I was born in the Medway towns, Chatham to be precise, in the early 1970s, spending the first 27 years of my life enjoying(?) the splendour that is Medway. After that I took a downwards step – if that’s possible? – to live in Slough for a couple of years due to a change in career. I finally settled in a lovely village just outside Reading, where I’ve been ever since.
I’m a [long distance] father to two wonderful little girls, seeing them every other weekend since their mum moved back to Rochester with them to start her new life after leaving me. They – Alice and Elisa – mean everything to me and I count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until I get to spend time with them again.
My other big love is for all things Metal! I first found the Metal before leaving school at 16, dipping my toes into the sea of Rock and Metal with Metallica’s “Ride The Lightning”, and I’ve never looked back since. If it rocks it’s pretty much guaranteed I’ll like it. I don’t go to gigs as much as I used to, or would like to if I’m honest, but every now and then something comes along that makes the journey into London worthwhile.
I think it’s safe to say that my musical tastes have since expanded and can only be described as eclectic, liking everything from Slayer to Sigur Ros, stopping off at Frank Sinatra, a bit of house and some classical along the way. I can’t explain why I like so many different styles of music. Sometimes I hear something and it just works.
Working around computers since the age of 16 it was inevitable I’d join the online community, starting my first Blogspot blog over 10 years ago. This is my latest, and hopefully last, site. I guess only time will tell if that’s the case I suppose?
Spending some time away from the blogosphere after finishing my walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats in the summer of 2010, I decided it was time to saddle up the old horse and get back to writing again. The problem was, the old site – the one I started after my wife left me with the girls – wasn’t sitting right with me. I had every intention of going back to it and picking up from where I left off but for one reason or another it just wasn’t working for me. Hm? What to do? What else, a new site obviously!
When thinking about a life-long domain name I wanted to be sure that this time I got it right. The name had to make me smile and had to mean something worthwhile. The old sites had had their time and to be honest, if my wife hadn’t left then the old King family website would still be going strong today, but that was then and this is now.
Through The Clouds was a name that came to me at the end of 2010. For a very long time I’ve suffered with bouts of depression and when they hit it’s like a black cloud descends, smothering me, stifling normal thought, driving me down into a not very nice dark place. It’s not fun when this happens and a lot of the time I don’t even understand why it happens, all I know is it happens and I’m trying my best to learn to cope and deal with it.
The new domain name is supposed to be a way to signify this, but more importantly it’s supposed to show a positive side to the whole dark cloud thing. I do come out through the clouds eventually, and life is good again. I want this corner of the World-Wide-Wait to be a positive place for me to come to and write, something I’ve missed a lot since finishing the LEJOG walk, something I know has helped me a lot in the past to exorcise my demons.