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Keep it simple when writing for publication

I spend a lot of time editing articles written for professional magazines, often not by professional writers. The topics are ¬†fascinating and can be complicated, with lots of explanation needed. Simple explanation is hard to do, which means I do a fair bit of re-writing. For anyone planning to submit a piece to a journal […]


What business can learn from sailing

‘What do you feel you learned from your sabbatical break?’ A colleague asked me this last week, and it got me thinking. There were so many things, from rediscovering my love of the outdoors, to how to bake ginger flapjacks. But one experience stood out – the week I spent learning to sail. I took […]

Taking a break

It’s been a busy couple of years. At the end of last month, my team at BMJ completed our work on creating new patient decision aids for the NHS, a major project which I’m proud to have played a part in. We did this while continuing to maintain and update our own website, Best Health, […]

Support the Cities Fit for Cycling campaign

The Times today devotes it’s front page to a description of what happened when a young reporter, commuting to work on her bike, came into collision with a lorry. The story (by Kaya Burgess) is heartbreaking. It’s used as a launch pad for a long-overdue campaign to make our cities safe for all road users. […]

Busy doing nothing

The river flowed past us, slow and gentle, cocoa-brown with silt. Over our heads arched a magnificent Constable sky, piled high with clouds and shot through with pink and coral, as the sun slipped lower towards the horizon. We were surrounded by gentle Sussex marshlands, festooned with wading birds, while swallows (or is it swifts?) […]