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The value of video games in the Middle East is clear with the F1 2010 launch

A write-up of the F1 2010 video game launch in the Middle East. It was the first one for Codemasters outside the Middle East that shows how important the industry has become in the region, worth $750m in 2009, to the appeal of motorsport in a part of the world obsessed with cars.

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The Red Cap deaths in Iraq

In June 2003, six members of the Royal Military Police - known as Red Caps - were shot by a mob while on a patrol of police stations in Majar al Kabir, southern Iraq. The killings were regarded as murder and not an act of war by the Iraqi government. Since then the families of the men […]

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Coal mining comes to an end in the North East

Ellington Colliery in Northumberland, the last deep mine in the North East of England, was closed by its owners UK Coal in January 2005; bringing the proud history of coal mining in the region to a close. The decision sparked a debate as furious as any during the miners' strike with the owners saying flooding had […]

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Drugs, vice and misery

This was a backgrounder to a long-running court case I covered at the end of 2003. A serving police officer had been using the services of a violent pimp in return for access to the force's computer. The case highlighted how the vice trade operated in a city that is not blighted by an obvious 'red light' district.

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Emirates Airline opens Dubai to Newcastle route

Before leaving the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and moving to the Middle East, I found myself breaking the story of Emirates Airline extending to Newcastle Airport. It was big news for the city as it was the airport's first long-haul route and would make trekking across the world much easier for travellers in the North East. […]

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McDonalds and the World Cup Mascot

This story first surfaced as a 'diary job' for the Evening Chronicle before the 2006 World Cup that was soon picked up by national and international media organisations...

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Dubai24 the print edition

Not only did I film the Dubai24 endurance race preparations and produced an audio slideshow from the race, I also produced copy for the print edition of The National. As it was a 24-hour race I was able to produce a before and after stories over two days.

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