Where to start? So many friends to thank.
Here are a few champions without whose contributions this book wouldn't
be quite what it is.
First of all I would like to thank my wife for putting up with all
the sacrifices that had to be made to get this book done; for inspiration
Day with his selfless striving to love the whole world; Margaret
Opio for sharing her blue balloon work; to my parents, beside
their support, I owe them my education for which they had to make
many sacrifices; to big Pat for keeping my mum happy and healthy
and my mind free from stress.
Next, a special thanks goes to my bro Aron Thornley. His keen insight
and attention to detail sharpened and polished this book as only
he could. A big thanks to my long time friend Jen Elliot, for her
editing and encouragement; Mark B for his ideas, editing and enthusiasm;
Tom Downes for his ideas and wise feedback; Peter Huck for his never
in an all-star cast (In alphabetical order):
Big Al, Serkan; Charlie and Parker; Charlie
(Perfectly Write) for the first class copy-editing; Julian;
Mr Starman Paul Cade; Racheal; Rosie; Toni Whitehouse and children;
and my champion friends at Biddles: Eve, Nicky, Jeanette, Sarah,
Theresa and Tom.
Next we come to the champions who kindly allowed me to use their
photos and / or shared photos with me: Art Rozbiewski; Oliver Hendey;
Jay Hofman; Jeremy Horner; Prashant Jeloka; Longleat
Enterprises Ltd (Longleat Zoo); Bob and Jeanne Messersmith;
Rafiqur Rahman and Parvinder Sethi.
If I have forgotten anyone's name it's not because I'm ungrateful,
it's only because my small mind sometimes forgets things.