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About me

Being both British and an introvert, I'm not really one for blowing trumpets, waving flags, using fluorescent markers or generally making a fuss - particularly about myself - so I wonder why I have this section on my website, or even why I have a website at all...

Anyway, for the curious who don't already know me, my brief bio is:

  • born in London, enjoyed a fun and free country village childhood in the innocent 1960s, solid grammar school education, read English at Oxford University

  • corporate career with Unilever, Guinness, United Distillers (now Diageo) in marketing and strategic planning, which eventually took me to the USA where I lived for 18 years

  • an extended sabbatical after my corporate career saw me sailing the US east coast and Caribbean for a couple of years and then starting my own boat dealership in Connecticut

  • returned to the UK 2009, essentially enjoying early retirement, though since 2014 I've spent more time in the US than UK, traveling the country in various iterations of RVs

In the mirror most mornings I see a face with unexpected lines and wrinkles but contentment in the eyes; energy and enthusiasm for the day ahead; a certain determination to achieve something; gratitude for a life with far more white than black stones in my jar.

Myers-Briggs personality analysis would tell you that I am an "INTJ" and I don't have much argument with that - both the positive and less attractive aspects of this personality type.

INTJ Personality Type

INTJ (Introversion, iNtuition, Thinking, Judging) is an abbreviation used in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to refer to one of sixteen psychological types.

This is the basis for the widely used Keirsey Temperament Sorter where the INTJ personality type is characterised here.

There are many websites offering alternative or additional descriptions of this personality type, which you can find by Googling "INTJ", but a reasonable summary of the characteristics of this personality type is provided on Wikipedia here.

Or clicking on this image of a PDF file will open the "Portrait of an INTJ" description from the first edition of "Please Understand Me" by Keirsey-Bates.

Taking the Kiersey Temperament Sorter is an interesting exercise, if you've never done this.

It's possible to do this it online here but I would recommend buying either of the two books Please Understand Me or Please Understand Me II (available by following the title links to the Amazon listing, for example) as they provide a much greater depth of explanation and insight into the various personality types as well as providing the questionnaire and scoring methodology for personality assessment.

Photo Galleries

Sailing  |  Underwater


Portraits  |  Norfolk


Urban - UK  |  Urban - US


Coast - US  |  Landscapes - US

Photo-Journals

Sailing to the Caribbean


5,000 miles on a 43' powercat


US east coast on a 24' powercat


Meandering in the USA in an RV

Some websites I've made

Sound Yachting


Juno Boutique


Coastal Window Cleaning


Docking Village Hall

Private Pages

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