ABOUT


Hello There. This is I.

I’m a Writer.

I’m a mix of Pantheist, Humanist and Stoic empathatic with the teachings of Sydney Banks

I’m Bullshit intolerant, an Optimist who gets depressed.

I need Space, I don’t do Crowds and Cities.

I’m a Rebel, I don’t like Rules, I don’t like being Told What To Do.

I’m Unemployable.

I believe the Power Elite exists and that we’re powerless against them.

I believe most of us are being played.
(Read ‘Creating Freedom’ by Raoul Martinez)

I live on a boat, I haven’t slept on land for over three years now.Tiki 38 Gleda

That’s my boat over there on the right, I built her myself, in a barn far from the sea.

Let’s just call it productive insanity eh?

She’s called ‘Gleda’ and if you’re interested you can find out more HERE.

I’M A JACK OF ALL TRADES – a Renaissance Man, Polymath, Multipotentialite,

I’m proud of that, Jacks (and Jills) of all trades get bad press. Folks forget the full rhyme goes like this:

“Jack of all trades, master of none, though oft times better than master of one!”

I believe that being multi-skilled, innovative, knowledge-seeking, exploratory and multi-purposeful is a good thing. I’m too complex to categorise.

The ”Dean of science fiction writers” Robert A. Heinlein once said –
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialisation is for insects.”

Absolutely.

MY PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENTS (So Far)

  • Joining the Royal Navy and passing out from H.M.S. Ganges.
  • Packing an ejector seat parachute that saved a pilots life.
  • Sailing an 18ft boat single-handed along the South Coast of England.
  • Completing a double-handed voyage from Falmouth to the Canary Islands in a 35ft junk-rigged yacht.
  • Seeing my daughter born.
  • Project managing the installation of sports surfaces for the Commonwealth Games – Manchester 2002 & Special Olympics – Dublin 2003.
  • Working with the British Standards Institute and Flooring Trade Organisations to develop new British and European Standards.
  • Investigating, reporting on and resolving technical issues on construction sites around the UK & Ireland.
  • Resigning my well-paid corporate job on a matter of principle.
  • Building the Cutty Sark & Thames Barge equestrian jumps used at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
  • Seeing my daughter receive her Masters Degree.
  • Building a 38ft catamaran and sailing her from the UK to the Mediterranean.
  • Writing and self-publishing ‘A Foolish Voyage’.

See, I told you.

I was taught English by Craig Thomas, at King Edward VI Grammar School, Lichfield.

He later wrote 18 books including the novel ‘Firefox’, which was made into a movie starring Clint Eastwood.

He passed away in 2011, but I shall always be indebted to him for sparking my passion for reading and writing.