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I left home at age 14. Not altogether my idea, but character building none the less. I spent time at sea learning those things your Mother wouldn't tell you about, jumped ship in Australia to get away from the bullying. I think it's call jumping out of the frying pan into the fire! I arrived back in Blighty (UK) just before my 16th Birthday. At which juncture the Youth Employment Dept put me into Private Service. Now this was interesting, people spoke to me nicely for a change. I met Royalty and notables on a regular basis. However it was the Royal Protection Squad that always filled my head with their discipline and adventures. Later England decides it needed my help. Conscription was all the rage still. Which found me deposited in full blue heavy serge uniform and kitbag, on a desert atoll in the mid Pacific. What they hadn't mentioned in their travel brochure was they intended detonating a Thermo Nuclear bomb on it. Not, to be frank a good idea in my humble opinion. I was there seemingly, to tell them what that felt like. Not on my own of course. They wouldn't trust just one person's view. Personally I would have preferred Paris.
After demob, I found myself back at sea for some more life training. The hidden cost of all this globe trotting is that it becomes difficult to stop and stay just in one place. In complete contrast the next 40 years were spent in the Finance/Investment/Banking industry. Not though without several trips each year to foreign climes, some on business others simply cruising or exploring.
Most of my writing is non fiction, and that which I label as Fiction, is actually based on real events, with of course the names changed to protect the guilty! I don't need someone coming around to break my knees, thank you.
Whilst some of my books are adventures at sea,and appeal to both passengers and seamen,others have a more politically or financial theme, usually controversial.Non of my writings would appeal to those of a more 'Funder mentalist Outlook'and I would with respect strongly advise such persons avoid all my works.!