Let me turn the clock back to September 1970. I have just switched secondary schools. Now I am at Beverley Grammar School in Beverley, East Yorkshire. I am there to pursue G.C.E. Advanced level courses in Art, English and Geography.
My Art teacher is Mr Doyle. There are just eight boys in the A level Art class and I am the only new boy. Mr Doyle sets us a task from an old A level practical paper. We have to design an original book cover for "Around the World in Eighty Days".
A hush of concentration and patient artistic endeavour fills the Art room. Mr Doyle lets us get on with things. At the end of the afternoon I have brought my idea to fruition. There's a globe spinning in space and there's a banner curling round it. See the top image.
I finish carefully writing the author's name at the bottom of the design and look at what I have done. I am quite proud of what I believe is the end result. One last blow of warm breath and there it is done. I take it up to Mr Doyle's desk feeling quite proud of myself.
Mr Doyle surveys my effort then looks up over the golden rim of his reading glasses and says to me, "That's an excellent rough draft Neil."
I go back to my work station and two days later I have produced this:-
That remembered moment has remained with me through the years... "an excellent rough draft Neil."
Thank you Mr Doyle.