I was born in Llandrindod on 3rd November 1967. I left school in 1984 having under-achieved academically. Nonetheless, at home, I buried myself in books about history and politics and listened to a vast amount of music. I eventually returned to education and did quite well.
I worked in the Care Sector for some twenty-five years (ten years in Mental Health project management) leaving the industry in October 2016. During the period I worked in Care, I took time out to complete my degrees and to go ‘back-packing’. Undertaken over some twenty months and involving some twenty or so countries, including: Spain, Gibraltar, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, India, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the United States, my ‘back-packing’ ventures have proved a wonderful ‘journey’ in every sense of the word. As a proud Welshman, I enjoy reading Welsh history and visiting Welsh historical sites. According to my DNA profile, my patrilineal ancestry can be traced to the Beaker People, who arrived in what became Wales, some 3,000-4,000 years ago.
I have loved all history (Welsh, British, European, and World) with a passion since very early childhood. I can still recall the thrill of hearing stories as a very young boy of life in Radnorshire when my Grandparents were children. So too, the excitement of opening a history book and discovering facts and links to places, people and events. One notable example was discovering Owain Glyndwr’s connection to Radnorshire: The Battle of Brynglas, which occurred on 22nd June 1402.
As with history, I have loved music passionately for as long as I can remember. I think it derives from my pre-school days, when my mother, to keep me entertained, would sit me down and having loaded our very old record player with ten 45 inch singles, would leave me to listen while she cleaned the house.
In 2004, I married my long-term partner Sue. I am the very proud father of Chloe and Cora.
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