December 2014 - versatile Nathan Myhrvold My profile of the polymathic ex-Microsoft CTO - he's also the top Tyrannosaurus Rex hunter and author/publisher of Modernist Cuisine, the world's most expensive cookbook - is in the January 2015 issue of Intelligent Life Return of the Silver Darlings I went to the island of Bornholm to hunt down Denmark's legendary cured herring … Continue reading New stories – on drones, herring and a tech tycoon
5 October 2014: Here's my story in the Observer on the political push for "mandatory reporting", which could help whistleblowers who uncover abuse in institutions, and make it a crime to cover it up. This "crucial" measure for tidying up the malfunctioning child protection system could - with some political will - become part of the current … Continue reading A chance to make it illegal to ignore child abuse
As the polling booths are dismantled and the dust settles across the country, one thing is gloriously clear. We are a Scotland rebooted, energised, empowered and – after decades of feeling ignored and discounted by London – heard.
By the end of this century, many sea-creatures may be history. As we keep dumping greenhouse gases into the air, the oceans keep sucking them up, making the waters deadly to their inhabitants.
July 28, 2014: I'm writing a series of stories looking at abuse in British boarding schools and its wider context - social, historical and psychological. The latest piece, published July 21st in the Observer magazine, looked at the experiences of those who have loved and cared for survivors of abuse, and the immense collateral damage early trauma can do. … Continue reading Abuse and violence in boarding schools
Long-listed – One World news award, for Fishing under Fire in Gaza published in The Observer Magazine. Short-listed - Fortnum & Mason awards, for work in Intelligent Life and Inside the Meat Lab in The Observer Magazine. Short-listed - Derek Cooper Award for Campaigning & Investigative Food Writing, Guild of Food Writers Awards, for work in The Times, The Guardian … Continue reading 3x awards listings this month…
6 April 2014: Published in the Observer, my piece on the "5 a day" debate got an amazing 900+ comments. Some of them quite well-tempered (must be something in the diet). So now it's seven a day? Here's my easy alternative: just stop eating rubbish Nanny Britain's fruit and veg regime will never work … Continue reading Don't eat crap. Three times a day.
Broadcast by BBC World Service, From Our Own Correspondent, 27 May 2014: Audio Published in the Observer, 30 March 2014: Under the coffee bushes, Rosibel and Benjamín Fijardo are on their knees, scraping carefully through a litter of dead leaves and dried mud. They are scavenging for stray coffee berries, fallen when the harvesters went through the … Continue reading Coffee under threat: how climate and the global market combine to create a crisis
25 Feb 2014. Comment piece published in the Daily Mail (original here): A high Street butcher in Suffolk has been forced to take down its window display, as shoppers are said to be offended by the sight of bits of dead animals. Hanging pigs’ heads, limp rabbits and dead pheasants were upsetting the children. The story is ludicrous. … Continue reading For the good of animals and humans, butchers' windows should look like this