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NEIL ANDREWS

For those who like some detail… I was brought up in Essex and like many others failed to get on in the comprehensive education system.  It didn’t take me long however to realise that working as a lifeguard and wearing white socks wasn’t really going to get me anywhere in life.  With the encouragement of a local college tutor I made up for lost time putting my nose into day time and evening courses planned around my part time work and from there after spending a year as a management trainee I went on to graduate from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a BA Hons in Economics and Accounting winning the top student prize at the end of my second year which helped my job prospects no end.  From there I joined Arthur Andersen & Co qualifying as a Chartered Accountant before moving into the commercial world where I worked in a number of sectors before becoming the Group Finance Director for a six billion pound multinational company which formed part of the FTSE 100.  I have to say that most of the time I loved the job, it had an ideal mix of technical and mental challenge and it gave me the chance to meet and work with some fantastic people around the world.  The downside was the (very) long hours and high stress lifestyle which coupled with a flu like illness and a genetic immune system weakness led to me suffering from M.E., which I originally thought of as  my downfall but now think of as a new life. Being diagnosed with M.E., (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis sometimes known as CFIDS or CFS), over ten years ago was devastating; from believing that I was indestructible I found that I could hardly get my head off the pillow and that walking fifty yards was a serious logistical challenge.  I cannot begin to describe the pain and frustration suffered during the early stages of this cruel illness which seems to affect those who are driven by nature and used to success, it’s humbling and makes you view life through new eyes and really appreciate your family and true friends who stick by you through thick and thin. Bit by bit over the course of ten years, using pacing techniques and drugs to help manage symptoms, I have recovered to the extent that I can enjoy a relatively normal life although I still need to plan events around energy usage and what I like to think of as my Spanish siesta being an hour or so of sleep every afternoon to recharge the batteries.  I started to write after trying to get some good friends to put their disastrous year, where their passive investment in a lap dancing club went horribly wrong, down on paper.  Over a glass or two of wine it seemed to backfire and somehow I was going to write the book….I am now hooked, I love writing, it’s a new chapter in my life and something that I truly enjoy especially when you see somebody absorbed in a book you have written. For those who would like to understand more about M.E. / CFS the two charities below help to educate the general public and medical profession about the illness while providing tremendous support to sufferers and newly diagnosed patients.

About the author

Ever been embarrassed?

My 85 year old mother phoned me in Spain using skype, the conversation went something like this… “Hello Mum” “Hello dear, I’ve been reading your book…” “But Mum, it’s filthy, you shouldn’t be reading the raunchy bits.” “Ooh I know dear, the filthy bits are much better than my library books, I’ve lent my copy to one of the girls at W.I.” It was one of those moments when you just wished the ground would open up and swallow you.  Let’s just say that the conversation went downhill from there…
Neil Andrews author Weimaraner dogs
As a family we have had Weimaraner dogs, (an energetic, loyal, stubborn or some might say manipulative breed), for almost twenty years until our last one passed away two years back.  I would quite like another one to keep me on my toes but unfortunately my wife has yet to agree!
ROADBL OCK  PUBLICATIONS LIMITED
The information, content, and resources presented on this Site may not be published, stored and/or reproduced, in whole or in part, in any form, in any media without the prior written permission of Roadblock Publications Limited. ©2015 by Roadblock Publications. All Rights Reserved.

NEIL ANDREWS

For those who like some detail… I was brought up in Essex and like many others failed to get on in the comprehensive education system.  It didn’t take me long however to realise that working as a lifeguard and wearing white socks wasn’t really going to get me anywhere in life.  With the encouragement of a local college tutor I made up for lost time putting my nose into day time and evening courses planned around my part time work and from there after spending a year as a management trainee I went on to graduate from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a BA Hons in Economics and Accounting winning the top student prize at the end of my second year which helped my job prospects no end.  From there I joined Arthur Andersen & Co qualifying as a Chartered Accountant before moving into the commercial world where I worked in a number of sectors before becoming the Group Finance Director for a six billion pound multinational company which formed part of the FTSE 100.  I have to say that most of the time I loved the job, it had an ideal mix of technical and mental challenge and it gave me the chance to meet and work with some fantastic people around the world.  The downside was the (very) long hours and high stress lifestyle which coupled with a flu like illness and a genetic immune system weakness led to me suffering from M.E., which I originally thought of as  my downfall but now think of as a new life. Being diagnosed with M.E., (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis sometimes known as CFIDS or CFS), over ten years ago was devastating; from believing that I was indestructible I found that I could hardly get my head off the pillow and that walking fifty yards was a serious logistical challenge.  I cannot begin to describe the pain and frustration suffered during the early stages of this cruel illness which seems to affect those who are driven by nature and used to success, it’s humbling and makes you view life through new eyes and really appreciate your family and true friends who stick by you through thick and thin. Bit by bit over the course of ten years, using pacing techniques and drugs to help manage symptoms, I have recovered to the extent that I can enjoy a relatively normal life although I still need to plan events around energy usage and what I like to think of as my Spanish siesta being an hour or so of sleep every afternoon to recharge the batteries.  I started to write after trying to get some good friends to put their disastrous year, where their passive investment in a lap dancing club went horribly wrong, down on paper.  Over a glass or two of wine it seemed to backfire and somehow I was going to write the book….I am now hooked, I love writing, it’s a new chapter in my life and something that I truly enjoy especially when you see somebody absorbed in a book you have written. For those who would like to understand more about M.E. / CFS the two charities below help to educate the general public and medical profession about the illness while providing tremendous support to sufferers and newly diagnosed patients.

About the author

Ever been embarrassed?

My 85 year old mother phoned me in Spain using skype, the conversation went something like this… “Hello Mum” “Hello dear, I’ve been reading your book…” “But Mum, it’s filthy, you shouldn’t be reading the raunchy bits.” “Ooh I know dear, the filthy bits are much better than my library books, I’ve lent my copy to one of the girls at W.I.” It was one of those moments when you just wished the ground would open up and swallow you.  Let’s just say that the conversation went downhill from there…
Neil Andrews author
As a family we have had Weimaraner dogs, (an energetic, loyal, stubborn or some might say manipulative breed), for almost twenty years until our last one passed away two years back.  I would quite like another one to keep me on my toes but unfortunately my wife has yet to agree!
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