John James Carty was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He started his working life in the restaurant business. In the sixties he moved to England, where for the first time he met Spanish-speaking people, specifically from Spain.

He worked with Spanish colleagues for twelve years, making many friends for life and learning about Spain and the Spanish language. In 1969 John quit the restaurant business to study English law, taking an honors degree in law from London University in 1972.

In 1976 John was elected secretary of the London Snooker Association (snooker is a version of billar). His interest in this sport led him into journalism and he was a correspondent of The Irish Post from 1977 to 1984, founding editor of the magazine Baulkline and editor of the international magazine Cue World from 1980 to 1985.

He was co-author of two successful books “World Snooker with Jack Karnehm” (1981 and 1982). He lectured on English Law at Croydon College from 1973 to 1981.

In addition to these ‘hobbies’ John was a career civil servant  with the British Inland (Internal) Revenue Service for 35 years, working on complex legal cases and training younger colleagues on trusts and on how to improve their writing skills.

John obtained the U.K. National Training and Education Certificate in 1995. He took early retirement in 2004. He married Socorro, a Colombian, in 2005 and now lives in Medellin, where he teaches English.


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