Interests

I spent the first portion of my working life as a trades union organiser, and the second part – the bulk – as a technology and business journalist. Those career chunks were separated by five years at college, enhancing my knowledge about and how to think about both those areas. So my interests cover a range of topics, mostly science, technology and nature-related, plus politics – always a fundamental driving passion.

Right now, though, what consumes my time is beekeeping, old cars (new ones leave me cold, mostly), and railways, both modern and new.

I edit my local beekeeping association newsletter, which is fun. There’s more about us here. We’re organised and here to help, so if you think beekeeping might be your thing, please get in touch. Also, if you see a swarm of bees, please get in touch: there are always beekeepers looking for swarms.

Transport: MGB

This beautiful, 1968 British Racing Green MGB Roadster moved in with me in 2012, and since then I’ve enjoyed working on it, from basic maintenance to a major restoration (you can find details of how it was rescued from the ravages of rust here. This section of the site includes graphic images of iron oxide: so if you’re of a nervous disposition, beware!).

But just as importantly, I’ve loved driving it, whether locally or down to the south of France, it’s never missed a beat (well, it did once). It turns heads, sounds suitably fruity, and it connects the driver to what’s going on – unlike modern cars which attempt to do the opposite, not always with great outcomes.

Here is [er – will be] a series of pictures to give you a flavour of what this little green machine is all about [coming soon].

Transport: 2CV van

Meanwhile, I’ve acquired a new vehicle: a Citroën 2CV van or fourgonette. One of the last ones made, it rolled off a Spanish production line in 1977 and was imported into the UK in 2020. Despite being Spanish in origin, as far as I’m concerned it’s a 2CV, so it’s my own square of French territory.

This 2CV van, coded AK400 by Citroën, is in top condition for its age. Really useful for beekeeping and yaking stuff to the dump. Oh, and I think it looks cute…

Transport: Railways

Lambourn valley Railway
This photo was taken in the late 1950s, not long before the closure of this lovely little branch line

As well as being a fan of the railways in general, I run the website of the Lambourn Valley Railway, a long-disused Great Western Railway branch line – with lots of lovely pictures of steam engines!