About Me

I was born in Lahore, Pakistan. As a young boy, I enjoyed playing badminton and flying kites. Kite flying is something that is really big in Pakistan, especially in Lahore.

My family came to the UK at the end of 1959. We stayed in London for a while and then moved to Leicester the following year. I attended the Lancaster Boys School in Leicester.

My favourite subjects at school were Art, Music and PE. I particularly enjoyed playing pirates in the gym. However, we were only allowed to do this at the end of term as a special treat!

Like most boys of my generation, I played all kinds of sports at school, including basketball, badminton, cricket and, of course, football. I was also fairly keen on gymnastics and pole vaulting, which we did during athletics in the summer term. These days, I tend to swim and cycle to keep fit.

After leaving school, I did an Art Foundation Course at Leicester College of Art and Design. I then applied to study Fine Art at Goldsmiths School of Art in South London. My principal subject at Goldsmiths was sculpture.

After graduating from Goldsmiths, I studied print-making at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. I specialised in silk-screen and lithographic print-making.

I later studied at The Open University, where my principal subject was computer science.

I have, at various times, taught art, ICT and computer science in schools, colleges and adult education institutes. I also ran the Computing Homework site for over a decade. This site was designed to support Computing in secondary schools.

Nowadays I divide my time between writing and painting.