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My autobiography, The Cocky Potter and 'ME', tells my story from when I was aged about five. Born in 1933, I grew up in Cape Town where I was educated and where I graduated as a structural engineer. I spent 2 years in England in the mid 50s, working for one of the top Structural Consultants in London; an excellent exercise and a very rewarding work experience for me. During my stay in the UK, I undertook a 3 month motorcycling trip round the Continent, with a male South African friend of mine on pillion. On our return from the continent we stopped for a night at a youth hostel in Holland. Awakening the next morning I was unable to get out of bed, I felt very ill and found I could not stand. I was bed-bound for three days before I felt able to get up and finish the ride back to Earls Court. To this day I don't know what actually caused that strange episode.
Returning home in 1956, I went back to my old job, still a practicing engineer, but I then opened a Coffee Bar in the Cape Town University suburb of Rondebosch which turned out to be a huge success, and which I sold-on after a few years at a handsome profit.
I then resigned from the Engineering company and changed my employment to a Fibreglass fabricating company. While employed by them, and over the next couple of years, I built myself a 34ft ocean going yacht.
Then once again things took another turn.
I got married in 1963: But my new wife was no sailor, so I sold the almost completed yacht to an Englishman who paid me in pounds Streling, which was deposited into a recently opened Bank Account in my name. So with British funds in place, and now with a young son, we immigrated to the UK in 1966.
I lived and worked in Ealing for a couple of years before being transferred to Birmingham to open an office in Wolverhampton for the Company. With the proceeds from the sale of yacht we bought a house in Staffordshire. My wife then produced our second child, a daughter. But more changes were afoot.
I gave up engineering, and we moved down to the South Coast at Chichester where I worked for Burns Shipyard in Bosham; upgrading the yards facilities. I'd bought a beauty of a little yacht and I was in my element, but It was too good to last. Once the Works alterations were complete, I was out of work and on my way once more.
The next move was huge. We moved 'lock stock and barrel' to the Highlands of Scotland, where I became a Craft Potter and where I finally found my feet in every way and with complete satisfaction - where I lived very happily and productively for the next twenty-two years, until my forced retirement due to health problems in 1993.
Unfortunately, after a couple years, and more health problems, divorce intervened; so it was back to the beginning, to start again.
But from disaster came unexpected hope. I re-met an old flame from the fifties; a young lady that I used to work with, and with whom I had had a fling some 50 odd years earlier.
We are now married. Within the past seven years, the wheel has made a full revolution - and hopefully it will be all freewheeling from now on - God Willing
During the 1980s, a debilitating illness was sweeping through the Western Hemisphere causing severe flu-like symptoms that were to play havoc with the population at large. The public were succumbing in droves, and no one seemed to know what the cause of the unknown illness could be. With speculation running high, 'The Media' were having a field day and it was the 'the media' who coined the term Yuppie Flu; but unfortunately, this unusual 'name' was to stick in the mind of the populous no matter how inappropriate it may have been.
The medical term for the illness is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and the author of this book is a member of the population who contracted the illness in 1955 and who has suffered with it for over 50 years. In spite of this handicap he has lead a full life, with much activity and success - as will be evident to anyone who cares to read his story.
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Book Description 2007. Soft Cover. Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # V00717
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