In case you don't know who I am, let
me enlighten you! Of course you could look me up on Friends Reunited
page is probably more up to date.
I was born in Dovercourt in 1965 and went to Mayflower County Primary
when it was further up Main Road than now. During this time I worked
weekends and holidays at the Caravan Camp
and elsewhere in
the town. I then went to Colchester
until 1984 and left with
a few A levels and a collection of O levels.
After sixth form I went to Plymouth
for 3 years to try and get a degree in, first, Communication
Engineering and, then, Computing & Informatics. I didn't manage in
either case and returned empty handed to Dovercourt in 1987. Of course,
computers were very different in 1984 than they are now - anyone need a
Cobol programmer ? I also got to play with Unix. Yeah.
I fell on my feet though and started to work for Immigration as a paper
clip counter just after the Earl William
moored at the Train Ferry
terminal as an immigration detention centre. On 16th October that year
the 'great' storm hit and I slept through it. I took a load of photos
that afternoon around the seafront (but can't find them right now).
That job finished in December 1987 but I had a job in Dover
for early 1988. Several years later I met my future wife and a few
years later we had two children, a boy and a girl. In the meantime I
gathered together a few skills that have proved useful over the years,
both domestically and in work. I am now fully versed in local/wide area
networks, servers and desktops (Windows & Linux).
I gained a few languages along the way
too: French (pretty fluent) and Spanish (good). Add a smattering of
German and a few other European tongues to that. I can order a beer and
and a coffee in most places on the planet.
Of course, nothing lasts forever! Health complications meant I couldn't
work for a long time and have had to finish my career after 21 years.
My wife decided that our marriage was also over and dragged me into a
fight in court. Not something I needed at the time.
So I'm back where it all started, Dovercourt. Right now I help out
where I can with community projects,. For over two years that's
included Tendring Citizens Advice Bureau and an adult community
computer class www.clickdovercourt.org.uk
. The most recent one is www.harwichmayflower.com
, now a registered charity (number 1133420). But I'm not the web
I've finally had some good news, I became a single parent at the end of
August 2010 after a short custody battle so my life is now shaped
depending on the needs of my
son & daughter. I can also go back to work when something right
comes along (although my doctor has the final say, so he tells me).
Of course, there are always odd things happening. In March 2011 I was
contacted by Learndirect about my activities after completing two
courses. I told them about Click etc and next heard I was a Digital
. This led to a trip to the National Digital Conference in
May. I have also taken myself to Colchester Institute and earned a
PTTLLS qualification. Because of some of the voluntary work I have a
current CRB certificate.
You'll find me on twitter as @thepaulturvey
and on Facebook
as well. I've more
recently joined Posterous
and some of my
photos will be found there.