Outside of Bridge.
I joined Greater Manchester Police in 1977 and after my initial training was posted to Bury. At the time my main interest outside of Bridge was Snooker, but Photography also because a keen interest.
In 1982 I was posted to Salford and moved out of the singlemen's hostel in Bury and acquired a flat in Ramsbottom, nearby. I was persuaded to help run the Management Company of the flats, and that in turn introduced me to computer programming. I started out developing SQL databases using Rbase 5000, but swiftly moved onto developing Dos utilities using C.
In 1987 I was promoted to Sergeant and posted to the City Centre Division in Manchester. I soon developed a 2nd hat, looking after everything to do with computers for the Division, developing databases for departments when requested, and eventually was seconded to a national project to develop an integrated HR system for use by all the UK's Police Forces.
In 2006 that project ended and I was posted to Stretford Division as a Custody Sergeant up till my retirement in 2007. When I retired, Naomi and I decided to move to Scotland to be nearer her family, and here we are!