I’m a parrot with a splash of eagle, hint of dove. What about you?

No, I'm not a peacock..I'm a parrot....

Since being in business, I've come to realise that understanding yourself can be key to success. There are lots of things I know about myself but when I became self-employed, there was one thing I didn't know - could I actually do it? Could I … [Read more...]

Three poor excuses for not taking part in difficult interviews.

Today I want to talk about some of the things journalists are asked to when they approach organisations for an interview - particularly when that interview might be difficult. This might be a business which is facing some kind of legal action, … [Read more...]

Review of my year – what was 2011 like for you?

Reflecting on life during 2011.....

Today seems the right day to review my year in all aspects of my life - it's a cathartic experience and helps get things in perspective. Professionally it's been a good year. For Fiona the journalist - I've made several films covering subjects … [Read more...]

Could you be a stand-up comedian? Are you the next Billy Connelly?

Could you do stand-up comedy! I know I wouldn't have the bottle.....

Christmas is a really good time to review television programmes for a blogger like me as part of my celebrations involves seeking out interesting and offbeat programmes. Last night I watched Imagine...the Art of Stand-Up (Part One) and I really … [Read more...]

Ever made a mistake? Review it!

Be careful when accusing a journalist of making a mistake - it could bite you!

What's the worst mistake you've ever made? I'd love to know --- and what did you do about it? I recently read in my local newspaper a letter from a new restaurant owner in Swindon about a review written by a journalist. She's attended his/her … [Read more...]

Appropriate adult – appropriate story? Fred met Janet.

The web spun by Fred & Rose West - prepare for more dramas around this story

The serial killings of Fred and Rose West was a case that dominated the early part of my career in newspapers. I didn't cover the story on a day-to-day basis but I knew several journalists who did - and working down the road in Swindon, it was close … [Read more...]

9/11 Ten years on – terror attack or not?

Ten years after 9/11 - Question Time

Question Time has returned and they are talking about 9/11 - not surprising given this weekend's tenth anniversary. But just before that on BBC3 was a programme involving a group of young people being taken around America who were all convinced … [Read more...]

9/11 the firemen’s story – what it meant to me

What would you tell your child?

I have this need to watch programmes about 9/11 - it was event which left an indelible mark on my psyche and last night was no exception. On watching the programme, The Firemen's Story (Channel 4 or 5) and those remarkable pictures I remember … [Read more...]

Gadgets, Stephen Fry and me!

What gadget stands out for you?

I can't help but watch this Channel 4 programme about Stephen Fry's 100 gadgets. I'm falling for this latest in a long line of 'Top 100 this or that' and I can't help it. Does someone as intelligent as Stephen Fry like the same gadgets as me, … [Read more...]


Police worry about some children who are out of control

Watching the news tonight and I listened to the mum of 13-year-old boy justifying why her son went to the riots with a hammer strapped to his leg. He wasn't rioting, but he was there. The hammer was for his own protection. She was lamenting the … [Read more...]