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A A Gates, born in England, is widely travelled and is familiar with Cornwall as a result of a number of visits to the county, his first being as a young seaman on a ship loading china clay at the port of Fowey. He has been a merchant seaman, served in two armies, led cultural tours in Europe, Vietnam and Australia, and lectured on travel, European (including English) history, Church history, team building, decision making, conflict management and railway subjects. Writing is one of his passions. He has had articles published in Australia and in the United Kingdom, and knows nothing more relaxing and creative than putting words on paper, though he admits to being a lover of Association Football and the gentle art of fly-fishing. The study of theology is another of his deep interests.
He is concerned by the darker tendencies sometimes evident in people and has compassion for the susceptible. His desire is to see a more compassionate and more ethical world.
He lives in South Australia with his wife Ruth whom he loves dearly. His first wife, Ann, mother of his two sons and a daughter, died in 2001. He is in love with two countries, Australia and England. Unfortunately, he says, they are many thousands of miles apart. He and his wife travel by train at every opportunity and have enjoyed some of the great train journeys of the world.