I was brought up in London in the 1950s and enjoyed all that the 60s and 70s had to offer. To be different, which was very much in vogue at the time, I studied Russian and Chinese at university in London. My awareness of the world was enlarged, considerably, by what I experienced in both countries. I have spent the best part of 30 years of my life studying and working in Russia and 6 in China.
My journalism career culminated in ’Editor-in-Chief’ positions of English language magazines in Russia, which were focused on cultural and lifestyle themes. I have also engaged in broadcasting. I am fortunate to have witnessed the development of both Russia and China, a process, quite naturally, is continuing loud and strong. I try to avoid politics, preferring to concentrate on cultural differences, as I feel that they, in the end of the day, result in much of the societal and political conflicts/changing alliances that we see in the world today; not only between Russia and China, but between these two countries and the rest of the world. Having said that, recent developments have shown that almost any written statement can be interpreted politically, and that is particularly true in contemporary Russia and China.
The latter part of my life is dedicated to documenting the transformations both countries have been experiencing in words and in pictures. I have now retired from the world of journalism, and have started to write a series of books which hopefully communicate what it was like living in Russia and China over the past 30 years. ‘Trapped Between Cultures’ is my first book, but not my last.
Journalism (under development)