born in post-war suburbia North London - England.
Had an idylic chldhood free of parential control.
Attended a brutal boys state school in Hampshire where corporal punishment was the norm.
Left school at 15 to work in a woodyard.
At sixteen became a cabin boy on transatlantic liners.
Traveled the worlds seaways before getting married at 21.
Father to two sons named Luke and Lewis.
Graduated University of Portsmouth in 1998: Art History 2:1