I was born into a middle class, mid level Jewish family in the suburbs of London and one of three children.
My parents met in a Russian Communist Club and my father named me after a famous London strip bar.
I kid you not.
My mother never cottoned on. I take after my father who was and up to this point, as well as being into martial arts, still is an unrequited academic who along with cryogenics was infatuated with the metaphysical poets and other obscure philosophies.
I really broke out in my adolescence, left home at fifteen, the day after I left school in fact and hitched to India with my friend.
I was only allowed to go if I went to Israel first, as if they could stop me! I travelled extensively, abroad and in England, having experienced war zones, and in true hippy style, living in a variety of dwellings including caves and boats.
From my early war experiences I realized that life is short and not a rehearsal. I married my friend and we have been pretty happy and lucky so far.
In my mind I am still travelling and fortunately we are both pretty similar so who knows where we may end up.
All I know is that I have this terrible urge to make people laugh and share some mad moments with me.
Hence this book!
Oh and food is never far from my mind, as you will see.