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September 23rd, 2012

Following in the breaststrokes of Lord Byron

My friend Ash went swimming the other day.   From Europe to Asia.  Across the Dardanelles, a 6.5 km wide strait of water that separates the continents at the point where the Bosphorus approaches the Aegean sea. He didn’t do this on a whim, unlike Lord Bryon who tackled these choppy […]

September 8th, 2012

Rules of the Road

Last week I went on my first adventure in my new car. A company car. Never having worked for any one institution at this level before (bar 2 years as an Assistant Producer in BBC History and 1 in Arts at LWT) I had never previously imagined that I would […]

August 22nd, 2012


It’s rare that I go to a place which provokes thoughts that stay in my head over a week later.  But a couple of weeks ago I went such a place…..A place where families are not nuclear.  Where society is not hierarchical.  Where the mother goddess vies for superiority with […]

July 25th, 2012


At last! Over two months after I first submitted my application to the Turkish Consulate in London I have finally got my work visa, residency permit and, less excitingly, tax number. It seems I’m not alone in wanting to move here. At all stages of the process the officials I […]

March 21st, 2012

2 more in the can!

I’ve just finished editing a couple more stories that I shot in February for Earthrise, an environmental solutions series on Al Jazeera English that I’ve been reporting and producing/directing for recently. For the first report I went to Bhubaneswar, the capital of the state of Orissa in eastern India. I […]