Animals and Family

I'm really proud of my brother. Two boys born less than twelve months apart, at the dawning and waning of the very same year in fact, could not be more poles apart, cats-and-dog different.

I was an introverted creature, studious, low energy, extremely academic. Dave is a vital animal, outgoing, high energy and, whilst having an animistic wisdom, left school at 16 with barely a qualification to his name. A "pass" in Rural Studies, if I remember correctly.

Dave strived hard to be independent, and had got the mortgage for his first house by his early twenties. He worked in a tropical fish shop, as a simple shop assistant on a low wage, but knew what he wanted and set out to get it. I went on to sixth form and then University. I studied for two degrees, never knew what I wanted to do and did not get my first job until 24. I fell into an academic career.