Clive Poster: A Lifetime of Memories
Adventure has always been at the heart of Clive’s life. In his younger days he performed acrobatics and gymnastics to a high level and placed 5th in the Mr Universe bodybuilding competition in 1952. At the age of 18 he won Britain’s Perfect Man, has 23 body building titles, and has been on the cover of over 123 magazines worldwide. Clive has a passion for safari and wildlife photography that has taken him all around the world; just two years ago he was continuing this life-long obsession with a trip to Kenya.
Now aged 82 and full of a lifetime of stories, Clive’s home is packed with the memories of his adventures and love of the natural world. Everywhere you look there are figurines of the animals he captured on film. Only one stands alone, the elusive komodo dragon, one of the few animals to escape the lens of his camera.
Things have not always been easy for Clive; in 1986 he had a heart attack brought on by the stress of running his own business and while he made a full recovery, he was left feeling very tired for a long time. In 2005, he underwent a triple heart bypass operation, which improved his health but led to him developing atrial fibrillation (AF). In 2006 Clive then experienced a stroke brought on by his AF.
Clive, by his own admission, was never a model patient. He was very anti-pill and for a long time failed to take his medication properly, preferring to use natural remedies instead. Unfortunately, in 2013 Clive had a cardiac arrest and was in intensive care for 10 days. His family feared that they would lose him.