I think it’s about time I introduced myself so for starters, this is me – Gordon Michael Sutton – taken in Cartagena – one of my favourite cities in Southern Spain. It’s a base for the Spanish Navy and it’s a city whose roots go back to the Romans and beyond. Better stop there, this is supposed to be about me. First, a photograph.
Travel’s always been important to me. I guess when your dad’s in the navy in Australia when you’re born and brings back mementoes from Chile and Peru and the USA for you, then the urge to see the big, wide world is pretty much there from the start. Oh, yes, that and a grandmother whose fear of flying meant regular trips on the great ocean liners from Liverpool to New York and Montreal. Not surprising really that I wanted to see it for myself.
For the record, here’s the ship my dad was on when I was born – the MV Essex – one of the Pacific Steamship Navigation Company vessels.
Apparently he was moored in a place called Bowen, near Cairns on the Australian Gold Coast. Does this mean I’m half Australian?
Lots more about me still to come. Hope that’s a decent introduction.
Music’s been a big part of my life with my taste ranging from Dvorak and Mozart through Jazz and Country (the proverbial guilty pleasure), to The Beatles and Joni Mitchell. But for now, let’s just say I like Steely Dan. Their album covers, while idiosyncratic and alluring, only hint at their lyrical powers and mesmerizing melodies.
And the wonderful ‘Gaucho’ – I was all grown up and working as a copywriter by now. Jazzy and gorgeous music.
Back to the music later. I’ll also be making specific posts under the Music page on my blog. Want to clue you in a little bit about my family now. First my two children. This was taken the weekend of my daughter’s 21st birthday a few years ago. She was living in Paris at the time and we all took a ride on the Seine on a freezing January afternoon. Like the way this captures their sense of fun and mischief when it comes to their Dad, and also the very clear affection between them.
This much older picture shows my Dad on the right .. I’m guessing around 9 or 10 years of age. He’s standing next to his sister’s husband, my Uncle Ted. He was from Northamptonshire, and lived in the small village of Great Doddington. He ran his own riding school down there and taught me to ride when we went to visit. Idyllic afternoons galloping across golden cornfields.
About time I updated this page I suppose. China and the Far East seems to be beckoning so thought it might be a good idea to upload this shot from a recent visit. This is taken on the threshold of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on a bright, crisp Autumn day.
This next one has only just turned up quite recently. I made a visit to Ukraine in about 2002 I think it was. This was taken at a brewery if memory serves me correctly. Picture quality not marvellous I’m afraid.