Hey Mark – tell us a bit about yourself
What made you start playing the drums?
I’ve wanted to play drums since I was 7 years old, however was made to learn the piano as that was what my parents felt was the way to go. I had the best piano teachers (highly sought after) at the time in Mumbai, a German couple who had settled there, a Mr. & Mrs. Harry Littler and they were very fond of me, keeping me there for hours, which would infuriate me. I used to then throw a tantrum on returning home…finally managed to get out of piano lessons in my final year of school, due to exams. Continue reading “People I love and know”
Hello to all Elaine’s blog followers – I am her mum, Jan Mount. She recently asked me to do a piece for her blog. My lovely daughter left England for NZ seven years ago and I miss her terribly. No-one else on this planet can make me laugh so much that I cry, and I’m still laughing at her hilarious accounts on Facebook, and now on her blog, so I’m more than happy to be a small part of it.
My parents, two brothers and a sister, are all Londoners. My father, Sam, found work in Maidstone, in Kent as an engineer and shifted my mum, Rose, and my siblings down to a rented semi in what they first thought was a God forsaken part of the world – the countryside – just before World War 2. Why he became an engineer was both innovative and brilliant on his part, because he was trained as a hairdresser in his father’s shop on the Isle of Dogs! (Millwall for the uninitiated). Actually, one of the chapters in my book is about this area back in the day. You should read it! My mum was considered the local beauty when she arrived on the scene of a rural Kentish village, with her latest London styled Eton Crop hair and red lipstick -what a hussy! She was full of life and a real comic – a proper Eastender. Quite the opposite to my intellectual, very serious father, but they were a good match and loved each other to bits. Continue reading “People I love and know”