Sonia Rykiel Obituary

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Here’s a report i wrote, voiced and edited for BBC World News TV. Turnaround – 3 hours. 

Inside new London Bridge

Last modified on 2016-09-11 09:56:17 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

The BBC’s transport guru Richard Westcott got to see why London Bridge commuters are suffering so much.

Perseid meteors 2015

Last modified on 2015-08-13 14:19:30 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Here’s a video I put together using some BBC viewers’ photos combined with music and text.

Lexus unveils hoverboard

Last modified on 2015-08-05 10:37:17 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

After weeks of teasers and trails Lexus has unveiled its magnetic levitating hoverboard and hoverpark. It looks great, but the pro-skaters testing it are doing a lot of falling off.

Surfer ablaze in barrel

Last modified on 2015-07-24 08:16:48 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

This dude will do anything for publicity, and so will Red Bull. So when someone suggested Jamie O’Brien set himself on fire while surfing, he thought, yeah – great idea. Some people huh.

‘I left City job to fight Isis’

Last modified on 2015-07-15 16:21:26 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Interesting watch here from the Guardian, about how one City worker left his job and fought Isis in Syria for 5 months. Brave soul. Proud to be British.

Two-wheeled record

Last modified on 2015-06-30 09:51:03 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

I’m a two-wheel driver, but not in the same way these guys are. They just knocked 35 seconds off the world record for driving a mile on two wheels in a car.

Lexus makes hoverboard?

Last modified on 2015-06-24 07:59:21 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Yeah, well, I’ll believe it when I actually see it.

Dads: When they find out

Last modified on 2015-06-18 14:55:00 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

This cheesy advert by Dove shows the moment men find out they are about to become fathers. I’d like to see a follow-up, after baby arrives, showing the moment they realise their old lives have gone forever.

Hoverboard man sets record

Last modified on 2015-05-26 07:21:02 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Been a while since I’ve been posting – that’s new babies/parenthood for you. Starting off with the top news story of the last few days – the record for longest journey by hoverboard!

Who leaked HSBC files?

Last modified on 2015-02-09 16:13:03 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Great video explainer by the Guardian detailing who leaked the HSBC files and how French police alerted countries around the world.

Fierce battle in Ukraine

Last modified on 2015-02-02 12:05:39 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

If you ever wanted to know what it’s like being the middle of a gun and tank battle, watch this. Filmed on Wed/Thu 28/29 Jan 2015 in a town near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Agency material, edited by myself.

Living in a bomb shelter

Last modified on 2015-02-02 11:21:23 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Interesting video here about people in China trying to avoid super expensive rent by living in bomb shelters.

Ebola relatives’ stories

Last modified on 2014-10-17 09:03:13 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

This is the effect of the Ebola outbreak in Africa – families wiped out, children left to fend for themselves, friends and relatives afraid to talk to each… even on the phone.

Underworld everywhere

Last modified on 2014-10-14 10:22:28 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Live on 6 Music, new tour dates announced, new album being recorded. It’s all happening. Here’s an old classic.

Fighting Islamic State

Last modified on 2014-10-14 09:15:01 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

With some help from Arabic speaking colleagues I voiced and edited together this interview, by BBC Arabic, with a Syrian fighter battling Islamic State in Kobane.

Rotten Vs Humphreys

Last modified on 2014-10-10 08:41:45 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Sex Pistol’s star, still angry.

Pretty Iceland

Last modified on 2014-09-25 09:38:23 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Excellent video made by Art Directors Lea Amiel and Nicolas Libersalle, showing Iceland at its best. All on my favorite camera the Canon 5D MKII.

Real-time Aurora Substorm

Last modified on 2014-09-25 08:30:51 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

When we think of the Northern Lights we usually think timelapse. Not this time. This amazing show is real-time footage of the sky going crazy. Enjoy.

Drones in the Theatre

Last modified on 2014-09-24 14:32:11 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Cirque du Soleil has employed an army of drone lampshades to showcase the relationship between technology and actors. According to the team behind it, this is just the beginning. Watch the ‘how it was done’ video below.

Scotland says No

Last modified on 2014-09-19 10:45:41 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

As Scotland narrowly voted against independence, a couple of videos on the BBC website caught my eye. Have a watch of these.

