Happy Birthday NHS

“It will provide you with all medical, dental, and nursing care. Everyone — rich or poor; man, woman or child — can use it or any part of it. There are no charges, except for a few special items. There are no insurance qualifications. But it is not a ‘charity’. You are all paying for … More Happy Birthday NHS

Spirit of Fire 2018

Today I went to London because my brother Andrew had been nominated for The Firefighters Charity Spirit of Fire Non-Beneficiary Award. The ceremony itself took place in One Great George Street l and was followed by a reception at 10 Downing Street hosted by The Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP, the Home Secretary. I wanted … More Spirit of Fire 2018

REVIEW: The Forgotten Princess

Everyone has a favourite fairytale princess. But who’s yours? Belle? Aurora? Arial? Noname? Cinderella? What was that? You’ve never heard of Princess Noname? Well, that might be because her story is unfinished. Groundlings Theatre‘s Easter pantomime The Forgotten Princess tells the story of Princess Noname on her quest to find – and finish – her story. … More REVIEW: The Forgotten Princess


I could have spent the past week thinking up April Fools jokes to write. I could have spent the past few months doing it, as I suspect the people behind the EU’s blue passport did. But alas, I didn’t. Instead, I have spent the past week thinking of something more important; Easter. Easter is a … More Easter

Proud of a Ceiling?

If someone were to ask you what in life you were most proud of, what would you say? A wedding? A baby? A marathon? A relationship? What about a charity thing? Would it be easy to pick just one? My answer would be both easy and immediate: a ceiling. There’s a lovely theatre in Portsmouth … More Proud of a Ceiling?

Wear Their Necker

What’s it like producing a magazine for the UK’s largest co-educational youth charity? Most people will never know the answer to that; the people who do are The Scout Association’s programme team, their creative team, and the Alex and Ellen from Immediate Media – the company which publishes Radio Times. They know because they do … More Wear Their Necker

Passion. Connected.

Every other year something strange happens; people (like me) who don’t normally care about sports suddenly have a favourite sport, national team, and athlete. The catalyst, of course, is the Olympic Games – or the Winter Olympics as in this year. This year the games take us to South Korea and, as we’ve seen from … More Passion. Connected.

Happy New Year

2017 has come to an end. At least it has for me, Denmark (where I have spent this Christmas season) welcomed in the new year some 30 minutes ago. For those of you in the UK, you are still living in the past – albeit only for another half hour. One of my favourite things … More Happy New Year