Apparently VS Pritchett said of Edward Gibbon, 'Sooner or later, great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.'
The portrait of the Compleat Archaeologist will not be complete without mentioning that for 38 years I have seen Mike work in the study or in the shed turned lab, watch TV (of an evening), plan trips and of late, bake on an industrial scale.
He is focused and targeted. So much so that many a time the kids and I first get to hear about his upcoming trip/s and exploits when we overhear a friend, say, at a dinner party, 'Mike, I hear you're off to APY- Lands/Namibia/Tarn of Auber/Copenhagen…'
Mike's enduring passion and preoccupation with his interest, endearing as they are, probably only rival that of George Mallory's.