This is me

As you get older the accepted view is that you get wiser. I am not convinced this is true. What you get is a head full of ‘stuff’ and like your the clothes wardrobe, some of that stuff will be good but most of it will a collection of old, ill-fitting and unfashionable garments that really should be dumped. These remnants of tattered persona’s I wore add little to the sum of human knowledge; they merely serve to fill up spaces in my otherwise empty head.

So the question is what can I do with all this stuff?

Well, I could attempt erase my memory with a surfeit of drugs and alcohol and, while that may have some attraction, it is unlikely to be entirely successful and could be expensive. It is also clear to me that being about to retire, or, depending when you read this already retired, I can’t afford it. As Kurt Vonnegut’s Elliot Rosewater once said “and so it goes”. (A novel everyone should read by the way.) But I am already digressing; this will happen more often as time goes by.

For the moment then I shall attempt to put some of the good stuff to use and at the same time discard the rubbish.




My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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