Ian McArthur was born at the Durban Mothers' Home on 30 Oct 1933. (I only found this out many years later when my Dad happened to mention it as we came away from the horse races at Greyville Race Course, which is nearby.) At the time the family were living at Ranch's Hotel in Greyville, of which my grandfather (James) was the lessee. The hotel had no grounds, so I led a mainly indoor existence, until (aged 4) I went to my first school, Miss Macalpine's Kindergarten . My sister Sheila (b.1932) was already a pupil there. We used to catch a tram outside the hotel and go a little way up the line towards Mitchell Park. After I think two years there, I went to Clifton, further up the same road, but was taken out soon afterwards to go to Kloof Primary School. Grandpa had bought a house at Field's Hill, and I used to walk to school with the gardener and our dog Tiger. During this period our mother's health deteriorated. After a year there, I went to Highbury Preparatory School as a boarder (aged 7) (1940-5). In 1944 our mother died, and this was a great blow to us. From 1946-9 I was at Hilton College as a boarder (there was only 1 day pupil, the son of the farm manager and 309 boarders). From 1950-3 I studied Science at the University of Natal in Durban, ending with a BSc Hons. This was followed by a less successful year in Pietermaritzburg. My first job was with African Explosives at Umbogintwini, as a Statistician. I came up against some abrasive people there, and left. As a result of a chance meeting with John Saunders, I went back to Highbury as a teacher, living at the school. After some years there I moved to Hilton College, but didn't settle there. In 1957 I went to the Rhokana Corporation in what was then Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) as an industrial chemist. I worked mainly at the Cobalt Plant, doing shift work. (Freudian slip - I typed 'shit work' originally). Next (and last) job was at the University of Cape Town, starting in Mathematics and ending in Applied Mathematics, lecturing mainly to Engineering students. I retired in 1993. From 1964 to 1988 I was married to Maureen Sugden. We started our life together in London, then bought a house in an unfashionable suburb of Cape Town, Ottery. Later we were able to move to Mowbray, where we bought a large house in need of a considerable amount of restoration. During this period I had qualified for my Private Pilot's licence, and we did several trips to Durban and Rhodesia in a hired light aircraft. Morgan (Maureen) did a lot of riding, latterly with her own Anglo-Arab. After my divorce I had a relationship with Etain Clarke, a widow with two small children, Liam and Bryony. When this came to an end in 1995, I moved to Hillcrest, where i bought a house with a large garden. After many break-ins I moved to a town-house in a complex in Gillitts. I was doing volunteeer work for the SPCA at their bookshop in Kloof. I took up stamp-collecting. In 2007 I formed a relationship with Sallie James, whom I had known for many years at our book club. We went on a trip to Italy and the UK. We were married in July 2008, and spent three months in Poitou-Charente in France. After returning to South Africa we decided to move to France. We bought a town house in Gourdon in the Lot Department, where we are now living.