It’s called ‘Journeyman’ not because I’m a traveller but because I worked ‘in the print’ for about 25 years. I was seduced by the romance of the independent – and often radical – artisan or journeyman. But a mid-life crisis and the cruelties of capitalism mean that I am now retraining as a history teacher.
And amongst other things - I’m also a socialist, a biker and a martial artist.
I still think being a Journeyman is something to aspire to: A Journeyman had learnt his trade and so was free to sell his labour by the day or ‘journee’. He was neither a master nor a servant but a freeman. 'Journeyman' has nowadays also come to mean competent but un-flashy... Either way, it’s a good ambition.