Homesick pirate: the story of Edward Robinson

I wrote a piece about Edward Robinson, the Newcastle Pirate, for issue #6 of Northern Correspondent, a print magazine for the North East of England described by the Guardian as “a New Yorker for Newcastle”. Edward Robinson left Newcastle in the early 1700s, when the old stone-arched Tyne Bridge still spanned the great river. Known […]

Burgers with Muhammad Ali: a boxing fan’s friendship with the champ

Russ Routledge is an amateur boxer from Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1984, he spent a week living with Muhammad Ali, the greatest fighter of all time. Russ was down on his luck and far from home, and Ali was attempting to deal with retirement and the onset of Parkinson’s. Read the story of their unlikely friendship in Sports Illustrated’s The Cauldron on Medium.

The Witches’ Circle

I don’t believe in witchcraft, ghosts, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, or anything else that can’t be proven to exist via science and logic. I am, however, interested in all of the above, and pretty much anything else that can be considered paranormal or supernatural. This is mainly because I spent part of my childhood […]

Your next box set: John from Cincinnati

A piece for the Guardian G2’s ‘Your next box set’ column about the US TV show John from Cincinnati. “‘The end is near,’ says mysterious stranger John in the opening scenes of John from Cincinnati. His words are prophetic, as this under-appreciated show from David Milch (creator of Deadwood and Luck) only lasted 10 episodes. […]

Your next box set: Boomtown

An article for the Guardian’s G2 column ‘Your next box set’ on the US TV show Boomtown. “London has got the Thames, Paris has got the Seine, LA has got a concrete drainage ditch.” That’s our introduction to Boomtown, a city that rises out of the California dust in the opening sequence of this short-lived […]