1984 – ‘At first the infant, mewling and pucking’

Martin is born. His coming is was not heralded by earthquakes, tidal waves and the explosion of three neighbouring stars but by a cold start to the day and light drizzle in the afternoon.


1988 – ‘Then, the whining school-boy with his satchel and shining morning face’

Best years ever. Thank you Bow School and Durham.


1998 – ‘And then the lover’

Occasionally. But that wasn’t for lack of trying.


2003 – ‘Then, a soldier’

Won a few battles, but the war’s still raging.