It is with sadness that I read that the bodies of the climber Tom Ballard and his climbing mate Daniele Nardi have been found on Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. Tom’s mother, the pioneering female climber Alison Hargreaves also died on a mountain in Pakistan, and it was this story, 24 years ago, that gave me … More K2
As a born and bred Londoner I am proud of my city. It’s vibrant, full of character (and characters), steeped in history, with a quirky charm. Everyone has their own version of London, like the blind men describing an elephant, we all have the bits of London we know best, our own secret haunts and … More Making my mark
I was just grabbing something from my bedroom when it caught my eye. A rapid flash of colour and motion that my peripheral vision couldn’t quite make out. I turned and looked out of the window, to see a fox, dashing about much like a kitten having its “mad half hour” (cat owners will understand). … More Friday’s frenetic fox
It’s been such a long time since I’ve written anything here. I have spent much of the last few years writing things for other people, and feeling reasonably confident that I could make them sound smart on whatever the given subjects were, yet having the confidence to write something as myself? Finding the time to … More It’s been a while
After almost three months in Qatar, it was time to touch base in London… I spent hours trawling through various flight options, connections and combinations, trying to find a price I could justify. I umm-ed and I ahh-ed, I fought battles in my head, then I looked up and saw a man in a “London … More London Calling!
If you’ve ever met me (and even if you haven’t) you’ll likely have heard me mention my Granny – an amazing woman with a great knack for telling stories. I learned a lot from her. Sadly, she passed away in early February this year, having made it almost (but not quite) to 94. I can … More A few words for Granny
There’s something mesmerising about flames. They way they dance, crackle, reach out in all directions. Simply striking a match is really sensory experience – the sound of the friction of the match head against the side of the box, the sudden fizz as the match flashes into life, blinding you with its brightness for the … More Playing with fire