I retired to the Isle of Man a decade ago, prior to that I lived in Harrogate for many years. I was born in Birmingham during WW11 but grew up in forties and fifties South Leeds followed by spells in Wakefield, The Lake District and for a short time London. My mother was pure Yorkshire and Dad was from Smethwick, wartime romance eh!
I left school with little qualification or much ambition beyond having a good time. I have had a lot of jobs, a sad reflection of my inability to respect those with no discernible talent but ranking above me in the pecking order. I am cursed also with great curiosity and the next green field usually won me over. In no particular order I have been a successful salesman (on several occasions) a moderate manager (once or twice) and a short lived entrepreneur (again a couple of times), a bailiff and process server, a motor trader, a hotel manager but best of all by far, I was a Free Trade Area Manager for a major brewery in the South Yorkshire Coal field servicing CIU and Miners Welfare Clubs, before, during and after the 1984 miners strike; a seminal event of the late twentieth century, little was the same after it especially for the poor individuals in the middle of it all.
Now I do what respectable elderly gentlemen are suppose to do, attend monthly lunches at the golf club to yarn with other retired business types. I am a regular at the local classical music society but I also have a collection of modern jazz (love the 'Bird' and 'Art') and some super rock 'n roll from the fifties and sixties (some on vinyl too); I have been known to enjoy Queens of the Stone Age as well. We attend cultural lectures brought to the island by NADFAS and occasionally watch obscure movies in a converted Methodist chapel. My wife is a Cordon Blue and I can munch for Yorkshire, result!
We both enjoy a Gin (Tanqueray)) & French (Noilly Prat preferred but unfortunately now unobtainable on the IOM). I'm not fond of Baileys! I gave up my beloved Gitanes and Romeo & Juliets without rancour years ago but I loath 'secondary' no smoking laws and their zealot proponents. They have killed off a complete working class culture and it wasn't worth it.
Although my time as a motor trader made me sanguine about cars, "Just profit on rubber with rust", my old mate Lol' Arnold would call 'em. I do like 'classics' of the forties and fifties. I love to read, especially Orwell. I believe the short story is an often overlooked form.
That's enough about me. I hope you enjoy my own stories in 'Backward Glance'.