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    Influence in early years

    How much did your childhood influence your choices in later life, example did your parents choices of Christmas and birthday presents make any impression, I recall getting a train set for Christmas when I was about 4 or 5, I still have a model railway.

    Mother played piano, father was a good counter tenor, mostly church music & songs of the Victorian era, and so music has always been an interest although the genre has changed, dad was an opera nut and also romantic classical.

    Any "popular music" (1940s) was likely to be Paul Robeson, Gracie Fields and other mostly forgotten names, or comedy like Spike Jones, Arthur Askey etc.

    I gradually changed my tune (so to speak) when I found myself as a counter tenor in a choral group that majored on madrigals, motets and other early works, this led me to other renaissance and baroque music where my classical tastes have remained. My love of jazz and big band music stems from my first 78RPM disc of Dodo Marmarosa which drove dad up the wall, probably as far up as his opera records did for me!

    I got my hands on the family Agfa box camera when I was about 14, it was a while before I could afford one for myself in my 20s, I've not been without a camera since. (Think I've got about a dozen now!)

    We always had roses in the garden where ever we were, that has stayed with me, although I no longer have the energy nor agility to look after them properly.
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    Of all the toys and gifts I received at Christmas or on a birthday, the only one that had any influence was when I got a photo developing kit. It had the ways and means (with all the dangerous chemicals) to develop and print black and white photos. That got me interested in photography which I still enjoy today. I was given my Dads Voigtlander camera (35mm film) and used it until it finally died after I dropped it accidentally at which time it cracked the metal case.

    Years later, I had a Chinon SLR 35 mm and then Chinon went of out of business and it was no longer repairable - the refracting lens would stick and overexpose the film.

    Nikon is my camera of choice in the present time ... digital SLR ... I have the D40 with two lenses (normal and telephoto) and a tripod and monopod. It does fine for what I need it for.

    As for musical tastes, I was reared in an all classical music family - we heard classical music on the radio when we got up each morning, went to concerts, and of course, Mom had a piano, which is where I got my start for keyboard playing.

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    My parents' decision to take up our local education authority's offer of free violin lessons in school made a big difference to me. I gave up playing in my teens, but the seed was sown, and I'm back playing my fiddle in retirement - and still using the music stand that my father bought me for my tenth birthday.
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    I have also to thank my parents for my choice of degree subject - English. Mum was a great reader & got me into nursery rhymes from a young age, and my Scottish father used to read poetry to me, as well as constantly singing Scottish songs round the house. I think I have him to thank for my love of poetry and song, which I've used in my teaching, and which has sustained me in dark hours.
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    Learning country dancing at primary school and then girls' grammar school gave me an experience of exhilaration, and I still love dancing.
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    Being good at writing stories from infant school onwards made me always interested in becoming a writer. Unfortunately, while it's easy to write and to enjoy writing, it's not easy to get published...

    Same thing about music, though - there are lots of people who can sing or play instruments, but it's not easy to be successful or well-paid.
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