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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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Monday, November 15, 2010

Wall to wall blue sky

Good morning on a perfect November day in Canyon Country, CA. After
a windy weekend it is totally calm today, wall to wall blue sky (I
mean not a fluff of cloud to be seen anywhere) and glorious sunshine.
Didn't want the morning hike with the dogs to end - it's a good to be
alive day.

But I'm back in the office now contemplating last night's telly.
The best and worst of American TV - the utterly awful Sarah Palin's
Alaska - with its dramatic music and contrived drama. Then, the
utterly brilliant Great Migrations on the National Geographic channel.
The HD footage is remarkable - probably the best wildlife documentary
I've ever seen. Also managed - long overdue - to see Temple Grandin -
the true story of the autistic woman who invents the cuddle machine
and redesigns the way slaughter houses manage cattle, to make it a
calmer experience for the animals. Claire Danes's Emmy well deserved.

On 5 Live's Up All Night, Tuesday at 0445 GMT, I'll be chatting
with Vernon Kay about his new prime time venture US TV and his
American adventure. He says: "Where ever you're from in America you
can achieve something. It's instilled in every American to go for your
goals, to strive and's that that I really like about
American society - that go get 'em attitude."

Also happening in California today -- the CA court is due to decide
whether undocumented (illegal) immigrants should continue to pay the
same college fees as legal residents - or the higher fee charged to US
citizens from other states. A group fighting undocumented immigration
has challenged the California law on behalf of U.S. citizens who pay
higher fees as out-of-state students.

Plus - keeping an eye on Facebook's new email - if that's what it
is. And may take a look at the Palin show reviews. Perhaps someone
enjoyed it.

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