Brian: better a ‘has-been’ than a ‘never-was’
Having been laid off as a metal engineer due to that Thatcher-induced double-dip recession of the early 1980s I started a commercial art business, and within a few years we were supplying signage to the top five advertising agencies in the country.
Then someone invented computer graphics, which made all the layout and artistic skills of sign-making and sign-writing obsolete.
I and my skilled team were replaced by a computer!
So I became a farmer for about seven years: cereals, cattle and sheep.
When I reluctantly left the bucolic lifestyle I started a small business making furniture.
Within a few years I was the best-selling furniture designer at Harrod’s, Knightsbridge.
And private clients included Hollywood movie stars, international music stars, TV celebrities, and British nobility.
Things got a bit busy in the workshop and the two factories here, so I established a partnership with a couple of fine Texans based in Hangzhou, China, where we got busy manufacturing children’s furniture for the global markets.
I got to travel a bit, recruiting international clients.
My furniture sold to USA, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, Algeria, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, Singapore, Sweden, South Africa,… as well as all over Ireland and UK.
And then there was a bit of a global economic reboot in 2008.
I did a reboot too.
I started writing.
I wrote a few non-fiction books.
And I wrote some autobiographies for other people as their ghost-writer.
And as a freelancer I wrote over 1000 successful CVs for a top London agency.
Then I got tired sitting writing all day.
Presently, I work in retail, buying and selling, and trying to manage 14,000 square feet of ‘stuff’.
Life is interesting, and worth living to the full.
Born illegitimate, adopted into respectability [see The Broncle for more about all that], I have enjoyed many and varied careers, and travelled the world widely.
But above all that, I enjoyed a truly supernatural experience aged just 10-years when I asked God to forgive me; and despite my frequent foolishness, He has been my constant loving and protecting and providing Father throughout all of my adventures and misadventures.
All that I have achieved in this world is meaningless to the eternal gift that I have received: the freedom and salvation freely given by the love and grace of God through the supreme forgiving sacrifice of his only son, Jesus.
I am blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
And I have this on the highest authority.