1981. The only people to have him were a motley crew of lecturers on the Foundation Course in Filton, Bristol. A desolate place surrounded by British Aerospace airfields and an army of gas fitters...

1982. Bristol Polytechnic unwisely offered him a place on their Graphic Design degree course...

But he squandered his time playing in a rock band and making films of ill repute.

1984. Hopes rose when he married Tracey.
(See here before and after.)

And to start with he was content perhaps to be a humble film editor in the cut throat world of television....

But on leaving college he decided to dabble in the dangerous world of children’s books dragging his wife with him...