People, Places & Me is dedicated with love to my wife Beryl and son Jonathan who without a quibble have enabled me to pursue my career when I know that at times it has been at the expense of their own aspirations.
My real education commenced when I left school at 16 and got a job sweeping up the office of the now defunct South London Advertiser weekly newspaper. That was more than 50 years ago and virtually every day since I have learned something new from the people Iíve met and the moments I have enjoyed along the way. Thankfully this great journey of discovery is continuing into the wondrous age of the Internet and I am as ambitious now as I have ever been.
Journalism mixed with public relations is a great recipe for a career for someone like me with an inquisitive mind, a sense of humour, a touch of ego and little else to offer. To this day I have no idea how it happened for me, except that Iím glad it did because what I learned from it shaped the greater part of my life.
People Places & Me is a reflection of my journey so far and who knows there might be a sequel.
It is a public expression of thanks to those people who unknowingly helped to educate me; the longer stories do not denote a greater importance than the shorter ones; neither does the order which is sort of alphabetical.
London February 2010