CHRISTOPHER LONG is a British journalist, editor and broadcaster. Born and educated in England, he began reading Law at the Inner Temple in London before training and working in marketing management and as a copywriter for advertising agencies in Britain and overseas. In 1978 he became a journalist.
From 1978-1983 he was a specialist London news and current affairs reporter for the London Newspaper Group. He was a feature writer and diarist (e.g. London Evening Standard), a columnist and leader writer for several publications (e.g. London Portrait Magazine) an editor of newspapers and books and an occasional radio broadcaster (e.g. LBC, BBC).
From 1987-1990 he was the founding editor of the award-winning World Magazine and of The Music Magazine, both later acquired by the BBC.
From 1991-1999 he was one of the longest-serving war correspondents in the Balkans reporting for British and overseas press, radio and television. He reported from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia / Kosovo to newspapers such as the London Evening Standard and to broadcasters such as Reuters Radio News, the BBC, SABC and BBC World Service.
He was a frequent contributor to B-Sky-B News and to Channel 4/ITN News as well as producing a war documentary for NHK TV (Japan).
In 2001 he settled in France where he contributes to French newspapers and magazines and continues to edit web content. He is also an independent French/English interpreter for museums, associations, web sites, businesses and lawyers (see links below).
In their spare time he and his wife Sarah breed pedigree Dorset Down sheep on five hectares of grassland in Normandy.
- Gave a talk to members of ACE entitled 'The Coming of the Cow' about the mid-C19th arrival in Normandy of canals, railways, a dairy industry and a revolution in vernacular architecture.
Collaborated with Timur D'Vatz who used The English Knight stories as inspiration for a collection of paintings shown in October at the Galerie de Buci, Paris, and in December at The Cadogan Contemporary Gallery, London. The stories and paintings were published in London in a limited edition in December 2014. [See: English pdf version or French pdf version]
- Published a first draft of Artisan Iron Working in the Valleys of the River Vire?, presenting evidence that iron smelting took place in the valleys of the river Vire.
Organised a large picnic gathering on and around the Pont-Farcy Bailey bridge to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy and the Liberation. This event was followed in the evening by Pont-Farcy's annual fête communale.
- Gave a guided talk on the history of Pont-Farcy and its architecture to the Anglo-French cultural group, ACE, followed by a lunchtime talk on the history of Pont-Farcy's Bailey bridge.
- Published a provisional paper concerning the author's contention that an important artisan iron-working industry existed in the thickly wooded, iron-rich valleys of the river Vire basin in Lower Normandy.
Hosted a visit by 17 students from the Lycée Agricole de Thère to study small-scale sheep management and selection along with the English vocabulary associated with sheep breeding.
Gave a talk on Operation Bluecoat to a gathering at La Ferrière-Harang commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy as a prelude to accounts by local eyewitnesses to the arrival of British troops on 31 July 1944.
- Helped organise a Hedgerow Census at Le Boquet in collaboration with Jean Collette and GONm (see results and press article).
Worked with the Communauté de communes du Bény-Bocage in their plans to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy in WWll: arranging for Les Amis du Pont Bailey to lend a single section of its original nine-section Bailey Bridge for display at the Muséee de la Percée du Bocage at St Martin-des-Besaces; assembling background information for a memorial to 24 British soldiers killed in Saint Ouen-des-Besaces in 1944; and supporting a parallel scheme to reconstruct a second spare section of the Bailey Bridge, to be lent by Les Amis du Pont Bailey to local fêtes and events.
- Supplied material relating to the WWl naval battles of Coronel and The Falkland Islands for a commemorative exhibition planned by the Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust.
- Spent three days in and around Otterton, in south-east Devon, researching the priory lands held by the monks of the abbey of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy from the C11th.
Proposed the toast to Timur D'Vatz at an exhibition at Cadogan Contemporary Gallery, London, marking the 20th anniversary of his arrival in England from Russia (see video).
Author of an article on sustainable living in the Bocage Virois for the English language French newspaper The Connexion.
- Participated in the Ouest-France newspaper campaign reporting birds in the Bocage Virois
- Organised a corvée working-party at Le Boquet to explore and share methods of restoring clay-built buildings.
Author of an article on the exhibition Permis de (Re)construire: Vire 1944-1965 for the English language French newspaper The Connexion. (See: Phoenix of '44)
Helped organise the launch of the M2M Mont-to-Mount bid by Mike, William and Harry Noül-Smith and to row across the English Channel from Mont Saint-Michel (see see satellite plot of the rowers' progress) and the delivery of the Mont Saint-Michel cartulary to the former priory at Otterton in Devon.
