My name is Alan Morris. Not a lot of people know that. No seriously most people that know me call me either Gooner or Sharky & over the years I have got so used to answering to a nickname that I sometimes don't realise people are talking to me when they use my real name.
Why am I called Gooner.
I am a big supporter of Arsenal Football Club, Arsenal's nickname is the Gunners & their supporters are called Gooners. Many years ago a friend I was talking with called me Gooner & was overheard by other people who started to call me Gooner, this continued to the point where everyone called me Gooner & people who didnt know my name used this nickname. People in the UK generally use this nickname.
Why am I called Sharky.
In 2014 whilst having a break in Spain I was taken ill & because of my illness I had a large part of my right leg removed. The resulting scare looks like I have been attacked by a large shark, a few friends in Spain told people that I had been attacked by a shark & once again the nickname has stuck. People in Spain generally use this nickname.
A little history.
In brief, I was born in Walthamstow in London and moved to Fareham in Hampshire at the age of four. I grew up in Fareham, went to school, had my first girlfriend, my first job, my first everything really, all happened in Fareham. I have also spent time living in both Orlando, Florida in the USA and Los Alcazares, Murcia in Spain. I love getting out and meeting new people and trying new things.
In September 1990 I had a life changing car accident which left me in intensive care for three months and visiting the hospital rehab unit for a year. I still have some problems related to the accident now, the loss of sight in one eye and a poor memory being a couple of them. Since then I have been trying to do some of the many things on my 'Bucket List', my big passion is travelling and now I have discovered escorted coach tours, I spend lots of my time planning new trips and how to spend my money when I do eventually manage to win the lottery.
I have had many jobs since I was a teenager. At the age of fourteen I was doing a paper round, working part time in the local paper shop cleaning the shop and stocking shelves, whilst also doing a football pools round. At fifteen I stopped working in the shop and doing the pools round and began working weekends in a local garden centre. At first I worked in the yard as a yard boy, helping customers find what they wanted and carrying goods to peoples car for them. After being there for a while I began working inside on the tills as a cashier before leaving the same week I left school at the age of sixteen. As soon as I left school I got a 3 year apprenticeship with British Gas. After completing my apprenticeship I became a Gas Service Engineer until my car accident in 1990. After this I worked for British Gas and Transco in the offices as a clerk.
After taking redundancy from Transco, I lived in Orlando in Florida and worked cleaning swimming pools and as a taxi driver. On returning to the UK I worked as a website designer for some big companies including; The Dixon Group, Wandsworth Borough Council, Alton Sixth Form College and a number of smaller clients. In between these bigger jobs I have worked in Asda as a customer assistant, Travelex as a Travel Money Advisor and I have given voluntary computer lessons in the local library.
What I'm Doing Now.
After my mum became ill in 2007 I became her full time carer and looked after her untill she passed away in 2014. 2014 ended badly for me, as well as losing my mum I became very ill, contracting Necrotizing Faciitis & Sepsis. I am still recovering from the effects of both illnesses but I have now left Fareham. I am living in Los Alcazares in Murcia, Spain. My Doctor agreed with me that it would be the best thing I could do for my health. The warmer weather makes it easier for my breathing and the fact that the boardwalk along the beachfront is very flat and has plenty of rest stops, mean I can get some light exercise.
Having now lived in Spain since 2015, I can honestly say its the best thing I have ever done for my health, I'm slowly getting stronger & healthier. Los Alcazares is a great place to live & make a new life.