Sadly Dennis passed away in October 2008, but here’s his bio in his own words
My name is Dennis Peacock.
I was born on 9th August 1946 in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England.
My life’s central location, from birth in 1946 until 1959 was periodically staying at the home of my Grandmother in Brigg, Lincolnshire:
In 1949 my Father, a Civil Engineer started working
in the British Colonies and was posted to Hargeisa in British Somaliland as the Deputy Director of the Public Works Department – PWD:
I was 3 years, 3 months old in November 1949, when we left Brigg for distant shores & I’ve been a traveller ever since. We had 6 very happy years living as a family in Hargeisa & I have been through the Suez Canal 7 times.
In July 1955 we left Hargeisa & I started at Brunswick Preparatory School in Haywards Heath, Sussex in September. Brunswick School amalgamated with Stoke House School in 1958 & became Stoke Brunswick School:
My Father was then posted to Belize, British Honduras in Central America as the Director of PWD. My Mother & my younger brother joined him in January 1956. I was boarding at Brunswick School in England. I visited them in Belize for my summer holidays in 1957, 1959 & 1962 travelling to Belize first class, paid for by the British government.
In 1959 my Grandmother died aged 84 & I passed my Common Entrance Exam in 1960 and started at Oakham School, Rutland in Sept 1960:
I had a happy time there & moved on to full time employment in January 1965 in Hull, East Yorkshire:
I started a 5 year training programme as an articled clerk with a firm of Chartered Accountants starting on a salary of 5 pounds a week. It took me 8 years to qualify as I am rather lazy and never been much good at exams. I went on crammer courses in Jersey and without these I would not be a Chartered Accountant today.
In July 1973 I got a job in USA working as a newly qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) in Chicago, Illinois:
I was employed by Hospital Service Corporation, an exclusive department of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. In October 1973, I went to work in St Petersburg on the Gulf of Mexico coast of Florida working with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida:
In August 1975 I joined Amway as a part time Independent Amway Distributor in Chicago. In December 1975, I visited the UK for Christmas and joined Amway (UK) Limited:
My Mother died aged 66 in October 1976 & I built my UK Amway business to the Emerald Award Level & looked after my Father for 13 years living in our family home 6 miles north of Beverley in East Yorkshire:
My Father died aged 84 in 1992 and my best friend Andrew Taylor moved from UK to Hat Yai, southern Thailand in December 1992. We kept in contact regularly & in May 1994 I visited him for a holiday. In March 1995 I left UK for Hat Yai and lived there happily for 6 years. I broke my leg badly in 1996 riding pillion on a motorcycle. I hate riding motorcycles & never do this as the driver.
In July 1997 the Thai economy crashed and Andrew built our Escati website helping to promote Thailand in a positive way. In 1998 I Walked For Thailand with my Thai friend Boonchai Jinapirom (William) which cost us Baht 348,000 (US$ 10,000) & our Walk For Thailand was sponsored by our Escati business:
In May 2001 Andrew died of a heart attack in Hat Yai, so I moved to live in Mae Hong Son in August 2001:
I lived there for 4 years & made many wonderful friends. In November 2004 I visited Nan for the annual boat races & decided to go & live there in 2005.
In February 2007 I moved from Nan to Phayao where I am now living very close to the beautiful Phayao lake. Peace in Paradise.
On 1st May 2007 I was appointed Chief Financial Officer of BFB Investments Pty Ltd in Australia. This is an exciting new challenge for me with great future potential.
On 8th March 2008, I started a new business in the UK with a group of friends, who I have known for more than 30 years. We have discovered a way a person can learn how to “Own their life” by building a home-based business; and we have a system for doing it that is so simple anyone can do it. It doesn’t require selling, and the best part is it won’t take much of your time. If you are interested, I shall get you some information. I look forward to hearing from you. You can contact me here:
The Thai people & all my friends call me ‘The Walking Man’ because I walk everywhere. Walking is a simple, enjoyable & healthy exercise & keeps me very fit. It also keeps my ‘Carbon Footprint’ very small. How big is your Carbon Footprint? You can see ‘The Walking Man’ on my ‘Walking in Thailand’ website here:
Dennis Peacock FCA