Neil was born in Bath, England in 1965. He read English at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and worked as a journalist and producer in BBC local radio and television between 1989 and 2008. He left to ride the Eurovelo 7 cycle route from Nordkapp, Norway to Malta on a tandem with his wife Kathryn. "Kök & Tvätt" is his account of the Scandinavian leg of that 7,800km adventure. He has published two more books: "The Century Speaks - Cleveland Voices" (Tempus Oral History 1999) and "Beyond Hamsterley - Where to Ride your Mountain Bike In and Around County Durham" (self published in 2005). He lives in Lanchester, Co. Durham.
There were two doors in the service block on the campsite at Kukkola. On the left door was written the word 'Kök', and on the right it said 'Tvätt'. This meant 'Kitchen'and 'Laundry', and not, as we had concluded, 'Gents' and 'Ladies.'