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My friends call me a glomad (a global nomad lest you don’t get it). That’s a particularly apt word, because I am always trawling all corners of the globe, looking for stories. As a result, I have slept in some seriously strange places – on a bed of ice in the Arctic circle, on the floor in a traditional Japanese hotel, on the sand dunes in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan … and even on the floor of a Thai cargo ship. Mostly however I tend to sleep on aircraft (if I had a dog, he would bark at me when I eventually come home). I am passionate about trucks, cars, travel, food, wine, people and hugs – so I write about all these things. Except the hugs.

Coolest bakkie ever?

Sep 12, 2018No Comments

My dear friend, Jarlath Sweeney, editor-in-chief of Ireland’s Fleet Transport magazine, brought this incredible vehicle to our attention. Sadly, it’s just a concept – but isn’t

Driverless trucks ready to hit the highway!

Sep 12, 20181 Comment

Highway maintenance personnel take their lives into their own hands – quite literally – when working on German highways. As we all know, many highways

MAN at IAA: feast of trucking technology!

Sep 12, 2018No Comments

MAN has a treat of trucking innovations in store for visitors to the IAA this month. These are in addition to the bus, coach and

Snap on target

Sep 12, 2018No Comments

Regular readers of this column will recall that I visited ZF, in Friedrichshafen, Germany, last month in order to attend the company’s Technology Day. We

Face to face with Claes Nilsson!

Aug 15, 2018No Comments

We have launched an all-new series in FOCUS, entitled Face to Face, in which we interview captains of industry. This time around, CHARLEEN CLARKE goes

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A sweet deal!

Check out this blinged-up bakkie!

Aug 15, 2018No Comments

If you don’t do bling, you will hate this new bakkie. CHARLEEN CLARKE, on the other hand, absolutely adores it. A couple of decades ago,

MAN to wow visitors at IAA

Aug 15, 2018No Comments

I have just returned from Berlin, where MAN gave journalists an exclusive preview into what the company has up its Bavarian sleeve for this year’s

Driving the future

Jul 10, 20181 Comment

Recently, along with the rest of the jury members on the International Truck of the Year (ITOY) judging panel, I was invited to Sweden to

Iveco opts for girl power!

Jul 10, 2018No Comments

Iveco is returning to the European Truck Racing Championship this year with a female driver! Her name is Steffi Halm. She’s 33 years old, hails

Ford tackles Seven Sisters

Jul 10, 2018No Comments

The so-called “Seven Sisters” (the seven established European brands, namely Mercedes-Benz, MAN, Iveco, Renault, Scania, DAF and Volvo) could be in for a wake-up call