I am a Chartered Engineer, writer, family man, rower and meddler with vintage motorcycles.
Orange Juice and Cod Liver Oil is my first book, written a year after retiring from 45 years in engineering. All my life I have thought about the social order and, in retirement, I am recording some of what I have learned about life in my writings.
I was born in 1946, in the coldest winter on record, and grew up in a post-war Britain of bomb craters, ration books and National Health orange juice and cod liver oil.
An 11+ failure, educated at small country schools and in a 5-year apprenticeship in an oil refinery. I was a country boy and my best friend was a greyhound-cross and together we spent a few happy years rabbiting and a bit of poaching. We got around on a motorbike and sidecar.
I eventually achieved an engineering degree by part-time study and went on to work as design engineer, project manager, and group manager of a world class team, designing and building process plants for the production of hydrogen and other industrial gases.
As a young man I found my soul mate, we married and, together, brought up four children who have so far given us ten grandchildren.
The great social changes after the second world war created opportunities for me which I tried to grasp. I was nourished and educated by the Welfare State.