Curriculum Vitae

I live in Stratford, East London with my Partner, Philip, in an end-of-terrace house with a small garden. Philip does most of the gardening, all I really do is cut the grass and try to remember the names of the plants. Our house is usually a controlled mess, thanks to my ability to start seven things before breakfast, and leave all of them unfinished for the rest of the day.

By profession I used to be a Freelance Business Consultant in Human Resources, which is a fancy way of saying that I designed and produced Personnel, Payroll and Pension systems. Being freelance I went where the work is, which means I sometimes had to work away from home. It also meant that if I didn't work I didn't get paid: no sick leave, paid annual leave or paid bank holidays. But the advantage was that I didn't feel guilty about taking time off; and if I needed to speak my mind, I could. If a company fires a Consultant for telling them how they could do it better then they are in a bigger mess than I could sort out.

I gave that up in 2002, when the work ran out and I got a chance to start my PhD. 2003 was a good year: it was officially spent working on my PhD, but it mostly involved learning how the Hallowed Halls of Academia work (I’m still learning…). In 2004 I began a series of odd jobs, before taking the post of Communications Officer at the City of London Academy. This lasted for six years, in which I learned a lot about how schools, and the minds of children, work. I was also given the opportunity to lecture at King’s College London, a role I find very satisfying and enjoyable. I even like the marking!

In 2011 I took early retirement from the school, but I have carried on my lecturing. In 2012 I became a Team London Ambassador for the Olympics (Philip was a Gamesmaker team leader on the Olympic Park), so we were part of the time when Stratford, East London, became the centre of the World.

My hobbies include studying language and language origins, investigating the nature of self, reading myths and about mythology, writing, photographing insects, playing computer games, annoying Philip, and creating mess. Examples of most of these are on this website somewhere ....


A Short History

1953

Born.

1958-1964

St Stephen's Catholic Junior School, Welling.

1964-1969

St Mary's Grammar School for Boys, Sidcup.

1969-1971

Erith College.

1971-1974

UWIST, Cardiff.

1972

Met Philip.

1974

Finished University.

Moved in with Philip.

Began work.

1974-1981

Civil Servant working on the National Economic Model and National Financial Information System.

1977

Bought our first (and, so far, only) house.

1978

First boardgame published, Battle of the Ring.

Other published boardgames were Africa (1979) and Simon de Montfort (1979).

1981-1983

North East London Polytechnic, working on student database.

1983-1985

Argus Press Software, Games Software Manager.

1983

First (and only) computer game published, Fall of Rome.

1985

First book published, Getting Started on Your MSX.

1985-1989

London Borough of Brent, HR Technical Liaison.

1989

RHM Computer Services, HR Technical Support.

1989-2002

Freelance Consultant.

1995

Went online for the first time.

1997

Philip and I celebrated our 25th anniversary.

1998

Began evening course in MA by Independent Study.

2001

Completed MA course by handing in thesis: Grammar and Language.

Began this website.

2002

Gave up consulting work - or consulting work gave me up.

Began an MPhil/PhD in "The Genesis of Grammar".

2004

Began looking for work to begin the long climb back to employment. Got a short term job as an editorial consultant.

2004-2005

NCH as Pensions Administrator.

2006-2011

City of London Academy (Southwark) as Communications Officer.

2006

Civil Partnered to Philip.

2007

Completed PhD thesis.

2008-date

Visiting Lecturer at Kings College London.

2009

Working on grammar origins book.

2010

The Origins of Grammar: an anthropological perspective published.

2011

Retired from CoLA.

2012

THE OLYMPIC YEAR

Trained as Team London Ambassador Mentor. Worked for four days during Jubilee & five days between Olympic & Paralympic Games.

Philip worked as a Gamesmaker Team Leader on the Olympic Park through the two weeks of the Olympics, from Opening to closing ceremonies.

Lectured at University of East London on BSc Psychology course.

Presented “Reviewer meets Reviewed” at Royal Anthropological Institute.

40th Anniversary with Philip.

2013

Philip finally retires.

2014

Philip is awarded OBE.

Philip receives Rescorla family letters patent and crest (the first of his name, so to his design).

2015

Philip gives LGBT talk at Victim Support, Octavia House.

BOLD: Stories from older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people book published, with Philip & Martin interview.

2016

Night School on Anarres art project at Somerset House, London.

2017

Presentation of Night School on Anarres at Schools of Tomorrow kick-off conference at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.

New buildings on Stratford High Street
6 August 2013