Here are links to my most recent pieces of work at both Metro.co.uk and TheWeek.co.uk
Satellite navigation has actually been around for a lot longer than you might think. 56 years in fact.
(And you’re technically still at risk today)
An older version began with Apples and Butter, while soldiers in the First World War preferred Ack and Beer
He was not alone and not even the leader of the conspiracy. So why do the 5th of November bonfire celebrations focus on him?
A nuclear war between the US and USSR was narrowly averted after Khrushchev ‘blinked’
King Harold didn’t die from an arrow in the eye, and four other curious facts.
Doctors were able to prescribe cannabis for medical uses in the UK until 1971.
The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics had been working on satellites before Nasa was created.
The discovery shattered years of myth, surmise and fiction about the lost luxury liner.
John Cleese remembers producers sarcastically whispering about the pilot script in the BBC bar.
A brief look at what made each version of the 30 year old operating system different.
Once the hot start-up, is it now the next MySpace?
An incomplete account by the US government followed by the declassification of top secret files may have helped fuel interest in UFOs.
The tennis competition could very nearly have been called the Wimbledon sphairistike championship.
Below are links to some of my work at UsVsTh3m/ Daily Mirror Online.
In the late 60s the Spanish surrealist advertised chocolate and even designed the Chupa Chups logo.
Albany based inventor Seth Wheeler illustrated how the perforated paper should be used.
The Official Monster Raving Loony party have been surprisingly successful.
Subterranean Homesick Blues was a track released from the Bringing It All Back Home album in 1965.
He has been playing around with computer animation since the days of the Amiga home computer.
An Honourable Trade was “inspired by a series of rumours/allegations going around at the time involving Leon Brittan and others.”
Made up of three individual falls, Niagara normally drops 168,000,000 litres of water a minute.
Here’s the times singers and bands have broken fiction, by being all real inside it.
The third Doctor actually worked with him during the Second World War in real life.
Long before smartphones and Skype, Nazi Germany’s post office introduced a brand new way to make a phone call.
Flavouring for the drink includes nutmeg, coriander, vanilla and cinnamon.
Back then Humphrey Lyttelton was just a soldier celebrating the end of the war.
Bank and train robber called Elmer McCurdy died in 1911 after a shoot out.
On Monday 17th October, 1814, the contents of an entire brewery burst onto the streets of the capital!
Although, unlike in 1984, the listening can be done automatically.
French ‘Onion Johnnies’ – rural, onion-selling cyclists – really were a really common fixture up until the 1950s. But in the UK.
In 1990, he wrote and appeared in Hyperland, a “fantasy” documentary predicting the future of television.
(But you’ll have to be nice and feed it first)
Because you know what, we reckon that original name was pretty special.
There was a real gang active in Birmingham in the 1890s and 1900s. But they were mostly teenage thugs not a Sopranos style crime family.
In 1941, she co-invented the frequency-hopping radio transmission process which makes Wi-Fi possible.
“Hollywoodland” was intended as a temporary advert and was only supposed to last 18 months.
You may not be aware of this but the Olympic Games weren’t always the preserve of just sporting endeavour.
Until the mid-60s Boots also ran libraries inside their shops.
What’s more, they were never really intended to be used in the way they are now.
On an official tour of South Africa in 1946 George and Beryl Formby refused to play venues which were racially segregated.
Acting is a funny business; who you end up working with is entirely down to the suggestions of the casting director.
What’s amazing is how much of that secret criminal language is now in everyday use.
Let’s hope when we’re 36 years older we all look so well preserved.
May the booze be with you!
If you were in a sitcom, who would you live next door to?
Sinatra was indeed originally cast in the film
Legend has it that Peter Benchley couldn’t think of a good name for the book.
In 1935, these fabulous machines started to pop up in stations around London
You can see lots more at the original author profile links at the UsVsTh3m site or at the UsVsTh3m section of the Daily Mirror Online.
I also did graphic work on games, including the board for Austerity! and logo/ background word for Wikity Blank.