I grew up in a working class family in Wednesfield in Wolverhampton, England. Wednesfield is the site of The battle of Wodensfield where in 910 AD King Ethelred defeated the Danes.
At the age of 10 everything changed when my father decided to emigrate to Australia. We boarded a ship on a misty February day and watched England disappear into the mist as we sailed off to an unknown world. We sailed for 5 weeks, lost a passenger overboard, which made me realise from an early age just how quickly life can be over, through numerous storms, and eventually to Adelaide in Australia.
I always missed England and at 16 flew back to England by myself. It was scarey landing in Iran at Tehran and the plane being immediately surrounded by dozens of men a dressed all in black holding AK47s.
I worked in a steel factory, sawing steel girders up all day on an industrial saw. I worked landscaping playing fields, digging trenches by hand up my ankles in mud and water. Next was industrial cleaning, 60ft up a wobbly ladder and in the roof of filthy factories over open vats of acid with no harness, they helped me decide to carry on studying.
The first one in my family ever to get to university, I spent a year at North London Polytechnic on an Electroics degree, but too much partying saw me fail and get kicked out, but I discovered computer programming. I had to sit outside of a department heads office all afternoon and refuse to leave until I saw him to get his agreement to start over. At Polytechnic of Central London (now Westminster University) for the next 3 years all I did was study, eventually walking away with an honours degree in Computer Science.
For the next 30 years I worked professionally developing commercial software, for government departments, banks, insurance industry, military contractors and many others. I worked on the radar for the Tornado aircraft, built a battlefield communication system for the army, an internet banking website where we were trained how to hack websites, and lots of others.
I've been a parent and know what it means to nuture and care for raising another human being. I have been a single parent, and know what it's like to try and hold down a full-time job as well as lok after a child, attend schools meeting and all the rest. Two failed marriages teach you that money, mortgages, cars, property and material things aren't the important things in life. All that matters is choosing to be Love and kind.
Throughout my adult life I always valued spiritual development. We all need to look inwards and be the best person we can, to have empathy, humility, and to help others. We need to stop focussing on the differences between us, and instead remember how much we all have in common.
Eventually I met my twin, my twin flame, the perfect woman for me who loves me for who I am, and I her, without having to try or put on any pretences. We wrote a book together about our journey towards each other, to help others who might still be going through what we both had to endure. Today we record music and try and bring light into the world.
My life values are:
Love: we all need to learn to chose Love over Fear
Integrity: the bravery to stand up for what is right and fair, regardless of what is in it for us
Empathy: to consider the situations of others, and how our actions affect their lives.
Compassion: to be kind to others, giving without expecting.