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Since I won the battle with Polio at the age of 4, the war continues.......................

I am a survivor of the Polio epidemic in the UK during the early 1950’s and over the past twenty five years have been experiencing the demoralising affects of Post Polio Syndrome ( PPS )

I have written this short autobiography as a means to easing my way out of a period of particular tiredness and anxiety, and was suggested by my Psychologist. I hope that it makes you smile and maybe cry, although this is definitely not my foremost intention.

Many of the episodes are drawn directly from memory at the moment of writing and so, over the passage of time, occasionally; events may be betrayed slightly differently than they should. I have, however, endeavoured to be frankly honest in my depiction of the first fifty years of my life and must stress at this point that I regret nothing. I have, for the most part thoroughly enjoyed my life and truthfully hope that there are many years and experiences still to be encountered.

Dedicated to my mum and dad, without whom I would never have survived, thanks.


My autobiography ' Come Smile With Me' is availble from Amazon,

or downloaded as a Kindle PDF file for reading on line, from your Kindle device, or from your computer

and enjoy !


Come Smile With Me - Your free PDF copy with my compliments :-)


You can always twitter me @piliglish1 to let me have your comments or maybe begin a new discussion. Let's talk :-)



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Brighton's Royal Pavillion

Last Wednesday, Cora and I spent a lovely day in Brighton with our local branch of the British Polio Fellowship at Brighton's Royal Pavilion. Later we visited the local Lanes where we had a delicious fish lunch.


I hope you are all members of your local branch. Here you will receive support and friendship from folk fighting the same issues as you, and, most importantly having fun and enjoying life. However disabled we all are, life is a wonderful thing and now that most of us have been given a second chance by beating the initial virus we must take every minute that we have.


If you would like to join the British Polio Fellowship, and maybe join your local branch, just visit their website at British Polio Fellowship

Isle of Wight trip

Cora and I had a good few days in a caravan on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England, A really beautiful place to visit with such varied scenery at every turn. This is a steam railway that takes you through some gorgeous countryside. Better get off the track - there's a train coming!

A fine, if rather windy, day out with friends

Last week Cora and I, and a bunch of good friends from our local branch of the British Polio Fellowship had a good day out along the beach-front at Bognor, West Sussex.
We ended up travelling about 3 miles which was a good stroll for Cora and a couple of others walking, whilst the scooter riders enjoyed a brisk scoot along the foreshore. We ended our stroll by having an enjoyable lunch at the 'Lobster Pot'

My attempt at a Mystery series of books

Many years ago now I began to write what I had hoped would be a series of Mystery stories loosely based on my character and personality.
I have sold a few copies, but of course would always hope to sell a few more, and maybe form the background for a film!

If you would like to purchase an ebook copy from Amazon, just go to Debits, the first of the series.

You can also read online, or download a Kindle PDF version completely free.


The first in the series of Rick Shore Mysteries





‘Debits’ is the first in a series of mystery stories based on the diaries of Rick Shore. Rick is alive and well and lives in his much-loved bungalow in Worthing, West Sussex, on the South Coast of England. As well as enjoying the quiet solitude of his garden, Rick still enjoys the adventure of fishing from the local pier, but has yet to land anything heavier than a one hundred gram Bullhead which somehow became entwined on his line when reeling in one wet Sunday morning.
Rick began his working life as a Police Cadet, easing his way gently up through the ranks to Detective Inspector, when he was selected for a transfer to the Flying Squad. Here he remained for several years before taking early retirement and settling down for a quiet life and some good fishing. He now spends his retirement as a Private Detective working on mysteries that confound the local police force, more as a hobby than a job.
Rick was married for almost thirteen years, when regrettably he was divorced, leaving him to bring up three sons single-handed. The youngest of whom has only recently left home.
Rick is a deep thinking, quiet man with simple tastes and an easy manner, and loves to spend a quiet evening philosophising over some of life’s adventures.
This story is dedicated to my three great sons, Jez, Jon, and Tom who will, no doubt, recognise their dad within the book.



I have now uploaded a PDF copy of my second in the Rick Shore series and you can download a free copy

The second in the series of Rick Shore mysteries

NVQ Assessing and Tutoring

I am an experienced college and university lecturer with a Masters Degree in Geographical Information Systems and Land Information Management and Mapping and have lectured at Chichester and Plymouth Colleges, and Brighton University, in all subjects within the Built Environment including Maths, Communication and IT, at levels 2 & 3, and Building Law, Economics, Land and Quantity Surveying, Planning and Development, and Geographical Information Systems.
I have also owned a English Language school in the Philippines very successfully teaching English as a second language to candidates applying for UK visas.
I am currently an NVQ Assessor and IQA for a number of colleges in programs to include Building Services, Surveying, Construction Management and Civil Engineering at levels 3 - 6.
My professional experiences as a lecturer and previously in private practice as a Land and Quantity Surveyor means that I am able to provide that additional input when students are studying for a range of subjects at school or college.
I am married with three adult sons and this also helps to add the additional dimension to my teaching and learning support. :-)