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John Reid Young was born in London’s Welbeck Street in 1957. Although he has spent most of his life in the Canary Islands, home to his paternal ancestors since the middle of the 19th century, he was educated at private schools in England and Scotland. He joined the Royal Navy for a brief period in 1976. He went to university where he read Law and Politics and completed his studies with a Master’s degree in Diplomatic Studies. After a brief spell in London where he was interviewed for the SIS in 1988 he returned to the Canary Islands. He is now a family man where he has enjoyed nothing more than swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, playing tennis and gardening. He owns Tenerife Private Tours with which he finds great pleasure meeting people from ...more

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A Very British Kind of Place on the Canary Island of Tenerife


          They were very different times. The number of inhabitants in Puerto de la Cruz on the island of Tenerife may not have been much more than five thousand. A fair number of those were British and Irish. Early forms of tourism were just beginning and town houses were being converted into pensions and boarding houses to cater for the growing number of travellers, scientists and artists. So qu Read more of this blog post »
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