A career journalist with BBC TV News in London.
I worked extensively in the field and covered three wars, the aftermath of a genocide and the coup against Gorbachev. I also spent several months in Belfast during 'The Troubles'.
On the brighter side I covered elections on three continents. Brighter still, I made a homemade petrol tanker in Saudi Arabia and was often mistaken for the British Home Secretary - the scoops I could have had.
My final position with the BBC was Senior Editor of the News Channel.
I moved to Australia a decade ago. However, in 2013 I sold my home and put everything in storage - excluding my ex-wife, of course. I set off for a few weeks' solo holiday. Two and a half years on I'm still going. Life now looks very different.
I have recently written my first book, 'Around The World In Wonder Socks'. It's essentially travel/humour, I think my career drained my appetite for life's bleaker side.
The book is a siren call to the miIddle-aged to put some spontaneity and fun back into travelling. It's also a reminder that the world is overflowing with wonderful people.
The witty and sometimes poignant travel tales of a man with no plan. Armed only with an illegal air ticket, a small backpack and two pairs of very expensive socks, this is the story of a year randomly roaming the world with decisions big and small guided by a toss of the coin.
Around The World In Wonder Socks is packed with weird, wild and wonderfully heartwarming encounters across the globe.