- Designed a web site for the architectural historian David Nicolas-Méry, specialising in the history of the bay of Mont Saint-Michel.
Author of Remembering the Coronation in Vine Magazine, marking the Queen's diamond jubilee an abridged version of The Coronation Generation.
- An interviewee on radio TendanceOuest, talking about the Mont2Mount cross-Channel rowing bid.
- An interviewee on radio France Bleu's Vivre en Normandie programme, talking about Pont-Farcy.
- Helped convert planning of the Mont2Mount row from an eight-man 'pilot gig' event in June 2012 (including public and press involvement) to a three-man event in an ocean-going boat in July 2012 which one organiser insisted should be un-promoted in Normandy.
- Interpreter for Vet Cell in its negotiations with a group veterinary researchers in Normandy.
- Contributed to the planning and facilities for a France 3 TV 'Des Racines et des Ailes' programme on the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel.
- Organised educational visits and field studies at Le Bosquet/Boquet, Pont-Farcy (linked to flora & fauna, rural life in the past, hedging practices, ornithology, or traditional building methods) including:
- A visit by 28 children from Landelles-et-Coupigny school, practicing their English while observing animals and their young.
- A work experience visit to Le Boquet by 24 students from the Lycée Agricole (Vire), with emphasis on hedge coppicing, hedge management and hedge-laying.
An ornithological 'open day' at Le Bosquet, one of seventy bird sanctuaries opened to the public in Basse-Normandie, organised by Jean Collette of GONm (see Ouest-France announcement). Note: By the end of 2012, the number of bird species in recorded at Le Bosquet had doubled in the seven years since record-keeping was begun by ornithologist Jean Collette in 2005.
- A visit by 16 students from the Lycée Agricole de Thère to examine sheep management, the selection of a ram sire and the English vocabulary associated with sheep breeding.
Stood down as president of Les Amis du Pont Bailey, after founding the society four years earlier, continuing as honorary president the campaign to preserve the Arromanches Whale which found a home (on loan) at the new tank museum at Catz, near Carentan.
Organised the reception in Normandy of six members of Cornwall's Mount's Bay Pilot Gig Club on their third and final research trip prior to their planned 2012 Mont2Mount bid.
On behalf of Les Amis du Pont Bailey, took formal ownership of a World War ll 'Whale' element of a floating roadway from the British 'Mulberry B' harbour at Arromanches: a gift from Claude Loisel of LTP Loisel.
- Became an official English/French interpreter for notaires in Thury-Harcourt.
2012 Print Journalism
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Organised the reception of five members of Cornwall's Mount's Bay Pilot Gig Club in Normandy on a research trip prior to their planned 2012 Mont2Mount bid to row the English Channel from the Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy to St Michael's Mount in Cornwall. The team arrived on cycles having travelled 270 miles in 18.5 hours as a team-building exercise.
- Made a bid to interest the local press and local community in the paved Roman road in Pont-Farcy, La Pavée, which is being used as a municipal tip and to which public access is denied (probably illegally).
Gave an illustrated talk at the Musée du Bocage Normand, Saint Lô, on Paysans de Normandie, Paysans du Monde mais pas Paysans Anglais.
- Contributed to a conference on Operation Bluecoat (Battle of Normandy 1944) organised by the Musée de la Percée du Bocage, Saint-Martin-des-Besaces.
- Gave a talk about the work of war correspondents to two separate groups of students at the Collège Emile Maupas, Vire (June).
- Organised educational visits and field studies at Le Bosquet/Boquet, Pont-Farcy (linked to flora & fauna, rural life in the past, hedging practices, ornithology, or traditional building methods) including:
- Twenty-six children from the Écoles Maternelle et Primaire, Pont-Farcy exploring how birds and mammals survive winter in Normandy (December)
- Eight students from the Lycée Agricole de Thère, St Lô small scale sheep breeding and management (April)
- Two groups of about 30 children from the Écoles Maternelle et Primaire, Landelles-et-Coupigny flora and fauna; agricultural life 100 years ago (May)
- Les Amis des Musées de St Lô Le Bosquet Ornithological Visit (J. Collette).
- Les Amis des Musées de St Lô Le Bosquet Vernacular Structures (C. A. Long).
- Fifteen students from Espace Locale d'Activités Novatrices (ELAN) construction and restoration of clay wall structures (May)
- Twenty older children from the Écoles Maternelle et Primaire, Pont-Farcy agricultural life 100 years ago (June)
- Younger children from the Écoles Maternelle et Primaire, Pont-Farcy flora and fauna (June).
