It all begins...
I was born on the 11th November 1971 in Maldon, Essex, England. The first of three children, and the only boy.
My family (God Bless 'em) consists of:
My Father - Derek - excellent dad, excellent footballer and true role model for me
My Mother - Felicia - best mother out there bar none
My Sisters - Terri and Dawn - both obsessed with Horses, love 'em both loads
Early childhood is blank memories (not surprising really), although I have been told by my parents that I had a very
vivid imagination and that I started my obsession with football by smashing all of my mothers hand-made cut-glass collection
with a superb shot, beating my father in goal (in the living room). Great things ahead for this wee laddie in the football
industry??? Well, actually not...... I did play in a number of amateur teams as a youngster and during my teens, played for
the University team, but found that my other hobbies got in the way of dedicating myself to football totally.
School and Uni...
Schooling was very impressive until I discovered alcohol, parties and gurlz. I managed to obtain 11 'O' levels (some
taken a year early), and then progressed to study for my 'A' levels with a view to becoming an Officer in the Royal Air Force.
But, yeah, ummmmm, the 'A' levels turned out to be a major learning period for me. I neglected my studies to partake of the
three vices mentioned just now. I ended up passing one out of the three subjects I took.
This led to me starting University on a Higher National Diploma course instead of the Degree course that I felt I was
due. Heavy work and studies during my first year at the University of Hertfordshire provided me with great results, leading
to the University offering me a position in the second year of the Degree course - yay no time lost and I proved to myself
that I should have gone there to begin with. Of course, I also had heavy social activities during the first and subsequent
years there (football, martial arts, gaming, drinking, partying etc).
I ended up with an Honours Degree in Aerospace Engineering, but my wish to join the Royal Air Force had been corrupted
by my time at University. I was enjoying civvie life too much, so I looked at a career in civvie industry instead, focusing
on Engineering Management.
After graduation, I found a job at a Production company in Braintree, Essex as a Trainee Manager. After a year of management
training, I was promoted to Assistant Manager, looking after the Assembly, Paint and Stores Departments. I was also the Safety
Officer at the company. I was there for three years until I had to make a big decision about my future (see later...)
I met my wife, Linda, at University. She was a Malaysian studying Law, and I met her in our final year. We hit it off
quickly and developed into a serious relationship. After her studies in the UK, she went back to Malaysia, and I had a serious
decision to make....... do I want to follow her and 'pop-the-question' or not? I decided that this was too much of a good
thing, so did all the usual stuff like visiting for a holiday, met the parents (god, how nerve-racking that was), asked permission
from the father to propose to his daughter, and broke the news of my intentions to my parents.
I proposed to Linda at The Hard Rock Cafe in Kuala Lumpur..... and got married a year and a half later in Johor, Malaysia.
We now have two darling children, Liyana (2.5 yrs) and Alexander (7 months). Even with the added expenses, problems,
time sharing etc... I love them more than anything.
I work as a Head of Section and Principal Lecturer in Engineering and Engineering Management at the German Malaysian
Institute in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The management work keeps me busy and constantly challenges me, whilst the teaching provides
me with stress-relief and fun whilst at work. I had never considered teaching as a career, but now I wouldn't change. I love
Well, my sister Terri now has a little boy (well not so little for his age really), Riley, a cute kid.
One of my wife's brothers has two kids, Farah and Faris. Again cute kids.
So the next generation of the Kirby Clan are here........ let's see what happens...