The Story So Far...

From humble Yorkshire lad to honorary Warwickshire man, I've been in the making since 1971 and still haven't made it yet.

Born in Bradford in 1971 and raised in the village of Oxenhope in Brontë country, I attended Coventry University between 1990 and 1994, where I graduated with a B.A. Hons (First Class) degree in Modern Languages (German and French as core languages and Russian ab initio). The third year of my course was spent between Potsdam, Germany and Grenoble, France.

I met Emma Paddison in 1993, we married in 1996 and now have two girls and one boy (aged from 18 down to 8).

I live in Nuneaton, Warwickshire and am webmaster for a CAD/CAM software company. So much for the Modern Languages degree!

I have played the drums since 1981 and was a member of the now defunct Coventry originals band BAiT from 1996 until it folded as a rock band in 2007, and then again in its acoustic guise between 2011 and 2013. I also played drums with Coventry-based rock covers band, Ministry Of Beaver for four years between 2008 and 2012. I now perform on an occasional basis for original Coventry songwriter Malc Evans and his band.

Family picture in 2011

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An option for Bremainers?

I saw a link to a petition earlier, calling for the EU to offer European (sic) citizenship to UK citizens. While the author of the petition makes the usual conflation of Europe and the EU (I’m now convinced that the bulk of Remainers genuinely don’t know the difference between a continent and a political construct, given how … Continue reading


Who works for you?

This picture is the “Foreigner ID Card” I was required to have to live and work in Switzerland back in the early 1990s. I had to update this on three occasions (for three different seasons) on entering Switzerland and had to stop initially at the border and attend a clinic for a chest X-ray, as did … Continue reading


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