- Four Macedonian and five French adult students a week-long course learning the building, restoration and finishing techniques involved in traditional Norman clay wall constructions (July).
Presented a collection of early C20th marriage photographs (from Pont-Farcy, St Vigor-des-Monts and Landelles-et-Coupigny) at the Club Photo de Pont-Farcy [e.g. the Cordhomme/Goddard marriage.]
Began preparatory planning and facilitating in Normandy for a bid by Mount's Bay Pilot Gig Club (Cornwall) to row, in 2012, non-stop across the Channel from Mont Saint-Michel to St Michael's Mount with a team of six oarsmen and a cox. (See also: press article 1 + press article 2.)
- Began the progressive restoration of farm buildings at Le Boquet / Bosquet, Pont-Farcy, involving masonry and clay-cob repairs to a C16/17th house/barn, a communal bread oven, a calf shed, a pigsty/hen house and a cowshed.
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Led the APB's negotiations with the town of Vire in Calvados which sought to borrow a WWll 'Whale' element of the British artificial Mulberry B harbour at Arromanches to serve as a bridge over the river Vire for the benefit of walkers and cyclists on the Carentan to Mont Saint Michel voie verte.
The 'Whale' had been promised to the Les Amis du Pont Bailey in August 2008 on condition the association found a suitable location for it.
Translated (Fr-Eng) Le Mont-Saint-Michel Sous l'Occupation 1940-1944 by Emmanuel Villain, including an introduction by Henry Decaëns, published January 2011.
Featured in an article 'Avec Le Général' in La Manche Libre coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the death of General de Gaulle.
Contributed a short series of items under the title 'Les Découvertes en Campagne de Christopher', to the Normandy newspaper La Voix Le Bocage.
Appeared in 3-minute documentary news item for French television (TF1) on individual responses to General de Gaulle's 18 June 1940 'Appel'.
Persuaded Pont-Farcy's municipal council to display its superb church clock in the church's south door entrance (unveiled in April 2011). It had been abandoned and neglected in the tower since the early 1960s (see article).
- Organised a number of educational visits and field studies at Le Bosquet/Boquet, Pont-Farcy (linked to flora, fauna, hedging practice, ornithology or traditional local building methods) including:
- Thirty students and two teachers in two groups from the Lycée de Thère, St Lô field trip to study the importance of hedges, led by ornithologist Jean Collette of GONm, and CAL on hedge-laying and management, combined with sheep breeding. (October)
- Eleven students and two teachers from the Lycée de Thère, St Lô studying sheep management on a small-holding (March).
Thirty-two historians and archaeologists from the Channel Islands and England examining a dozen buildings from the C11th to the C16th (churches manor houses, etc), notably those from the C16th rural Renaissance period in the Bocage Virois.
Sixteen students and two teachers from the Lycée Agricole, Vire working field trip to develop practical skills in hedge-laying, and tree and hedgerow maintenance, including an ornithological tour led by Jean Collette of GONm (March)
Gave a talk to the Club Photo de Pont-Farcy on the history and significance of the river Vire whose canalisation (completed in 1861) brought lime to the Bocage Virois leading directly to a world-renowned dairy industry in Normandy: De l'Eau, des Bateaux, de la Chaux et des Veaux.
Organised research visits to l'Aumoire at Morigny (Manche, Basse-Normandie): a well-preserved example of a C16th manor house with evidence of galleried hall and an array of secondary buildings including: a separate manor house above a cider production facility, a bakery, a chapel, a dovecote, etc. (See press article: L'Aumoire)
Acquired Le Boquet (2 hecatres) along with its C16th-C19th buildings (house/barn/grange, bread oven, stable, hen house, well and calf shed) to be restored, along with two further dwellings and a dairy, as a rare example of the structures which comprised an independent farm 'village' in the Bocage Virois.
- Proposed stories to French press:
2010 Print Journalism
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Speaker at the Mont et Merveille conference at the Archives Départementales at St Lô, Normandy, on the relationship between Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy and St Michael's Mount in Cornwall during the C11th and C12th, proposing that, as a consequence of the Norman Conquest, their monks may have lost ancient rights to a lucrative trade in Cornish tin (see: St Michel, l'Étain et l'Âge des Cloches").
- Introduced, for the first time, the Special Forces Club in London (Stuart Duncan) to L'Amicale des Anciens des Services Spéciaux de la Défense Nationale in Paris (Col. Henri Debrun), leading to a joint ceremony at Buchenvald concentration camp on 15 Oct 2010 in memory of 30 British and French special services personnel who died there at German hands in World War ll (attended by General Sir Michael Rose). The two organisations then planned to share research material and wartime records.
