Hi! I’m Clive, I’m 68, been divorced 14 years, live on my own, and have two beautiful grown up daughters and a lovely granddaughter who are the centre of my world. I retired in September 2013 from working in the NHS, for a large mental health Trust in London. I am a Man of Kent, exiled for many years in Essex, but am content in my adopted county. I love books, both real and electronic, and listening to music – particular favourites are what might be termed folk, rock, Americana and alt-country. I also watch a lot of sport on TV, especially football and cricket, and am a long-time supporter of Dover Athletic, my home town team, and after retirement I became a season-ticket holder at my local team – Leyton Orient. Sadly, I’ve had to give that up, for health reasons, as I also did with live music events: two great disappointments for me!
I have had two periods of depression, and returned to work from the second, longer spell in July 2012. I was encouraged by my counsellor to write about my experiences and to share them in a blog, both as therapy for me but more importantly in the hope that others will find this helpful, especially if they are fellow sufferers. The fuller version of my story is in three parts, which you will find in the archive for November 2012 or by clicking on ‘My story’ in the menu at the top of the screen.
I also share random thoughts on anything else that springs to mind. And music. Lots of music!
I hope you find this interesting, helpful and maybe even amusing in places. Please drop in and say hello!
(Most recently updated on 16 October 2021)