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ABOUT ME (or) MY LITTLE STORY I fell in love with books at the tender age of eleven when I read whenever and whatever I could. I promptly got a job as a newspaper runner at 16, a means to getting free copies whenever I needed. A year later I started working for a small local paper as a proofreader. I'll never forget my first boss, a stern but kind man who had a habit of saying "Lets face it, cheroke" before any of his endless stream of bad jokes, bad jokes we were obliged to laugh at. It would seem though that I somehow worked my way into the heart of this stern bad-joker somehow as a few short years later I was not only writing in the columns, reviews and articles I once proofread but now ran the entire paper. As I was pursuing my love for the language I was also blessed with parents caring enough to allow me to continue my private education until I graduated well enough to enter university and study literature further. A lot of this-and-that happened in the interim; papers, free lance writing, traveling to Rome and Greece and the likes, teaching here and there and by the time I entered my late twenties or early thirties (it does become hard remembering such things) I was working and writing for a well established theatre in London. At the time it was quite the rage and I was paid well. I wrote a few books and continued to publish in a number of papers but soon found myself desperate for a more rewarding and perhaps (with a nod to my parents) respectable career choice. It was then that I decided to apply for a sturdier teaching job in a private school much like the one I attended when I fell so in love with the books that I cherished. I taught there for a number of years and was eventually granted the huge honour of being appointed headmaster. It was there that I taught for many years. Publishing, reviewing and writing on the side my bones grew weary and I finally migrated to the beautiful land down under where I now sit enjoying my retirement with my family. Retirement doesn't suit me. While there is nothing I enjoy more than putting pen to paper and finger to keyboard whilst listening to the silky tones of Tchaikovsky or Beethoven, I find myself craving the meaning the language once granted me. And so, with a flourish of cape and puff of smoke, I commit myself again to the delightful task of sharing my skills with the generations that will precede me. I shall continue living out my retirement with wine in one hand and pen in the other, offering help to those who require it and humbly recieving quiet satisfaction all the while. Any pay is just a bonus but, lets face it cheroke, money in hand is never a bad thing. And, as my granddaughter tells me, the following punctuation marks are made appropriate by that bad joke... ;) Thank you.
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