A full bio would be much too long and boring, so just a few salient point will have to suffice.
I was born at an extremely young age in the Rhondda Valley, the son of a coal miner. Welsh was taboo in the south in the fifties, so I was forced to speak English. I remember clearly, however, bringing a book home from my first visit to a library and learning that what I had chosen was written in Welsh -- I could not read it, of course, but I found it fascinating. The feeling stayed with me, even though I left Wales to live in England at the age of nine. I am now making a final concerted effort to learn my own language!
Woolverstone Hall School, an educational and social experiment that sadly seems to have failed (at least, it closed down in 1989), gave me the educational grounding that led me to spend one year in a bank before becoming bored out of my mind and moving into computing. This was in 1968, when computers were very different to the things that now sit on most people's desks (oh, and have you seen the new iMac?) -- a 2 megabyte hard disk, consisting of several aluminium platters coated with a magnetic material, was bigtime!
Three years later found me moving to Belgium in order to marry the girl I had met several years earlier when I was in that country for an Elvis Presley Convention. I'm still married to that girl and I'm still an Elvis fan!
I worked for several private companies before becoming an EU official in 1982. Several years ago I was diagnosed as suffering from severe osteoporosis and am now on invalidity pension.
Living in Belgium has many advantages: wonderful health system, excellent shops (they're clean!), chocolates, pastries, the euro (brilliant!), and languages. I live in the Flemish part of the country and so, like the majority of Belgians, speak Dutch. French is also no problem and I can get by very nicely in Spanish, too! Still working on my own language, though -- Welsh!

Diolch yn fawr!


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