I am disappointed to tell you that something nasty happened to me right on home turf. Back in November, as I was leaving a talk in Gloucester I was accosted by three youths who tried to steal my tricorn hat. One of the most important tools of my trade.

In self defence I threw my bell, cracking it in the process. I may be a bell down but apart from feeling a bit shaken up, I am absolutely fine. I’d like to thank everyone who sent me kind messages, the matter is with the police and I am hoping these scallywags get caught.


Image credit: Paul Nicholls Photography