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I was trained in mechanical and electrical engineering at Associated Electrical Industries and Salford Electrical Instruments before studying mathematics at Manchester University. Following a temporary job in the Civil Service I moved on to programming, took a Post Graduate Diploma in Computing at the (then) Polytechnic of North London (PNL). The first computer club in the country started at the PNL which I joined and we started a Micromouse group. In the early eighties I designed two robots, Zeaker and Zero2, which were sold into education and to hobbyists; I was Consultant Editor for 'Your Spectrum' and 'Practical Robotics' both popular news-stand magazines and wrote numerous articles on robotics including sessions for 'The Open Tech' Foundation Courses. In the late eighties I designed and built the experimental 'Shadow Biped Walker' and since then have been designing and building custom electro-mechanical special effects for theatres and museums. Some of the more notable projects being:-
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Well it has been three years since I did the ISA Experience and I wish I had done it years ago, I am fitter, healthier and happy.
Early in 2007 Louise who was on the same GIT suggested that it would be good to attend the Anthony Robbins seminar 'Unleash the Power Within', (UPW), in June at London's Docklands. In all, five from our GIT and a few others we know who have also done ISA took part in the seminar - along with 12,000 others. The Seminar started mid afternoon Friday to some really loud music, Anthony Robbins was a great speaker and by about eight pm all 12,000 were outside queuing up to walk twelve feet across burning coals. I could feel the heat coming off the coals but walking across them was like walking across a lawn after the rain. I really enjoyed the whole weekend and was thankful I had done the GIT beforehand as it enabled me to participate fully in the event.
Later in August I attended Robbins' Life Mastery seminar in St Andrews, Scotland where again the seminar started off with a challenge. This time it was to climb a fifty foot pole and stand on the top then dive off and attempt to touch a white buoy. The whole process was safe because we were harnessed and roped by a specialist company. It was quite windy, somebody said a force four, there were white horses being raised on the sea by the wind and the tops of the poles were moving about six inches in the gusts. I have never liked heights but as soon as I realised that the worst that could happen was that I fall off and hang on the rope and the only way down - besides climbing down - was to jump off anyway, climbing onto the top of the pole was like climbing onto a foot stool. The difficult part was keeping my balance in the wind, the view from the top over the bay was fantastic, I could look around and down past my feet without getting dizzy and the dive off the top was easier than jumping into a swimming pool. Here are some pictures of the poles and me on the top before I stood up straight and looked around. In the shot I am busy focusing on one of the white bouys while standing up, not easy in the wind.