Began a project to restore a ruined workshop at Le Bosquet experimenting with a timber-framed straw-bale and clay construction, sitting on a foundation wall of car tyres rammed with earth around a 20 sq. m. beaten-earth floor.
Interviewed by La Voix Le Bocage for an article marking the Prix Bayeux for war reporting.
Led the fourth annual Anglo-Norman 'Conquest' (this time in Guernsey and Jersey) with David Nicolas-Méry, Julien Deshayes, James St Aubyn and Sarah Long: exploring Anglo-Norman, Roman, Saxon and Viking links in Durham, Yorkshire and Northumberland.
Organised a Bailey Bridge Picnic on D-Day (06-06-09).
Organised the official inauguration of the preserved Bailey Bridge at Pont-Farcy on 08-08-2009, as president of Les Amis du Pont Bailey.
- Published a study entitled Tonsures, Tin, Bronze & Bells proposing that the monks of Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy may have been involved, through their priory at St Michael's Mount in England, in the mediaeval trade in tin from Cornwall, necessary for the production of pewter, bronze and church bells.
Organised a visit, led by historian David Lecoeur, for Les Amis du Pont Bailey to Mont Pinçon, the highest point in Normandy, liberated by British forces in August 1944 during the Battle of Normandy.
- Proposed stories to French press:
- Revue de l'année 2008: Bailey Bridge (LVLB)
- Timur d'Vatz Fait Voyager Les Couleurs du Bocage (LVLB)
- Brianna: Sur les Traces de George Para Pendant la Guerre (LVLB)
- Comment Susciter l'Intérêt Autour du Pont? (LVLB)
- Amis du Pont Bailey: Pour Que Vive le Vétéran Métallique (OF)
- Entre Fête et Devoir de Mémoire (LVLB)
- Cérémonie de la Libération: Se Rassembler Pour Mieux Se Souvenir (OF)
- Recueillement et Festivités Pour Les 65 Ans (OF)
- Les Amis du Pont Bailey en Visite au Mont Pinçon (OF)
2009 Print Journalism
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Founding president of Les Amis du Pont Bailey, formed to save a condemned British World War ll Bailey bridge (once part of the Mulberry 'B' artificial harbour at Arromanches). The last physical evidence in the bocage of British involvement in the Battle of Normandy after D-Day in 1944, the bridge was unveiled in Pont-Farcy on 17 October in the presence of sappers of the Royal Engineers who helped restore and set it up as a memorial.
- Translated a variety of material (French-English) for Les Chemins du Mont-Saint-Michel including its web site.
- Organised visits to Cornwall by French historians and archaeologists to promote the re-connection between St Michael's Mount in England and Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy (see TV documentary A Tale of Two Castles by Footloose TV, screened England in May 2008).
- A judge of Dorset Down sheep presented at the Concours Général Agricole des Animaux (Salon de Paris) agricultural show. Also showed Dorset Horn sheep at the Bures-les-Mont 'Mediaeval Fair'.
- Led the week-long third annual Anglo-Norman 'Conquest' of England with Anne & David Nicolas-Méry, François Saint-James, Timur d'Vatz and Sarah Long: exploring Anglo-Norman, Roman, Saxon and Viking links in Durham, Yorkshire and Northumberland.
- Provided web site and other translations for Les Chemins du Mont-Saint-Michel in Vire, Normandy, in preparation for the 1,300th anniversaries of the founding and consacration of Mont-Saint-Michel (2008/2009), having instigated the proposed opening of 'pilgrim' routes in south-west England linking St Michael's Mount and Mont-Saint-Michel.
- Continued to edit a web site for Respecter Le Bocage; to provide independent French/English translator and interpreter services to local notaires; and translator/interpreter services to Alu Composites Yachting.
2008 Print Journalism
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- Conceived and designed a web site promoting the town and annual fête of Landelles-et-Coupigny.
- Translated from French into English the technical specifcations and publicity material for Alu Composites Yachting's Futuna 50', 57' and 70' ocean-going cruisers.
Launched a campaign to preserve and publicly display Pont-Farcy's superb church clock which had been abandoned and neglected since the early 1960s successfully achieved in 2011!).
Conceived the idea of telling local history through bandes-dessinées, becoming a founding member of the team that created Chroniques de l'Armoire Temporelle, stories written and illustrated by 'Moloch' to explore episodes in the history of the Norman Bocage Virois, the first being Le Filigrane du Rat published by La Voix le Bocage on 7 Dec 2007, supported by 'Tourisme en Bocage Virois' and European 'Leader+' funding featuring Sarah Long and Georges de Coupigny, also translated into English.
