The story of my introduction to journalism was published in the July/August 2018 edition of The Journalist, the magazine of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ):
Jim Rockford, the fictional private detective played on TV by James Garner in the 1970s, made a big impact on me as a child. Jim lived in a static mobile home – what an intriguing notion for a youngster – and solved mysteries. ‘Cold cases’ mainly, because he didn’t like upsetting the police. A sensible maxim, I thought. Perhaps one day I’d have a similar job, solving mysteries and not upsetting people.