From September, 2016

Memory Lane – Brixton

As I prepare for my project adventure in Croatia, I may take a glance from time to time at parts of London I’m particularly fond off. Brixton is one of those edgy places, maybe a bit marmite? I do like Brixton although I haven’t always. I largely grew up down the road in its sister neighbourhood, Clapham, and preferred to head south central towards Chelsea and the West End on errant days. Recently, however, I’m appreciating Brixton more.  It helps that there’s been an increased investment in the area, the most superficial expression being the trendy restaurants that have sprung…

Four things I learned at the Financial Times ‘The Realities of a Dream Job’ seminar

The FT held its first FT Weekend Live Festival at Kenwood House on Saturday. Speakers included Heston Blumenthal and the travel adventurer Simon Reeve. My target was the midday travel talk and I was not disappointed. Included in the discussion were pointers on pitching travel stories to editors and lots of travel vignettes.  The strength of the story is key The Daily Telegraph has lots of travel pages whereas the FT is more selective. What they are both looking for are strong stories that will engage and even inspire their readers. The travel writer also has his or her own…

Time Out

I decided to take advantage of the warm summer weather and disappear for a few days to gather my thoughts and give myself some headspace. Ever since childhood we – my brother, Mum and Dad – always hotfooted it down to Brighton for our seaside fix. So that’s where I went. Next time though, I hope to broaden my horizons and visit another coastal resort, Devon, Cornwall or Poole, say. Anyway, Brighton it was for now. For a relaxed leisurely ride, it would have to be National Express coach. Gazing out the window as shops, people and fields rolled by,…