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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.

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

COSTA RICA: TOP SPOTS IN PICTURES

Here’s some photos of Costa Rica’s beach, bar, rainforest and hotel highlights. To join me for nine months on a jungle beach visit somewheresville.org. Many hotels and destinations feature in … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

COSTA RICA: TRACKS LESS TRAVELLED

If you’re planning on visiting Costa Rica, check out the holiday guide in The Guardian. The dreamy republic has been my home off and on over the years, and based … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · 4 Comments

COSTA RICA: WHAT TO PACK

What to pack for a trip to Costa Rica?  Unless you are a diver, or planning on spending two weeks lolling about in the Four Seasons, my list might work … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a 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

The Love Business | Business Life

All you need is love? Not so, 
say British retailers, who’ll be using the increasingly long run-up to Valentine’s Day to provide a comprehensive list of what we can accessorise … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hotels: 10 Predictions | Business Life

Ten top predictions for hotels was written for Business Life in 2007. It’s interesting now to see which predictions were on the ball, and which . . . well, weren’t. … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Narky Sea | Somewheresville

Blog post from somewheresville hot (www.somewheresville.org), a series of posts about life in the remote Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. I hate the sea. I’ve been thinking about it a lot … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Sierpe: A Trip to Town | Somewheresville

Blog post from Somewheresville Hot (www.somewheresville.org), a series of pieces about life in the wilds of the Osa, Southern Costa Rica. The first place you come to when you take … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

America: What Was It? | Somewheresville

Blog entry from somewheresville (www.somewheresville.org). It’s vast, a load of different countries tied together with strings of Arbys and Taco Bells. In some, people are very busy accumulating more and … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

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 | FT

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

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