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    I'm a happy and talented girl. I'm good at drawing and many of my drawings have won prizes. At the same time, I like telling stories.
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    Born in Cumbria in the north west of England. I joined the British Army Royal Engineers at 16 and served in the UK, Germany and Gibraltar. I specialized in communications and reached the dizzy height of Signal's instructor RE.<br /><br /> When I left the Army, I found I didn't like the nine to five styles of life and ended up working as a navigation consultant doing the specialized navigation for Oil exploration survey ships, and the positioning of Drilling ships and platforms. I also did the navigation for Fuji Japan when they laid a telephone cable on the seabed from Bangkok to Singapore, and the navigation for the dredger Bima, dredging the seabed for gold just offshore at Nome in Alaska, and the coring ship that was mapping the gold deposits there under the sea bed.<br /><br /> After spending 13 years as an independent consultant working in 36 different countries GPS was made available to the general public, so I stopped doing the work in 1987. I then concentrated on computer work and in 1991completed a 3 year evening classes course and attained a Graduate Informatica - programming and system analysis diploma.<br /><br /> Armed with this diploma and having passed an IBM aptitude/IQ test with a very high score even though I carried out the test in Flemish (which at that time, I was still not very good at) not in my mother tong of English as I should have, I started working for an IBM Recognized Agent. I soon found that my strong point was not programming but hardware and software support, so transferred to the support department and learned quickly how to install, maintain and repair IBM AS/400 systems for our clients.<br /><br /> I later moved to ICL (now Fujitsu/Siemens) as their IBM system support engineer and also learned how to look after Microsoft NT based systems. From there I moved to BIT, which is part of TUI Travel as a support engineer for their NT based network. <br /><br /> I was forced by my doctors in 2000 to stop due to ill health and since then I have concentrated on the Internet.