- Organised a series of semi-official visits and tours of Le Mont-Saint-Michel collaborating with David Nicolas-Méry and François Saint-James in order to re-establish relations between St Michael's Mount in Cornwall and Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy (for the first time about 700 years) in the run-up to the 1300th anniversary of the founding of the Norman abbey.
- Led the week-long second annual Anglo-Norman 'Conquest' of England with David Nicolas-Méry, François Saint-James and Sarah Long: exploring Anglo-Norman and Saxon links in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Hampshire.
- Produced the first pedigree Dorset Down lambs from a newly imported English Dorset Down ram [see Elevage Dorset] showing a ram and a ewe of this breed at the annual Saint Sever Sheep Fair.
- Continued to edit a web site for Respecter Le Bocage; and to provide independent French/English translator and interpreter services to local notaires.
2007 Print Journalism
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- Presented a talk to the London Hellenic Centre entitled Greek Migrations: Phanariot, Chian & Other Families, and the Secrets of their Success.
- Helped BBC Northern Ireland with a TV documentary, Flight to Freedom, concerning the WWll Pilot Bill McGrath who evaded capture in France and returned to Britain via Pat Line.
An occasional contributor to the local French media: e.g. Quality of Life.
- Continued: to edit a web site for Respecter Le Bocage; to provide independent French/English translator and interpreter services to local notaires; and to develop Elevage Dorset.
Agreed to the publication of Sorting Out Sir Winston in the magazine Finest Hour (encouraged by Lady Soames). This article concerned the author's childhood memories of Sir Winston Churchill and of a time, in 1966, when he was involved in sorting out the former prime minister's personal effects.
2005 Print Journalism
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Founding member and web-site editor of Respecter Le Bocage, a local action group devoted to protecting the Calvados/Normandy environment and specifically demanding that cables carrying a proposed 400,000 volt electricity supply be buried rather than carried on pylons across a highly sensitive area of outstanding natural beauty a lost cause when the pylons were constructed across the département de la Manche in 2012 despite general disapproval.
Continued the web presentation of David Nicolas-Méry's study on the Donjon d'Avranches.
- Registered with A.I.F.C.C. in Caen as an official, independent French/English translator and interpreter (resigned in 2005). Became an official English/French interpreter for notaires in Condé-sur-Noireau.
- Devised and taught an English language training course to meet the needs of about 20 French secrétaires de mairie in Normandy.
- Continued: to develop Elevage Dorset, using the press to publicise the merits of traditional hedge-laying (plessage) (a technique largely lost in Normandy); and to provide bi-lingual web authoring and editing services to new and existing clients.
2004 Print Journalism
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- A judge in the NetMedia 2003 European Online Journalism Awards.
- Occasional contributor to French media on the impending war in Iraq e.g. Radio France Bleu and La Voix Le Bocage.
Gave a talk in Avranches (part of the Barbacane 'Equinox' Festival) on an Englishman's appreciation and comprehension of Norman Patois in the Bocage virois and with reference to its parallels in the English language today. Other speakers were Pierre Boissel, Edward Impey, François Saint-James and Julien Deshayes.
- Designed, edited and/or maintained web sites, several with mutli-lingual capability: examples (finished, testing or under construction) include:
- L'Association Barbacane d'Avranches, Normandie a society which explores the history, archeology and culture of Avranches in Normandy and which organises events and festivals devoted to Norman and Anglo-Norman heritage.
- Festival Equinox d'Avranches, Normandie the annual Anglo-Norman festival held in Avranches and organised by L'Association Barbacane.
- The Donjon d'Avranches, Normandie a large site explaining the extraordinary rediscovery in 2002 of the full extent of the remains of an important C11th Norman castle at Avranches.
- Jean-Louis Tamvaco, Paris related to the author's previously published reserach into the history of opera as published as Les Cancans (CNRS Paris) and which includes some family Greek diaspora family history.
- Ste Marie Outre L'Eau, Normandie a small site devoted to life in a tiny French commune in Calvados and to its annual fête in particular.
- L'Orangerie, Vire, Normandie devoted to the sale of an historic property in Normandy (site now withdrawn).
- Le Parc, Le Tourneur, Normandie information concerning an old Norman farmhouse in Calvados, available for holiday rental.
A judge in the NetMedia 2002 European Online Journalism Awards.
