, I was born in England soon after the war. I moved , with my family to Australia in 1966, where I was a soldier (briefly), a public servant, an opera singer, and an English teacher. I moved back to the UK after twelve years and after singing with D'Oyly Carte Opera for two years, qualified as a social worker specialising in dementia care. I've run St Cecilia Dementia Care for thirty-two years now. I've sung lots of opera as an amateur in Dorset and took up the cornet and trumpet, for good measure, fifteen years ago. I am married to Ruth and have two children, two step-sons and four grand-children. Ruth and I moved to The Vendee in France last year. (2020) I am an avid reader and I have written poetry throughout my life.