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Big cheers all round, my second novel, Carillion: 10 Days is now available as a Kindle book. Please read and review if you feel so inclined.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Alexander Carillion, once the golden boy of the Met Police moved to Glasgow after he blotted his copy book down south. Now head of the newly minted Serious Crimes Unit he is dragged back into the world of intrigue and hidden motives that he thought he had left behind.cover-3

Glasgow is to be graced by a royal visit in celebration of the imminent investment of many millions into the city by a secretive Chinese hotel chain. Carillion is put in charge of security for the visit, but all is not as it seems and he is soon caught in the middle between the secret services, politics, the police hierarchy and Glasgow’s three gangland bosses. Things get more awkward when his…

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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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