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Gender MALE
Industry Business Services
Occupation Security Consultant
Location Wells, Somerset, United Kingdom
Introduction My life seems to have been a collection of smaller lives, each one distinctly different from the one before. They include being a child during the later stages of the war. Several years spent as an RAF Policeman. I have been a waiter in London's West End, a special diet provider at a Butlin's holiday camp. I became a salesman, firstly selling bibles, then animal feeds followed by tea and coffee and eventually safes and vaults. The latter was my occupation for around 40 years. I eventually became Sales Director for a security company in Bristol. I took a break for a few years to live as an artist in Menorca, before taking over a bar and restaurant. I moved to SW France to renovate a 400 year-old cottage whilst running a marketing consultancy. My homes have included an old French Marie, an ancient Spanish inn, a 24' caravan and a 52' narrow-boat. I have been married 3 times, have 6 grown-up children (one natural and 5 stepchildren). I discovered Buddhism by accident 25 years ago and was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in March 2005 (now known as the Triratna Buddhist Order).
Interests Buddhism, all the arts except poetry and opera, writing, travelling, cooking, eating curry
Favorite Movies The Duellist, Far From the Madding Crowd, Withnail & I, West Side Story
Favorite Music Manu Chao, Soname Yangchen, Baka Beyond, Gotan Project, Mariza, Lila Downs, Ojos de Brujo, Eliza Carthy, Seth Lakeman, Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Shorty Rogers
Favorite Books The Dharma Bums, On The Road, Catcher In The Rye, Eats Shoots and Leaves, Old Souls