Wow what a response to last months 'Walk a Lonely Road' feature. I had over six hundred e-mails in the first twenty four hours of the article going on the net, and several thousand over the following weeks. I would like to thank all of you who asked after me, I am fine; I just wanted to write an honest article from the heart.
Thank you to the hundreds of you working on the 'Circuit' who e-mailed me your sad stories and music suggestions. We had everything from 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' by Green Day, to 'Help Me Make it Through the Night' by Gladys Knight. Maybe we should grab hold of Simon Cowell and see if he wants to make a 'Circuit' Album.
It has been a busy month for me: I have been working on a 'Close Protection' job in several countries which meant having three teams of bodyguards working around the clock across two continents, sleep has been little.
Being a bodyguard means making sacrifices to your family and social life.
No matter how many parties and opening of envelops you have been invited to, and thankfully I get invited to about twenty a month - you can rarely attend.
Georgina, our esteemed editor is forever sending me invites, and I always say yes I'll be there and I can guarantee I never am. It's all part of the job, which to be honest I love. There is nothing like the feeling of taking your client to wherever they want to go and getting them back home safely in one piece. Seeing a BG team in operation is pure poetry in motion.
I hear on the grapevine that Charlotte Church is looking for a new bodyguard, someone please tell her to get a female, who should keep her drunken antics off the front pages of the red top rags and hopefully give her a little dignity.
Because of the Iraq crisis there is a huge shortage of fully trained bodyguards in the UK at the moment but I am happy to say that those that have stayed here are working non stop.
If you want to be a BG then be sensible about it, either join the Armed Forces or Police service for a couple of years to get a good disciplined background, and then take a course that should be between three to four weeks long. Do not expect to get cream jobs before you are known and tried and tested, expect to start on a team as a gofer. Hawk your CV around to as many agencies as possible outlining your strengths. Do you ski, ride horses, play golf? (I once looked after a famous golfer and I wish I had known something about the game first.) Go with your strengths, clients have all sorts of hobbies, and BG's are picked to work alongside a client with the same skills. We always have a saying in my company; we can work on land, sea or air! Luckily myself and the women and men that work for me can cover everything from Scuba diving to sky diving. If we do not have the necessary skills between us then we bring in someone who does.
It is not all glamour and fast jets; expect to stand in hotel corridors and underground car parks for hours at a time. Always carry your passport with you, and make sure your jabs are up to date. If you have the chance, even though a reccee will have been done by the team leader try and find out as much as you can about the country you are heading off to. Customs, money, medical centres, temperature and banks are a good start. Guaranteed you will need one of these at some time during your travels.
I hope you have as good a time as I have had during the last twenty seven years, and if you only get to see and experience half of what I have you will see a lot.
Until next month stay safe