Born in 1930, in Cheshire, England. Grew up in Manchester area and the edge of the Peak District. Cycled locally and in north-west Scotland, which I and later my wife Jean have always been drawn to.
Chemistry degree, Manchester 1952, but already wishing that I'd gone into music. National Service (RAF). Industrial Chemist for next 32 years (heavy chemicals). Moved from Lancashire to South Wales 1962, - countryside and sea for ourselves & children. Retired 1986 as Chief Chemist at cement company.
Married 1959 to Jean: Many good years and always close. We have three children and five grandchildren, who are of course a source of great contentment. Jean had always been sporting and very active but at 90 she was stricken by vascular dementia. Following some bad times she's now contented and settled in an excellent Nursing Home that I can visit weekly.
After retirement, my hobbies as well as walking, swimming, sunbathing, were learning basic music composing and programming (in 'C'). Wrote my own note-handler (primitive but worked, before Sibelius). Had given up music years ago but have written The Long Lament for myself.