New wedding video

Last modified on 2014-09-25 08:37:30 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Sam and Lynne Yeates. I was lucky enough to film their lovely wedding on a sunny day in Dulwich a few weeks ago. I hope married life treats them well.

Planes, lots of planes

Last modified on 2014-07-04 15:43:39 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Several thousand planes fly between the US and Europe every day. This is what 24 hours looks like in 2 mins.

Kasabian – rockin Glasto

Last modified on 2014-07-02 08:36:38 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

BBC Breakfast bravely interviewed Kasabian this morning. They came across pretty ok, considering they must spend every night being all rock n roll. Here they are at Glasto. Looked flippin brilliant.

BBC under fire in Iraq

Last modified on 2014-11-17 14:49:22 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Here’s the full unedited video of the BBC’s Paul Wood caught in the crossfire as ISIS fighters trade fire with government soldiers in Iraq. This is why I decided against being a war zone cameraman.

BBC Breakfast does Happy

Last modified on 2014-05-28 10:34:55 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Nice job by BBC Breakfast team on Pharrell Williams’ Happy.

Climber escapes crevasse

Last modified on 2014-05-23 15:29:35 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Here is the amazing story of Dr John All who dragged himself out of a Himalayan crevasse despite several broken ribs and a broken arm. I spoke to him on Friday and he’s much better now. Watch him talk about the ordeal in this video I edited, and the unedited clips below (explicit language).

Longest ever timelapse?

Last modified on 2014-05-20 15:24:24 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Earthcam has spent 10 years capturing the scene at ‘ground zero’, the site of the World Trade Centre attacks, and they’ve condensed it down to two and half minutes. Check it out.

Freedom Tower base jump

Last modified on 2014-03-25 11:25:58 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Some guys parachuted off Freedom Tower (old WTC) last year at 3am, producing some pretty amazing footage. Anyway, they gave themselves up to cops yesterday arguing slack security was the real issue. Watch the jump below.

World’s biggest bitcoin mine

Last modified on 2014-03-13 16:51:35 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Don’t ask me how it works but some people are making a lot of money mining cryptocurrency bitcoin. This US news network went inside what’s thought to be the world’s biggest bitcoin mining data centre. The owner is making $8m a month. Wonder how much his electricity bill is?

The real Wolf of Wall St

Last modified on 2014-01-15 17:48:03 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

This interview with Jordan Belfort, the man played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the latest ‘dirty bankers’ film, makes for an interesting watch. That’s assuming you can handle the overbearing enthusiastic US salesman vibe. Very funny story about how his super-yacht sank (30 mins in). You can see why DiCaprio was the perfect choice to play him.

Man has cockroach in ear

Last modified on 2014-01-11 13:40:34 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Every once in a while you hear an amazing interview that you have to share. This chap from Australia told BBC 5 Live how he woke up to find a cockroach had crawled into his ear, and went on to describe various, unsuccessful ways he tried to get it out.

Sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending

Last modified on 2013-12-11 13:05:49 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

This is going to be amazing… or rubbish. That is all.

Thrillseekers loving it

Last modified on 2013-12-10 11:21:52 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Great compilation from the Compilation Channel on YouTube, of people pushing themselves to the limits. Wish I had the time, money, guts to do this stuff. I’m pretty good at freestyle nappy changing. Contender?

Horrors of African war

Last modified on 2013-12-05 12:49:03 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Africa’s ‘forgotten war’ in the Central African Republic has been thrown into sharp focus again. The UN is voting on sending in French forces to help African peacekeepers try and stop Muslim rebels and Christian locals fighting. The BBC’s Andrew Harding has witnessed the unfolding nightmare.

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Skydivers survive collision

Last modified on 2013-11-05 11:41:05 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Amazing footage of two planes full of skydivers colliding in mid-air. Everyone survived and NBC got hold of the helmet-cam video from a couple of them.

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Autumn in HD

Last modified on 2013-10-09 16:20:13 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

As the sun falls low in the sky and warm days turn cold, childhood memories surface. Woodland walks, long bike rides, the smell of open fires.
Right, enough poetry. Here’s a clip of a rose bush I filmed with my 5D MKII in the Autumn sun.

