Hello and welcome to my blog
First of all, you may like to know something about me. My name is Ian Franks and I was born on 8th November 1952. I have enjoyed a career in journalism and public relations, really two sides of the same coin. I am married to Lisa, who was born and brought up in New York City. We married in 2011 after we both gained divorces from our previous partners.
I was born in England in the village of Chelsfield, in what was then Kent, but from the age of four my parents had moved our family to the nearby town of Orpington. From 1964 to 1970, I attended Cray Valley Technical High School, in Sidcup, leaving at the end of the Lower VI to start my very first job as a trainee reporter at a local newspaper in Woolwich, south east London.
During my newspaper career, I have undertaken so many general news and specialist roles that they are just too many to list here. However, they culminated in being both a sub-editor and Rural Affairs Editor of a weekly regional newspaper group in North Wales, of which the lead newspaper was the Caernarfon Herald. The ultimate accolade for me was being named Wales Farming Journalist of the Year in 1999.
As a volunteer, I spent more than 10 years as an adult leader in the Scout movement, including seven as a District Commissioner, before joining St John Ambulance and being appointed Regional Public Relations Officer for North West Wales. For three years, I was Secretary of MS Synergy Independent Support Group Charity.
Oh yes, MS, multiple sclerosis – I had better mention that. I have MS, my mobility is impaired and have to use a wheelchair to travel more than a few yards. So, I live with a disability. But please don’t pigeon-hole me as a ‘disabled writer’ because I am not, I am a writer with a disability who likes to concentrate on his abilities. Please look at my ‘CAN do attitude’ page for more about that.
So, that’s me in a nutshell. In November 2015, Lisa and I moved to Spain to live in our dream home in the region of Andalucía. Here, we enjoy months of sunshine with seemingly endless days of blue skies. Of course, it can get cloudy and can even rain…. occasionally!
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