ABOUT ME

ABOUT ME
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ME, POSING WITH MY PAINTING, 'LOVE AT LAST', SUMMER 2010

I was born in Devon in 1968. On my father's side we have Scottish blood - 'Leitch' are of the Clan MacBeath; and on my mother's side my blood is Irish/Welsh - my mother's maiden-name is 'Morgan'.


My name, Yuri, is Russian (but I am not), it is also a Japanese girl's name and in Japan it means 'Lily'. My mother named me after the 1965 film, Dr Zivago - the main character, played by Omar Sharif, was Yuri Zivago; my father went along with it because of the popularity of Yuri Gagarin - the first person to journey into outer space. My girlfriend calls me 'Lily' and my sisters and nieces call me 'Yor'.