Articles tagged Personal:

Starting in January: My New Weekly Column in the EDP & EADT

  • 2 Dec 2018

As many of you know, I’m an East Anglian boy at heart. I was born in Cambridge and spent the first 18 years of my life being brought up in a little village in the Essex/Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border called Ashdon, near Saffron Walden. I then spent six years in Norwich, firs...

From Fat Chozzer to Finally Getting Under 16 Stone

  • 18 Aug 2018

Until I was 13 I was as thin as a rake. Then I got a terrible bout of food poisoning on a school trip to Russia, the effects of which lasted for six months. Since then I only have to look at a Smartie and I put on a pound. I also have quite a big frame (all that bale carting i...

Northbank Talent Management Signs Up A New Client - Me

  • 26 Jun 2018

One of the things you never notice when you’re doing a job is what it takes out of you. When I left Biteback at the end of May I didn’t realise not only how much time it would free up, but also how much of a burden had been lifted from my shoulders. I took very seriously the ...

The Words No One Wants to Hear - "It Could be Pre-Cancerous"

  • 12 May 2018

Around a year ago I was just finishing my 3.59pm talkup, at the start of my show – the bit where I take over from Shelagh Fogarty. I saw her looking at me rather intently. As the news started she said to me: “You should get that looked at.” I had no clue what she was referrin...

20 Things I Did For the First Time

  • 21 Apr 2018

First Job Mucking out my Dad’s pigs on a Saturday morning for 10p an hour First Real Job Researcher to Patrick Thompson MP 1985-7 First Role in Politics Chairman of UEA Conservatives in 1981 First Car An orange Ford Cortina Mk III, lovingly nicknamed the Big Jaffa. I wrote ...

Twenty Things I Did For the First Time...

  • 11 Apr 2018

First Job Mucking out my Dad’s pigs on a Saturday morning for 10p an hour First Real Job Researcher to Patrick Thompson MP 1985-7 First Role in Politics Chairman of UEA Conservatives in 1981 First Car An orange Ford Cortina Mk III, lovingly nicknamed the Big Jaffa. I wrote ...

A Letter to my 16 Year Old Self

  • 9 Apr 2018

I wrote this in 2010. I wouldn’t change a word of it now… Dear Iain, This could turn into a 100 page epistle, if I am not careful. As you know, you have had a perfect childhood - brought up by two loving parents in a wonderful rural environment. I know you know how lucky you...

Forty Things That I Loved About the 1980s

  • 6 Apr 2018

Margaret Thatcher Labour couldn’t win an election Putting the Unions back in their box Enabling millions of people to buy shares for the first time A-ha & Alphaville Audi Quattros Ejecting the Argentinians...

My Speed Awareness Course Experience

  • 2 Apr 2018

This is from September 2009. This morning I attended a two and a half hour long speed awareness course, having been caught doing 37 mph in a 30 limit in Brixton at 3am one morning in early June. I will admit to being slightly sceptical of what it would entail, but I have to s...

The Loneliness of a Tunbridge Wells Park Runner

  • 24 Feb 2018

I hate running. Absolutely loathe it. Cross country running at school was one of the most hated moments of my week. But running is healthy and at the age of 55 and living a very sendantry lifestyle, I know I need to get fitter. I’m a type 2 diabetic with out of control blood s...