- Established Elevage Dorset, an officially recognised small flock of pedigree Dorset Down & Dorset Horn sheep at Le Bosquet, Pont-Farcy, Normandy, France. The project, on 3 hectares (5 hectares by 2010), aims to improve the two breeds, introduce their qualities to European breeders, and provide breeding ewes, along with rams as terminal sires, to European breeders [Flock No.: FR 14-513-091 Siren /Siret : 448 316 208 00017].
2003 Print Journalism
2002 Print Journalism
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- Consultant to the town of Albert, Somme, France, on the development of its municipal web site.
- Consultant to the private bank Zarifi et Cie in Marseilles, France, for its corporate web site.
- Carried out research for a prospective British TV documentary on Mediterranean history in Vienna, Trieste, Livorno, Marseilles and the Aegean island of Chios.
Eleventh tour to The Balkans for B-Sky TV News, based in Skopje and on the Macedonia/Kosovo frontier, covering the Spring assembly of Nato's Extraction Force & Kfor components as conflict continued in Kosovo.
- Toured Eastern Europe (Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic) observing the situation 10 years after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc
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- Continued as a specialist studio contributor to B-Sky TV News coverage of Balkan affairs during the Kosovo conflicts.
- Featured in 'Sleep' a Twenty-Twenty TV series for Channel 4, screened 07-98, enacting the effects of stress-induced disturbed sleep (see related item: 'At The Margins'.)
- Created a web site for the international educational project Crossing Borders.
- Continued to provide editorial, IT, web & graphics skills to London design consultants Catalytico.
- Created an outline Web site for the London based charity for refugees in Slovenia TFSR.
- Provided testimony and evidence to prosecution investigators from the International Criminal Tribunal (Yugoslavia) (ICTY) on events in the Balkans, 1991-95 see War Crimes Trials. This evidence particularly concerned General Milivoj Petkovic, commander-in-chief of the HVO in Hercegovina in 1992. [In May 2013, Petkovic was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on nine counts of crimes against humanity, eight counts of violations of the laws or customs of war and eight counts of grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions.]
- Contributed & edited news/policy items for Bulletins 12 and 13 of the National Consumer Council.
- Continued to comment on Balkan developments e.g. Kosovo Ignites for KPFK radio Los Angeles.
- Continued to develop The Memory Bank 2000 project.
- Continued to write and compile a practical handbook for journalists.
- Wrote a comment to BBC Radio 4's PM programme, broadcast 11-03-1998.
1998 Offline only
- Conceived and developed The Memory Bank 2000 as an on-line archive of popular C20th memory and experience in text, sounds and images.
- Provided editorial, IT, web & graphics skills to London design consultants Catalytico.
- Edited a number of advisory reports published by the National Consumer Council to assist British government policy-making on Environment, Health, etc.
- Short assignment to write web articles for Price Waterhouse.
- Studio and news-room assistance in ITN/LNR's General Election radio news coverage.
- Monitoring and analysing the British General Election coverage in the national press for Carma International.
- Began writing and editing a definitive practical handbook for trainee & graduate journalists.
1997 Offline only
- Founder member of the Internet Developers Association (London).
- Ninth tour to The Balkans, for NHK TV (Japan), to devise, research & write 'The Bridge' as associate producer of a 20' Hi-Def TV documentary about civilian victims of war in the divided city of Mostar, screened 25-11-94.
- Frequent specialist commentator on B-Sky TV's coverage from The Balkans.
- Newsdesk shifts in London at Independent Radio News (IRN) and assisted in the setting-up of Reuters Radio News.
- A contributor to MacFormat magazine.
Eighth tour to The Balkans, examining illegal arms supplying to the war zones, sanctions-busting and the efficiency of UN frontier monitoring, observed from Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Albania, Macedonia and Greece.
1994 Offline only
Seventh tour to The Balkans, filing to BBC Radio News and The Daily Mail from the Bosnia-Hercegovinan front-line (Metkovic, Mostar, Sarajevo, Kiseljak, Vitez, Travnik, Bugojno and Prozor). Exclusive: the British ODA/UNHCR convoy driving into severe artillery fire at Sarajevo Airport.
Sixth tour to The Balkans, observing the Croatian political situation in Zagreb, filing to BBC Radio News and contributing Where To Draw The Lines in The Balkans to Nova Matica.
- Contributed a series of investigative news features for The Observer.
Covered the European Community's London Conference on former Yugoslavia.
