Here we are, November, 2020. 2020, a year where lives were turned upside-down. We were kept apart – but worked together – to try to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed a startling number of lives, both here and abroad. People have been longing for normality, for contact with close family, for hope, and … More Longing


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

Making my mark

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