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International Affairs

Don’t Envy George Clooney

If you look up the dictionary definition of the word “debonair” it says: “See George Clooney”.  Ok, it doesn’t say that, but I’m sure we can agree that Clooney epitomises [...]

Don’t Envy George Clooney2024-06-01T22:28:25+01:00

Suspending Judgement

I don’t fully know what is going on inside my head and I certainly don’t know what’s going on in my subconscious. And I don’t fully know what’s going in [...]

Suspending Judgement2024-04-28T18:31:11+01:00

In the BBC News, and other outlets

On Good Friday, the BBC News website published an article “Could artificial intelligence benefit democracy?” which featured my failed bid to become the MP of Selby and Ainsty, and [...]

In the BBC News, and other outlets2024-03-30T14:41:26+00:00

A True Friend?

On my first day at university, I met a fellow northerner, who I shall refer to as “S”. S and I were both obsessed with football. He lived on the [...]

A True Friend?2024-02-14T20:00:27+00:00

The Manchester Bomb

On Saturday 15 June 1996, my best friend and I – both 16 – had planned to go shopping in Manchester. That morning, my mate was dropped off at [...]

The Manchester Bomb2024-02-04T10:34:27+00:00

In Harm’s Way in Gaza

Recently, I finished reading In Harm's Way by legendary BBC reporter Martin Bell, published in 1996. Bell, as you may recall, came to prominence as a war reporter in [...]

In Harm’s Way in Gaza2023-11-19T22:20:33+00:00

Joining The Army

This Remembrance Sunday, like every Remembrance Sunday, I remain mentally stuck. I don’t know what to think. Growing up obsessed with military matters, I spent most of my pocket money [...]

Joining The Army2023-11-12T17:04:35+00:00

The Lie I Told to Become a Lawyer

Picture the scene: aged 24, I am – nervously, sweating in a cheap suit – sitting in front of a panel of four imposing male equity partners, in a spacious [...]

The Lie I Told to Become a Lawyer2023-10-11T10:55:00+01:00

Dodging Landmines in Nagorno-Karabakh                                                         

In the spring of 2005, to gather ideas for my second unfinished book The Anti-Guidebook, I travelled, solo, to Armenia. Why Armenia? Because, I had “done” South-East Asia and [...]

Dodging Landmines in Nagorno-Karabakh                                                         2023-09-27T08:29:58+01:00


I’m typing, 36,000ft in the air, on my return flight from Milan to Gatwick. Guess how much my flight cost, just for me, without a bag? £12. Two hours, plus [...]

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