More letters

As I have already pointed out, the messages on the Letters Page slowly accumulated over  about  12 years,  and the collection became ridiculously lengthy.  But, because  it seemed wrong to delete even the oldest  contributions, I created this 'More letters' page  in 2020.


  So off we go again . . .





   The years have rolled on by, and it's likely that only a handful of the writers will still be in the places they mention.

Steve Garnsey writes from Godalming:


What a great trip down memory lane your website’s provided, Gerry. Thank you for putting it together. I look forward to reading it in depth in the coming days. I was referred to it by Keith Hursthouse after we got in touch through our mutual membership of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading. We were part of the full-time cohort of 1979/80 at Richmond College.


             In addition to Keith, the classmates whose names I recall are Steve Caddy, Charlotte Nicol, Ruth Pullin, Mat Dyson, Martin Feakin, Charlie Lees, Zoe Clough and Charles Hutchinson, who was a feature writer on the Yorkshire Evening Press during my four years there (1989-93). I also remember Will Bull and Mark Clough, who are sadly no longer with us.


             After Richmond, I spent 13 years mainly as a district reporter for evening newspapers in Cheltenham, Chepstow, Midsomer Norton, York and their neighbouring towns.


             Then I had a complete change of direction. I indulged myself in my love of travelling and exploring and spent eight years living abroad independently in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Chile. I taught English as a foreign language (TEFL) before drifting back into journalism in Santiago with something new-fangled: an online news service. I covered South and Central America’s mining and metals industries for Business News Americas. That led to the then SteelWeek in London, published by commodity analysts CRU International. I spent a while in Beijing as an ex-pat setting up an East Asian edition of what had become CRU Steel News.  


             I subsequently became editor-in-chief of the publication, but was eventually made redundant in a corporate restructuring. Six years on I still contribute to the company, getting up at 5.20am to do so. I provide five stories each day on major developments in the global mining and metal industries. For deadline fans, I have four hours to provide the goods, but nearly always deliver within 3½ hours.


             That’s all part of my existence these days as a freelance international business news journalist and editor, as well as freelance content provider, copy-editor and proofreader, based in Godalming. I’ve even done a separate six-week contract for the chap who made me redundant.  Life has some strange twists and turns.