Elizabeth de Stroumillo, “Minky”, was a pioneering travel journalist and the mother of my best friend at school. She died in March, aged 83, as a result of being knocked off her scooter! She and her sculptor husband, Phil Turner, took me in shortly after my father died, when I first moved to London. They taught me the ways of the world and treated me as one of their own. For this alone, I would be forever in their debt.
However, I can also tell you that without them, you, my friends, would never have met me and John. Minky and Phil were both keen scooter riders and it was they, to my own parents’ joint horror, who suggested that I should buy my first 50cc moped … From these modest beginnings, a biker was born. RIP Minky.