If you're wondering who and what I am, well, here goes. This is a brief account.
I am Winchester born and bred. At school, I was nothing special. My main interests were story writing, art and cars, so it was fitting that when I left school, I took on a motor mechanic apprenticeship. Sadly, I never finished the course. It was due to a recession, and many apprentices were laid off, so that was that for me in the motor trade.
Whilst looking for another garage to take me on (which never happened), I took a job as an operating theatre orderly, which transpired to be fun, and a lot better paid than an apprentice mechanic. I knew, though, that I would have to find a new profession, and began to think what I could do. Becoming a nurse wasn't an option, due to the early starts (I'm not good in the morning). I considered becoming a trainee chef, but was put off by the poor pay. Mortuary technician was an option, but basically it was a dead end job literally. The other thought was what is now known as an Operating Department Practitioner, which is similar to a nurse, but ODP's train specifically for theatres and critical care areas. So, I went for it.
My training meant a move to Southampton, so in 1984, I left home at the age of twenty, qualifying two years later and taking up a position at the general hospital. Two years later, I moved to Derby, but didn't stay there long. After a brief stint on the Isle of Man, I moved to London, where I met Pam, who I am married to, to this day.
In 1990, I rose to the dizzy heights of senior, remaining in the position for six years. In 1992 our daughter was born, which was one of the greatest moments of my life. She has since grown into a wonderful young lady, and is currently studying for a degree. She's expensive, but worth it.In 1995, I became unsettled, and wished to pursue my artistic dream, and left full time medical work in January 1996 to become an art consultant, also doing the medical work as a locum. It was a great time, because it gave me more time with my daughter, and many great experiences, including TV appearances, although I never felt comfortable with film crews concentrating on me. Performing at shows was great, and I loved talking to people who were genuinely interested in what I was doing. Also, I worked with some great artists, learning much from them. I did this for four years before moving to the north-east, where Pam and I purchased an art/craft/framing retail outlet. Due to the recession, however, in 2009 we closed the business, and I returned to the medical world, where I've remained, working in a private hospital. Six months after my return, I obtained my advanced life support certificate, which I considered a major personal victory. Many people fail this course, some of them being doctors.
Would I ever leave the medical world again? NO! It's where I belong. Would I like to return to Winchester one day? Yes, I would. Will I? Who knows?
What sort of things do I like? I love artistic music. The Stranglers are a lifelong love, but modern acts such as Muse, Blur, Pulp, Coldplay and my latest obsession . . . Frank Turner, who, like me is a Winchester lad, or as his wonderful song proclaims Wessex Boy.
Cricket is another love, which has bled into the stories, although Haszard is a much better player than me. Running is another pastime, although I suffered a setback last year when I fell ill, enduring a four and a half hour operation to put things right. Since then, I've started running again, but am nowhere near up to running the twelve miles I could before.
Humour is another passion. Great comedy writers such as Ian la Frenais and David Renwick as so inspirational. Comedies such as My Family, Red Dwarf, Not Going Out and Coupling all hit the spot with me, as do murder/mysteries. My all-time favourite copper is DCI Frank Burnside from The Bill, which is a show that never should have been axed. Instead, we now have to endure programmes such as I'm a celeb. Yuk!
As for other interests, I'll fill those in as time goes by.