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Across the last couple of years I’ve taken more of an interest and involvement in documentaries. Changing Gears was a 20-minute short film made with a team of people during 2013.

My own round-the-world cycle caught the interest of some broadcasters and so I feature quite heavily in the film – but its creation was very much a team effort. The real stars of the show are the five young Londoners who rode 60 miles from London to Brighton. Each from very different backgrounds but with a shared love of bicycles, Changing Gears was an effort at showing the transformative potential of bicycles in bringing down social barriers.

The film is to get a broadcast premiere on London television in February 2014. It has already been entered into a number of film festivals and will hopefully lay the foundations for future projects exploring similar themes.

Key collaborators on the film were Bruna Martini, Ross Fairgrieve and Damien Bouvier. The score was composed by Jo Robinson.

 

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I’ve written a couple of times for Unmapped. The first was an essay on the clearance of an Istanbul community, with communities evicted to make way for luxury flats. The above illustration was one of a series by the talented Istanbul artist, Can Özal.

I’ve also written for them on Brussels and beer culture.

Unmapped is a new magazine with some good writers. You can either subscribe, or grab a few articles before the paywall kicks in.

 

openDemocracy were the first online magazine to publish one of my articles, back in April 2011 (UK land ownership).

They’re run as a completely independent affair, and in so doing provide a valuable platform for political conversation that most media won’t touch, as well as an optimistic approach to politics and people that genuinely tries to think about how society could be made better.

I’ve written for them about the economics of football, the power of the aesthetic, the control of food, and quite a few other things besides.

Here is my author page.

I’ve written a number of articles for the New Statesman, the majority were in the series, Cycling Through, as I pedalled from London to Istanbul in the summer of 2012.

With the European Union feeling the full impact of its financial crisis, I wrote an account of the economics and politics at 12mph. I rode 2000 miles, finding out how people felt about Europe and the crisis in established states like France and Italy, a new EU member (Croatia), the fragile Greek state, and the Turkish perspective from outside the EU.

I also cover some Turkish politics for New Statesman.

Here is my author page.

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Cycling from Somerset into Devon, this 2012 piece was a slow travel view of the UK’s controversial badger cull, weighing the fate of struggling farmers against a well-organised campaign movement.

The article appeared in Aeon Magazine

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In May 2013 I was part of a film crew working on a documentary on the Thai island of Surin. The project involved working with Moken sea gypsies, finding out how their traditional life on the water is under threat from the effects of the modern world.

The documentary is still in production, meanwhile an article from the trip was published in Aeon Magazine