Daniel Simpson

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Day job:
Dream job:
The Age of Stupid
Time on the job:
Jet, jeep, bus or bike:
Original connection:
Applied for office job. Didn't get it.
Why did you get involved?:
If not, what then?
Memorable moment:
Beating some heed-the-baals at football.
Scared of:
Guilty of:
The usual hypocrisies.
Planning to spend profits on:
The world's largest stash of Refreshers.
Will we save ourselves now we have the chance?:
Hopefully we'll evolve.


I’ve worked as a ghost tour guide, a summer school teacher and a foreign correspondent for Reuters and The New York Times. I resigned from my last posting to organise a music festival on Big War Island in Belgrade.

“Mired in what, from the outside, looked like true Balkan chaos,” wrote a visiting BBC reporter, “the festival always looked as if it was on the brink of falling apart.”

After holding it together, just, I ran away to reinvent myself as a researcher (and wannabe filmmaker).

Following another stint at Reuters, editing TV news, I now juggle for a living, write for fun and plan sustainable early retirement..


Watch Daniel & Franny discussing how to find a character representing the Iraqi war while the engineer fits Franny's solar panels.

Stuff done:

  • Rebels Without A Cause, 2005, 17 mins: A short film about a long war that the outside world ignored http://www.alertnet.org/thefacts/reliefresources/111822829145.htm


  • Blic (Serbia): He came for the politics and stayed for the music