicopters crisscross the Pearl River Delta and reflecting on a day which involved haggling in Chinese street markets, studying the work of … Continue reading

October 1, 2010 · Leave a comment

45 MINUTES FROM PANAMA CITY

Flanked by 60-storey glass towers in Panama City you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Miami, Singapore or the year 2020. But just 45 minutes gets you to other … Continue reading

October 1, 2009 · Leave a comment

Panama Island Hopping | High Life

I’m wading through shoals of fish in a straw hat, herding coconuts to a fishing boat. Behind me is a tropical island, temporary population: three – me, Ruben the boat … Continue reading

October 1, 2009 · Leave a comment

Toronto Hotels: 6 of the Best | The Times

The Drake Hotel: This place has glam rock and lush style. It’s nonchalant, sophisticated, artfully retro and an air of cheeky naughtiness. It is, in short, where the party’s at. A … Continue reading

October 1, 2008 · Leave a comment

Costa Rica Villas | CN Traveller

Xandari Resort & Spa, Central Valley: Although there is a second international airport siphoning off visitors in Liberia to the north, Costa Rica’s nerve centre is still the Central Valley, dominated … Continue reading

August 1, 2008 · Leave a comment

Great Green British Breaks | Homes & Interiors

Sea Kayaking In Scotland: There can be no better way to explore remote stretches of Scotland’s beautiful, mountainous coastline than to glide along it silently in a kayak. Further rewards of … Continue reading

April 1, 2008 · Leave a comment

THE REAL COSTA RICA

Costa Rica has its Marriotts, Four Seasons, beach resorts and casinos but to experience it at its best you need to grab your rubber boots, slap on the Deet and … Continue reading

October 1, 2007 · Leave a comment

Costa Rica Property Investment | FT

Ask any foreigner who has lived in Costa Rica over ten years why they bought property here, and they’ll say they came on holiday and fell in love with the … Continue reading

October 1, 2007 · Leave a comment

TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS

A veteran of the London to Yorkshire rail commute, George, 8, was blasé at the prospect of the 19-day journey through Russia, Mongolia and China on the Trans-Siberian Express. The … Continue reading

June 1, 2005 · Leave a comment

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