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Delighted to announce that a campaign I ran for St John Ambulance in Yorkshire and the Humber last night won GOLD in the Regional Campaign of the Year category of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations 2015 PRide Awards. The First Aid for All campaign, run with the Yorkshire Evening Post to encourage more than…»

My review of bestseller Michael Morpurgo speaking at the Ilkley Literature Festival 2014, is published here on the ILF official review site:  The Pickled Egg Also on the site are my reviews of poet Patience Agbabi on her new take on the Canterbury Tales, Telling Tales, plus a talk on the Arab Spring by Middle East expert, Dr…»

I’ve been a busy bee at the 2104 Ilkley Literature Festival. This is my review of a lecture by expert Dr Henrik Kraetzschmar on the Arab Spring uprisings, published Oct 15 on the ILF official review site, thepickledegg Also on the site are my reviews of bestseller Michael Morpurgo and poet Patience Agbabi on her new take on the Canterbury Tales, Telling…»

This is my review of the wonderful poet Patience Agbabi who performed at the Ilkley Literature Festival on October 11 2014. First published on the official festival review site, The Pickled Egg Also on the site are my reviews of bestseller Michael Morpurgo and a talk on the Arab Spring by Middle East expert, Dr Henrik Kraetzschmar.

Written in honour of the marvellous Le Tour de Yorkshire 2014…and my Mum. Don’t put your mother on a bike. She falls off. Well, she doesn’t just fall off, she hurls herself sideways onto the pavement, splitting open her elbow, knee and part of her face. All at the sound of a passing car. Turns…»

It’s hard to believe some people have got all their pressies wrapped. I’m waiting for many of mine to be delivered tomorrow, when I’m out all day, shopping for the rest. Last night I was up late on the web looking for an unnerving toy bear which makes slightly sickening noises while electronically twitching. The…»

      Paul Bassett Davies’ most amusing tweet cleverly brought together a contradiction at the heart of the PM’s philosophy on paying taxes. One moment Cameron supports cutting the higher band tax rate to halt a feared exodus of rich folk, high earners and “wealth creators” from the UK. Next thing, he singles out…»