May 2015 update

I’ve finished teaching for the year at Sunderland, Salford and the University of Central Lancashire. I taught for 400 hours in 2014/15 – the fact that I teach at all often takes me by surprise.

I’m in the middle of two big copy-writing gigs, one of which is for Future Fusion, the contract publishing arm of Future.

The other is for Professional Manager. I had a new sketch drawn for the magazine, which I prefer to the old one.

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I’m planning to record a one-off PetrolPod podcast at the annual SMMT day later this month. Here’s last year’s

Actual writing you can read online include:

My piece on Jeremy Clarkson’s steak-induced meltdown, published on Medium, which got a lot of attention from the motoring industry.

My piece on Jonathan Trott for Opening Up Cricket, a campaign on mental health and sport I’m proud to support.

My ongoing blog on the 50 Best Doctor Who stories.

If you want more you can subscribe to Professional Manager for more Fleeting Thoughts, my regular column and car reviews on motoring for the fleet and business sector.

October 2014 update

What I’m currently up to in a (largely) professional capacity.


I am currently teaching at the University of Salford and the University of Sunderland. I am module leading on Digital Journalism and Magazine Journalism at Salford and teaching on MAC297, the NCTJ-accredited magazine production module at Sunderland.


I contributed four pages of content to the Q3 edition of Professional Manager, including my ‘best of’ top ten and an article on MPVs – and followed with my regular column (on execs) and car reviews for the Q4 edition.

Recent car reviews and press cars include: Infiniti Q50 Hybrid, Jaguar XF, Suzuki S-Cross and Citroen C4 Cactus. You can hear the PetrolPod podcast on the latter below with me and Gav.


The City Tribune was a huge success and plans are afoot for further editions nationally and internationally. You can read my featured articles on the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Liverpool’s gaming and automotive sectors. Dealing with the usual people in Liverpool’s public sector was a typically dispiriting and fruitless affair so I doubt we’ll do any more in the city.

I’m writing some stuff for Bitten, a magazine about food and drink in the North-West created by Dave Lloyd who I founded SevenStreets with.


I’ve written some more stuff for All About History Magazine, most recently on Casanova. It’s nice to know that editors come to me when they want an expert on famous historical playboys.

Some more spreads from the articles I’ve written appear below.