Born in Bournemouth, Joe West attended the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. As an infantryman and then a helicopter pilot he served in the Caribbean, South East Asia, Europe and Ireland. Leaving the army he flew helicopters to oil rigs in the North Sea and India. He is now retired. Roger Roper was born in Wells, Somerset and studied Acoustical Engineering at the University of Southampton. After living in Australia for twelve years, he returned to the UK and completed his archaeology degree at Bristol, where he works as an engineer and archaeologist.