When Martin Met Nicola - The picture's old, but you've probably
guessed I'm the one on the left.
I met my wife Nicola through journalism, which I did for over
two decades after qualifying as a City solicitor at Simmons &
Simmons. I'm no longer a journalist, but still do the occasional
piece. Below is a small selection of my journalism - ranging from
A Tale Of Love, Hate And Concrete - The Battle For Preston Bus
Station, to more serious stuff, such as...
...the Greg Dyke profile. This was an
exclusive, and a big story. Then DG of the BBC, Dyke was under
massive pressure from No. 10 ahead of the Hutton Report on the
brouhaha surrounding non-existent weapons of mass destruction; the
first David Moyes piece recounts a whole
week shadowing the man. I was the first writer ever to get near the
chronically shy 17 year-old Wayne Rooney; this
profile coincides with Moyes' appointment as Manchester United
manager. Apparently this entrepreneur was upset by her
profile - but was it unfair? What's beyond doubt is that
Benoit Mandelbrot (RIP) was a
towering, towering genius.
And who came first, the Dragon or the egg? Below you can find
the first national-newspaper profiles of Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne - a stepping stone
to the Dragons' Den. Bannatyne wanted to be an
actor back then. Has he succeeded...?
And you'll have to find the profile of Nicola
Horlick for yourselves...
1. A confessional tale -
financial physician fails to heal himself in the Indie
2, Financial Times book review
- This Bleeding City by Alex Preston
3. Nancy Cruikshank - Independent on Sunday
Profile - "Confetti at a gay wedding"
4. Greg Dyke - Sunday Telegraph City
Profile - "Regrets, he has a
5. Liz Paul - Sunday Telegraph City Profile
- "It's Not A Sex Toy"
6. The Aga Khan - Sunday Telegraph City
Profile - The Aga
7. David Moyes - Observer Sports Monthly - "Get Rooney in here."
The keeper of their dreams "I wouldn't sell Rooney for
8. Lakshmi Mittal - Observer Profile
- "He's got the whole world in his hands"
9. Derek Browne - Telegraph Profile
- "School drop-out teaches a lesson in
10. Robert Swannell - Sunday Telegraph
Rainmaker - "The City's confessor"
11. Benoit Mandelbrot - Sunday Telegraph City
Profile - "The markets: So many people of great
brilliance and extraordinary greed."
12. French, Foreign - And Legion
- Sunday Business - Anglo-French footie's golden
13 & 14. Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne - before they were