As a broadcaster Ian has worked with radio and television networks in the UK and overseas. Since 1972 his voice has been heard on just about all the all major and smaller British Independent Television programme companies and some BBC and Independent radio stations.
He is now “cheerfully advanced-middle-aged, profoundly grey, gracefully heading into his 60′s, delightfully grumpy in a joyful sort of way with a suitable advancing waistline to match”.
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 … the show goes on as far as I am concerned.”
Ian created Old British News, the highly popular newspaper research facility for historians (1750-1950). This was further extended to Old Family Trees a family history website offering genealogical research. “Although I’m disabled I do keep the old grey-matter on the go”.
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.
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