Fifth tour to The Balkans, covering front line activity in Hercegovina, Bosnia, the besieged capital, Sarajevo and the Bosanski Brod and the Dalmatian Coast refugee crises, contributing to:
BBC Radio News,
BBC World Service,
BBC Radio 1,
The Daily Telegraph,
- Speaker at a Royal Institute for International Affairs debate on the Balkan wars and guest speaker at the RIIA seminar on the likely effects of sanctions on Serbia.
- Fourth tour to The Balkans, witnessing the start of the Croat assaults on Muslims in Hercegovina, e.g. in Prozor, Gornji Vakuf and Dornji Vakuf. Covered the developing refugee crisis on the Dalamtian coast for
The Daily Telegraph, the
Evening Standard and
BBC Radio News.
Further contributions to ITN's
Channel 4 News,
B-Sky TV, and the
BBC's 'World Service', 'World Tonight' & 'World At One'.
- Wrote an obituary for The Independent on a colleague, the photographer Paul Jenks, killed in Croatia.
- Visited Moscow as a guest contributor to the independent newspaper Nezarvicimaya.
1992 Print Journalism
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The first commentator to predict war in Bosnia-Hercegovina on ITN's Channel 4 News (17-12-91).
- Invited to take part in London's Royal Institute for International Affairs (RIIA) conference and subsequent seminar on 'Yugoslavia'.
- Specialist contributor on the war in Croatia for
BBC Radio News,
BBC Radio Northern Ireland,
BBC TV News and ITN's
Channel 4 News.
Exclusive interview with President Tudjman in his nuclear shelter for BBC Radio News ('Today') and Globus.
- Exclusive interview with President Stipe Mesic aboard M.V. Slavija for Globus (Zagreb).
Two extensive tours in 'Yugoslavia', covering the wars in Slovenia and Croatia as a correspondent for the London Evening Standard and Globus (Zagreb). The only British newspaper journalist aboard the M.V. Slavija (leading a convoy which confronted Serbian JNA gun boats in order to break the Dubrovnik Blockade), reporting for the London Evening Standard and Globus (Zagreb).
A contributor to the first two issues of London's The Big Issue and involved in its production using QuarkXpress.
- Wrote a series of explanatory pieces and profiles for Globus (Zagreb), as the Serbo-Croatian war developed.
- Contributed Balkan Suicide to Osmija (Belgrade).
- Wrote the obituary for Sir Geoffrey Peacock, CVO, for The Times.
- Continued to provide copy-writing services to IMS, London.
- Market research for Toiletries. Script-writing for Riverside Nannies. Sourced and provided editorial services for an Atlas of Art.
1991 Print Journalism
1991 Offline only
Conceived, designed, launched and edited The Music Magazine a monthly magazine devoted to all aspects of classical music. The title was published by Orpheus Publications and then sold to the BBC where it remains a flagship title.
- Provided copy-writing services to IMS, London.
- Founding director of The Yellow Guide Publishing Company.
1990 Print Journalism
1990 Offline only
- Edited, 1982/83, That Reminds Me... and wrote the forward to Michael Beecham's autobiography, published 1983.
- Covered the IRA bomb attack near Harrods.
- Regular contributor, 198386, to London Portrait Magazine as principal News Columnist and Feature Writer.
- Helped research, 198384, Safe Houses Are Dangerous by Helen Long (Wm. Kimber, 1985) [see Secret Papers, for London Portrait Magazine, on WWll SOE & MI9 escape lines]
- Contributor to Selfridges Magazine (198384).
1980-89 Some Random Images Related to Journalism
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- Covered the Iranian Embassy siege.
- Helped Elizabeth, Lady Longford with research, 1980, for illustrations for her book Images Of Chelsea (St Helena Press, 1980, limited edition) and received an inscribed copy (no.50).
- Editor, advisor and 'author's reader', 198083, in Chelsea and in Provence, for the publisher Mary Glasgow during the writing of her autobiography.
- Occasional contributor, 198092, to Independent Radio News (IRN) and London Broadcasting Company (LBC).
- Copy-writer, 1980, for Homeline Limited.
1980-89 Some Random Images Related to Journalism
1980 Print Journalism Jan-Mar
1980 Print Journalism Apr-Jun
1980 Print Journalism Jul-Sep
1980 Print Journalism Oct-Dec
- Contributor of frequent 'overnights' (unattributed news items) to the London Evening Standard and commissioned contributions to the Home, Foreign, Diary and Features desks (1979-93).
- Columnist on Time & Tide magazine, the political monthly, until its closure.
- Elected, Nov 1979, a member of The Chelsea Arts Club in Old Church Street, Chelsea, being a permanent resident there during the summer of 1981.
