From May 30…

May 20, 2011

I am going to be energy reporter for the Aberdeen Press & Journal based at their Aberdeen office.
Exciting times! More to come when I’m up there and settled.


Time flies…

May 11, 2011

It doesn’t seem so long ago that I was here writing about getting a new job, as deputy business editor at the EDP.
Not so long after that I was made acting business editor. Now, 13 months later, I’m on the move again.
Read the BOSIET post below and it will give you a clue as to where I’m heading. No, not offshore! Well, maybe. But only if I manage to get out on an assignment.
More of that for another post. For now I’m still at the EDP. My last date is May 20 – drinks from 5pm in the Woolpack in Norwich (traditional leaving drinks venue for EDP journos).

Today is my last day as a district news hack – a breed of reporter based out in the sticks, digging for stories.

It has been an interesting last weekend. Yesterday, at about 4pm, I was sent out to a north Norfolk village to investigate reports of a incident in what was quite an isolated spot. The resulting story, now on is below. See Monday’s EDP for more.

It will be all change from tomorrow, once I have packed up everything in the Dereham office tonight and upacked what I need for the new job first thing.

My first interview, as deputy head of business, will be with Dr Haya Al-Dajani, lecturer in entrepreneurship and small business management at Norwich Business School, UEA. She is involved in the Women’s Enterprise Boosting the Economy Showcase at the Forum in Norwich on Wednesday (March 17), which we will be featuring in that day’s business supplement.

More info:

Today’s story (amongst others!):

A 72 year old man has been arrested following an incident in north Norfolk village near Fakenham yesterday morning.
Police were called to an address in Hindolveston Road, Thurning, at 10.30am to find a 62-year-old woman who had suffered serious injuries and a 72-year-old man with an injury.
Both were taken to hospital for treatment. Following surgery, the woman is in a stable but critical condition. The man has been treated and is in a stable condition.
This morning, police said the man had been arrested in connection with the matter and further enquiries are in hand, but would not give any more information.
Leading the investigation, temp Det Chief Inspector Matt Dyson said: “We are in the early stages of our enquiries but are not, at this time, looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.”
Police said next of kin had been informed.

It’s Friday night. I’m sat listening to light jazz in my local while the regulars chatter away in the background.

Today was my last day working with my current colleagues at the Dereham office of the Eastern Daily Press – I said good bye to my boss, Ian Clarke, who I’ve helped and probably annoyed in equal measure (he would be more kind about my two years at Dereham). I’m also leaving behind Emma Knights, Richard Parr, Rob Garratt, Kathryn Cross, Chris Hill (who is taking over my soon to be old job) and Ben Woods, our hard working workie.

But it is not quite the end. I go back in tomorrow to cover the weekend shift at Dereham.

On Monday I will leave it all behind when I start my new job as deputy head of business for Archant Norfolk (formerly known as deputy business editor for the Eastern Daily Press).

And this is where it all starts.  If you want to find out more about me, biscuits, business in Norfolk and East Anglia I’ll be doing my best here.

For now, back to the bar – I’ve just spotted a chap whose company fits out superyachts…