I know. It is the most horrific picture on here - and without any public
warning whatsoever. I should be ashamed of myself. But please do make
the most of it. When you have a photogenic rating as low as mine, you
make pretty darn sure you don't pose for pictures too often. This one
taken outside of the Blackpool Combined Association's Banquet and Ball
at the Cliffs Hotel in 2009 is, I promise you, a rarity.
I won't bore you with a complete life
history going back to the war years and my birth in southeast London, or
tell you about my enlightening (some would say frolicking) public school
days spent in Winchester. It is suffice for me to reveal my life has
remained just as unpredictable and explosive as those war years. Throughout
it, I have
always found the time to write. Only in my early years did I ever do it for the money, and then under a whole host
of fictitious names. Fictitious names? Yes, in those days it was often
the only way a man could get published in women's magazines - a good
source of revenue. Besides, what woman would buy a particular brassiere
from a write-up by a man, even a gay one? If you bought one - sorry to
hang that on you now!
Since those early days there have
been books published and countless articles written under my own name.
Some of these, mostly political ones, appeared online weekly under the
title: 'The Bitch!' between 2001 and 2008 on the popular directory
website 'AstaBGay' attracting in excess of 100,000
readers a week with an additional unknown number wherever they were
syndicated. They turned up everywhere, even occasionally winning awards
that I'd only find out about many months later.
Retiring to Blackpool in 2001, I
continued to write. I enjoy writing - but lazily. Mostly these days I
potter about doing various things to keep my mind occupied. I find
pottering is enjoyable, and really it is a skill perhaps only attainable
to any degree of perfection once one becomes a pensioner. At last! Maybe
I have acquired a skill.
With All Best Wishes . . .
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