Tuesday, 19 April 2016


Everyone has their own dreams, but safe in the knowledge we probably won't achieve them, for whatever reason, we forget about them. There are lots of things that are out of reach to people for many reasons. 

Here are some of the things I would love to do if I could: 


1) This is the most important dream of all. So here goes:  I wish to work with my hero and

     friend Bill Neely. To learn from him has been a privilege. To work with him is
     something I want more than anything.

Honoured and privileged to know Bill Neely

2) To present Bill Neely with either a Journalist of the Year award or a BAFTA fellowship.

Bill Neely collects the BAFTA for Haiti 

3) To work for ITV News as I think they are amazing.

This speaks for itself!

4)  To be a foreign correspondent - out in the field getting down and dirty. (That's in THE field not in A field, though I may be in A field in the course of being in THE field). I don't want to be stuck behind a desk. I have no problem with those who do, but it's just not me. I want to be the next Kate Adie - out in a ditch in a floppy hat!

My inspiration, Kate Adie, in her floppy hat.  

5)   Visit 200 Grays Inn Road - just once!! Unless I get my dream of working at ITN of course.

200 Grays Inn Road - the home of ITN

6)   Visit Syria to see for myself what's going on. And no I'm not kidding.

Syria - as it used to be

7)   Interview Kate Adie. And unlike most people, I am perfectly happy to talk to her about Northern Ireland.

 Kate Adie - a woman who has inspired me more than she knows.

8)   Visit Al Jazeera English - in Doha!! And even better present a news hour with Kamahl Santamaria. Not Counting the Cost though, because some of the economics goes right over my head. Though Kamahl makes it much easier to understand.

The lovely Kamahl Santamaria 

9)   Interview these journalists (long list - no particular order): Martin Bell, Peter Greste,
      Sue Turton, Lyse Doucet, Alastair Stewart,Jon Snow, James Mates, Paul Conroy,
      Tom Bradby.

10) To interview Ban-ki Moon 

Secretary General of the UN - the lovely Ban-ki Moon


1) Do a parachute jump. What better way to conquer a fear of heights than by jumping from 13,000 feet?


2) Do a bungy jump, preferably off my favourite railway bridge (the Royal Albert in Saltash, Cornwall if you were wondering) (as above, though obviously not from 13,000 feet)



1)  See the Northern Lights

The Beautiful Aurora Borealis

2) Dress as a geisha. Yep, I've already dressed in a kimono, but I'd like to do the whole geisha thing.

Memoirs of a Geisha

4)  Visit Lanzarote. Want to visit here because it was the location of Planet of Fire - one of my favourite Dr Who stories.

Timanfaya, Lanzarote


1) Ride a camel. No, I have no idea why I want to do this. but I could do it while I'm doing number four above.

2) Ride on a dog sled. Comes from my love of dogs (especially Huskies) and my love of snow. 

3)  Ride a horse. No, I've never been on a horse in my life. Seaside 'donk', yes. Horse, no. Horses intimidate me slightly. Probably because they're so tall and I'm so tiny.


1) Drive a class 37 diesel or a First Generation DMU. I think they are both awesome.
    My attempts at driving a car were less than stellar. Maybe I'd do better here.

First Generation DMU
Class 37

2) Be a train announcer for one day. I blame it on Alfie Edmunds (for those old enough to       remember him at Exeter St Davids) and the lovely Phil Sayer. RIP Phil..X

The talented Phil Sayer


1) Work - as opposed to volunteer, as I do now - for Cardiac Risk in the Young. They are a wonderful charity and I would be proud to work for them.

2) Appear in a Big Finish audio drama.

Well there you have it. Some of the things I would like to do, but I have not yet had the chance to. Maybe one day I'll get a chance to do all of them, because as Katie Adie says, "You never know!"