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Steve Beer (on location in Kyoto, Japan!)


I was born in Barry, South Wales, United Kingdom in October 1962. Unlike most of the people I grew up with, I still live in Barry.

Barry is situated on the coast of the Bristol Channel, about 8 miles south-west of Cardiff, the Capital City of Wales. Barry became very successful as a coal exporting port about 100 years ago but today the port is far less busy. Chemicals keep the ships coming and going, and form the major industry in the area, whilst much of the land surrounding the original port area has been re-developed into high grade housing and a shopping development. Barry has also been famous as the location of Woodham Brothers salvage yard, which became a haven for steam railway preservation movements because David (Dai) Woodham bought up a large number steam locomotives and other rolling stock as they were obsoleted by diesel traction, but kindly cut up only a very few of them ensuring their survival through restoration.

By the way, the photo above is now 20 years old. It was taken on a business trip to Japan. I really must replace it with something more recent.