In for the count

A bit of variety is always welcome, and the surprise June 2017 UK general election provided a surprise assignment for me from television news broadcaster ITN. The task: attend the ballot count at a nearby constituency, and be the first…

Next stop Dakar

I never really wanted to be a Formula One driver or MotoGP racer, not really. Maybe a little bit. But as soon as I learned of the Dakar rally I wanted to take part. Ten thousand kilometres from Paris to…

How I wrote a novel in a month

At first sight, it seemed a ridiculous proposition: start writing a novel on 1 November, and have 50,000 words done by the end of the month. That’s nearly 1700 words a day, every day, on top of the regular workload.…

Ducking for a Vulcan

XH558 pic by Russ Swan

I’ve got quite swept up in enthusiasm for the Avro Vulcan, the last airworthy example of which is retiring this year. It’s a remarkable aircraft by any measure, and I have a particular personal affection for the beast. One of…