Driving fast cars

Last modified on 2013-10-09 16:27:21 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Thanks to my girlfriend Amanda for getting me into the fastest car Jeremy Clarkson has ever driven – the Aerial Atom (click pic to watch Top Gear vid). Half way into the 3rd lap I thought I was going to throw up. Luckily there were only 3 laps. I also got to race an Aston Martin.

Labour conference fight

Last modified on 2013-10-09 16:14:15 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Interesting clip here of publishing rep attacking protester during interview with Damian McBride. Party conferences have never been such compelling viewing.

Drone tour of Burning Man

Last modified on 2013-09-10 08:37:45 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

I’ve not been to many festivals, and I’m not sure I fancy camping in a desert, but I did like this view of Burning Man, thanks to the magic of drones and Go Pros.

Where UK aid money goes

Last modified on 2013-09-10 08:53:19 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Been a while since I posted on my website. Who’d have thought three months babysitting my kid would be so hectic. Anyway, before I headed off I was planning on posting this excellent video inforgraphic by the BBC’s Chris West showing where UK aid money goes.

This made me laugh

Last modified on 2013-05-09 16:11:55 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Very funny series of pics, quotes, cuttings and comments from BuzzFeed. Made me laugh.

London 1927 colour video

Last modified on 2013-09-10 08:43:30 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Have a look at this brilliant colour video of London in 1927. Courtesy of the BFI, it was filmed by Claude Friese-Greene, the son of pioneering cinematographer William F-G.

Helicopter lands on railing

Last modified on 2013-05-02 15:03:33 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Making an emergency landing on a roadside barrier in a helicopter is probably not what they teach you at pilot school. This guy seems to be doing a pretty good job of it though. He had to drop off a doctor at the scene of an accident in Canada apparently.

Dinosaur outside my office

Last modified on 2013-05-01 09:23:21 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

This realistic chap entertained the crowds outside BBC New Broadcasting House this morning. Earlier he was spotted scaring shoppers and commuters on Oxford Street. Would be great to see him jumping out at people leaving pubs and clubs late at night.

SpaceX hovering rocket

Last modified on 2013-04-24 11:11:24 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

SpaceX, the private firm making reusable space rockets, has carried another test of its Grasshopper vehicle. This time it flew to its highest point, 820ft, hovered for a while, then landed. Pretty neat video – not sure music is necessary though.

Rare Banksy, still on wall

Last modified on 2013-04-09 16:02:11 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

Just spotted this Banksy number round the corner from the office on Clipstone street. Thought most of them had been chiseled off.

CyberBunker denies attacks

Last modified on 2013-03-29 09:56:46 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

The group accused of launching the world’s largest cyber attack has hit back. Web hosting firm CyberBunker, which operates from a cold war facility, accused disgruntled Russian ISPs for causing the chaos. Worldwide internet traffic slowed down when hacckers attacked spam-fighting firm SpamHaus. Russia Today interviewed CyberBunker’s Sven Olaf Kamphuis from inside the Netherlands based bunker.

Quality journalism declining

Last modified on 2013-03-18 12:19:52 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

New research says continuing cuts in US newsrooms is effecting the quality of journalism. The report by the Pew Research Center says broadcasters like CNN and MSNBC are covering fewer live events and running more interviews. I remember late shifts in local radio when we produced two full packages a day. Now most stations settle for a cue and a phono.

Reporter star struck by Mila

Last modified on 2013-05-01 14:20:18 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

BBC Radio 1′s Chris Stark appears to go way off script in this interview with actress Mila Kunis, inviting her to his local pub and a mate’s wedding. But is it all an elaborate attempt to get a viral video. Maybe… but it’s pretty funny.

World’s thinnest watch

Last modified on 2013-03-04 13:35:20 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

I’ve always had a thing about watches. Starting with a Knight Rider one I got for Christmas when I was about 5. It played the theme music, and I was top dog in the playground. This strange obsession has continued into adulthood. I loved the technology in the Pebble watch, and this one is just as cool. It’s also just reached $1m on Kickstarter.

The Oxford Steet beatboxer

Last modified on 2013-02-22 22:08:15 GMT. 0 comments. Top.

This guy braved the -1 (real feel -5) central London temperatures to entertain the crowds on Friday evening. He was throwing down beats like they were going out of fashion. Yeah… don’t sound like a late 30s dad now, do I. Hmmm.

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