"I’ve achieved some remarkable things in my life, things that I never dreamt of whilst growing up in the ‘Inner City’.
If somebody would’ve told me while I was at school, that I would...
- go on to University become a PhD,
- write a book,
- write a successful play or two,
- be in a play at the Empire Theatre,
- be in a ‘Panto’ at Ormskirk’s Civic Hall,
- make a record with Billy Kingsley and Frankie Connor,
- be on TV,
- make successful local historical DVD’s,
- be one of the top six historians in the country about the ‘1605 Gunpowder Plot’ and be in a TV documentary about it,
- be on the radio,
- have my own online successful radio show,
- be asked to write forwards for authors,
- be a contributor for magazine articles,
- be the historical consultant for ‘Liverpool One’ building phase,
- name six new places in ‘Liverpool One’,
- be nominated by a top International artist Anthony Brown for his portrayal of ‘100 Liverpool Heads Thinking as One’,
- be nominated as a top ‘Merseysider’ by ordinary citizens,
- have special guest appearances on LFCtv (my beloved club),
- be a Lecturer in both History and English Literature,
- give a successful lecture to 240 ‘Royal College of Heart Surgeons’,
- give a successful lecture to over 300 International Architects,
- be asked to be the first speaker to give a lecture after the refurbishment in St. George’s Hall ‘Concert Room’ to an audience of 480,
- and last but not least, meet some of the most influential people anyone could wish to meet.
Not in a Million years would I have believed it. I’m humbled and privileged to be part of my own Rollercoaster of a ride. I’m truly blessed!!"