Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised in the village of Blackness on the river Forth. At the age of seventeen my mother dragged me along to the Royal Navy careers office (as it turned out, a good thing) and I embarked upon a twenty-three-year career, which took me all over the world. My travels continue; to date I have visited thirty five countries, some a number of times. I have lived and worked in seven countries.
As well as my Naval career, I have been; a certified mountain guide; made and installed kilns in Australia; An instructor in Saudi Arabia; Documentation Manager for a software company in Taiwan; and in the USA I have been a salesman for Sears, a firefighter, an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), a jewelry store manager, and for the last ten years, the senior case manager for the National Expert Witness Network based in Paradise, California. http://www.newnexperts.com
Outside of work, I am a Balvenie and Glenfiddich Associate Brand Ambassador for the William Grant & Sons Company, but also host for many other whisky companies. I have been hosting whisky tastings, whisky/food pairing dinners, and whisky/cigar pairings in both California and Nevada for the last five years. I review whiskies (mainly scotch) and write about them in a free whisky newsletter ("Slange") that goes out to readers in ten different countries and is featured on a number of websites, including this one.
I also give talks/presentations on Scotland/whisky/highland dress/kilts etc, and have emceed many events all over the world, including the Las Vegas Celtic Games (twice).
For fun; I like review Hotels and Restaurants on "Trip Advisor" where over Sixty thousand people have read my reviews.