Read 'em and Weep!

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I adore books. Always have done. Reading them, being given them, buying them, looking at them, just being in the same room as them.  And I have become rather fond of being asked to read […]

A Wood Fast and Paralympics Heart

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If you go down to the woods today… “You’re doing a Wood Fast?” asked my brother, “do you mean Wood Fest?” referring to the numerous summer festivals I have recently covered for the media. “Nope, […]

Howard Marks to light Olympic Cauldron

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Whilst contributing to Radio Wales's Phone-in programme with Mai Davies today,  I was asked who I thought should light the Olympic Cauldron tonight. Other guests suggested Sir Steve Redgrave and Sebastian Coe and listeners rang […]

Boxing Clever with the Great Eddie Avoth

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Former Champion boxer Eddie Avoth has hardly let the grass grow under his feet since retiring from the ring in 1972. The British and Commonwealth (‘it was the Empire title back then’, he tells me) […]

Hot (Pants) Off the Press

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Hot on the heels of my Barefoot Challenge, Allbutt’s Almanac, Celebrity Pig Brother and recently ‘Going Back to my Roots’ (for WWF) comes my next ‘challenge’.  Over the next two weeks I’ll be ‘test-running’ the […]

Sowing Seeds with Howard Marks

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Described as ‘the most sophisticated drugs baron of all time’, Howard Marks admits he has never actually grown any plants.  “Well, I did try to grow marijuana once in the 70’s, during the Miner’s Strike,” he admits, […]