Get A Life, Archer!

I have a very full life. I am constantly busy and I'm wondering where all my time goes. The days just whizz by. If someone ever says to me, "Get a life!," I stop and think -- well, I've got one thank you very much... and then some...

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Where I Have Lived
Age Address Notes
0-3 20 Wilmot Road, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England  
3-7 15 Granville Street, Woodville, Derbyshire, England  
7-23 34 Bernard Street, Woodville, Derbyshire, England  
23-24 202 South Brooksvale Road, Cheshire, Connecticut, USA In-laws house
24-29 53 South Main Street, Branford, Connecticut, USA Appartment rental, the whole 2nd floor (US convention) / 1st floor (UK convention)
29-38 22A Jefferson Circle, Clinton, Connecticut, USA My first house that I owned! Built brand new.
38-present Madison, Connecticut, USA  

Schools I Have Attended
Age School
4.5-7 Woodville Infants School, Woodville, Derbyshire, England (1961 to 1963)
7-11 Woodville Junior (Primary) School, Woodville, Derbyshire, England (1963 to 1967)
11-14 Granville (Secondary) School, Woodville, Derbyshire, England (1967 to 1970)
14-18 The Grammar School (College Prep), Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England (1970 to 1974)
7 G.C.E. 'O' Levels (2 in Mathematics) and 1 G.C.E. 'A' Level (Physics)
20-22 Burton Technical College, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England (1976 to 1978)
Awarded an O.N.C. Sciences with a 'Distinction' in Mathematics
27-43 University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut, USA (1984 to 1999)
Graduated 'Magna Cum Laude' with a B.Sc. Computer Science and a 'Minor' in Mathematics
Received an '
Outstanding Senior in Computer Science' award before I graduated

I was born in 1956 at the Burton General Hospital in Burton-on-Trent, a town in East Staffordshire world reknown for it's breweries, especially Bass Charrington (Bass Ale) and Allied Breweries (Double Diamond). The best ales are made at Marston's, Thompson & Evershed (Marston's Best Bitter).

I was brought up in South Derbyshire living most of my life in Woodville, a village in Derbyshire, until I moved to the United States in May 1980.

When I was born me Mother and Dad lived at 20 (??) Wilmot Road, Swadlincote for two or three years, and then we moved to 15 Granville Street, Woodville, where we lived for about five years. We moved to our final home at 34 Bernard Street, Woodville in February 1963. After me parents passed away the house was sold in 2008. They had lived there for over 45 years.

Woodville is part of the town of Swadlincote Urban District and is roughly 4 miles south-east of Burton-on-Trent and roughly 12 miles south-west of Derby.

I went to Grammar School in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire is just three miles east from Woodville over the Derbyshire/Leicestershire border. Grammar School is analgous to high school in the United States.

Me Mother (Barbara Jessie Archer nee Hardwick) was born in Brizlincote Cottages, Bretby in 1928 and grew up in Bretby which is on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border between Swadlincote and Burton-on-Trent. She was one of four children; her older brothers Horace (known in the family as Joe) and Cyril (known in the family as Jack) and her younger sister Joyce. All have since passed away. Me Mother died at The Queens Hospital, Burton-on-Trent in 2008, aged 79, after having a heart attack and her kidneys shutting down. She was cremated and her ashes were interned at Bretby Crematorium, as per her wishes for her remains to be left in the village where she was born. Her brother Jack's ashes are about 30 yards away from hers.

Me Dad (James Ronald) was born at 65 Church Street, Church Gresley in 1925 and grew up in Church Gresley in South Derbyshire, home of Gresley Rovers Football Club. He played for the Rovers in the 1940s and his uncle was involved with the club at the turn of the Century. The Archers house was literally just over the wall from the Moat Ground where the Rovers play. Me Dad also served in the Royal Air Force and the British Army during World War II. During his army days, he served in India and in Ireland. Me Dad was one of nine children; Robert (Bob), Oswald (Oz), William (Bill), John (Jack), Catherine (Cath), Agnes, Phyllis and Winnifred (Winnie) were his siblings. All except me Auntie Winnie have passed away. Me Dad died at The Queens Hospital, Burton-on-Trent in 2007, aged 81, after a short battle with lung cancer. He was cremated at Bretby Crematorium and his ashes were spread by Joy and I in the National Forest immediately behind our old home at 34 Bernard Street, Woodville, as per his wishes.

Me Sister (Joy Ann) was born in 1961 at 15 Granville Street, Woodville. She currently lives near Rugby, Warwickshire.

After me Mother passed away, me sister and I put our childhood home at 34 Bernard Street, Woodville up for sale. It was sold in November 2008 after the our Mother had lived there for over 45 years.

In January 2009, I had the honour of being inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame! You can see my entry HERE. After the formal inducion dinner where I gave a speach (mostly about the history of football) I dedicated my honour to me Mother and Dad.

In December 2010 I was diagnosed with a benign skull-based tumour called a trigeminal schwannoma. It is rare and found in only 0.2% of those who have skull-based tumours. I had a 13-hour brain operation at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut in December, 2010. Because of it's location to many of the cranial nerves only 80% could be removed, because further invasive surgery could have been fatal. The remainder has been treated by a radiation process called Gamma Knife, which will slow the growth and shrink it or perhaps even kill it. Complications occured after that operation and I had received five additional brain operations from March 2011 to August 2011 to fix cerebro spinal fluid (CSF) leaks and hydrocepalus. The trigeminal nerve was damaged and now I suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, which is a painful condition said to be permanent. In July 2011 I was suffering from hydrocephalus again and I had to have a brain shunt inserted to drain the excess CSF from my brain ventricles out through my body and then out through my "waste" system. Later that month, or early August I had a brain haemorrhage and then I was back in hospital again! I spent half of August in hospital having the old shunt taken out, waiting for my brain fluids to clear again (they looked like tea, was one observation) and a new one inserted. I was back to work in October 2011 and have not been operated on for any of this again since. Every several years, however, I have an MRI brain scan to make sure there are no further problems, like the tumour growing again.

In spring 2013 I suffered a minor heart attack. In a quick operation at Yale-New Haven Hospital I had a stent inserted into my Right Coronary Artery (RCA). I have not had a cardiac problem since.

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