Bird, Dennis Leslie

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BIRD, Dennis Leslie

BIRD, Dennis Leslie. Also writes as John Noel. British, b. 1930. Genres: Public/Social administration, Sports/Fitness. Career: Course Director, Civil Service College, 1973-91; Contributor, Skating Magazine (USA), 1955-90, and Skating News, 1988-95. Historian, National Skating Association of Great Britain, 1977-. Monthly columnist as John Noel, Skating World, London, 1948-73; Joined R.A.F. 1949, retired as squadron leader in 1968; skating correspondent, The Observer, London, 1959-63, and The Times, London, 1959-78; Principal, Urban Program Division, Home Office, London, 1968-73; Contributor, Ice and Roller Skate monthly, London, 1973-86. Publications: (as John Noel) Figure Skating for Beginners, 1964; 1968 United States Olympic Book: Artistry on Ice, 1968; Our Skating Heritage, 1979; Know the Game: Ice Skating, 1985; Management in Government: A History of the Civil Service College, 1970-1995, 1995; (with T.M.A. Webb) Shoreham Airport Sussex, 1996, 2nd ed., 1999; More Tails of the Fifties: A Penguin in the Eyrie, 1998; (with R. Hopkins and R.J. Southway) The Schoolgirls' Own Library 1922-1963, 2001; Mixed Moss: Arthur Ransome the Yachtsman, 2001; The Independent: Arnold Gerschwiler, Inspired Ice-Skating Coach, 2003. Address: 37 The Avenue, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex BN43 5GJ, England.