None of the following is essential reading - it's just to 'flesh me out' a bit!
I was born in Hampstead, London. My father, mother and older brother emigrated to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when I was about two years old, and we returned about five years later, by which time I had another brother. After a couple of years in Oxford, we finally settled as a family in a village called Highcliffe, about ten miles from Bournemouth on the south coast.
I was schooled at Boscombe Convent, where the reading aloud came into play again, as I regularly read at school Assembly in our concert hall. I used to get awarded 'good marks' by the teachers who snuck in at the back of the Hall and said they could hear 'every word' I spoke - and there was no microphone. And I was only small!
I attended the Polytechnic of Central London - which has now turned into Westminster University - and studied for two years to be a bi-lingual secretary (French and English with a smattering of Spanish). That was followed by a few brief years doing secretarial work in London and back home in Bournemouth, before I applied to join 2CR, the embryonic Independent Local Radio station. They took a gamble on me, and gave me a job as a trainee technical operator.