About Me

  • Both my parents were only children, and I was their only child – yet I had eight half-brothers and sisters
  • I built my own guitar
  • My father was English, my mother French – they were 2nd cousins
  • I have both British and French nationality, I’m Franglais
  • I love football, but don’t support any teams although I can’t stand Manchester United
  • I worked for the same company, on the same site for 24 years and 7 months, with five different company names on the door. When I left, they didn’t even give me a card.
  • I used to be a parent governor at my old high school
  • I have no middle name
  • I don’t like cabbage or cauliflower. Actually, “don’t like” is nowhere near strong enough
  • My guilty pleasure, musically, is Dvořák’s “Stabat Mater”
  • I would love to see and cross the Viaduc de Millau in the south of France
  • I don’t believe in God, nor am I an atheist. I just don’t do religion.
  • I do love to be beside the seaside.
  • Politically I’d go for a free, but fair and regulated, market economy. I’d never join a political party.
  • I was once summarily smacked at school for beginning a sentence with “Because…”. Thanks, Mr Winterton
  • Because of, or despite, this I am pedantic about grammar.
  • Favourite food? Probably paella
  • My favourite places are the beach here in Goring and the Cap de la Hève near Le Havre, France
  • I saw Johann Cruyff and George Best play football, and saw David Bowie as the Elephant Man in Denver, Co.

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