- Took an increasing but temporary role in helping to manage Slaley Hall, Northumberland, a large mixed agricultural estate (197982) see: training gun-dogs.
1979 Print Journalism Jan-Mar
1979 Print Journalism Apr-Jun
1979 Print Journalism Jul-Sep
1979 Print Journalism Oct-Dec
Joined the staff of The London Newspaper Group on 13-10-1978 (for five years) as a news reporter, feature-writer and principal columnist on the Fulham Chronicle (16-10-1978), Kensington News & Post (30-10-1978), Marylebone Mercury, Chelsea News and Westminster & Pimlico News [see: Chelsea Vignette]. Worked from offices in Fulham, Kensington, Marylebone and Hammersmith. Over nearly five years produced around 3,200 news items, features, leaders and columns on Central London affairs, personalities and events. All these items were typed on 1950s typewriters such as an Imperial 50, an Imperial 65, an Imperial 66 (Image andManual) or a Royal HH. Freelance items were written on an Olympia Splendid 66.
Helped, 1978, in the reception of 347 Vietnamese Boat People refugees in London: preparing their reception at the Barracks in Kensington Church Street and organising a visit to the English countryside in Kent.
- A founding member, 1978, of The Friends of Holland Park, led by Steve Rettig and dedicated to protecting the park from the threat of destruction by the Greater London Council.
1978 Print Journalism
1976-1979 Offline only
1980-1986 Offline only
BEFORE BECOMING A JOURNALIST
- 1948 67 Christopher Long was born in England and educated in the UK:
Captained St Edmund's cross country team, completed the Advanced Certificate in the Officers' Training Corps (OTC/CCF) and qualified for the British Red Cross first aid certificate.
- Laverock School, Limpsfield, Surrey (1953-56)
- The Hill School, Westerham, Kent (1956-62)
- St Edmund's School, Canterbury, Kent (1962-67)
- 1966 Helped Sir Winston Churchill's secretary to sort and list his personal possessions, papers and books following his death and prior to the establishment of a museum at Chartwell, Westerham, Kent. Took part in a student visit to Leningrad and Moscow.
- 1967 Entered The Hon. Society of The Inner Temple, London, to read tort, crime, contract and land law.
- 1968 A marketing consultant for: Coates Bros. (printing inks).
1969 Carried out research at King's College Hospital Medical Library for Disease & History (Hart Davis, 1971), written by Frederick Cartwright and Michael Biddiss. Trained in marketing with the Granite & Quartzite Centre in London and later in Cape Town, Namaqualand and Durban.
1970 Joined Lever Brothers in South Africa as a Brand Manager, helping to manage five leading detergent brands; later seconded to advertising agencies Lintas and JWT, working on the imminent launch of television in South Africa. Returned to the UK by sea from Durban to Venice via Port Elizabeth, East London, Cape Town, Walvis Bay, Tenerife, Barcelona and Brindisi.
- 1971 Re-entered The Hon. Society of The Inner Temple, London, to read tort, crime, contract and land law.
- 1972 Elected a member of the East India & Sports Club in St James's Square, London (resigned Nov 1979).
1974 76 Temporary clerical assistant with Godstone Rural District Council (Oxted, Surrey). Developed, with Redland Tiles (Westerham, Kent), two of his own patented inventions to production (tile clips for straight and broken bond roof tiles).
- 1975 A founding director of the audio-visual production company Access Media.
1976 77 Edited Change Into Uniform (Terence Dalton, 1978) an autobiography by Helen Long. Helped produce a brochure for a pressed steel tool manufacturer, Powdrex. Held temporary account executive posts at advertising agencies Astral and S&J (Kensington, London) and, as a marketing executive, at Lamson Paragon (Canning Town, London).
1948-59 Offline only
1960-69 Offline only
1970-79 Offline only
Thirty-five years experience as: a reporter (home, investigative, foreign, war, etc), leader writer, feature writer, columnist and diarist, sub-editor and commissioning editor.
- Expertise in: all aspects of print and web publishing.
- Expert knowledge of: both Macintosh computers (since 1987) and most of their software, including text, sound and image manipulation.
- Hand-coder of web content using HTML5 & CSS3.This entire web site has been hand-coded using HTML and CSS3.
- Competent in: radio production, presentation and news desk procedures.
- Good understanding of: the fundamental principles of English law.
- Languages: native: English. fluent: French.
Resident in Normandy, France.
- Clean French driving licence
- No visa restrictions
- Red Cross First Aid Certificate
- Recognised as an official independent French/English translator and interpreter.
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