a short history
or my Blog
as a baby
Born to Ruth (born Sheila, name changed when we moved to Australasia),
Mackie and Donald Mackie on the 26th of July in Manchester, North England.
My sister Ruth who had down syndrome and spina bifida had only just
died months before I was born. she was 8 at the time also one other
Sister and Brother Alison b.1962 and Bruce b.1964, but both had left
home before I popped into the world. now have 2 younger sisters and
1 younger brother
Still lived in Manchester, I think my dad was based in Withinshaw hospital,
Oh and I had my first memory, of the carpet of our house, it had 1 inch
pile and it was brown, spent a lot of time on the carpet.
Moved house within Manchester.
Visited my dad's parents in Geneva Switzerland, my Granddad worked in
developing radio communications satellites.
stayed in France for a month.
of the Mac, love em and collect the classic ones, but I still
use a PC.
Started school in Manchester and started to talk too, it was only when
I was 5 I had something sensible to say. Then at the end of the year
we immigrated to New Zealand to a small town called Dargaville were
my dad was a anesatist at the local hospital.
Lived in the hospital grounds, which I made full use of as a kid, Very
different to the UK!
Moved with my dads Job to Masterton (NZ).
Probably one of the worst years of my life
Moved to lower Hutt (NZ). I ran at the Colgate games (national championships)
were I came first in the 1500m, 2nd 400m and 1st in the 100m, I was
diagnosed with Dyslexia, My dad left and then mum and I went too Australia
Had to put up with the schooling system of Australia were they treated
me as a thick nit wit
(back then they didn't understand Dyslexia that is St Roberts Geelong!!!)
ha ha if they could see me now :-)
nice surf were we lived (Geelong) so took up boogie boarding as a hobby.
athletics I did at weekend but always ended up throwing up after every
race so I didn't enjoy it!
Went to the UK to visit my older Brother and Sister who had kids by
now, and found that dyslexia was recognized there too so ended up staying
in the UK and went to a School called Queens Park for a year. Had an
IQ test and was very happy with the results (lets me join some club
starting with the letter M).
Moved to Llandudno North Wales to a secondary boys school called St
David's which was 50/50 Dyslexic and so-called normal (rich brats) my
dad payed for the fees for the first year.
Had to leave the School because the fees weren't being paid, got real
depressed because I had no future in a normal school, after a few months
the Royal Medical benevolent fund payed for the fees and I went back
Got a cd player, major mile stone of my life!
Bjork, one of my
favorite CDs of all time
picked up some GCSE's mind you I had to re sit English 6 times and it
wasn't till 97 I got it.
Oh went to a cool Bjork concert in Manchester. Went to London to look
at a recording studio for possible career choice.
First Romance, wasn't much, thinking back now (sorry), did lots of Art,
listened to John Peel lots and got influenced.
Got those damn A levels + an AS level Art, (design technology and art
history) oh then mum and I moved back to New Zealand after I finished
and some of her art
Started a Bachelor in applied art, and stared in my first musical (Jesus
Christ Super Star) as an atheist apostle. And met Vanessa (swiss). Went
out dancing heaps with her and started doing some Djing at a local Club
which then went bust (Probably my djing ha)
sound tech for a few plays, lots of course work and started work at
the local art gallery and got together with Vanessa at the end of the
year, She has two kids who are the best kids I know always make me smile,
and plus I had an excuse for playing with my old train set!
Graduated with a BAA, and did a bit of graphics work. Celebrated my
21st year of life.
fan of Philippe Starck
started working as a community support person, which involves doing
fun stuff with people with disabilities, like being a buddy (take them
out for a drink or help them with the internet).
Started making dodgy music in my home recording studio (if you can call
started digging a pond in Vanessa's garden which took 6 months to dig,
oh and conaplated doing a commercial pilots licence at the end of the
year. (Yeah right!)
Mum sold her house
and bought some land with vanessa and we all pland our future to live
on a life-stile block out in the country.
Two houses built
on one piece of land. Vanessa went over to Switzerland for 2 months
to visit her family while she was over there she did the dirty on me,
whilst I was planning proposal of marriage to her. She arrived back
and did the dear John thing then got together with a work colleague
the day after, HA so it was a shit year
year of being single! first time in my adult life, been a good year
so far, caught up with some old friends + made speshal bonds with new
ones :-) also moved to Wellington in February and started work at Te
Papa (Museum of New Zealand) then started full time at Workbridge (employment
agency for the disabled) as a job trainer/employment consultant. In
April i bought my first set of non peddle powered wheels, a black Vespa
Well the beginig of the year started of with a bang :-) I stared as
a Zombie in some german electronic artist's video called Legowelt. plus
finaly started a blog
1979-2005 Jonathan Mackie