We see in order to move; we move in order to see” – William Gibson

I am a British journalist, writer and wanderer with darting eyes and stolen shoes. And a giant-sized carbon footprint.

After travelling to more than 50 countries worldwide, I came to South Africa on a wing and a prayer and a one way ticket in 2008, in search of sunshine/sunburn and stories from across the African continent.

And I’m still here, 13 African countries later and, hopefully, a little bit the wiser. So come take a walk with me – I’ll hold your hand if you like, as I lead you down the path to God knows where. It’s not the destination that counts after all, it’s the journey.

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Recent Posts

2405, 2016

I’m a racist, but I’m trying my best to amend for that

By | May 24th, 2016|life, opinion|

A couple of years ago when I was on assignment in the Eastern Cape, I went out on a educational trip into the Amatole mountains with a local man who we shall call simply Piet. [...]

2104, 2016

Namibia: Notes from the road

By | April 21st, 2016|travel|

It’s been a while since I found myself here: far from my home and my usual routine, trying to tease out meaning from the assault of stimulus that I feel when travelling. The venue for [...]

203, 2016

Get to know Cape Town

By | March 2nd, 2016|opinion, travel|

One of the things I hear repeatedly from middle-class Capetonians is that "Cape Town is so small". I'll say at the outset that I can see where this feeling stems from. It's true that if [...]

402, 2016

On Becoming Conscious

By | February 4th, 2016|life, opinion|

A funny thing happened at the beginning of this year that I've been mulling over every day since. I'd just got back to Cape Town after three weeks' holiday in rainy England for Christmas and [...]

701, 2016

Another New Year

By | January 7th, 2016|life, opinion|

Muizenberg beach, South Africa, courtesy of Christopher Clark Here we are again, sharing our well-intentioned New Year's resolutions and putting to bed the triumphs and tribulations of 2015. For my part, 2016's New [...]

2611, 2015

The In-Betweener

By | November 26th, 2015|life, opinion|

Almost exactly two years ago, I was writing my final exams as a “mature student” at the University of Cape Town and preparing myself for six months back in England – my longest uninterrupted stint [...]

2210, 2015

South Africa Boils Over

By | October 22nd, 2015|life|

Riot police outside Parliament. Image courtesy of Brendon Bosworth As soon as I enter the classroom, I can see my students are on edge. As refugees from Mali, Somalia, Congo (both sides of [...]

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