Rob Young is a former editor of The Wire magazine, and is author of a forthcoming book about Englishness and folk music, to be published by Faber this year.
Mike Wenble has played bridge from an early age and became the English Schools champion. He has played for Yorkshire and Berkshire and is an EBU qualified bridge teacher.
Mick Wall is the UK's best-known rock writer, author and TV and radio programme maker, and is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed books, including definitive, bestselling titles on Led Zeppelin (When Giants Walked the Earth), Metallica (Enter Night), AC/DC (Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be), Black Sabbath (Symptom of the Universe), Lou Reed, The Doors (Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre) and Foo Fighters. He lives in England.http://www.mickwall.com/home.htmhttp://www.mickwall.com/blog/blog.phphttps://twitter.com/WallMick
Anthony Telford is the author The Kitchen Hand. He has been a regular guest on Australian commercial TV and radio. He was the host of RRR's Chewing the Phat, a regular contributor to the Herald Sun's food pages, and the on screen chef for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. He is currently presenter on Channel 10's "9AM with Dave & Kim" and Ready Steady Cook. Anthony is a trained chef and at the age of 21 was the executive chef at Rydges hotel in Melbourne. He is the father of seven children and he lives in Byron Bay.
Andy Taylor was born in Newcastle and joined Duran Duran after answering an advert in Melody Maker. The band has sold over 100 million records. He has also worked with Rod Stewart and Belinda Carlisle. He left the re-formed band in October 2006.
Robin Taylor Daugherty
Robin Taylor Daugherty wove her first basket as a Brownie scout and has avidly pursued the history and craft of basket-making for over fifteen years.
Phil Strongman was at the 100 Club in 1976 when the Sex Pistols first performed there, was an extra in The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, and has known many of punk's greatest figures for many years. He is a journalist and author.
William P Spence
William Spence was Professor of Construction Engineering at the School of Technology and Applied Science. As well as writing articles for magazines, he has written numerous successful books including Residential Framing and Woodworking Basics. Spence has designed homes and built two of his own.
Previous titles include: Tricky Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Ingenious Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Perplexing Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Intriguing Lateral Thinking Puzzles
After a brief period at the Royal College of Art in London, Gerald Scarfe established himself as a satirical cartoonist, working for Punch and Private Eye during the early 60s. He has had many exhibitions worldwide, including New York, Osaka, Montreal, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago and London, and 50 one-man shows. He has designed the sets and costumes for plays, operas and musicals in London, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and New Zealand; written, directed and appeared in many live action and documentary films for BBC and Channel 4; and published many books of his work. Scarfe has been political cartoonist for the London Sunday Times for over 40 years, and has worked for The New Yorker for 17 years. His work regularly appears in many periodicals. Gerald Scarfe received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2008. He has had a long association with Pink Floyd - as the designer and director of animation for the Floyd live show Wish You Were Here in 1974, for The Wall between 1970-73 and for Roger Waters' The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking in 1984.
Nikos Sarantakos is a bridge expert owning one of the world's largest bridge libraries. He lives in Luxembourg and Greece.
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Bernado Recamán Santos has been collecting puzzles for over 25 years. He studied mathematics at the University of Warwick, England and has been teaching mathematics since 1973. He lives in Bogotá surrounded by puzzles and children
Rhonda Rainey is an award winning artist, watercolourist, designer and author. She has been an educator of art for more than 20 years, and is currently enjoying work as a freelance artist and designer.
Those associated with Rhonda find her to be thoughtful and innovative when it comes to pushing the boundaries of established crafting techniques.
In the early 1980s, Kathy Snowball left a career in merchant banking to study at Leith's School of Food and Wine in London. After six years of catering and teaching, she returned to Australia and joined the Australian Women's Weekly as assistant food editor responsible for the Home Library series of cookbooks. In 1993 she moved to Australian Gourmet Traveller, was appointed food editor in 1996 and became food director of this and three other magazines in 2000. She also compiled and edited two cookbooks for Gourmet Traveller. Kathy is now a freelance food writer, working for Gourmet, Gourmet Wine, House and Garden and Cuisine magazine in New Zealand, and she teaches at her newly established cooking school, Snowball and Pemberton's Food Workshop.
Jan Purser is a nutrition consultant, Touch For Health practitioner, health and lifestyle counselor, remedial therapist, iridologist and meditation teacher. She has been in practice for over five years in natural therapies and her clinic, 'Food, Body and Health', is based in Perth. Jan worked with the Australian Women's Weekly test kitchen for six years as deputy food editor. More recently, she has worked with Australian Good Taste magazine as food editor and then health and nutrition editor, and currently as their contributing health editor. Jan has authored six books.
JoAnn Pugh-Gannon has been involved within the home sewing industry for many years, including a long career with Swiss Bernina, later known as Bernina of America, the Untied States importer of Swiss-made Bernina sewing machines and related products. As Vice-President of Marketing Software for Bernina, she was responsible for all dealer and consumer education, educational material, and Bernina University.
In 1994 she began publishing sewing and craft books under the name of Sewing Information Resources.
Guy Pratt started out in eighties band Icehouse, who suddenly found themselves supporting David Bowie on his 'Serious Moonlight' tour of 1983. Since then he's played bass with everyone, from The Smiths, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson and Madonna, through to Iggy Pop, The Pretenders and Echo and the Bunnymen. His live show was a success at 2005's Edinburgh festival, and he had a nationwide string of dates in 2006.