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I'm an old guy who spent his working life at sea, except for ten years as an airline navigator (obviously before the tom-tom came along). Originally from a sheep farm in the West Highlands of Scotland, I live mostly in Spain now - had to leave London, which I love but can hardly breath there now - specially if you cycle everywhere (don't get stuck behind a diesel...!

I've always dabbled in writing, and now, on retirement, it's my my main occupation. At the moment, I'm nearly finished proofing a book, a memoir covering my childhood onwards until iving in Chelsea (London) n my forties...

I've also put up a diary I kept in 1991, while captain of a rig (tug & tow) hauling bad grain being dumped in Mexico by the American government - mainly from the Mississippi and the Houston Ship Canal down to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico where a lot of this awful grain, mostly not even good enough for cattle, ended up in the local shops in Progreso.

This diary is 170,000 word tale of adventure, outrageous incompetence and bad luck which conspired to keep me on my toes, running to stand still. It's also often very funny - well it's also about Mexico and the wonderful Mayans...

These books are all up on Amazon - the diary, appropriately called, 'Down Mexico Way', I'm going to launch some day at the Chelsea Arts Club - when I get round to it. There will be free vino...

About my tapestry work. I started doing them decades ago when stuck in a camp somehwere in Saudi Arabia (don't go there - specially if you're a woman!) - then later during twenty five years of my sea career as a ship's pilot on the North Sea and the English Channel, where I spent a lot of time sitting on the bridge of container ships, tankers...whatever - waiting for something to go wrong, so to pass the time, I'd stitch tapestries - it wouldn't have been very professional to read and with tapestry, I could have a quick look around after each stitch, to see what was going on outside the bridge windows.

Here are pix of a few of these tapestries, gave a lot of them away, but still had over thirty for the exhibition - including a new type done on plastic canvas, seven points to the inch with man made yarn. They can be done quite quickly with bright colours - nuffin subtle..!

Below are Jewish families, entering Auschwitz on their way to certain death. The others are more - or less obvious...anyway I sold quite a few at the exhibition and ended up nearly two thousand quid better off...make of them what you will..!

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