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The Story Behind: Under A Feathered Sky

It is a week since Under A Feathered Sky was published. In that time the book has been sold in the UK, the US and in Europe. It has also arrived in Kosovo, where it was hand-delivered to the Commander of the Kosovo Security Force, General Rahman Rama, by the UK Defence Adviser, Lieutenant Colonel […]

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Published!

The untold story of NATO’s role in newly independent Kosovo

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Under A Feathered Sky: what people have said

On Friday, 31st July 2020, Under A Feathered Sky will be published. The book has been previewed by two eminent security and diplomatic professionals, resulting in a strong endorsement from each. General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO wrote; “In a highly charged and often dangerous environment, peace is frequently bought by a […]

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Announcement – Book Publication Date

On 31st July Under A Feathered Sky will be published. It has been 5 years in the writing and I could not be more proud. The book paints a vivid picture of what it is like to work for NATO in a highly politicised environment, amongst a divided international community exposing a clash of cultures […]

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The Mayor of Mogadishu

I first got to know Yarisow – as he was affectionately known – back in 2012. I had left behind my career as an Army Officer and moved out to Kenya to be the Chief of Staff in a strategic communications team working in Somalia. I was living in Nairobi, spending weeks at a time […]

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Discovering the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Mogadishu

It was not what I was expecting when I first ventured into the divided city of Mogadishu in 2010. To be told that the city contained a Christian burial site seemed unlikely. After further research I realised that not only was there a Commonwealth African War Cemetery in the middle of the one of the […]

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The story behind: Kismayo is liberated – 2nd November 2012

It was a bit of a scramble to get a seat. I was the civilian Chief of Staff of the UN-contracted Information Support Team, based in Mogadishu International Airport (MIA). During my rounds of UN offices in the camp, I heard that a UN flight was going south to Kismayo International Airport the following morning, […]

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Remembrance Day: a short story.

I recently did something that I had been meaning to do for 6 years; to have the last medal I was awarded during my service added to my existing medals. I felt a moment of nervousness when I handed over the package containing my medals in the local Post Office to be sent off to […]

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Writing again…

In 2009 I returned to the UK after a notably intense operational tour of duty in Kosovo. Even though bullets were not flying past my ears, the 6 months I spent there made a lasting impression on me. Even two weeks into my time based in Pristina, I knew there was a book waiting to […]

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Resolutions…

Well there is one thing that I can definitely confirm as a resolution; to make 2018 better than 2017. It will not be hard to achieve that. 2017 was the worst year in living memory, for many reasons. But that’s another blog post for another time… So what do I want to achieve this year? […]