Living in uncertainty is the experience I have of life.
I am Sat Purusha, although I used to be Graham Phoenix. I am British. It’s important to me to clarify what that means. I was born in England to Scottish parents with Irish ancestry. There’s even some Welsh in there somewhere.
I remember a defining moment from my childhood. It helped to shape my relationship with my father and mother.
“That’s the end of the announcements, children. I’m sure you’ll all be happy to hear that it’s now time to go home! Quiet now! I said quiet! Before you go could I just ask Graham Phoenix to stay behind till everyone’s gone? Quiet! You can all go now.”
From mountainside picnics to curbside views of conflict to getting to know the girl of his dreams---cars have always shaped my memories.
This faded photograph is from 1958 and is of a memorable family holiday in France. Taking pride of place is my father’s favorite car, the Ford Zephyr Mark II. This was a UK produced car of distinction, it was in production from 1956 to 1962. My mum and dad are in the picture wearing sporty hats with me, in the middle, and one of my brothers.