Alex Brinded

Freelance journalist,

Location icon United Kingdom

With an NCTJ Diploma from News Associates I have recently written three articles for Materials World, the magazine produced by the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals, also open-access on their website.
As part of my training I did my placement with the South West Londoner and wrote news, features and reviews online.
I previously worked for an independent publisher where I wrote and proofed children's non-fiction.

Before that I did a short stint for the SEO marketing company Performics, part of Publicis Group, where I wrote financial articles to develop Halifax's online hub and for other sites.

Preventing and utilising cavitation

Researchers uncover how to reduce water damage caused by microbubbles to protect infrastructure. Alex Brinded takes a look at how it works. Objects entering water are exposed to millions of tiny bubbles that burst on the surface and cause damage to infrastructure over time.

Wood stripping process boosts bioplastics

A process to leach lignin and cellulose from waste wood has been recognised for its potential in bioplastics production. Alex Brinded finds out more. A bioplastics material company has been named as one to watch by Scientific American magazine.

Smart lenses zoom in a blink

A soft lens that mimics and responds to the human eye has been created by scientists at the University of California San Diego, USA. The proof-of-concept and biomimetic lens changes shape, and therefore focus, in direct response to movements of the eyeball.

South West Londoner
Charity doesn't believe Croydon Cat Killer was scavenging foxes

Yesterday, the police concluded their investigation into the dozens of killings in south London by saying the injuries were likely caused by foxes scavenging on roadkill. But South Norwood Animal Rescue Liberty (SNARL), which has spent the past three years investigating the gruesome mutilations of the cats in Croydon and beyond, believe the way the bodies were left were too similar to be done by animals.

South West Londoner
How south west London will mark Remembrance Sunday on centenary of Armistice Day

This Remembrance Sunday will honour the British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts, marking 100 years since the end of World War I. Chelsea Pensioner Bill Gorrie, 79, said: "Time does tend to wither things and people forget.

South West Londoner
Review: The Northcote pub has had a refurb but remains a boozers' favourite

The almost 140-year-old local sits on the junction of Northcote Road and the burgeoning Battersea Rise, and was the first pub I visited after moving to the area a few years ago. The old version felt like a Camden gig venue, with a dowdy brown seating area, low lighting and sparsely dotted high tables.

South West Londoner
South Londoner's story about isolated teen wins national writing competition

Rebekah McDermott, 25, originally from Bath but now living near Brixton, jointly won the 16-25 category for her 2,000 word story titled Mud. The competition was run by The Children's Society along with Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, for the Seriously Awkward Campaign.