Moo, as she is affectionately known to me and her Mum, is 9 years old.
She is a natural performer and has always loved singing, dancing, acting and performing. She was recently awarded a Performing Arts Academy ‘Student of the Year’ for 2016 – a very proud moment for her, Mum and me.
Moo spends every spare minute acting to movies, singing songs, dancing to anything current, playing musical instruments (keyboard and guitar currently) and taking over the house with her mountain of toys, dolls and models!
She has also auditioned for a film role in Harry Potter – as well as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Annie and other West End bound musicals.
The stage and the West End beckon – and I really do hope she fulfills her dreams and ambitions to do this.
Good luck my gorgeous daughter 🙂
James will be 4 later this year. He lives with his Mummy in Bristol but loves every weekend he spends with his Daddy 🙂
James loves doing anything active that results in his Daddy realising he is not as young and fit as he used to be! His favourite activities include playing football, swimming, Lego, watching Spiderman, Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles and Paw Patrol, and generally bossing his Daddy around!
I have been diving since 1999 – all thanks to a tropical rainstorm in Cancun, Mexico… Struggling to find something to do, I decided to have a ‘Try Dive’ – the rest is history.
Expedition organisation and leadership is a real passion of mine – having led several wreck and cave diving trips to the Maltese Islands. I am also a UK Mine and Cave member – a group dedicated to diving, exploring and mapping the plethora of mines and caves in the UK, many of which are abandoned mines in Wales and the Peak District.
I have been lucky enough to dive in some very exotic locations including Egypt (x14 trips), Malta (x8 trips), Thailand (x5 trips), Cyprus (x 4 trips), Australia, Hawaii, Florida, Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica, Menorca, Sardinia, Turkey, Tenerife, Lanzarote – and my all time favourite – Truk Lagoon in the South Pacific.
My real passion within diving is cave, mine and wreck diving. Cave diving has to be one of the most dangerous sports in the world – but the exhilaration and feeling of ‘What’s around the next corner?’ is second to none.
I was lucky enough to be part of the ‘Aber Las’ mine (Wales) four man exploration team – pushing the unexplored mine every week and month – until the end was located. I really do miss my late friend, Will Smith, who was so influential in my UK mine and cave development, confidence and adventures. I know he is smiling and laughing at me now, down from ‘Dive Heaven’. God bless you mate.
In my 16 years of diving, I am proud to have achieved the following qualifications:
- NACD Full Cave Diver
- TDI Advanced Nitrox
- BSAC Open Water Instructor
- BSAC Accelerated Decompression Procedures (ADP) Instructor
- BSAC Advanced Twinset Instructor
- BSAC Nitrox Instructor
- BSAC Advanced Diver
- BSAC Accelerated Decompression Procedures (ADP)
- BSAC Dive Leader
- BSAC Sports Diver
- BSAC Ocean Diver
- BSAC Buoyancy & Trim (Black Belt)
- BSAC Search & Recovery Diver
- PADI Divemaster
- PADI Rescue Diver
- PADI Advanced Open Water
- PADI Open Water
- PADI Nitrox Diver
- PADI Wreck Diver
- PADI Deep Diver
- PADI Drysuit Diver
What’s left on the Dream List? – Florida Caves, Truk, Cyprus, Vanuatu (to dive the President Coolidge), Maldives and Bikini Atoll.
What’s my #1 dive ever – The Zenobia Wreck (aka ‘The Hulk’, ‘The Zen’, ‘Goliath’) – specifically the Lower Car Deck – it just doesn’t get better than that 😉
Roll on the ‘2016 Tech and Wreck Expedition’ to Malta in September – with Dan Hodkin.
Enjoy some of my YouTube videos below – I will keep adding to these as best I can.
Rock climbing and bouldering are a great activity – but ones I am not very good at!
I try to go at least once per week to improve my technique, strength and ability – but so far, nothing has worked!
I think it must be the post climbing curry that keeps me going!
I have been in interested in boxing for as long as I can remember…….
My passion for boxing really started in the 1980s, watching the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler and Mike Tyson fight – in an era of boxing that may never be repeated. More recently, the bravery of Arturo Gatti and sheer skills of Oscar De La Hoya have fascinated me. How Oscar fought in the early stages of his pro career is (in my humble opinion) how it should be done – hit – but don’t get hit.
I had small learning stints in my teens at Finchley and Islington Boxing Clubs but without competing. I then learned to box in the Army in Germany under Cliff Ross, a very talented and gifted fighter himself. I classed myself as a very dedicated and committed boxer, but without any real talent. Unfortunately, when I used to box in a bout, I would forget everything I had been taught, the ‘red mist’ would come down and more often than not, I would be stopped….. Time to do something else sprang to mind !
Since then, I have progressed to an England Major Panel Referee & Judge and also an AIBA 1* Referee & Judge – and have been privileged enough to officiate all over the UK, the last three Senior Elite National Finals in a row, Germany (Round Robin Tournament), Serbia (Nations Cup) and Finland (Tammer Tournament) where I was awarded ‘Top Official’ of the tournament in November 2015.
The dream? To officiate at the 2024 Olympics………..