About Me

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Although I currently live in the Monterey Bay area of California, I am British by birth.  I grew up on Tyneside (which is why some people think I talk funny)  and later lived in York and London before moving to the United States in 1999.

I have degrees in Chemistry and Education and have worked in a number of different fields over the years, all of which have given me a wide range of experience and interests. You can read about some of them here on this website.

Throughout all of my adult life, I have worked in Music in some capacity.  I play a number of instruments, predominantly stringed and percussion, and have a particular interest in unusual, experimental and ethnic instruments.  I have played many styles of music from rock to musical theatre, and currently perform with two bands.  You can read more on the Music page.

In the field of Education and Training, I have worked as a teacher of Science, Business Studies and IT at high school level, and was a facilitator on a Teacher Training course run by a consortium of London schools and colleges. More recently, I have returned to this field as a software trainer in a Healthcare setting.

Information Technology:
My experience with computers began with the Commodore PET series, and I began working professionally in IT as part of my teaching experience.  At that time, the teaching of IT in British schools was starting to be seen as a good thing, and because I had some experience with computers, I was drafted in to be part of the school’s IT department, where we taught the students on BBC Model B micros, soon to be replaced by networked RM Nimbus PCs.

The rest, as they say, is history, as the use of computers ballooned in the early 1990s, especially with the advent of the World Wide Web.  On leaving the teaching profession, I worked for a while at a telecoms market research company, before coming to the US, where I have worked in IT in the Newspaper and Healthcare fields, using Windows and Macintosh systems as well as IBM iSeries and Microsoft SQL/SSRS.

From 2002-2008 I wrote music articles for The Salinas Californian, a Gannett newspaper.  During that time, I had 200+ articles in print and online, and was also asked to write material for the Monterey Blues Festival programme.  I have also ghost-written articles for a telecommunications magazine and wrote a one-act play which was performed at The Western Stage in Salinas, CA.  If you would like to read some of my music articles, they are available here on this site.

I have more writing projects coming in the future, so watch this space!

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