In 1950, at the age of ten, Jack Perkins left behind the coal mines and cotton mills of industrial Lancashire. He exchanged the smog and pollution of post war Britain for the clean open spaces of New Zealand – and he’s never regretted the move.
Never more than a proficient classical pianist, his ability nevertheless earned him entry to the New Zealand Broadcasting Service to design music programmes (more accurately described as ‘record shuffling’).
A stint at Victoria University brought him a BA degree in philosophy and political science and turned his interest towards the spoken word and the radio documentary and he’s worked in these fields since 1972, co-producing the weekly out-and-about programme Spectrum for Radio New Zealand National. While searching the country and occasionally the world for stories, he also managed to play senior cricket for Wellington Collegians for over 30 years. Jack (in his other incarnation as the Bearded Inswinger) and his son Bryan also blog for cricketmystery.com
These pages are an eclectic mix of Jack’s words and music with the tongue never too far from his cheek.