“A barista pouring coffee into a mug that says ugh on it at Bar Nine” by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash
  1. Failure at School

I didn’t get on with school. In fact, I hated it. To my mind, the British educational system in the 1980s was more about keeping kids in their place rather than chasing their dreams. I was a creative child who (because I didn’t want what my teachers offered me) was told I would never amount to anything unless I bucked up my ideas. At the age of 15, I bucked up my ideas and left school, choosing instead to…