I was the eldest son of Eric and Janette Reed. I lived all of my early years in St Helens, Lancashire in North West England, until after finishing Secondary Technical School, I enlisted in the Royal Air Force in January 1968 and attended RAF college for 2 years studying the profession of 'Flight Systems Engineer, Electronics'. I graduated with honours and went on to serve the RAF in many locations in the world for the next 12+ years. I left the RAF by choice in September 1980 and went into employment with a computer company, GEC Computers in UK and served as a Senior Field Service Engineer for 4 years. In 1984 I joined a major UK & International Defence Contractor as a Project Engineer and took care of their business in Europe and SE Asia. In 1986 I moved to Thailand having met a girl there from a previous business visit and tried to start a new life, but failed (in my book). Since then I have just tried to survive as a foreigner in this country and make a living, it has been very difficult in recent years as an invalid, but I am still surviving, just. I had a very bad road traffic accident in Thailand in May 2001, in which I almost died, broke almost every bone in my body, I was in a coma for three weeks and lost one of my legs below the knee. I have written a book, "Legless in Thailand" ISBN 13: 978-0-8059-8364-7 under my writing name of John McMiken, which starts with me waking up from the coma and goes on to cover some of my experiences in Thailand, which have been far from normal in recent years.
About the author John McMiken