Over the years the wykenwizard website has changed considerably. It was initially set up to allow fellow geocachers to view clues to help them find ny geocaches. At the time I left many around the Warwickshire countryside and almost invariably the seekers had to solve a series of clues that would lead them to the final co ordinates. Unfortunately, I am not as fit as I used to be so I curtailed my geo caching activities. I still love the challenges that geocaching presents though and I thoroughly recommend it as a hobby for those wanting an outdoor pursuit. It is a hobby that can be enjoyed by all and in more recent times it seems to have become a major activity for the Scouts as it involves outdoor exercise combined with map reading skills. It also requires the use of the brain cells where there are puzzles to be solved. For anyone interested in geocaching visit www.geocaching.com and take a look.
For a while I combined geocaching with metal detecting, a hobby I have derived great enjoyment from. There is nothing quite like finding something that has been buried for hundreds, even thousands of years. At first I found it a difficult hobby to pursue as it is difficult to find land to detect on. After a while though I applied to join a club and everything changed as soon as my application was accepted. I joined the Coventry Heritage Detector Society and they had plenty of land available that they had gained permission to search over a number of years. Unfortunately, over time, the older founder members either died or became too old to play an active role in the society. Sadly, younger members who are still at work find it difficult to devote the necessary time to organising digs and taking care of the various administration tasks. Within a short time I had taken on the role of Treasurer and not long afterwards I became the Chairman. In early 2017 my wife and I were on holiday in Whitby on the East coast. We noticed in an estate agents window that properties in the area were very cheap compared to Coventry. It seemed an ideal opportunity to make a move. However, as most of our family still reside in Coventry we decided that we wouldn't go as far away as North Yorkshire and we eventually decided that somewhere near Cleethorpes would be ideal as it is only about 100 miles from Coventry. Our address is actually in Grimsby, but is in fact about midway between Cleethorpes and Grimsby. As no one wanted to take over the running of the Coventry Heritage Detector Society it was decided that the club would close in June 2017. In October 2017 we made the move. Since then, despite periods of ill health we have loved living in a more rural area and we really enjoy our walks by the sea.
Metal detecting no longer takes up most of my time, but I have always been involved in art in various forms and at various levels. I have also always enjoyed photography. I think that my photography interest developed (no pun intended) very young, as my father was an avid photographer and had his own darkroom. My brother also enjoyed photography and had acquired some top of the range Leica cameras before he died in Australia in 1992. My father was also a radio enthusiast so in my very early years I became acquainted with amateur radio, antennas, valves etc. Radio is yet another hobby that I have retained an interest in and my army career saw me as a radio operator for a while which greatly increased my knowledge.
On the pages of this website you will see some of my drawings. These are mainly pencil drawings done in recent years. I have in the past done full scale paintings in water colour, oil, acrylic and pastel. Regrettably I have hardly any examples of my work available today. I once exhibited my work at Oxford town hall in days gone by and enjoyed some success with sales there. I have produced some sculptures and they also have since gone to better homes. My art career started at Woodlands Comprehensive School in Coventry where I was greatly encouraged by my art master Colin Dick. Mr Dick was the only teacher who took any interest in me and he told me I had a talent that should be developed. When I returned to London, the place of my birth, at the age of 14, Mr Dick gave me a letter of recommendation to the Regent Street Polytechnic and also an introduction letter to prospective employers. As a consequence I became an art student and gained an apprenticeship as an artist with a silk screen printer. I learnt a lot from the resident artist, Mr Frederick Holloway, at the silk screen printers and produced some early work that was well received. The money was, however, very poor and eventually at age 18 I became disillusioned and joined the Royal Artillery as a regular soldier.
Many years later I can look back on a diversity of experiences. I have been a vehicle technician, class 1 heavy goods driver and eventually a transport manager having gained various qualifications working within the motor industry. I gained a certificate of professional competence in road transport management and was a member of the institute of the motor industry MIMI, an associate member of the institute of road transport engineers AMIRTE , and a member of the institute of logistics MIL. You might think that I would have a great interest in vehicles, but that is not the case. For me, vehicles are just a means of getting from A to B although I did build a kit car in the early nineties which I named "Halcyon Days". So there you have it. I gained certificates and qualifications in all manner of office related activities including Accountancy, Auditing, Wolf reforms, European Computer Driving Licence. The list of certificates gained is endless and I have them all filed away in a vast folder. The thing about these skills though is that once you reach retirement age most of these qualifications become almost entirely useless. Which brings me back to the things that will always be a source of great enjoyment to me. My art and photography, pursuits I can hopefully enjoy until i die.
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