Now freelance, I covered the world for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday of London for more than 20 years. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, there are few conflict zones I have not seen, but there have been some lighter moments along the way as well.
Syrian peace talks come and go with no mention of the 100,000 civilians being held prisoner, some for years
Without doubt the creepiest, most corrupt country I have ever visited is Equatorial Guinea. I was reporting on the 2004 ‘Wonga coup’, in which Mark Thatcher and a bunch of white mercenary adventurers thought they could take the place over
My chagrin at having to chase a celebrity story was somewhat tempered by the fact that it meant spending a couple of late-summer days on the Côte d’Azur
Mingora, in Pakistan’s Swat valley, was where the Taliban tried to kill the brave schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai. I found people terrified that the militants would come back, and almost as afraid of the government forces
Every journalist has a favourite piece that never got into print: this is mine. I had a pleasant and interesting day in Wimbledon going from the Centre Court to the magistrate’s court, but my editor gave the space to a photograph instead …