View of the smoke clouds backlit by massive fires over the Jardins do Lago hotel, Funchal

The Wildfires of Madeira

My family and I were last week among the hundreds evacuated as wildfires tore through the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira, leaving three people dead and many more injured and/or homeless. I have been at the scene of too many domestic fires in my role as a journalist – often at very close quarters (with […]

Wainhouse Tower, Halifax

Wainhouse Tower, Halifax, and tourism in Calderdale

I’m from Halifax. I’ve lived there on and off longer than anywhere else. In the first period of habitation – aged nine to 13 – I mostly hated the town. My second Halifax spell began aged 16, when my family moved back there after three years “down south”.

The fishtail groynes at Felixstowe

Felixstowe sea defences and the Landscape Photographer of the Year

For anybody who has never poured over a volume of Landscape Photographer of the Year, let me tell you, you’re missing out. Now in its seventh year, the hardback LPY tome brings together some of the best UK amateur and professional landscape photography into one well produced volume.