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I was born in Portsmouth on the south coast of England at lunchtime on 7th November, 1957, the same day as the Museum of Modern Art was opened in New York in 1929. I left school at 16, a move prompted by the admission of girls. I have worked as an electronic engineer most of my life, and for about half of that have run my own companies. A vague competence has seen one of my designs feature occasionally on the CSI TV programs, sell to customers such as Lockheed and NASA, and achieve senior membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

For 'fun' I studied for a Masters degree in art history which I attained in 2007. I left the UK in 2004 to live and work in Singapore, Canada, and most recently in Saraburi, Thailand for 8 years. In August 2017 I returned to the UK to live in Ayr, Scotland. I am married to Ploy, and have two adopted dogs, Pinky and Perky.

I started writing seriously once we were settled in Thailand, intially intending to write non-fiction books on art and electronics. Those books are still in the pending tray, and instead I first released an account of my travels after leaving the UK, Home Thoughts from a Man. This was followed by the first 'George' novel, George and the Rabbit, and its sequel George and the Armadillo. It is possible it will become a trilogy.

I can be found on Facebook: Home Thoughts from a Man

I am also on Goodreads: Goodreads - Daniel Ogilvie

Should you wish to abuse to me formally, rather than just vilify me incognito on my Facebook page, you can do so here: daniel@danploy.com This e-mail address can also be used if you wish to send me idolatory praise.

I have given a couple of interviews in the past: you can follow the links to them, below.

Women Learning Thai.

The Year of Writing Dangerously (scroll down for me).

 

Here are a few of my favourite things:

  • Sportsmen: Gordon Banks, Gordon Greenidge, Ilie Nastase.
  • Singers: Giovanni Martinelli, Mel Torme, Claudia Muzio, Kate Bush, Rosa Ponselle, Vic Damone, Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper, Teresa Teng.
  • Guitarists: Jan Akkerman, Joe Satriani, Al DiMeola, Robin Trower.
  • Composers: Verdi, Debussy, Puccini, Ravel, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Shostakovich, Bach.
  • Colours: Yellow.
  • Comedians: George Carlin, Frankie Boyle, Bob Newhart.
  • Places: Saint Agnes (Cornwall, UK), Edinburgh, Rayong (Thailand), Monterey (California) .
  • Painters: Rothko, Miro, Kandinsky.
  • Radio: 'I'm Sorry I haven't a clue', BBC Radio 3.
  • Buildings: Flat Iron Building, New York.
  • Actors: Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Walter Matthau.
  • TV: The Fast Show, MASH, The Ascent of Man, Mock the Week.
  • Actresses: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Vivien Leigh, Clara Bow.
  • Musicians: Midori, Hilary Hahn, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
  • Books: Cannery Row, any Hilary Mantel, The Ascent of Rum Doodle, Arthur Ransome, Tom Sharpe, Kingsley Amis.
  • Films: Bad day at Black Rock, Airplane, Naked Gun 2.5, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), The Day the Earth Caught Fire, The first 20 minutes of 'Up'.
  • Cartoons: Tom and Jerry, Roadrunner, The Far Side, Savage Chickens.
  • Opera: Andrea Chenier, Turandot, Il Trovatore, I Puritani.
  • Musicals: Carousel, West Side Story.
  • Wine: New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Elysium, Guwurtztraminer.
  • Food: Tuna steak, Champ potatoes, Yum Tua Poo, Spanish style chicken (a stew of chicken, bacon, tomato and chorizo sausage) Mutton Jalfrezi.
  • Beer: Adnams Old, Beer Laos dark, Ringwood Best.
  • Animals: Dogs (proper ones, not hairy rats).
  • Weather: Thunderstorms.
  • Transport: Hovercraft, Sea-planes.
  • Flowers: Daffodils, Bluebells.
  • Smells: Jasmine, Leather, Old Ironmonger shops, Freshly cut grass.

 

 

 

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