2011 & Earlier

Welcome to Edinburgh

A guide for GuidePal, December 2011
"Wrapped in a blanket of high hilltops, it is home to Michelin-star restaurants and world-class theatres alongside thriving nightlife and hectic urban chaos, all set against a calm sea view..."

Killing Time in Europe’s Best Cemeteries

An article for StalkingElk Magazine, November 2011
“An inexorable fixture in every childhood - whether burying your gran, losing your virginity or dabbling in the occult - cemeteries are also great for killing time prior to your own demise..."

Florence: A Cultural Heavyweight

A guide for GuidePal, September 2011
"While visitors have been rediscovering its glorious history since the 19th century, the city has now moved on from the days of the Medici to forge a new and thoroughly modern identity..."

Prague: A Truly Bohemian City

A guide for GuidePal, August 2011
"The Czech capital has a majestic assortment of cobbled lanes, high church spires, medieval bridges and meandering rivers. They're all watched over by a magnificent, fairytale castle..."

Top Marx: When Socialism Meets Tourism

An article for StalkingElk Magazine, July 2011
“China now has more KFC outlets than giant pandas. A mere two decades after some vexed Germans shouted at a wall, the country's about as socialist as Joseph McCarthy in a kaftan..."

Weird Beards and other Bohemian Oddities

An article for StalkingElk Magazine, April 2011
“In the heartlands of Bohemia, Christian institutions offer much more than just war-mongering scripture, cheap magic tricks and kiddy-fiddling clergymen. They offer bizarre trinkets too..."

Ischia’s Wild Winter Warmers

An article for Shoestring Magazine, February 2011
“It was one of those bitterly cold December days in southern Italy, when the chill wraps itself around your bones and draws you into winter, and I was freezing to the seat of my scooter..."

Transnistria: Europe’s Last Kid on the Bloc

An article for Shoestring Magazine, October 2010
“As the 1990s rolled in, and the world watched Poland and co. march forwards to a bright new dawn, no-one seemed to notice that one tiny piece of the Eastern Bloc had been left behind…”

The Greatest (and Most Secret) Show on Earth?

An article for Reader's Digest, August 2010
“North Korea is acquiring a reputation for something altogether different from its newsworthy nuclear programme and alleged torpedo attacks. And it involves schoolchildren in leotards..."

Why I Love the Manc Accent

An article for Red C Magazine, January 2010
"When I was growing up, I was always jealous of people with accents. Wouldn’t it be brilliant, I thought, to be able to ask for jellied eels, or a sausage barm, without sounding like a twat..."

FRANCE – LOIRE VALLEY SPREAD

Brochure copy for Welcome Cottages, January 2010
“The ‘Garden of France’ is a region of green meadows and meandering rivers, wooded river valleys and a thousand lakes; a haven for rare orchids, carnivorous plants and birds of prey…”

FRANCE – BURGUNDY & JURA SPREAD

Brochure copy for Welcome Cottages, January 2010
“Burgundy and Jura are the spiritual homes of the nation’s two greatest passions: food and wine. Local culinary trademarks include rich boeuf bourguignon and tasty Comté cheese..."

FRANCE – INTRODUCTORY SPREAD

Brochure copy for Welcome Cottages, January 2010
"What is France? Is it snow-capped peaks or long golden beaches; sprawling modern cities or ancient fishing villages; delicious cuisine or lip-smacking wine? It's all these and more..."

UK & IRELAND – WALES SPREAD

Brochure copy for Welcome Cottages, January 2010
"It may be small in size, but Wales is Herculean in spirit. This is a proud nation of divine male voice choirs and unpronounceable place names, ancient ruins and time-honoured teashops..."

UK & IRELAND – SOUTH WEST ENGLAND SPREAD

Brochure copy for Welcome Cottages, January 2010
“Ah, the Great British coast: sea breeze, cream teas and knobbly knees. And nowhere else in Britain does seaside fun quite like South West England, whether Cornwall, Devon or Dorset..."

UK & IRELAND – INTRODUCTORY SPREAD

Brochure copy for Welcome Cottages, January 2010
“From the sunsplashed beaches of Cornwall, to the rolling green hills of County Cork, to the giddy peaks of the Scottish Highlands, there’s a little something in Britain to suit everyone..."

In Freiburg’s City, It’s Clean and Pretty

An article for Greenprint Magazine, October 2009
“In recent years, Freiburg - aka "The Jewel of the Black Forest" - has secured an international reputation as a role model for sustainable construction. It is the world’s first true ‘eco-city’…”

Cutting It At The Edinburgh Fringe

An article for Scriptwriter Magazine, January 2008
“On the city's pretty Royal Mile, actors, singers, dancers, jugglers, stuntpeople, wrestlers and inexplicably semi-naked hypnotists all indiscriminately thrust their pamphlets at passers-by…”