I'm a PR adviser, editor, writer and problem solver. My main genre is travel and I recently wrote a fairy tale. People say my first travel book -- 9 Months in Tibet -- is funny (deadpan) and also encourages them to travel. I help organisations communicate with their audiences and also advise on fundraising. For many years I've worked freelance for Britain's best rehab clinic: Castle Craig Hospital. After spending 17 years in Romania, a country I love, I moved back to the UK. Now I'm living on a houseboat on the River Thames
It feels strange writing an article about the play I saw in Liverpool recently - a play about the First World War - because the news is filled with so many shocking killings: the shooting of 49 young people in a nightclub in Orlando, Florida; the vicious murder of Jo Cox, a young Labour MP in Yorkshire.
17/06/2016 15:51 BST
UKESAD is a vast get-together of those who work in addiction treatment: therapists, counsellors, managers of rehab clinics, medics and camp-followers like me. They do an important job - saving people from addiction and maybe even an early death - but are unknown to the media and the public.
04/06/2016 15:46 BST
If I was the mayor I wouldn't collect the rubbish anymore. My election manifesto would be built round the slogan "there's no such thing as rubbish" and from day one of being elected I'd be talking to the bin men with new instructions.
09/05/2016 11:40 BST
We recently went to the new Turkish Bath in Liverpool and were surprised to find that it is the only one in the north west of England. Considering how awesome a Turkish bath experience is, and how popular they are among tourists in Istanbul, I can't understand why there isn't one in every town - as there used to be in ancient times.
14/04/2016 16:32 BST
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16/03/2016 21:34 GMT
Dear Asylum Seekers... First of all, welcome to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - the cumbersome name of my home country, a name that not many of my fellow Brits actually know. We tend to call ourselves English, Scots, Northern Irish or Welsh.
16/12/2015 10:17 GMT
The young lives which were cut so tragically short. The communities that were decimated. The partners, friends and families of loved ones, dead and buried, who were left to fight on against a legacy of fear, hatred and discrimination. Those who survived to recall the horror days.
01/12/2015 10:40 GMT
I don't think I'm alone in hating Starbucks, the American coffee shop that has spread its tentacles all over the world. They haven't lied like Volkswagen did but they are hypocrites. The annoying thing is that I need Starbucks and if you get to the second half of this article I will explain why.
29/10/2015 16:10 GMT
As I squeezed my vast rucksack into the narrow seats behind the driver I couldn't believe our luck: we were going to Manchester, which is only half an hour train ride from Liverpool. And we were in a flash car! My faith in human nature, and in hitchhiking, was instantly restored.
17/09/2015 15:28 BST
Within minutes of entering The Brink my expectations had been demolished. The pub was full of normal looking people (not a depressing looking drunk in sight), light poured into a big space from huge skylights, the décor was inspiring, the artwork on the wall was good and the music intriguing.
17/07/2015 10:57 BST
Liverpool is rising from the ashes. The grand old buildings around the Pier Head have been renovated and almost a billion pounds was sunk into Liverpool One, an open-air shopping mall that is built on a network of ancient streets. Huge events take place there (the biggest catwalk ever held took place on Saturday 4th of July) and the nightlife is wicked.
07/07/2015 16:42 BST
The EU ignores the elephant in the room: codeine is a highly addictive painkiller that has a negative impact on youth in the EU and the USA. The risk of addiction is barely mentioned in their recommendation.
19/06/2015 13:06 BST
While the Ted Cruz Electoral Machine is in full throttle, something disrupted his schedule: he poked his nose out out of the closet as a possible online games addict.
11/06/2015 15:01 BST
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29/05/2015 16:50 BST
We paddled on, passing a series of lovely wooden houses, gardens, children playing and all kinds of boats tied up to little piers. The islands are rocky, covered in trees and grass and the shoreline is often fringed with reeds. We cruised through all this at a good pace, never feeling tired.
26/05/2015 12:17 BST
What is now clear to me is that the Romani Gypsies are just misunderstood and this new book gives us the opportunity to gain insight into their culture and eventually find a way to accommodate them better.
28/04/2015 09:27 BST
My friend George asked me if I thought he could get a job in Mongolia and, even though I don't know anything about the jobs market in Mongolia I instantly replied: "of course you can."
13/04/2015 12:32 BST
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