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Hello and welcome to my website. I am a British-born, naturalized American, living in California. Based in Los Angeles, I work as a correspondent for BBC television, radio and digital outlets, covering everything from US politics and world affairs to technology, natural disasters and Hollywood. I also host the Live Long and Master Aging (LLAMA) podcast. My special interest is the science of human longevity - food, fasting, exercise and long-term health. All views expressed reflect my personal experiences. I advise anyone considering adopting a new diet or fitness regime to first consult with their doctor. Links on this site are to my personal portfolio of audio, video and text. Copyright of broadcast works remain with the BBC and LLAMA podcast content with Healthspan Media LLC. Thanks for the visit!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Solemn news from LA on day of royal wedding fever

With every one wallowing - especially US cable TV - in the prospect royal wedding, I must admit my first thought was that the date those choose might be a good time to book a vacation. And not in the UK. The world's news agenda is bound to shift to London and that's always a cue to leap off the radar for a while. That said I've probably just jinxed the idea - knowing the 'big one' can happen in LA, at any time.

Rambling vacation thoughts and wedding indifference aside, today has been a sad day in LA.

Local TV has been carrying continuous coverage of a funeral for a police officer, Ryan Bonaminio, who was shot dead last week. The 27-year old officer and Iraq war veteran was killed while chasing down a suspected truck thief just over a week ago. A man has been arrested and faces 1st degree murder charges - and perhaps the death penalty if found guilty. 8 thousand people lined the streets for the funeral.

Another tragedy in LA today. A veteran Hollywood publicist, Ronni Chasen, shot dead while driving home from a movie premiere (Burlesque). Chasen was known as a "powerhouse" in the entertainment industry. The circumstances surrounding her death are a mystery and disturbing.

On a positive note, LA County has just enacted one of the most aggressive environmental measures in the US - a ban on plastic grocery bags. If shops choose to offer paper bags, they must sell them for 10 cents each. Customers are encouraged to take their own. I hope they do.

-- listen to my weekly wrap of California news on BBC 5 Live's Up All Night at 0445 GMT every Tuesday.

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