Born in Dudley in 1958, educated at Sledmere and Sir Gilbert Claughton schools, he trained in Glasgow for the merchant navy and travelled widely before returning to the west midlands to work with Sandvik. In the mid 1990s he went to work with gas generating company AES in Wales. Concern with environmental issues took him to Brazil. The Travel Log of a Brazilian Nutter describes his first trip there. He is being encouraged to describe his other travels, which are many and varied.