Advanced Passenger Train article in Best of British magazine
This month I’ve got an article in Best of British magazine about the Advanced Passenger Train (A.P.T). The APT ran from the late seventies to mid eighties and used a revolutionary tilting system to maintain its speed around bends. It was withdrawn quietly from service after just two sets were built.
The technology was sold FIAT’s rail division and years later sold back to the UK as the Pendolino 390, which even after nearly twenty years in service still looks space-age. I took a trip on one from Lichfield to Stafford.
I also spoke to members of the RailUk forum who rode on the original APT and include their memories.
Above – Battle Headquarters near Market Harborough
This month I’ve got a major five page feature in ‘Britain at War’ magazine on pillboxes, I go into the history of them and talk about a few I visited and photographed, including the impressive underground battle headquarters shown above. They are getting demolished by builders of new houses as surprisingly they aren’t protected by law. Some however have been reporsed as bat boxes giving a dark safe place for wild bats.
I’ve also written a few pieces of commercial copy as a ghost writer but as its attributed to the company you’ll have to trust me on that one!
This month (May21) a major new attraction is opening in Ambergate, Derbyshire, Great British Car Journey and its sister attraction Drive Dad’s Car Experience is an interactive experience showing the history of British Car manufacturers and then allows you to drive some of the cars.
I went for a pre-opening chat with man behind it Richard Usher and a tour around the site. My feature ‘All Roads Lead To Ambergate’ is in this month’s Derbyshire Life Magazine.
I started my feature writing at a cycling website https://veloballs.com/ in 2013. I wrote articles for them for many years, in 2020 it took a short hiatus but has relaunched this year with all the original content back on the site.
This month (February 2021) I’m on the Newsstands in two different magazines. Best of British have an article of mine about Routemaster Buses. I go into the history and last summer I visited AROUTE2HIRE in Northampton which own three examples.
Sea Breezes Magazine have an article about The Annexation of Rockall and My Uncle’s part in it when he was a stoker aboard HMS Vidal
My Uncle John is in the centre of this photo and below that is one of HMS Vidal
I’m a freelance features journalist, I’ve written articles and content for several magazines including, Derbyshire Life, Cycling Active, Best of British and Writing Magazine. I have also blogged for the HuffPost and two blogs of my own.
Here are links for two articles of mine in The Derbyshire Life
Wherever possible I use my own photos taken on a Nikon DSLR. The above are a few random examples of my work. The photo of a local malting building on fire was used in the Derby Telegraph as I was one of the first photographers on the scene.
My skills areas are History/Nostalgia, UK Travel/Tourism. Retail/Sales, Technology and Health/Fitness. I have also written sponsored content reviews for my blogs.
In addition to the above I’ve published an Amazon E-book Bestseller – Sugar Beat a Health and lifestyle book.