[8th December 2014]
Pirates are brutal. They are not bloodless criminals. They torture, abuse, beat, kill & send hostages insane. I wrote in Ninety Percent/Deep Sea about what being a hostage is actually like, and I interviewed Chirag Bahri, formerly a seafarer, now the head of the Indian ...[29th October 2014]
The Guardian asked me to write a comment piece about dementia and about the government's policy, recently revealed, to pay GPs £55 for each new dementia diagnosis. Here is the piece. My heart sort of of sank when the editor told me what she ...[29th October 2014]
Tomorrow I'll be at the port of Ipswich to officially open a brand new, innovative wifi initiative for seafarers. For the first time in the UK, a port has installed wifi so that ships in port, and seafarers, can access wifi on their ships or ...[25th September 2014]
Kathleen Baker's father Gary Beckett wasn't in the first morgue she and her husband Greg visited. Nor was he in the second. Kathleen's husband didn't find his father-in-law's body until after several visits and several morgues, when he entered a dingy hospital in Syria. Gary ...[25th September 2014]
His name was Wallace but I called him Walrus. It’s surprising he had two names, when he was gone by the time I was seven, which isn’t long or long enough. When the facts about your granddad are rare – not because they don’t exist ...[19th September 2014]
I was asked the other day whether I'd had any negative responses from the shipping industry. I said, not really, though I suspect there have been negative internal emails flying around. In the main, I have been treated with great generosity and kindness by an ...[16th September 2014]
If you sponsored me to run the Great North Run, my apologies. I fell ill. The general rule amongst runners is that if you have a cold, you can probably run. Anything below the neck, don't. This is also known as the "chest equals rest" ...