In the real world he has co-authored two books and edited numerous
others (ranging in subject-matter from movies to modern Russian
politics), been acting editor on a glossy history and travel magazine,
editorial consultant for a big name women's magazine, a freelance news
editor for AOL UK, worked in both the House of Commons and the
European Commission, and contributed to publications as diverse as Starburst and the Times Literary Supplement.
Best known as Nosemonkey online, he has been blogging about British and European politics daily for several years both at his own blog and sites like The Sharpener, General Election 2005 (now defunct), AgoraVox, France 24 and the Washington Post / Newsweek's Postglobal, as well as about movies for the BBC, and has been shortlisted for blog awards by the likes of the Guardian, Deutsche Welle International and the Weblog Awards, amongst others.