The author walking home along
the derelict canal in the winter of 1973.
About the author
Born in Bradford on Avon in November 1950, educated in the
physical sciences at Bath Technical School, the historical
sciences at Trowbridge College and the social sciences at
Nottingham University, I finally entered the adult work totally
devoid of all ambition or direction in life.
I chose the self-employed route (for no one else would have
me) and, applying a little of everything I previously learned,
I took up the restoration of antique clocks and electrical
telegraph instruments while publishing an advertising magazine
for collectors of railway antiquities. (I guess that had I
simultaneously done voluntary work for the Citizen's Advice
Bureau I would have fully engaged all three faculties.)
Always passionately interested in industrial archaeology
and underground engineering, I had the opportunity in 1984
to acquire the immensely sophisticated, eighty-acre underground
ammunition depot at Monkton Farleigh which became the subject
of an arduous ten-year restoration project.
In more recent years I became involved in the programming
of air traffic control radar simulators for Bailbrook College
in Bath, which in the 1990s was the world's foremost ATC training
centre. Most of my time now, though, is occupied in research,
writing and lecturing (principally for the University of Bristol)
on a wide range of subjects based broadly upon military history
and industrial archaeology.
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