A new viaduct for Norwich?

A new viaduct for Norwich?

I’ve just found out about a radical proposal to solve road traffic congestion on Riverside. This huge viaduct would run from Bracondale over the top of the station and on to Thorpe Road. But don’t panic – it’s never likely to be built. It’s in the City of Norwich Plan for 1945. I’m researching Norwich’s […]

The Colegate story: all is revealed…

The Colegate story: all is revealed…

More than a thousand years of #Norwich’s history is crammed into Colegate, and that’s the story I shared at Norfolk Network’s Colegate Christmas party. My self-imposed challenge was to tell the story in just eight locations (all clearly visible today) and to invite you to imagine the people who’ve lived and worked here, making our […]

The Colegate story: one more sneak peek

The Colegate story: one more sneak peek

Here’s another quick look, before we reveal the whole story at Norfolk Network’s Colegate Christmas party tomorrow. This grand townhouse was built for wealthy textile merchants around 1730. It wasn’t just a lovely family home, with a big riverside garden – it was the hub of their business: showrooms, workshops and warehouses were clustered around […]

The Colegate story: sneak peek

The Colegate story: sneak peek

Work in progress: here’s a sneak peek at a detail of the Colegate story in Norwich. It’s part of a map showing a tour of Colegate and its historic buildings, which I’ve been developing with specialist visualiser JC3DVIS. Guess where it is… a clue: you can eat very well there nowadays but it used to […]

Qatar – the Barzan Gas Project

Qatar – the Barzan Gas Project

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Business, Energy, Energy sector, Writing

I’ve been in Doha, Qatar, writing about the $10.4bn Barzan Gas Project for RasGas. Working with The Point again and other media partners, we’ve been developing a commemorative book – 166+ pages – over a period of around six months. Barzan is one of the world’s largest natural gas projects to date, and the book […]

Work in progress: Italy feature

Work in progress: Italy feature

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Business, Energy, Writing

I’m finalising the latest “country” feature for RasGas magazine. It’s focusing on Italy’s economy and I’ve uncovered a lot of surprises. In the north, in regions like the Veneto, business is booming. Italy is changing fast, so it’s not the poor relation in Europe that you might expect. Far from it, I’m finding… The story will be published in […]

Arcadis – set of 10 brochures

Arcadis – set of 10 brochures

Posted by on Mar 4, 2016 in Built environment, Business, Writing

Working with The Point, I’ve been writing the copy for a series of 10 brochures for Arcadis. They’re one of the world’s largest consultancies in natural and built assets, so it’s been a fantastic project. I’ve interviewed their global sector leads in sectors ranging from bridges to urban transportation, finding out the key concerns. For […]

Belgium’s unique strategic advantage

Belgium’s unique strategic advantage

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Business

Belgium’s history, location and ambition give it a unique strategic advantage. My latest feature for RasGas magazine explains why this country and its economy are important for Europe. It’s a small country with a big strategic position, at a crossroads in Europe where maritime and overland trade routes meet. It’s the heart of Europe, hosting the European […]

Taiwan: Asia’s high-tech powerhouse

Taiwan: Asia’s high-tech powerhouse

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Business, Energy sector, Writing

I’ve been writing for RasGas magazine on Taiwan’s economy. It’s everyone’s idea of a success story: one of the four Asia ‘tiger economies’, manufacturing more of the world’s IT products than anyone else – but things are not quite as simple as that. There’s a complex (and politically tense) relationship with China. Most of Taiwan’s manufacturing […]

India’s economy… the rollercoaster ride from superpower to steep decline and back again

India’s economy… the rollercoaster ride from superpower to steep decline and back again

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Business, Energy

I’ve been writing for RasGas magazine on India’s economy.  Ravaged – almost destroyed – by the British in the colonial era, it’s had a rollercoaster ride in recent years. It’s one of the BRIC economies and seemed unstoppable, but then hit a massive downturn. Forecasters were gloomy; political inertia and weak domestic demand seemed too […]