About Me

I’ve lived in Beirut since 2004 and see myself staying here for the foreseeable future.

Before I arrived here I’d made up my mind that I wanted to do one of two things, either join the army, or work for the government. Joining the army fell by the wayside quite late on in the process due to my discovery of beer and women and the realization that I couldn’t deal with the incessant boot-polishing and getting up at the crack of dawn.

I ended up Beirut by a strange route. I left secondary school intent on studying International Relations at university, however first I had a GAP Year to complete. By a set of strange coincidences I ended up living in the South Pacific, intending to fly airplanes for the Royal Tongan Defence Force after getting my Private Pilot’s License in 1999. Once there, well, the island’s a small place and I was going stir crazy. Luckily I met a guy who ran a publishing house in Manhattan, was offered a job and accepted. A summary of my thoughts on Tonga? A beautiful place, don’t drink the moonshine, be prepared to be the smallest guy in the bar. However, I will be eternally grateful to George for all his support.

New York was a blast, pure and simple. Living in cheap accommodation in Queens, I made, and blew, what seemed to me to be a small fortune. Bars, clubs, restaurants, I did them all. Made some really good friends and tried my hand at publishing. Little did I know I’d return to that.

After the GAP Year I spent the usual three years completing a BA in International Relations and Security at the University of Bradford in England. Focusing on the Middle East, regional security apparatus, asymmetric warfare and ethnically and religiously-motivated violence. Funnily enough, I wrote my thesis on a certain Hezbollah.

After realizing that a BA in International Relations was about as useful as a chocolate kettle when it came to getting employed, I decided to embark on an MA. But the question was “where?” The answer soon presented itself during a family holiday to Lebanon.

In short, I saw The American University of Beirut (AUB), applied, and was accepted into the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) MA course. I soon fell in love with Beirut and Lebanon as a whole, and decided that my future lay here. As a by-product, my final thesis was on Israeli Security in the Twenty First Century.

I worked for two publishing houses, one educational, one focusing on Middle Eastern luxury life, before turning to freelancing. I’ve been doing it ever since.

I hope you enjoy Brit in Beirut, my take on ex-pattery in this most wonderful of cities.

If you’d to drop me a line, please do so at britinbeirut[at]rocketmail[dot]com.

The Brit