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I was born and educated in Launceston Tasmania and then at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. While growing up I was greatly interested in the scenes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains that often featured in advertisements for the Canadian Pacific rail line. These advertisements appeared regularly on the rear cover of the National Geographic Magazine which was sent to us by a relative in Detroit Mi. As soon as was practical my wife and I left Tasmania for the Canadian province of Alberta where I taught school for a number of years and where our children were born. The cold eventually drove us back to Tasmania's more balmy climes and I taught in University Geography departments until taking early retirement and of necessity becoming somewhat of a stock market investor. This is where, as the global financial meltdown commenced in 2007 I discovered the truth about short selling practices that led to the writing of Money Farm. Since that time I have avoided the stock market and spent my time in the year round pursuits of fishing, sailing, bushwalking and gardening, roughly in that order.