I produced this article on some of the fantastic shots wildlife photographer Tim Stenton took while in Scotland recently.
I worked with another fantastic urban explorer to produce an article on this bizarre abandoned theme park near Mount Fuji.
I found these great pictures on Flickr of a Professor Ann Flower’s dog learning a variety of amazing tricks.
The Times: Old dog really can learn new tricks
Newsround: Meet Buzz the old dog that learnt new tricks
I had a good run of urbex stories recently, working with some talented photographers. This time I worked with photographer Darren Finch.
Another urban exploration story, this time I worked with Eleonora Castagnozzi to produce this article on her pictures inside an abandoned asylum.
I worked with photographer Svein Nordrum, of frozen frog fame, to produce this urban exploration article on a forest full of abandoned vintage cars.
The Times: End of the road
The story of a mother-of-three who suffers from chloephobia, an irrational fear of newspapers.
I worked with photographer Alan Shapiro to produce this article on his amazing pictures of a yawning baboon in New York.
The Telegraph: Animal pictures of the week
I came across Geoff on Reddit and loved his story, he ran for at least a mile a day every single day of the year in 2013.
I found this couple on Reddit, I loved thier quirky proposal story and produced this article on thier incredible story.
The woman who lost weight by taking up motocross racing. The features team at Medavia were able to secure an exxlusive deal for Danielle after this story appeared in the Daily Mail.
I worked with photographer Tim Stenton to produce this article on a well-fed Scottish otter taking a nap.
The Scottish Sun: That’s smashin’ crab
I worked with Norwegian photographer Svein Nordrum to produce this article on a poor frog who froze to the surface of an icy lake.
The Sun: Croaked
The Huffington Post: Frog freezes solid as he searches for mate on icy Oslo lake
A christmas themed story about an engineer who popped the question by hiding the ring in a custom designed iPad box.
Another urban exploration story, this time from New York.
An adventurous couple has completed the romantic adventure of a lifetime – by travelling for 127 days across 16 countries in a classic car they bought for £500 from eBay.
The Times: Couple triumph in global road trip
I love writing urban exploration stories so it was a pleasure to write about this beautiful abandoned observatory in Spain.
Policeman Chris Armstrong witnessed an attempted robbery while on his day off – a kestrel trying to steal a vole right out of an owls talons.
The Telegraph: Pictures of the day
The Mirror: In a flap over lunch
The Times: Not so fast, I saw it first
I originally wrote this news story as a feature which was in Best magazine in November.
Another story I spotted on Reddit. I really enjoyed chatting to these funny guys in Texas.
I spotted these adorable photos on Reddit. I contacted Keegan and found out the story behind the pics and put the whole article together.
Anther fantastic set of pictures from urban explorers Steve Vernon and David Morley.
I found Chris and his beard on Facebook. I loved the set of pictures he took chronicling his journey from baby-faced to the full blown Brian Blessed.
The Daily Express: Man grows beard for a YEAR to raise money for homeless people
I love writing Urban Exploration stories – so it was a treat to showcase these amazing shots of an abandoned paper mill.
Mouthwash in the kitchen, old magazines on the floor and five vintage cars in the garage, inside the manor house a psychiatrist left to start a new life. I found the two photographers through an Urban Exploration forum.
The Daily Mail: Who would live in a gothic manor like this? Mysterious abandoned ‘doctor’s house’ has five vintage cars in the garage, yellowing copies of Which Car magazine littering the halls and swimming pool covered with moss
John Knuth’s work featured on a science website after his process had been filmed by MOCA tv. I really like John’s work I think it is both interesting and beautiful.
I came across Gigi Cifali’s work through a photography blog. I was immediately fascinated by his striking images and I got in touch with him.
Huffington Post: Britain’s Beautiful Derelict Pools Captured In Nine Stunning Images
DEATH DEFYING GOATS
The Mirror: Ram busters: Goats risk death on side of dam to lick salt on bricks
Scottish Daily Record
I read about this story in a couple of science magazines. I then rang the scientist behind the research in Australia and contacted some local wildlife photographers, then put the story together for the British newspapers.
I read a story in a local paper about artist Lyn Hagan and an opera she had written based on prison letters between a Mexican hit-man and his lover. I phoned her up and discovered that she was also pen-pals with Charles Bronson.
A story I wrote about Lesley Pritchard (no relation) who lost 6st after a heart attack forced her to confront her obesity and get healthy.
HARIBO A DAY DIET WRECKED MY BABY DREAM
A feature which appeared in That’s Life magazine.
This was a story I chased from a regional paper. I spoke to the owners of the ape and monkey sanctuary who gave me some extra information. including the fact that the raccoon might have been pregnant.
I contacted Vic Morris, a disabled marksman who is paralysed from the waist down, through a disabled shooting charity. He can only move his head so he has to fire his rifle with his tongue.
The Daily Star: Shooting from the lip
I spotted the video of this wake-boarding wedding proposal on Reddit. I contacted the groom-to-be through his YouTube account and interviewed him and is girlfriend about the proposal.
I wanted to write an inspirational story about someone triumphing in the face of adversity, so I emailed several disabled charities asking if they knew anyone who was disabled but took part in several extreme sports. This led me to Chris, a man who has lost 50% mobility in his legs, has to use a wheelchair but still kayaks, mountain bikes, ski’s and does wheelchair motocross.
I spotted a picture of this adorable orphaned squirrel on the front page of Reddit. I got in touch with the wildlife film-maker who was caring for the squirrel and wrote the article.
The Telegraph: Pictures of the day: 17 September 2013
I found this dapper dog on a photography blog, A couple of pics of the dog had already made in a few places, so I wrote some copy about the dog as the toast of New York Fashion Week and also talked about his new book deal. This fresh angle gave the papers an excuse to print the photos of this stylish mutt again.
The Guardian: Menswear Dog’s best looks – in pictures
The Telegraph: Pictures of the day: 13 September 2013
This was a story in spotted in the Vietnamese press about the world’s largest cave opening to the public. I looked up the cave and saw that it had been discovered by two British people four years ago. I had a look around and realised that nobody had really told their story. So I got in touch with one of them and found out they were a married couple from Bradford who met when they both joined a caving club at school.
A story I sourced through Reddit, we put it out on the news-wire and it was picked up by The Telegraph, Metro and the Daily Star. It then went on to be published in Italy, France, India, Hungary and Greece.
The Telegraph: Astronomer proposes with writing on the moon
Offbeat Cardiff was a blog which I ran from October 2012 to March 2013. It can be viewed here: http://offbeatcardiff.wordpress.com/
Here are three of my favourite posts on the blog –