Other types of writing include samples of my features: particularly for The Sunday Times Magazine at the peak of its success. Here, for example, is the story of Matthew Bell , who battled the food bug e-coli O157. And, written for the Mail on Sunday magazine, the tragedy of footballer Justin Fashanu .
The most ancient stories here are from my tenure covering social affairs for The Sunday Times, and where in the 1980s I pioneered that now-popular beat. Looking back, my own favourites are simple, short reports, such as a feature about the closure of an institution for the homeless, and a page 1 news story , which upset a bunch of bigots.
Another major concern is the potential for spread of CWD from captive cervid farms into the wild cervid population. Once a disease gets into a wild population, it is virtually impossible eradicate. The only thing that can be done is control the spread of the disease at great expense. KDWPT recommends that every captive cervid operator enroll in the voluntary CWD monitoring program administered by the Kansas Department of Agriculture's Kansas Animal Health Division. The sooner diseases such as CWD can be detected in captives, the sooner control efforts can begin and possibly prevent the spread of disease to wild populations of the state. CWD is only one of many diseases that could go undetected in an unmonitored captive cervid herd. Bovine tuberculosis and Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), for example, are serious diseases that could seriously damage not only populations of deer and an annual 350 million-dollar hunting economy, but could also threaten the 6 billion-dollar Kansas cattle industry via quarantines and loss of accreditation.