Resolutions 2016 (or 9 things 2015 taught me)

  To have fewer cats that pee on soft furnishings by this time next year. To make a point of always first checking whether all stray cats I let into my home are heavily pregnant or not. To persuade any kittens that stray cats have in the house not to jump in the sink while […]

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19th November 2015

19th NOVEMBER 2015 Apart from the obvious working-at-home advantages of rarely having to go further than the kettle and not needing to get properly dressed before lunchtime – if at all, my office has the additional bonus of regular visitors such as this one, Heifer, my four-month-old kitten. I hadn’t intended having any kittens on […]

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23rd September 2015

23RD SEPTEMBER 2015 I’ve just done a photoshoot, interview and photo handover for The Daily Record about The Scottish Ambassador. Those of you in Scotland can get a copy of Monday’s paper and guffaw heartily at the sight of me looking like an eejit, both in photos taken on the banks of the River Clyde this […]

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20th September 2015

20TH SEPTEMBER 2015 The paperbacks have made it to Amazon.co.uk for pre-order, which is quite exciting. I also noticed (ego-surfing) that Facebook has suddenly created an author page for me! I am obviously now a megastar. Plus some German bookseller has been promoting the hardback, so world domination is clearly mere metres away.  __________

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25th August 2015

I know The Book isn’t even out in paperback yet, but having spent so long writing about Scottish-ish shenanigans, I’m pretty excited to be at work on the next topic. The 49th Best Small Town in America is going to be my next book! Although I’m getting a pleasing number of requests to write a sequel to The […]

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Beyond the hem of France: Corsica

This is what I think about Corsica… here’s a wee extract from my story published on Canada’s DailyXtra this weekend… plus some photos of castles and canoes… If you think France stops at the delicious strip of beaches that hems the South of France, look again. Corsica, Napoleon’s birthplace, basks in the Mediterranean, just a […]

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Desert road trip story on Canada’s Xtra

The American Southwest is the perfect place to escape winter. As well as boasting lots of sunny days, dramatic desert views and a slew of quirky towns, this part of the world has some incredible roads, from Interstate 17, which winds north from the Valley of the Sun through the red rocks of Sedona, to […]

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Nice One, Hen, or The First Time I Worked At A Fish & Chip Shop

When I was 18, I got a job in a fish and chip shop in Dumbarton, just north of Glasgow. This was a mistake. Dumbarton has a picturesque ruined castle and views of the Highlands, 3196-foot-high Ben Lomond and the River Clyde. I did not see any of these things. I did see a lot of lard.  HERE’S THE STORY…

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The Somerset Cheddar

I wrote a story about cheese. I was originally going to make the main character a cantankerous Mature Isle of Mull Cheddar, but to show that I have no hard feelings towards those from south of the border, I made it a story about an English cheese. This is part 1.  “Even back then,” laughed the […]

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Etchpop woodblocks of my designs!

These just went live today on Etchpop.com! My squirrel, bunny and pigeon designs in woodblock form! They will be joined by another pigeon and a giant raccoon clambering over Portland’s Hawthorne Street Bridge within the next few days.   For all three of the first woodblocks, click here.                 […]

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