Born in 1942, I lived for my few first years in the Police station at Tynewydd in the Rhondda Valley of South Wales, and then at Ton Pentre, until, in 1946, the family moved to Porth where my sister Valerie was born, in 1947. I attended Islwyn Junior School 1946 -51 and Alaw Junior School 1951-54, Porth Secondary Grammar School 1954-1960. After training in East Glamorgan Hospital, I worked as a Radiographer for a short time in the C&A at Bangor, and then I returned to the Rhondda and to Llwynypia Hospital. In 1965 I was promoted to the Chest Clinic at Pontypridd where I worked until 1991 when I "escaped" to a life of leisure.

I moved from Cemetery Road in Porth to Whitchurch in Cardiff in 1966.

I am single and was sadly bereaved in 2001 of my long time partner Ernie, who was also my Bridge partner.

I play Bridge and am addicted to the Internet, which I think is awesome.

Having learned to play Bridge in 1976 I joined the local club and soon had a regular partner with whom I became quite competent. Over the next 25 years I achieved the rank of Life Master but when Ernie died I stopped playing regularly. During that time I got involved with the ethics of the game, became a Bridge teacher and a tournament director, and served on the Laws and Ethics Committee for many years, much of that time as chairman. I still play Bridge but now itís mainly online and I value the many friends I have made during this time.