Thanks to the stories my Mum told us, history
was my first enthusiasm and my version of the Wars of the
Roses features a cast of thousands.
Despite the regulation short-back-and-sides haircut
I was obliged to wear as a schoolboy I evidently saw beard and straggly
hair as the look to go for, even then.
I was soon asking 'but what came before history?'
I always liked the first pages of our history book which featured
cavemen, woolly rhinos and mammoths.
'FIRST WE WERE FLUG OFF THE SUN THEN JUST GASSES WE COOLED DOWN
AND MOUNTAINS FORMED THEN IN THE SEA A BIT OF LIFE FORMED THEN A
FISH LEARNT HOW TO CRAWL AND FORMED THE REPTILES IN ALL SHAPES!'
Here I am in August 1960 writing enthusiastically
about keeping a nature diary: 'YOU ONLY NEED A PENCILS AND A NOTE
BOOK (COLOURED PENCILS). ALL YOU DO IS RECORD EVERYTHING THIS IS
REALY ALL THIS BOOK IS.'
No, I don't think I've changed that much!