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Short version

Ian Gosling was born in Buckinghamshire and brought up in Cambridgeshire.

He moved to Rutland - England's smallest county - 23 years ago, with his wife Maggie and their three children.


Long version

1953 was a very good year –  the country had a new Queen, the world had new heroes in Hilary and Tenzing, and in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Mr and Mrs Gosling had a baby boy

Nine years later – via Somerset and Kent –  we moved to St Neots, a small market town in Huntingdonshire, and later  for reasons that I have long forgotten, I became an accountant

I married 1974 and spent the next twelve years moving my family around the country, always in search of a better job. In 1980 I returned to Buckinghamshire, where we lived for nearly seven years.  Maggie and our children (Sarah, Nick & Claire) would have been happy to stay there. But the grass is always...  and we moved to Rutland. Somewhere along the way I stopped being an accountant and become a contract project manager and I have worked in such diverse places as Edinburgh, London, Macclesfield and Kuwait  –  we still live in Rutland

Things that I like

Some of my favourite novels

East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Jude The Obscure by Thomas Hardy

 Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming,  The Ipcress File by Len Deighton,

 The Book of Dave by Will Self, The Falls by Ian Rankin

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle, The Dead of Jericho by Colin Dexter

 The Players by Jo Reynolds, High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

A Small Death in Lisbon by Robert Wilson

 Day of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth, Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak


Some of my favourite non-fiction

Pictorial Guides to The Lakeland Fell by A Wainwright, Tony Benn's diaries

 The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin, The Death Zone by Matt Dickinson

World Cup 2003 The official account of England's World Cup triumph

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela


Some favourite movies & TV shows

TV - Wire in The Blood, Rebus, Law & Order, CSI, Cracker, Prime Suspect

 Hill Street Blues, Columbo, Silent Witness, Waking The Dead, The Wire

Movies - Goodfellas, Dirty Harry, LA Confidential, Get Carter, The Long Good Friday

The Godfather,  Sea of Love, The Wicker Man, The Blues Brothers, The Commitments


Musical heroes

Van Morrison, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix

 Paul Weller, Ray Davies, John Lennon, Paul Simon


... and heroines

Joni Mitchell, Annie Lennox, Joan Baez, Aretha Franklin

Janis Joplin, Etta James, Christine McVie


some great albums (by none of the above)

Meddle : Pink Floyd ~ Inherit the Wind : Wilton Felder ~ Sleeps With Angels : Neil Young

  Beggars Banquet : The Rolling Stones ~ A Love Supreme ~ John Coltrane

 The Soft Bulletin : The Flaming Lips ~ Bongo Fury : Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart


some great songs (not included above)

In the Midnight Hour : Wilson Pickett ~ Redemption Song : Bob Marley

Rock the Casbah : The Clash ~ Tangled up in Blue : Bob Dylan

 Love Will Tear Us Apart : Joy Division ~ Crazy : Willie Nelson


some classical music

Fauré Requiem ~ Saint-Saëns Symphony No.3 ~ Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Elgar Cello Concerto ~ Bernstein America

Pachabel Canon ~ Albinoni Adagio  ~ Stravinsky Petrushka


2 Great Teams

LEEDS UNITED  1964/1974



Some favourite places

the summit of Blencathra  ~ the beach at Old Hunstanton ~ the harbour at Seahouses

  Langdale ~ Buttermere ~ Lathkill Dale

Salisbury Crags ~ the Water of Leith ~ Crammond 

Cambridge ~ The City of London ~ Grasmere ~ Cromer ~ Buckden

Tate Modern ~ St Pancras Station ~ Ely Cathedral ~ Welford Road

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