I came across an ancient photograph the other day. It was from the mid-80s and depicted a tug of war at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Church Crookham, then home to the Gurkhas and barely a mile from where I grew up. Pulling on the rope was my Dad, a little boy (me) and a Gurkha in a red tracksuit. I could never have imagined then that I would serve as an officer in the Royal Gurkha Rifles, commanding Gurkha soldiers in Afghanistan, in Brunei, in Kenya, Malawi, Australia and, let’s not forget it, Folkestone. Nor could I have imagined the opportunities that would come to live, work and travel in Nepal and the effect it would have on me. Anyway, all of those things came to pass and I share a little of them here in this blog (scroll through to my first blog for more about the author).
Since leaving the Army in 2011 I have studied an MSc in Environmental Technology. I have also worked in Nepal in the field of sustainable development, chiefly micro-hydro and drinking water projects in rural Nepal. I am hoping I will again find my way back to there to work in this field, potentially to help realise Nepal’s capacity for using solar for clean energy.
I have also studied photography via the Open University and have worked in this capacity for various charities and trusts, among which The Gurkha Welfare Trust, Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust and Freedom Matters.
Developing as a writer and photographer is a constant work in progress. I hope that the words, images and stories shared in this blog are all of a quality to be enjoyed and perhaps even to inspire.
Lastly, feedback is the oxygen which writers and photographers breathe – so please don’t be shy to get in touch. You can leave a comment on the blog page itself or reach me directly.
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