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.