He grew up in west London, among the bustling streets of Hammersmith, Fulham, Shepherds Bush. When he was eighteen he moved into a small flat - this was back in the day when normal people could afford to live in London proper. And a few months later adventuring inwards, he woke up one morning in a filthy cellar.
He was kept there for months. He had no idea where he was. Two men kept coming down and feeding him, but not much. He dwindled to an epigram of youth, four stone nine by the time the police arrived and freed him -- and the suggestion was that he had been much lighter at one point. Now, decades later and two hundred kilometres away, he was still lean to the point of gauntness and needed around nine or ten hours sleep in every twenty four. This had not helped when he was working for BT and also hitting the club scene, first in London and then in Manchester and finally here.
His captors went to jail and he forgot about them. It did however leave him with a simultaneous hatred of and desire for enclosed spaces. Being in the cellar itself had been no problem -- and he could always amuse himself in the inner spaces of his brain. After a few weeks he didn't even realise he was hungry. He'd stopped excreting and practically stopped urinating.
He had a small flat now, all he needed, few possessions; somehow he had been ahead of the curve, living with just a bed, a chair, a table, and almost all his books were catalogued and listed on one of the online book-selling websites. He made exceptions for books by people he knew, especially if signed. Retirement was subtle fun, spent walking the streets and along the canals (more than Venice! they said, though most were shadowy industrial places). He rarely went beyond the radius of the local bus company's services, finding significance in places. In 2007 he made a film called "Little Places Video" that showed the city according to the significance it had for him. It was still on YouPlayer to this day, with a thousand views or so, and had once been featured by the IKON Gallery as part of its Outsider Art season though Bunny thought it was more Very-Much-Insider Art.