Mail Order Mogul

Napoleon may have called the British a nation of shopkeepers, but it was a young 19th century Welsh draper who turned the British into a nation of mail-order shoppers. On …

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A Model of Co-operation

The May 2021 issue of Best of British has my piece about Robert Owen. Now, for those of you who don’t know, Robert Owen is acknowledged as the Father of …

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Wallis’s First Dam

October marks the 40th anniversary of the death of one of this country’s most famous engineers: Barnes Wallis.

Best of British magazine – October 2019

To commemorate this, I’ve written a piece for the October issue of Best of British magazine looking at one of Wallis’s lesser known escapades in the Welsh Elan Valley.

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Scrooge’s Alter Ego

Scrooge's Alter Ego - best of British - December 2016
Scrooge’s Alter Ego – best of British – December 2016

Hollywood came to Shrewsbury in 1984, to film an adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. My article in the December 2016 issue of Best of British magazine takes a tour of the exterior film locations, including St Chad’s Church where it’s possible to find a real gravestone for Ebeneezer Scrooge. Don’t believe me? Well, check this out:

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The Original Salvager

The Original Salvager - best of British - Mar 2015


In 1925, Clough Williams-Ellis spent less than £5,000 buying a parcel of land, which he described as, “a neglected wilderness.” Today, on its 90th anniversary, we call it Portmeirion. 

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