As I mentioned recently, I have just 'celebrated' my 76th Birthday, and as usual I become contemplative. Those 76 years can be summed-up as follows.
Summer 1946; born Lingfield Surrey England. Nice home, nice parents.
My first playschool-kindergarten was in an old Gypsy caravan in the woods by Hobbs Army Barracks in Felbridge, Surrey; it was run by a young lady who I think may have been called Phoebe. We played with Plasticine and she read stories; it was like living in a real life fairy tale. It's been all downhill ever since.
Pre-Prep' School East Grinstead Sussex. Prep' School Ashurst Wood Sussex. Upper School Cambridgeshire (Latin Scholar).
1964 moved to London. 'Blue Button' Stock Exchange, Gallery manager, Antiques dealer. Man about town.
1968-ish Horsham School of Art (to assemble portfolio of work). West Sussex College of Art. West Surrey College of Art (1st Class Hons degree). Offer of place at the RCA which I ignored. Married blonde Swedish beauty (three lovely children Kimbo, Tenpin, Wills).
Teaching Moreton Hall, Shropshire, and Windlesham House, Sussex.
1973 Moved to France.
1981-1984 temporarily returned to England to care for dying parents. 1982 visiting lecturer in Caribbean. 1984 moved to Brighton. Live in France 9 months of the year. Slowly return to France full time.
2021 Brexit regulations are enforced, and am restricted to 3 months in France. Return to Brighton for 9.
May 2022 return to France for the prescribed 3 months, which is where I am writing this. What the future will hold remains to be seen!
That's it. My whole life in a few typed lines. Of course one or two other things did happen in between the major events, but they're of no real interest (as probably is none of the above).