I was born in Oldham, England, the son of a coal miner and a cotton mill worker
and grew up in circumstances that would today be considered poor. However I had
loving parents and benefitted from a good education.
I have a degree in law and sociology and speak French, German and Spanish and have
a smattering of other languages. Since 1970 I've been a qualified barrister, though
I no longer practice. I am a Fellow of the Indian Society of Arbitrators, a Fellow
of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the founder and a fellow of the Institute
of Applied Charlatanry. One of these qualifications is entirely worthless and I
leave you to guess which.
The most important fact in my life is that I have had a long and loving marriage
to a wonderful wife, and my grown-up family still gather with us most Sundays for
a family dinner.
I seem to have a happy, easy-going nature and I take a great deal of pleasure in
ordinary things such as walking or gardening. My wife and I enjoy theatre, ballet,
opera, paintings and dancing at every possible opportunity.
I consider autobiography an important subject and have written about it. If you
would like to know more about my life and also if you want to know how to set about
writing your own autobiography, you may wish to read my A Message to the Children