How Would You Like To Hire A Copywriter Who Can…

– Traverse The Deadliest Mountain Slopes…
– Navigate Angry White Waters…
– Topple Overweight Men In Pyjamas…
– Teach English Whilst Under Heavy Gunfire…
– And Handle An Excited Elephant…
– Whilst Bottle-Feeding A Tiger Cub…
– And Lifting 550lbs Off The Ground…

…if required, at no extra charge?

Ok, so maybe not all at the same time…

And, admittedly, these aren’t essential requirements for most writing jobs…

But here are nine curious, and frequently entertaining, details about my occasionally adventurous and often precarious existence when it’s been lived away from the copywriting keyboard…

From Down On The Farm...

I come from a small village in the Essex countryside, in the area of England known as Constable Country, made famous by the great 18th century landscape painter John Constable. The area is also called the breadbasket of England, due to it’s long agricultural history. But I moved to the big city on graduating art school, and have been a Londoner ever since.

To On The Lam...

I have traveled widely around south east Asia and Europe. I first went backpacking in the late 1980’s (before everyone was doing it) and spent a month living with a Karen hill tribe on the Burmese border. I also hiked, sailed and traveled by bus around Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan.

But No Eating Lamb...

I am (almost) a lifelong vegetarian (and animal lover) I stopped eating meat soon after my 21st birthday.

And From The Greatest Show On Earth...

In my youth I joined a circus and spent two years travelling around England and Spain. I joined as a circus hand but soon fell in love with three elephants and became their handler for the following two years. During this time I also hand-reared a tiger cub and worked with a variety of wild (and tame) animals. And I have the scars to prove it!

To The Best Shows In London...

I spent a year as an assistant director at the esteemed Kings Head Theatre in Islington, London, working on productions under the late, great Dan Crawford. Around this time I was also a drama critic for the London Arts Board.

Then From Wearing My Pyjamas In Public...

I have always enjoyed sport and outdoor pursuits. I have trained in martial arts for most of my life—first in Taekwondo, then Shotokan karate, Aikido and more recently Judo. Much of this was under world class instruction at the Budokwai in London. I have also practiced Tai Chi (as a martial art) and Yoga.

...And Getting Plastered...

In 2012, in my late 40’s, I snapped the achilles tendon in my right ankle, doing judo. And had it surgically reconnected. 4 months later I took up strength training to rehabilitate then 6 months after that I joined a powerlifting club and am now a member of the IPF (International Powerlifting Federation).

To Playing With Funny Shaped Balls...

I played rugby in my youth and also completed a couple of half marathons. I spent two full seasons as a ski-bum in the French Alps skiing the Porte-du-Soleil (including descents of the notorious ‘Swiss Wall’). I spent two summers as an outdoor activities instructor teaching climbing, abseiling, canoeing, sailing, and mountain biking and I’ve hiked long distance along the Pennine Way.

All Rounded Off With A Little Bit Of Politics...

In 1996 I got over £2000 in sponsorship to travel to former Yugoslavia as a humanitarian aid work to work with refugees in an active war zone on the Bosnian border. Whilst there I also gained a consultant contract with the UNOV (which came in use when I had to be evacuated).

If your interest has been piqued, why not click the pen and find out more about me and how my copywriting skills might help you…