Writing the Oxford Castaways series for 10 years I had the privilege of interviewing 120 incredible people and often becoming friends with them afterwards.( I should have said 119 – because I was the final castaway interviewed by Philip Hind)
Buckminster Fuller –a thinker whose time has come Last night I chatted with my friend Ray Foulk - he who stole Dylan from Woodstock. His hero is the American thinker Richard Buckminster Fuller 1889-1983. This inspirational man was telling
For 20 years I was proud to write features for the magazines of The Oxford Times . Newsquest who own about half of the local press in England have stopped using freelancers. I was lucky that the then editor of
Oct 1 – 70th anniversary of the Communist Revolution in China & fortieth anniversary of the courageous Stars Artists.
Tuesday October 1 is China’s National Day it marks the seventieth anniversary of the Chinese Revolution. It is also the 40th anniversary of the day the Stars Artists marched to Tiananmen Square under a banner saying ‘In Politics we want
Click here to read the feature.Dwina Gibb This pic was taken at the launch of Oxford Castaways 3 . These are some of the castaways. They include Roger Bannister-the first man to run a mile in under 4 minutes.
https://youtu.be/_dvPNrKyALc Rebecca Haque is Professor of English Literature at Dhaka University and an inspiration to her students who want to be part of a progressive Bangladesh. I felt honoured when she offered to read Sculpting the Elephant. My
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/27/dont-interfere-with-brexit-archbishop-of-canterbury-justin-welby-told With the Archbishop chairing one hopes that the language will be respectful. How has our political language become so debased? The Sun and Fox News have had the lowest standards for ever but in government and society as a
Just listened to my friend Ray Foulk on the Today Programme describing how he stole Dylan from Woodstock . It is the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival but the most famous and elusive artist of the time was not
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00075hn What a brilliant interview! As a humble freelance writer I was privileged that Chris (Lord) Patten of Barnes and Chancellor of Oxford University agreed to be interviewed by me. His castaway story is in Oxford Castaways 2. There is
Friday 30 August: the Ashmolean: I'll be guiding a tour of visiting Chinese academics. I'm calling it ' Crossing Cultures ;Crossing Time' and emphasising how ideas and inventions spread from East to West and from West to East' . I