South Birmingham Surf Club

I’ve started hosting couchsurfers again. If you’re not familiar with the concept, basically people travelling who need a place to stay can come and sleep on your sofa, your floor, or – if you have one – your spare bed. They get to stay for...

Top 10 toiletries to take into the wilderness

Those who know me will know that I love a good list. Trivial stuff, mostly: Top 5 New Zealand hip hop albums of all time. Best Buffy episodes. Sub-divided daily to-do lists organised by context. That sort of thing. However, I just made a list that I’m quite...

Surprise Africa

I was invited to Uganda today. I suspect somebody pulled out or became unavailable at the last minute, but as it turns out, I’ll be at Un-Convention 49: Doadoa, East African Performing Arts Market ’13 from the 6th to the 11th of May. I’ve travelled a...

Rangitoto

This is my fifth visit to New Zealand in the eight years since I started living in the UK, and the first time I’ve really had some time to just treat it as a holiday. Usually, I’m here to work. So I thought I’d make the most of things and be a...

Sabbatical

Hello from New Zealand. The intensive book writing of the past couple of months has finally come to an end, I’ve submitted my Radio in the Digital Age manuscript to the publisher, and I am spending a bit of time back in New Zealand visiting family. Summarising...

Retreat northwards

I’m writing a book about radio at the moment. In fact, it’s fair to say that’s almost all I’m doing right now. The deadline is the end of this year, and I am nowhere close to finishing. So I took advantage of a long-standing invitation to go...