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He answered a local newspaper advertisement in 1983 placed by Paul Heaton that said Trombonist seeks street musicians around the city. After leaving the band, he ran a whole food shop for about five years.
He married Amelia in May 1988 in Hull and has two daughters, two sons and six grandchildren.
Since then he has gone on to become an author of children's books and television scripts, including the English language version of S4C show The Baaas. He also composes music and songs for children's television, including for Nickelodeon.
He wrote a series of books whose main character is a hippopotamus named Henrietta. He also wrote episodes of Yoho Ahoy, a children's programme aired in 2000 and 2001, consisting of thirty nine episodes, of which twenty were in series one, and the rest in series two.
In 2014 he began working as a journalist and has a column in a local Bristol paper. Along side this, he has been working with AuthorsAbroad, teaching young children, from all around the world, creative writing and music.
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