Category Archives: Seaside

From Tynemouth chic to Whitley Bay, where every day is like Sunday

Tyneside in England’s north-east has a revived centre for everyone in Newcastle and Gateshead, but its coastal edges are struggling, like Whitley Bay, or moving upscale like Tynemouth. It’s like Britain in miniature. Originally published on Beacon.

Posted in Articles, Councils, Seaside, The North, Travel | Comments Off on From Tynemouth chic to Whitley Bay, where every day is like Sunday

Marconi on The Lizard: article on radio history for The Register

Following my article on Goonhilly Earth Station in December, The Register has published the other piece I researched while visiting Cornwall last autumn: on how Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian working in Britain, transmitted a signal from Newfoundland to Cornwall and … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, IT, Seaside, The South West, Travel | Comments Off on Marconi on The Lizard: article on radio history for The Register

70 years after D-Day, we need to stop mentioning the war

The Second World War still looms large in Britain’s popular culture, in comedies and in documentaries about the Nazis. Germany has moved on; with most Britons now too young to remember, we need to do the same. First published on … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Europe, Media, Politics, Seaside | Comments Off on 70 years after D-Day, we need to stop mentioning the war

Bodmin, Padstow and Rock: making good food Cornwall’s bread and butter

My latest article on Beacon focuses on three towns in nothern Cornwall: Bodmin, Padstow and Rock. Padstow and Rock have become known for their good food and the associated tourism that brings, through restaurants such as Rick Stein’s and Nathan … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Councils, Food, Seaside, The South West | Comments Off on Bodmin, Padstow and Rock: making good food Cornwall’s bread and butter

2013: ANPR, Scotland’s IT, NHS whistleblowers, ID cards… and Thatcher

My big journalism project this year was co-editing ‘Ring of steel’ for MATTER, on police use of ANPR, published in August. It is now available to read for free on Medium, where you can also read further commentary by me … Continue reading

Posted in ANPR, Articles, Healthcare, ID cards, IT, Police, Privacy, Seaside | Comments Off on 2013: ANPR, Scotland’s IT, NHS whistleblowers, ID cards… and Thatcher