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Barry Pankhurst

Citizen based in Bojonegoro,, Indonesia. Joined on Oct 4, 2010

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I was born in May 1946 in the town of Enfield, Middlesex, England.
By profession I had been a Master Baker and Confectioner specializing in the decoration of celebration cakes, when I first started my career at the age of 15 in a small family run business called (Painters of Enfield) little did I realize how my career and life would evolve, it gave me the tremendous honour of being able to make cakes for many members of Royalty, stage and screen celebrities and to be used in television advertising, then when I was working as a regional bakery adviser within one of the UK’s leading supermarket chains I noticed a challenging job opportunity in a bakery trade magazine to work overseas in Doha Qatar as a bakery manager within a department store, so I applied for the vacancy and out of 300 applicants was fortunate to get the position, it was to be a major stepping stone that would change my whole life in so many ways.
After having worked in Doha for 4 years I was asked to join one of the worlds leading consumer companies as their regional bakery advisor to the Middle East and then became their regional manager to the Middle and all Far Eastern countries being first based in Thailand, it was a career that bought me into contact and gave me an understanding of many different cultures, customs, traditions, religions and changed my whole philosophy of life, during my working days I travelled extensively around all of Malaysia (By Car) conducting Bakery seminars and demonstrations… then eventually I was asked to move and be based in Indonesia were I have lived for the past 16 years with my Indonesian wife Sumi and stepdaughter Yuni.
Then in January 2005 fate took a devastating twist in my life when I was diagnosed with having mixed dementia with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease which turned my entire life upside down, having this illness is made even worse where I now live in a small provincial village as there is no Alzheimer’s society or day centre support groups for either myself or my wife so we had been in a very much go it alone situation

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