I'm not proud of myself

Fierce creatures

High Spirits

Culinary quiz

Now magazine cover, central picture George Clooney, actor - human interest story themes.
Port of Dover docking bays with ferries.
Port of Dover docking bays with view of blonde woman looking over ferries docking.

I'm not proud of myself

Dover became overrun with alcohol and tobacco smugglers – a far better option than drugs, as the fines were less and regularly only stock confiscated.  Gangs descended from various locations as far north as Liverpool.  Many of their ‘mules’ were the Kent unemployed.

I became aware of ‘Linda’ – a local mum who seemed to be doing very nicely thank you.  Now magazine were interested in human interest stories so this became another successful pitch.

 

Part one of article about smuggling tobacco in late 1990's England by Michael Connor commissioned by Now magazine.
Part two of article about smuggling tobacco in late 1990's England by Michael Connor commisioned by Now magazine.
GQ Active magazine cover - sport, fitness and health themes

Fierce creatures

I attended this event on my first trip to Zimbabwe and never got round to pitching it.  Maybe because it was so good I was happy for it to remain unpublished.  A few years later, friend of mine Bard and Chev Wilkinson were desperate to undertake an exciting travel project.

 

The tiger fish angling competition became our liaison piece with Chev taking some amazing pictures.

 

Tiger Fishing Competition piece in Adrenalin magazine part 1- images include front facing tiger fish, from the pirhana family with teeth on show
Adrenaline magazine cover, action and adventure themes

High Spirits

Well not really.  Another pitch accepted.  The copy of this piece (and the research) was a great deal of fun.  When I wasn’t travelling to a location to drink the local concoction or hustling the embassy for a sample to be brought back – even if illegally produced.  If I remember correctly I enjoyed and wrote up some 25 different gut rotting liquids.  Six were published in Adrenalin before it went into liquidation without my fee being settled.

 

Part 1 High Spirits article by Michael Connor in Adrenalin magazine - including from Zimbabwe [Scud], Phillipine [Tanduay, Tuda], Kenya [PombC]
Part 2 High Spirits by Michael Connor, Adrenalin mag - from Kenya[Chang'aa], Morocco [Samit], Haiti [Clarin], Ecuador [Canelazo]
The Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine cover, food, drink, hospitality, catering themes

Culinary quiz

I pitched The Culinary Quiz with a sample. “How did you now we talked about a quiz at the meeting today?” the editor asked.

The proposal was accepted without change -an arrangement that ran every week for 6 years.  Some months in, a phone call asked if I had another idea and Place Setting commenced the following week and ran alongside for the same period.

 

Culinary Quiz and place setting article which ran for 6 years in The Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine.