I'VE BEEN A FEW THINGS AND DONE A FEW THINGS
I'VE TRAVELLED ON MANY ROADS
BUT WHERE IT ALL ENDS AND WHAT IT ALL MEANS
I'M BUGGERED IF I'LL EVER KNOW.
I was born in Australia in 1954 and came to England three years later. I left school in 1969 with no qualifications whatsoever. My first job was as a messenger boy at the Manchester Evening News when Brian Redhead was the editor there. I then became a trainee projectionist at the rather seedy Cinephone Cinema, also in Manchester. In 1973 I went to Pontins Holiday Camp near Morecambe as the chief projectionist and assistant stage manager. After three years there I was back in Manchester, working in the film dispatch unit at the BBC on Oxford Rd. I then moved up the road to the Palace Theatre as a stage hand and assistant flyman. ( that's working the scenery that hangs and flies up and down, before you ask! ) Next stop was up the road again, to the Manchester Opera House, as head flyman and deputy stage manager. In 1979 the Opera House became a bingo hall for a while ( thankfully its now a theatre again ) so it was another trip up the same road for me, to the props department at Granada Television. After brief spells at the Manchester Apollo and the Davenport Theatre in Stockport, I worked as the crew boss at Manchesters legendary concert venue, the International 2.
In between all that I've been a supermarket shelf stacker, farmer, car valeter, engineer, DJ, frozen fish sorter, warehouse labourer, fork lift truck driver, toilet cleaner, door to door salesman, rope maker, van driver, minder, window cleaner, debt collector, security guard, courier, blacksmith, barman, bouncer, criminal, territorial army soldier, drunk, guest of her majesty's prison service, lived rough on the streets of Glasgow, hitch hiker, teddy boy, and a motorcycle gang member.
Well we're all looking for something!!
Today I'm a husband, father, grandfather, and law abiding citizen
MUCH MORE TO COME SO Y'ALL COME BACK NOW!