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Writer. Narrative designer. Historian. I focus on tales of ordinary people who did extraordinary things, and helping companies tell their own stories better.

After Pearl Harbor, the crew of Pan Am flight 18602 was forced to do the impossible

A Boeing 314 clipper taking off. Photo by © Museum of Flight/CORBIS via Getty Images.

The morning of 6th January 1942 was going to be a cold one. Not that this was unusual for New York, mused the night-shift air controller at LaGuardia’s tower, but it did mean he’d have to wrap up extra warm when he headed home.

He looked at his watch. It…

It was a while before he even realised she was on the platform at York Road. He’d been running on autopilot. It was… God, what? Five years since he’d last seen someone there.

Neville applied the brakes and brought the train to a halt. He was secretly delighted that the cab eased to a stop directly in line with the black London Underground roundel on the platform wall opposite. Okay, he couldn’t remember a time when he hadn’t done this, but it was…

One of the most popular shows of the eighties, Knight Rider was the result of unique combination of a quirk of Glen A. Larson’s contract, and a chance meeting on a plane…

Michael Knight (David Hasslehoff) and K.I.T.T.

Knight Rider is the Lone Ranger,” Glen A. Larson once explained in an interview with the Archive of American Television (AAT). “It’s one man comes into town and he has a little bit more going for him than people think — and that’s a great theme! I didn’t make that…

What price art, in a world where it no longer pays?

Fatima turned the key slowly and pushed. The front door opened with barely a click. She smiled to herself. She’d got the whole routine down to an art now:

Wait round the corner until seven forty-five, as that’s when the evening matches kicked off, then open the door quietly. The…

The Greek God of failing upward takes on a new role: Master of Intelligence.

Chris Grayling in front of a Union Jack

“I’m so glad we could meet like this, Mr Grayling.” She said. “Diplomacy is better over golf.”

“Mini-golf, Miss Romanova.” He corrected, with genteel patriarchy. The distinction was, he felt, important. They were quite different sports.

Chris reflected on how his life had changed so suddenly. Just two weeks ago…

How bad aircraft design and demand for cheap air travel helped cause two of the worst air disasters in recent history.

A Boeing 737/8 MAX of Batik Air Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur-KUL, Malaysia

The morning of 29 October 2018 dawned bright in Jakarta. As the sun rose over Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft operating Lion Air flight 610 taxied for takeoff.

In the flight deck of PK-LQP that morning were captain Bhavye Suneja and his first officer Harvino. With…

More random PTerry fanfic, prompted by Twitter conversations and… events.

“How do you think he’s doing in there?” Captain Angua asked.

“Oh I’m sure the Comm…” Carrot caught himself just in time. “I’m sure the Patrician is taking it all in his stride.”

It has been said that over time buildings become more than just objects, that they evolve personalities…

As the UK goes full ‘Jingo’, the gaping literary maw left by Terry Pratchett’s death looms larger every day.

DISCLAIMER: This is just silly fan-fiction. It popped into my head over lunch after tweeting about how we need Pratchett’s insight (and anger at injustice) more than ever right now and has been dumped on this page as literary diarrhoea. Vimes, Lord Downey et al. are not my characters. Go…

It doesn’t matter whether you are ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’. By proroguing parliament Boris Johnson has permanently wounded British democracy.

Sir Thomas More

When I was fifteen, I remember being very annoyed at my GCSE English teacher. While other classes were studying Romeo and Juliet, My Fair Lady, and other stuff we’d all vaguely heard of, she insisted that we do different books and plays to everyone one else.

My, and indeed my…

One in eight British men believe they could score a point against Serena Williams. Andrew Neil interviewed two of them last night.

The fact that a not-insignificant percentage of men massively overrate their abilities — particularly in comparison to women — is depressing, but not particularly surprising. Actual science tells us that men are far more likely to apply for jobs that they aren’t quite qualified for than women.

Sometimes that’s because…

John Bull

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