Last updated in February 2018
- 1948: Born in Kendal in the English Lake District
- 1959-64: Heversham Grammar School
- 1964-66: Ackworth Friends’ School (Quakers)
- 1966-70: Sussex University; Maths, then Social Anthropology
- 1972: Move to Paris. English teaching & translation
- 1974: Hired to teach English to French university students
- 1975-77: Master’s degree in Economics, Paris I University
- 1976-81: Work for the “Troops Out of Ireland” movement
- 1983: Hired by English service of Agence France-Presse
- 2005: Elected to first trade union mandate
- 2008: Launch of petition & website to save AFP from privatisation
- 2009: Granted French citizenship
- 2011: Re-elected to represent SUD-AFP union
Since retiring at the end of 2012 I have mainly devoted my time to research on media and advertising, a natural follow-up to my years as a journalist.
Among my other interests: literature, political economy, birds, trees & countryside.
The author sailing his Graduate class dinghy at Arnside, Morecambe Bay some time in the mid 1960’s.
Photo: Jean Sharp