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The only really bad decisions…are the ones you don’t take…

I’m tempted to quote the guy from ‘Airplane’ here, who, when asked by Lloyd Bridges ‘What’s the story so far?’, says: ‘First the Earth cooled and then the dinosaurs came...’

Basically, I’ll try to post (significant) news here, in some sort of chronological order.

2005 - ‘Poppy’ arrives

2007 - leave Bewdley after 13 years and move out of town to Far Forest

2008 - achieve Membership of the Institute of Biology (MIBiol)

2009 - old friend Martin Gough takes me for a spin around Silverstone in his Radical SR4!

2009 - Great Aunt Kath Round eventually shuffles off - aged 101

2011  - Chartered Biologist status

2011 - Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. JAL.

2012 - One of the worst years ever: Basil the spaniel dies in June, the weather is just atrocious (even on holiday in Greece), Uncle Norman dies.  One the plus side, I am 50 and get taken to Venice - brilliant. Jannine makes a blinding buy in the shape of an MX-5 for £1k and we treat the boat to a new engine.

2013 - Complete lounge/dining room/’library, start on kitchen. Weather is awful. Again. Sally is 50.

2014 - New kitchen, use boat just the once (July) but the inflatable tender a couple of times. Find new holiday spot in Skopelos. Jannine leaves Worcester hospital and starts work at Touchwood, Solihull

2015 - All 4 parents are ill to varying degrees this year. We have to cancel our annual Greek holiday due to an ill parent, but we do get to go later in the year. Weather is awful, first year ever that we have not used the boat at all.

2016 - Poppy the Springer passes away, but within a month ‘Autumn’ the rescue Springer takes up residence.

2017 - no Greek holiday for the first time in decades. Significant work required to boat engine. My employer becomes ‘Sanofi Pasteur’. Jannine goes back to the NHS

2018 - best summer for years, spend a whole week boating at Aberdyfi. Autumn loves it. Later this year, Dad is hospitalised and has a major operation. I complete a course at King’s College - Certificate in Medicines Development. Jannine buys a blue MX-5.

2019 - another Welsh holiday. Not quite the weather we had last year. Autumn loves the boat! Maidenhead office closes and work moves to Reading.


2020 - Dad passes away at the start of the whole Covid thing. We couldn't visit him in hospital or have a funeral. His ashes are not buried

until June 2021. I become a Fellow of The Royal Society of Biology.


2022 - I turn 60 and quit Sanofi, joining Valneva in May as 'Medical Adviser/Senior Medical Liaison'