As a broadcaster Ian has worked with radio and television networks in the UK and overseas. Since 1972 his voice has been heard on many major and smaller British Independent Television programme companies and some BBC and Independent radio stations.
Ian is a passionate historian. He created Old British News, the popular newspaper research facility for historians (1750-1950). He co-authored The Man They Couldn’t Hang and is a well-known British historic researcher. “Some how there just aren’t enough hours in days and although I need walking sticks and wheelchairs to get about these days, I try to squeeze as much into my life as I can.”
He uploads and updates historic data, including his family trees, backgrounds and research details of deceased blood relatives including up to three generation details of those who married relations. The information contains over 1,500 individuals and extends back to the middle of the 16th century. More here.
Ian has osteoarthritis in both legs, is disabled with severe mobility issues and has partial paralysis following stroke. “It’s no big deal but … I lost the full use of both my legs during the 1990s and suffered two strokes in 2000. So, this means the regular use of walking sticks, wheelchair and the loss of use of my right side. It’s a nuisance, sometimes painful, frequently frustrating – I try not to let it get me down … life goes on.”
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