I was born in Stoke-on-Trent and had a largely unremarkable upbringing. My high school years of drinking, smoking and generally trying to a) avoid being at school and b) have a good time, meant that when it became time to revise for exams, I discovered that revision is easier if you haVE something to revise from. I didn't graduate from education so much as gradually find myself in the real world, without so much as a clue about what to do next. In a vain attempt to find a niche in life I embarked on a convoluted path that at various points took in time as a chef for a national roadside catering chain, part of a team programming hardware for Sellafield Nuclear Power Station and a window cleaner amongst jobs.
Following in the footsteps of many other young people with little in the way of qualifications and without any clear idea what to do with their lives, I fell into the Civil Service. The rest has been a blur involving spells as a Heavy Metal Axe God, Blues Shouter and Hippy, whilst holding down a day job and settling down with a family.
I also wrote a book, "The Marie Celeste Dinner & Dance Club"