Where next for cities?


I WAS at Royal William Yard in Plymouth last week, having coffee in the sunshine with Tom Bloxham, co-founder and chairman of Urban Splash. No doubt what he wanted to do was talk about the latest refurbished bit of the former naval victualling yard that his company is preparing to spring on the market. More…

Horsing around


Fine end to a sunny, and musical, weekend – listening to jazz pianist John Walter and guitarist Neil Burns at the Bay Horse Inn, Totnes. Some classics, some compositions by John.

Things you wish you’d written #1


“Web had spoken to Bellocq and discovered nothing. Had spoken to Nora, Crawley, To Cornish, had met the children – Bernadine, Charlie. Their stories were like spokes on a rimless wheel ending in air. Buddy had lived a different life with every one of them.” -From “Coming Through Slaughter” by Michael Ondaatje.  

Who wants a fight?


Falklands,Falkland Islands,Malvinas,Argentina,war,Cristina Fernandez AN OPEN letter to the President of Argentina Estimada Sra. Presidente Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, I wrote an open letter to you a year ago imploring you not to stir up the Argentine people for another war over the Falkland Islands. Perhaps my letter did not reach your desk. Or, if it…

What Leveson didn’t hear


THERE is little to recommend the threat of going to jail, but I have discovered in the past couple of weeks that there can be compensations. During a recent high-profile court case I was summonsed to give evidence about my sources for a series of stories run in The Herald a few years ago. The…

Mob rules OK


YEARS ago, before the age of email, I phoned a car company press officer to ask for information about their latest model. She promised to send it and took my name and address. “It’s … er … Keith Rossiter,” I said in my bumbling way. The next day an envelope landed on my desk, addressed…