Born by London Bridge, the river Thames is with me always. I am a true cockney (born within the sound of Bow Bells) though to hear me you would not think so, for I moved aged 9 to Oxfordshire, from the bombed out east end of London to a tiny village, population 300, with Lord of the Manor! So began my journey of spanning two different worlds. My parents met because of WWII, when my Mum was evacuated from the Isle of Dogs to another small village in rural Oxfordshire. With childhood stories of how my east end family survived the Blitz and of how my Italian grandparents took another leap of faith and made a new home in Oxford at the turn of the century, it's in my blood to keep moving on.