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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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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Royal visit to LA may highlight plight of underprivileged

The LA media can not get enough of the upcoming visit to California by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It is actually a fascinating itinerary. The expected red carpet galas will focus on business and promoting young British talent. Perhaps more interesting is a scheduled visit to LA's Skid Row, the city's homeless enclave. They will also attend a 'job fair' for veterans. Skid Row is more than a row. It is akin to a moderately sized neighborhood comprising 50 square blocks. I have spent some time there recently and will be reporting on the plight of LA's homeless veterans for a Radio 4 documentary next month. To the "shame" of many, some US war heroes are living in squalor. Others are barely living at all.

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