In the good old days before social networking sites
(i.e. a year or so ago), this sort of page was the way to publish
information about one's life and interests. Call me old-fashioned, but
I've just got used to this way of doing things... So here is some
information about me and mine under these headings:-
Life is good, no doubt about that. Which makes its loss the harder... No day passes without me remembering my lovely wife Wendy, who
died of secondary melanoma on 10 October 2007, within 3 months of her diagnosis, and 6 days short of her
63rd birthday. We both knew we were in the front line: no parents left, and only one uncle each from our older generation. But that doesn't mean you expect to face your own time so soon. Wendy was brave and
cheerful to the end, and made the very best of her last weeks and days on earth. She just accepted that there was no point fighting the
inevitable and got on with doing what she could do with what time was left to her - including a lightning trip to the French Alps.
For me, her loss was and still is simply devastating.
Over here, there is a blog dedicated to celebrating Wendy's life. It is also meant as a way for Wendy's friends and family to share our many memories of happy times.
Now I'm in love with somebody else: life is to live! And that's as good as it can be.
The 4 wonderful grandchildren I share with Wendy continue to grow, and some of their (very out-of-date) pages are over here. Sam's pages
were the last to be updated, in April 2006 when he was
13 (he's 17 now). Kelly (23 in August 2010), Celia (13 in February 2010) and
Harvey (10 in February 2010) have pages that are so old they probably wouldn't even recognise themselves. I still hope to get back to them one day!
I write poetry in quiet moments: two collections are published here — one a retrospective called Forgive Me For Thinking, and the other is the beginnings of a new collection called Golden Days, Dark Nights, which is devoted to remembering Wendy.
I also write academic stuff for my job, including being co-author of a best-selling textbook on object-oriented analysis and design (what??!!!). There's more about all that over on my De Montfort pages).