in England a long time ago. Educated at Dagenham County High School. Joined the
British Army in 1952, served in Japan during the Korean
for New Zealand in 1958 after joining the New Zealand Army in London. Left the
NZ Army, and in 1963 I travelled to Sydney, Australia in search of fame and
fortune (found neither) although I did find a good career. Whilst employed by a
firm called The Commonwealth Industrial Gases I commenced a career in Computing
and apart from a 3 year hiatus remained in the computer industry until my
retirement in 2001.
still keep myself up to date with the computer industry and maintain several
computer systems from home.
During my stay in Australia I became very
interested in Greyhound Racing, a flash
back to my nights at the Romford Greyhounds
where I spent many happy evenings with my
brother Brian. For about 3 years I trained
a couple of greyhounds aptly named I guess,
Raymond's Folly and Dunton Panther. They
won several races for me and it was indeed
a rather good time in my life. I am sure
that on many occasions the dogs ate better
than I did.
Having been interested in flying for many years, but
never being able to afford it, I decided that at the age of 52 I should learn to
fly. I commenced training in February of 1987 and progressed through the ranks
obtaining my Unrestricted Pilots Licence with Retractable Undercarriage and
Night Flying Endorsements. As all good things must come to an end so did my
flying, a combination of health and the sheer expense of flying forced my
retirement from a first class hobby.
is another sport which gives me great pleasure and although I was well into my
thirties before participating in the sport of golfing I still managed to achieve
a handicap at the lowest of the double figures. Age and lack of playing has seen
that creep out to 16 but still an enjoyable