The Space Between Time
Publication Date: June 17, 2023
Fiction/ Dark Humor
Author. . .
I was born in Paisley, central Scotland, which wasn’t my fault. That week, Eddie Calvert with Norrie Paramor and his Orchestra were Top of the Pops, with Oh, Mein Papa, as sung by a young German woman remembering her once-famous clown father. That gives a clue to my age, not my musical taste.
I was brought up in the west of Scotland and graduated from
the University of Edinburgh. I still have the scroll, but it’s in Latin,
so it could say anything.
I then worked briefly as a street actor, baby photographer,
puppeteer and restaurant dogsbody before becoming a journalist. I started
in Glasgow and ended up in London, covering news, features and politics.
I interviewed motorbike ace Barry Sheene, Noel Edmonds threatened me with legal
action and, because of a bureaucratic muddle, I was ordered out of Greece.
I then took a year to travel round the world, visiting 19
countries. Highlights included being threatened by a man with a gun in
Dubai, being given an armed bodyguard by the PLO in Beirut (not the same person
with a gun), and visiting Robert Louis Stevenson’s grave in Samoa. What I
did for the rest of the year I can’t quite remember
Surprisingly, I was approached by a government agency to
work in intelligence, which just shows how shoddy government recruitment was
back then. However, it turned out to be very boring and I don’t like
Craving excitement and adventure, I ended up as a PR
consultant, which is the fate of all journalists who haven’t won a Pulitzer
Prize, and I’ve still to listen to Oh, Mein Papa.
I am married with two grown-up children and live in central
Scotland. And that’s about it.
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