This is my personal website, in which I ramble aimlessly about myself and my life. All opinions expressed within are mine, borrowed from other people shamelessly, or made up with the roll of a die; they are never those of my employers unless otherwise stated.
Thirty random facts
- In the words of old flickr: I am male, 49 and taken.
- I have mostly blue eyes (I say mostly because they have a subtle colour, which reflects a lot of the colour around them, so sometimes they’re more green, or grey).
- I have had at least shoulder-length hair since I was eighteen. My uncle Paul refers to me as “the eternal hippy”.
- I am a geek (obsessed with computers, programming, the internet, gadgets and toys, et cetera).
- I collect t-shirts and moose (alces alces) paraphernalia.
- My favourite pastime is passive consumption (television, movies, music, comics, books, magazines, you name it).
- My second favourite pasttime is the active consumption of games; both console and computer games and more traditional board games.
- I forget words all the time. Normally just after I’ve started the sentence in which I intend to use it.
- Francis is my mother’s maiden name, and the third surname I’ve had in my life.
- I hate shaving, so I mostly sport stubble or a short beard. I hate having a beard too, so it’s a constant battle of wills. Apathy normally wins.
- I haven’t worn a suit, shirt and tie (with the exception of a few formal events) since I was 16.
- I had two teeth pulled out by a wrench at the age of 11 (it was in the hands of my dentist).
- I was in my Primary School’s chess club, ranked 14th of 14. I played about five competitive matches before giving up.
- I had my first girlfriend at age six.
- At age eight, I had two girlfriends at the same time (it wasn’t my idea, but neither did I complain).
- I am addicted to Coca-Cola. At one point I was consuming over three litres a day of the stuff.
- I can get very claustrophobic at times, although it is more inability to get out of a space, rather than just tiny places.
- I have parosmia and hyposmia, in that I smell things incorrectly at times, and cannot smell certain smells. I don’t, however, suffer badly or get phantom unpleasant smells. This has been my life since around fifteen years old.
- I have difficulty in making out words at times, sort of like an auditory dyslexia. Also, I find it almost impossible to concentrate on multiple conversations — which means I detest people talking when the television is on.
- I used to perform improvised comedy on stage, including twice at the Brighton Comedy Festival to a late-night drunken audience (drunk audiences and “Please shout out…” do not mix well).
- I am most emphatically not a vegetarian. I like to remain at the top of the food chain.
- I love tequila, it makes me happy.
- I don’t love wine, it all tastes like vinegar to me. Many people have tried to find a wine they think I will like. They have all failed.
- The only musical instrument I can play with any degree of competency is the triangle.
- I never got my rescue swimming certificate. I could only hold my breath underwater for about twenty seconds. In 2003, I spent three months suffering from a chronic cough. Since then, I cannot breathe in as much as I used to, so now I can probably only hold it for five or ten seconds.
- I have seen Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan over 100 times. I still prefer the original series of Trek over any of the later sequels.
- My movie collection is over 1,000 entries strong, and still doesn’t contain more than two hundred things I had on VHS and DVD that I want to replace.
- Lego was my primary childhood obsession, and I used to have every piece of the Space Lego from inception in the late seventies through to the late eighties. My mother gave them away to my cousins. I still regret this, and collecting those kits again is my secondary adult obsession.
- I had pet rabbits as a child, until age 9. It took more than twenty years for me to have a pet again. His name was Thomas). Now our house contains two cats, Itsy and Roxy.
- My favourite colour is indigo.
Working for a living
You’ll notice how I’m not talking about my job. I have never felt that what I do for a living defines who I am. That just pays my bills, even if it does take up a sizeable slice of my life.