Fairly ordinary bloke really. Apprentice fitter ex Eastleigh Works and in SR Maintenance depots. Southern House RSD then BRB Derby etc... in fact 50+ years a railwayman.
Enjoyed being a Dad and since the girls still seem to like me after all these years (oldest is now 46) I guess I did not do too bad a job and I know that I was only half the team!
Found retirement a huge adjustment even though I had prepared for it very carefully. Making little engines (hand-eye coordination + continual problem solving) helps the adjustment but volunteering for the last five years in my local NHS (brilliant institution, how do they do it for the money?) Hospital for a couple or three shifts each week is just fantastic, get so much out of it. I have seen my fellow creatures in all sorts a fixes and have learnt so much. On balance, humanity is wonderful long may we flourish!