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 […]

Rocketman Hal Graham

Hal Graham, the first man to officially fly a rocketbelt, has died. The following is an edited extract from The Rocketbelt Caper: Harold ‘Hal’ Graham was a 27-year-old science graduate from Buffalo who had been working for the Bell Aircraft Company as a test engineer for just over a year when he was selected to […]

The Rocketbelt Caper: A True Tale of Invention, Obsession and Murder

When three friends set out on a quest to build a real-life Buck Rogers-style flying machine, their obsession with the Rocketbelt 2000, or ‘Pretty Bird’, shattered their friendship and set in motion an astonishing chain of events involving theft, deception, a bizarre kidnapping, a ten million dollar lawsuit and a horrifically brutal murder.