Toilet Trouble. Just one of the top 12 toys for Christmas in my BBC World Service report.

My million dollar film memorabilia report for radio 4 and the World Service

Dolly Parton’s reaching out to a whole new – and young – audience. My interview for BBC radio 4 and World Service.

The best bar in the world is crowned

Skiing for Beginners

The time I managed to not crash into a pylon. A tale of incompetence & salvation on the slopes of Alpe d’Huez for TNT magazine

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“I’d have a Lada over a Ferrari”

What do you call a Lada with a sun roof? An ashtray. Just one of the many jokes about the Soviet car that everyone loved to laugh at. Nowadays though it’s Lada owners who are laughing … all the way to the bank. In this video I shot for BBC TV and online, Ed Hughes, Lada fan and as it turns out, canny investor, explains why he’s such a fan:

 

The accompanying online piece with more interviews, pics etc is here:bbc.co.uk/news/business-39489527

The Cretan Coffee Boys

Sotos Michael dreamed of constructing a coffee empire on the ancient Greek island of Crete. The notion that hot coffee is an odd pairing with 100-degree temperatures couldn’t deter Michael. Nor would he be slowed by the adversity of building a business in the midst of financial tumult and social upheaval. For the complete epic have a look at this Fresh Cup article

Fox Fighters

A few weeks ago I rung up Tom Copas to see if I could come to do an interview at his turkey farm. He casually mentioned he was using alpacas to guard the flocks. It was an opportunity too good to miss and I got on a train with just an iphone and a mic. The light was great, Tom was patient and the alpacas behaved themselves. The result is an epic tale of turkeys, alpacas and a battle for farm yard supremacy for BBC online

 

 

Putting the fun back into fitness

A while back I met a rather inspirational woman, Charlotte Roach who was involved in a near fatal accident whilst training with the 2012 Olympic triathlon squad. After a painful recovery, Charlotte went on to found a company which aims to make it fun to get fit. Click here to read the story of Rabble on the BBC website…

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All hail, The King of Acre

My first trip to Israel was mind blowing. Stupendous food, breathtaking scenery and one of the richest histories on earth. When singling out highlights I could have chosen the cool, sophisticated bar scene of Tel Aviv or heady atmosphere of Jerusalem, reverent and dripping in religiosity. But instead I’ve gone for northern city of Acre, one of the oldest civilisations on earth.

Acre is home to some enchanting architecture, both Arab and Jewish and of course, a spectacular array of delicious food. Whether you choose to buy spices and just-caught fish from the market or treat yourself to a seafood feast at one of the best restaurants in israel; Uri Buri, you will not go hungry.

Presiding over this culinary gem of a city is Uri Jeremias, builder, hotelier and self-taught gastronome. With a Santa Claus beard and eye catching choice of shirts, he’s Acre’s local celebrity. If you get a chance to chat to him, do. Fortunately I did get that opportunity and wrote about it in TNT magazine. To read it cut and paste into your browser: http://digitaledition.tntmagazine.com/the-king-of-acre-2/