Doug’s first twenty-one years were spent in Liverpool, with music playing a key part in his life - performing at The Cavern Club with The Detonators rock group alongside The Beatles, working at Brian Epstein’s NEMS record shop, and organizing the gigs at Liverpool University.

He then spent over thirty years in the corporate business world, with conglomerates such as Unilever, Reed International, and Barratt Homes – and smaller businesses that very few people have ever heard of! After receiving the Queen’s Award for Enterprise from Her Majesty, he sold his shares in Colour Workshop, the company he had helped to grow from £2m to £25m.

This was the time he ‘re-invented’ himself, and in the last ten years he has been a mentor, a business advisor in the developing world, become a publisher, established a house-building company and built a reputation as an entertaining speaker for social groups and on cruise ships. He still plays music - from his rock group The Elderly Brothers, to organizing sing-alongs in care homes!






  • The Biggest HITS in West End MUSICAL THEATRE


  • The Biggest MUSICAL THEATRE FLOPS on Broadway and the West End


  • MY MAGICAL MUSICAL MYSTERY TOUR – I played alongside THE BEATLES at The Cavern Club


  • “Always Look on the Bright Side” – SONGS THAT MAKE YOU SMILE


  • The history of PANTOMIME and the PANTOS “WHAT I WROTE”

     (These presentations include musical accompaniment)




  • THE AGE OF DISCOVERY: How the Portuguese conquered the World (Madeira, the Azores, Cape Verde, India, Brazil and China)


  • MADCAP IDEAS – QUIRKY INVENTIONS – “things we didn’t know we needed and things we could probably do without!”


  • The Queen’s KNICKERS and other VICTORIAN Revelations - life at home 100 years ago


  • The NAUGHTY NINETIES –the Victorians knew how to enjoy themselves


  • What did the VIKINGS ever do for us? (Scandinavia, the Fjords and the Baltic)


  • The quirky history of the OLYMPIC GAMES (Greece)


  • The Life and Times of Sir Stamford RAFFLES (South East Asia)


  • 200 Years of MURDER – the British obsession with Crime and Detective Novels


  • RUSSIA’S GOLDEN AGE – architecture, novelists, composers, and Faberge In the 19th century (St Petersburg and the Baltics)


  • THE TSARS and the fall of the HOUSE OF ROMANOV – Peter the Great and Catherine the Great through to the looming presence of Rasputin (St Petersburg and the Baltics)


  • The fascinating World of COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUES






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