Caribbean challenge

And, as always, stay smiling and live life to the full…

P1 COVER LD4 lowIt’s been a horrific time in the Caribbean. Hurricanes Irma and Maria have battered the region, leaving thousands homeless.

Producing the latest issue of ZiNG (the inflight magazine of Caribbean airline LIAT) at this time was tricky – and, of course, completely unimportant in the grand scheme of things. But we had to assess how we dealt with disaster – which hit right at the end of our production schedule. A few articles had to be tweaked, and the forward features plan rewritten, to make sure upcoming issues of the magazine can be as much help as possible to communities trying to rebuild.

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Walking in air

Then it happens. Dave opens the throttle and I’m whooping with abandon. I can’t help it. And then we’re up, and I whoop louder. Yell and wheeze and holler and splutter, my euphoria battling the onrushing wind. We spend 10 minutes or so in the air (though it feels longer), Dave tossing me like a plaything over fields of golden rapeseed and rippling green…

BL_WINGWALKING_055The things you do to earn a buck. When an editor asked if I’d like to give wing walking a try, I felt I couldn’t really say no. I sort-of wanted to (you want me to stand ON TOP of a FLYING plane??!). But these opportunities are rare so I said yes and then tried to forget all about it until the moment I was strapped to a beautiful Boeing Stearman, propellor picking up speed just below my feet.

It was, in short, an amazing experience. And one that I was delighted to write about both for Boundless (the magazine of the Civil Service Motoring Association) and for the Telegraph. The only problem is, how do you follow that?

Image by Oliver Edwards

On track in Tasmania

I have just read your amazing feature in Wanderlust. It’s brilliant! I am thrilled and can’t wait to send it to everyone in Tassie. Thank you so much again. You have been magnificent.

Screen Shot 2016-08-17 at 10.25.17Forgive me. Own trumpet blown. But this was the delightful message I received from Susie de Carteret at Tasmanian Odyssey, who supported my press trip to Oz earlier this year. One of the resultant features has now been published in Wanderlust, in which I was able to combine Tasmania’s new Three Capes Track with lashings of convict history. So satisfying that I was able to turn a terrific trip into a not-too-shabby feature!

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Stay sunny, stay smiling and, as always, live life to the full!

Z32_250There are worse things to work on than a Caribbean inflight magazine. Each issue, you get to flick through pics of glorious beaches, commission stories about colourful carnivals and drool over tropical recipes. I particularly love the cover we came up with for the July/August issue, which screams ‘fun in the sun’!

Big country, mini guide

From wine-tasting to wildlife, hiking to history, sightseeing to surfing, this is the Australian destination that truly has it all…

P1 COVERIt’s not easy to pack the whole of New South Wales into an A5 mini-guide. But that was the latest challenge set by Wanderlust, Singapore Airlines and the NSW tourist board: to project manage the production of a useful trip-planner for the state in the dinky, pocket-size format. Small maybe, but there’s loads packed in, with the added complication of image ‘watermarking’, so readers can use their mobiles to scan through to extra content. That’s a whole lot of Oz in a few tiny pages!

Down Under, flip over

Welcome to South Australia  –  The best of Australia in one place? Well, yes…
Welcome to Northern Territory – It’ll get your heart thumping a little faster…

SA-NT mapRecto verso? Don’t mind if I do… This project for Wanderlust was to edit The Explorers Guide to South Australia and Northern Territory, half of the supplement focused on one region, the other half focused on the other. Only, they were BOTH on the front cover, given the recto verso format of the guide – the pages flipped after the mid-point, so there was no back. Confused? It worked perfectly, and meant we could do justice to both brilliant bits of Australia.

The Caribbean, with extra ZiNG

It seems 2016 is off to a flying start – already there are many exciting things happening at LIAT and in the Caribbean as a whole…

ofc_z31…Not to mention exciting things happening at LIAT’s magazine!

Having been co-editor of ZiNG, the inflight magazine of Caribbean airline LIAT, for a year or so now, it was great fun to redesign the up-front newsy ‘LIME’ section for the latest issue. A few tweaks here and there, some new regular slots and a lovely fresh look (courtesy of ace designer Lisa Duke), and the magazine now starts with more of a bang – even given our limited budget.