I grew up in South Africa (SA) and matriculated in 1957. I have travelled and seen a larger part of Africa than many of my friends, and quite a lot of the world. I think my natural curiosity got me involved in all sorts of activities from Puppeteer, Teacher, Lecturer, to Drama Production and Reflexology.
Employed to teach Circus children, I trained as a white-faced Clown, and soon worked up an acrobatic act travelling all over East Africa, mainly Tanganyika, Kenya and Uganda. As a Clown, I made people laugh, but as a solo Acrobat, I scared the living daylights out of the audience diving through hoops of knives and fire.
Once I had settled down, I became the Advertising Manager for a number of Retail or Pharmaceutical Companies, finally becoming a Management Training Instructor for a large German Motor Manufacturing Company.
For ten years, I produced and directed an annual Cabaret, raising sorely needed money for various charities. It was hard work - but great fun!
Andre - my wonderful partner for 35 years - and I, moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2006, and enjoy the way of life here.
Before The Rainbow
by Alan Bramwell
Fifty years ago, South African society was rigid, less tolerant and bigoted! Imagine growing into manhood – after being abused as a child – believing that you are evil, perverted and worthy only of Hell! Imagine the freedom of travelling in a circus. This book is about gay life, exactly observed, but with wry humour underlying each chapter.
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