was raised and lived in Winton between 1945 and 54. We lived
in Maple Road and my grandparents Len and Daisy Collis stewarded
the Winton Conservative Club for many years. I got involved
in the 60's rock scene and played guitar with the Giles
brothers in Johnny King and the Raiders and was a founder
member of Zoot Money's Big Roll Band. Among other things
I have been a driving instructor, lecturer, director of
a national company and management consultant.
My wife and I now live in retirement in Chiangmai,
Thailand. We found the cost of housing and living were a
fraction of those in Britain. We were able to build our
own house with swimming pool and pay cash for it, buy a
car for cash and generally afford to live the good life.
Even in the rainy season, it seems to rain
mostly at night.
The big secret about this city must be the people. They're
the friendliest and most charming people you could wish
to meet. Many of them speak English and many more of them
try. We've made a lot of Thai friends in the six years we've
been here and been made welcome in their homes and to their
And another thing - Thais are the coolest, laid-back folk
that you can imagine. Nothing much seems to worry them and
any excuse will spawn a party.