Born in a coal mining village in County Durham, England in 1951. Went to grammar school at St. Aidan's in Sunderland, County Durham. Joined the Royal Air Force in 1967 and left as a Warrant Officer in 1991. Emigrated to Australia and worked as a senior policy officer for several State government before retiring in 2010. Became a wildlife photographer and now a writer as well. Sketching is another past time that I enjoy as well.