I am a writer living in Scotland still fighting for recognition of my work with Dire Straits. My schooling is so erratic that by the age of five, I’d been to three primary schools in Gilmerton Edinburgh. I then went to Tollcross Primary where I won a scholarship for poetry, my other schools were Portobello High, Musselburgh Grammar Balgowan in Dundee where I had a trial in football for Lockee Harp.
I joined the Infantry Junior Leaders Battalion, Royal Scots when I was fourteen the youngest soldier in the British Army. I was part of a drill display in 1962 at Edinburgh Castle during the Tattoo. During the Cuban Crisis I was attached to the Paratroop Regiment, and after intensive training with them joined my regiment at Berwick on Tweed the Royal Regiment.
On leaving the Army I worked in Duncans chocolate factory, washed cars in a five minute car wash, laboured in many trades, worked aboard a Trawler as a cook. Trained to be a Able Seaman on the SS Vindacatrix?, in Bristol, became a Undertaker for some reason. I was a coal miner at Bilston Glen Colliery on the supply line and actually worked at the coal face and all before I was 21 years of age.
I was a Bus Conductor on the number 11 bus from Dalston Garage London, became a driver and drove most of the routes around London including the number 19, that my Conductress who was Irish became part of the lyric Wild West End, She Was A Honey.
On my return to Edinburgh I worked as a Bouncer in the world famous brothel in Danube Street, where Dora Noyce the famous Madam had her house of ill repute that was frequented by many notable and famous faces seeking pleasure from what she described, “As her girls”. I was there when Dora died and until the house was finally closed by the police, as there were rumors that a Glasgow gang had their eyes on the business. It was said that Dora as a young woman had traveled the world without once having to put her hand in her purse, unless it was to put money in it?.
Back in London I pushed a barrow laden with Hot Dogs and Burgers, with over priced soft drinks in and around Soho, that in those days was illegal. Today its a striving business that the local councils make large revenues from, in my day it was hassle after hassle from the police.
And of course I have done my time for Her Majesty the Queen, all part of what it takes to write Poetry lyrics or write a Novel, experience. Im the Edina Burgh Poet, and was given a Arts Council Bursary for my Novel Edinburgh. I had two plays written by me performed during the Edinburgh Festival of 1982. I wrote the lyrics for the Dire Straits Album, and most of what was used in Brothers in Arms that I have not been payed for. Im a Bastard to mess with, and I do not like being ripped of by a couple of Faggots, and when I tell the truth I do not expect arseholes who dream of going to bed with any of the Knopflers, if that is their names, to put spam on my blog without letting me read what their poor minds are saying, sitting writing shite to no one but their sad selfs because Mark Knopfler did not write the lyrics on two of the Dire Strait Albums. And for a reason known to Illsley and Knopfler wont share in the wealth that I through my writing of the Dire Strait lyrics brought to them.