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I was born on August 11 1969, a year of dramatic events in science and society, which has continued to be the case in each year up to and including this one at the turn of the century.

Roy BartonIn many ways this is an apt time to look back on the achievements made by each of us as we head into a new century and a waiting millennium.

In my case it has been a constant struggle to achieve personal gains in a part of the country where a majority of people seem to be riddled by apathy, and it is one similarity that has been shared by Andrew, Shaun and myself in shrugging off this cloud that hangs over us in an effort to achieve something.

I was born in a council estate at a time when the country was changing from a place where somebody could walk out of a job one day and into another the next. This would be a major factor in the years ahead where my father knew he would have to educate himself to remain in employment, where jobs were shed at all too regular intervals. This he had to do several times, and it is probably because of this that I have continued to stretch myself for information and learn as much as I possibly could.

During my school years, and especially my senior ones, I continued to strive for academic rewards amidst a growing hostility. Apathy and ignorance were a mainstay of the education system at our school and it was something which may have set all of us back instead of taking us forward. I am sure that Andrew and Shaun probably feel the same, and Andrew probably more so, as I have known him to complain bitterly of his education at primary level. My own experience of primary school was a good one and I felt a deep sense of surprise and eventually depression at the state of the secondary school system.

Roy in GlassesOn leaving school I took to training in a trade. There were many reasons for this and I never regret a moment of doing it. I always wanted to be a writer but I knew that the chances of making a living straight from school without a bit of experience of life were slim. I also felt that as long as you have a trade to fall back on you would always have a job somewhere. Fortunately I have never needed to test this theory out, as looking back I might have been a bit wrong about this.

After falling out of that and into a couple of other jobs that enriched my experiences I joined the Postal Service and have been there ever since, using the generally good pay to finance various personal enterprises as well as securing my future financially, which will start bearing fruit in just a couple of years time. I have also moved away from the council estates where so many people have become trapped for all their lives and into my own private home. This has all been achieved in less than ten years and I now look towards the future.

INTO THE NEW MILLENNIUM

Unless you think that there is another year to wait, which sounds pretty good to me.

Roy at Castlerigg Stone Circle, Cumbria

Over the past year (1999) things have happened at a hectic pace. The castle visiting has finished, with the writing up left to do 2000 will also be a hectic year. I have moved from the one office I have worked at for a decade to another one to improve upon certain skills that I have felt essential to my future and am pleased to say that it has been a very good move. Nearly all my objectives have been achieved and more and it is probably the happiest I have been for several years.

Some of my short stories have been published and I am looking forward to moving onto something more substantial within the next year or two.

Roy in 2000

I look upon the next ten years with the confidence that a lot of the hard work has been done in the last ten and it is time to start reaping the rewards from that hard work. Generally I feel the future will be more interesting than the past as we wave goodbye to the ‘waiting decade’ and move into the new millennium.

Rachel and Roy in Cancun 2004

Since originally writing this I have met and married Rachel and have two children; Caitlin and Ethan. Wedding pictures can be seen at The Wedding Gallery.

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To read some of Roy's writing click on the story titles below:-

STORIES                                       POEMS                                        
A CHANCE IN HELL MY MIND'S DOOR
FOREVER NIGHTMARE WORLD
GEORGE AND THE DRAGON
(THE TRUE STORY)
MONDAY MORNING,
NINE TO FIVE
THE EYE OF EXCALIBUR THE LEGACY
AN UNEXPECTED GUEST CATS EAT DOG
ESCAPE FROM LAB 15 WALKING MAN
DEAR SATAN -
A CHRISTMAS STORY
CAST YOUR FATE TO
THE WINDS
GATHER THE CHILDREN IN
LOOK AT THIS LAND
MY LAST PARAGRAPH


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