Allatsea at around 12 months, Gravesend, possibly suffering from first hangover or other effects following a night on the town.
Aged 6 at Wrotham Road School, already the matinee idol good looks showing…..to the trained eye.
Ikeja Nigeria, circa 1965. Waiting for the man-servant to bring cold drinks and tabnabs. That or or completely at a loss to everything as per usual.
1967. First year at big school. Sadly it a was a Roman Catholic school hence serious and enduring corrupted values and character defects, considered becoming a politician.
First Ship, 1968, with Kenny Blackman in a Cadet dinghy at Cliffe in NW Kent. It was at around this time that ‘yoof’ allatsea published his first major works of poetry and decided to become mariner. “I wish I was a sailor, a sailing on the sea, and when the wind starts blowing, I’ll go home for my tea” The genius in the lad simply shines through.
The summer of1976, first trip 3rd Mate, on British Cormorant at Barry Docks, with Chief Mate Mike Hetherington.
Poncing about in the RFA and attempting on a monthly basis to make my bar bill bigger than my wages. I jest, they were good days. Another time and universe though.
2012, family re-union, Chatham. Yours truly bottom right.