TP Wilkinson has collected academic degrees in lieu of remuneration, rather than suppress the urge to read, listen, talk and write. Frequent relocations and accidents have led to a variety of historical experiences, e.g. 1985, 1986, 1989, 2002 which forced a reluctance to accept textbook explanations. He has taught in secondary and tertiary education, coached cricket, directed theater, waited tables and even pumped petrol. Currently he divides his time between writing, translating and learning the Portuguese guitar, sometimes while just watching the cats in the back of his building.