Tom Mackenzie

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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These days I go by my third name, Thomas Humphrey Mackenzie. Born in London, 1939, I grew up in the Foundling Hospital. My class was the hospital’s very last after more than 200 years of institutionalised childcare.

After a spell in the Army, I became active in business and continue in a hands-on roll to this day. I enjoy foreign travel and penning poetry.

A sports enthusiast, I have enjoyed skiing, scuba diving, tennis, cycling and have owned my own hang-glider. I have also opened several health clubs, as well as one of the country’s top ski centres which continues to be a regional attraction to this day.

But after over 50 years in business, at the age of 72 a new opportunity came my way: I was invited to become a weekly columnist for 'The Plymouth Herald' newspaper. My columns are published every Thursday in print and can also be found on my blog,