|It's a Long Way from Summerfield Street|
Born in a northern English industrial town at the outbreak of WWII, the author was raised in a small terraced house in Summerfield Street, Sheffield.
Following seven years at art college, he served two-years National Service in the Royal Air Force and afterwards was employed as an artist on the local newspaper while also working as a bass player with a jazz ensemble. It was at this time he met and married Pamela his lifelong companion and carer. Shortly afterwards the newspaper was taken-over by Roy Thomson (later Lord Thomson of Fleet) and very quickly the author became first Studio Manager then Sales Promotion Manager for five other newspapers. This period culminated in his appointment as Advertising Manager of Colman Foods, Norwich during which time he was an active sailor, cruising several times to France, Holland and latterly to Gibraltar.
Moving on, he became a producer in London, but at the peak of his career he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and later-on cardiomyopathy. However this did little to stem his love of sailing nor his appetite for travel in France, Spain, and the Caribbean.
Finally, he, his wife and son emigrated, living in a rural finca in the shelter of the Sierra Navadas on the Costa Tropical, Spain. It is a story of jazz, advertising, and one woman's dedicated devotion.
|The Viking Hypothesis||
For generations the underlying cause of multiple sclerosis has remained a mystery once described as "a conundrum wrapped in an enigma surrounded by a paradox". One particular explanation concerns the dissemination and distribution of a mutant autoimmune gene or group of genes in northern Europe. This theory is called The Viking Hypothesis. In the words of Alastair Compston, professor of neurology and head of the department of clinical neurosciences at Cambridge University
"....as I understand it, they (the Vikings) were in the habit of leaving behind their genetic material in the most generous way!"
Very quickly the author discovered that Viking archaeology and MS epidemiology are inextricably linked. I do not claim to be an expert, I have no formal medical qualifications nor any scientific background, what I do have is 30 years experience living with primary-progressive multiple sclerosis, a background and training in market-research analysis, many years using computers, and an enquiring mind. Not satisfied with the neurologists' answers, the author was driven to find out why he had contracted MS.
This ebook examines the historical background of multiple sclerosis, the Vikings, and the dissemination of this genetic heritage by Scottish immigrants throughout north America and Australasia. It is hoped this straightforward exercise by one layperson will go some way to assuage the doubts of sceptics who don't believe in the Viking Hypothesis and who say, "multiple sclerosis is not inherited".
This a riveting book is full of interesting facts about Vikings. The author covers a wide range of subjects from Viking history and Norse mythology, to American Blue-grass music and Bourbon whisky without ever losing track of the main objective, the origins of multiple sclerosis.