After a grammar- and public-school education followed by Glasgow and Oxford Universities, at the latter of which he read history, Buxton became travel editor of the London Sunday Telegraph in 1961. During the Second World War Buxton was a decorated junior officer, serving in France and Germany. Prior to his journalistic career, Buxton also served as assistant adjutant in India during the last days of the British Raj.
Buxton has a Twitter account and tweets as @baaaddad and blogs at baaaddad.wordpress.com
Buxton has written several books, including "Travel '67", published by Follett in 1967, and "Walking in Wine Country", published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson in 1993.