I live with my wife Ann in Edinburgh, Scotland, where we were both born, around the 1930’s – I cannot believe it is nearly 100 years ago!
Although, always an avid reader my busy full time career left little time for writing – apart from professional reports etc. It was not until I was well into my seventies, before I had the time, therefore started to write stories. Now mid-way through my 9th decade, I am in the throes of publishing my second and third books in the fictional series, the Zander Trilogy.
I am a retired chartered civil and structural engineer, a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a former council member within the Edinburgh branch.
During my professional career, while employed by two of the world’s most prestigious civil engineering consultants, I was engaged in design works for the Forth Road and Erskine bridges, Faslane, Coulport and Rosyth naval bases and numerous infrastructure and hydro-electric works, both here and overseas. For a number of years I acted as Consultant to the Newtongrange Mining Museum.
Later I founded my own Consultancy (a move I did not regret for a moment) providing clients with advice on major civil engineering works, designing structures and infrastructure networks throughout the U.K. and acted as engineering advisor to the Edinburgh Festival Society.
I am a former British International decathlete and played rugby, basketball and squash to a reasonably high standard. I represented both Scotland and Gt.Britain & N. Ireland in the Decathlon, and achieved the No 1 ranking in the U.K. In August 1965; my score ranked me 4th in the Commonwealth and 4th on the U.K. all-time list.
I play golf for fun a couple of times a week at the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society – the 4th oldest club in the world and although age has deprived me of playing partners, I still go along to Edinburgh Sports Club – Scotland’s principal rackets club and home to Padel Tennis. In 1982, I was elected to the Chair of their board of directors; it feels like yesterday when I would sprint around the squash courts, alas no more!
Together Ann and I have visited in excess of 80 different countries around the world and have stood at the sites of 6 of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, on top of which we have enjoyed seeing many of the places we read about in our schoolbooks . I have even ‘sprinted’, in the original Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece.
A few notable points from my life that spring to mind;
- Suffered my first ‘attack’ of stage fright singing at a charity concert before my 4th birthday, 1937.
- Lived through the shock of the ‘friendly’ fire from a Spitfire in 1940,
- Walked up the suspension cables on the Forth Road Bridge.
- Was a vocal soloist in a production during the first Edinburgh Festival of Music and Drama, in 1947.
- Suffered the cold horror of the Water of Leith on two separate occasions, to pull people out of the raging floodwaters.