A very brief summary of my life after The Presidents:
We stopped playing in about 1965 (or was it 1967?).
I'm not too certain now exactly why we stopped. I do know that we
stopped rehearsing and learning new songs which left us endlessly
repeating the same old stuff. It was also to the same old audiences
and I don't know how they put up with it. I guess we lost motivation
and ran out of steam.
Anyway, that was the end of show business for
me and I carried on with the day job as a quantity surveyor (what
do you mean, "what's that?").
In 1972, I decided to get out of the rut and went
to Sydney, Australia. Had a great time there, working for a while
then having a few months off and hitting the road. I managed to
work my way all round Australia over about 2½ years and ended
up back in Sydney. New Zealand is not far away, so I thought I'd
better check it out whilst I was in that part of the world.
It turned out to be not a bad place either. In
fact, I ended up staying there for about 8 years. It was always
my intention to return to Australia but I never got round to it
for quite a while.
During this time I made several trips back to
UK, mainly to see my parents. I spent most of the time [in New Zealand]
in Wellington, a very attractive small city with a great social
scene. Unfortunately, it's got the most awful climate and is reckoned
to be the world's most windy city (a distinction also claimed by
Chicago, I believe). Anyway, we (I'd "settled down" somewhat
by this time) were sitting at home one night listening to the horizontal
rain beating against the windows and decided to move to a warmer
place. Sue and I had both lived in Australia and we wrote away to
several different places for jobs.
We ended up arriving in Perth in 1984. I had lived
here for 6 months in 1975 and had often thought it would be a good
place to return to. So here we are and pretty settled. It's a bit
off the edge but communications have largely fixed that.
I was still pretending to be a quantity surveyor
when we arrived here (successfully hiding my real role as a guitar
hero) but now call myself a Contracts Engineer. Instead of buildings
I'm now involved in engineering projects like mines, process plants,
off-shore oil and gas. I'm currently with the West Australian Water
Corporation, which provides water supply and waste water disposal
services to an area about half the size of Europe (but with only
1.5 million people!).
My partner, Sue, and I eventually got married
here in Perth. We don't have any kids but Sue has a daughter from
a previous life who now has a son of her own. That makes me a step
grandparent. She lives in Sydney so we don't see them too often
although they did all come over at Christmas last year.
I didn’t carry on playing after the band
break-up, until many years later. On one of my trips back to UK,
my old guitar was found in my brother’s loft. It was severely
battered and appeared to have been used as an offensive weapon
by my nephews. I took it back to Australia, replaced a few bits
and pieces to get it working and got back into playing.
I had always kept in touch with Eddie Patterson over the years
and then Robin Mayhew made contact when he was creating this website.
We have met several times since then and
we now have an ongoing collaboration over the internet where
we add tracks to a theme (usually initiated by Robin) to build
up to a finished song. A very rewarding hobby and now that I’ve
retired, I intend to spend more time on it.
My address is:
86B Millcrest Street