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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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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Patrick Moore

So sorry to hear of the passing of a broadcasting legend. Sir Patrick Moore was one of the first people I interviewed, as a student broadcaster, in 1984.  He personally responded, on typed postcards, to my requests.  He had been willing to travel to me, but blamed his "infernal leg" for his not being very mobile, at the time. "Sorry to be elusive - not my fault," he wrote.  We eventually met at his home in Selsey, Sussex. To say that I was excited and thrilled to meet such a childhood hero is an understatement. He was gracious and generous with his time - despite knowing that my radio interview was for a student exercise and would probably never be broadcast.  Sir Patrick had an infectious enthusiasm for his subject but he was not interested in the fluff of show business.  He was my first 'big get' interview, and I will always be grateful.

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