Who I amEdit

I was born in 1967 in Skegness, Lincolnshire. I grew up for the most part in Merseyside, in particular West Kirby and took a degree in Mathematics and a diploma in Computer Science at Cambridge University. I had a complicated and varied career after that, culminating in my working as a systems administrator for Apama (UK) Ltd.

I decided to quit computing and become a lawyer. I am currently a junior barrister in 169 Temple Chambers, which is near Blackfriars in London.

It is too early to say that I specialise in anything in particular, though I have had a lot of experience of Employment Law, currently the bulk of my work is in property and chancery law. I particularly enjoy English Legal History and enjoy reading the Year Books in bed (the early years of Edward II being particularly enjoyable).

Though it is the kind of thing that is said rather hesitantly, I suspect that I am a polymath. I do tend to focus on Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, Mediaeval History and Linguistics; but I enjoy almost anything (for example I used to be mad on Biochemistry when I was very young).

Only recently after working very hard to qualify has there been time to contemplate outside activities. At the moment they are really just in the contemplation. In the past I have enjoyed Amateur Dramatics, Bellringing, Ballroom dancing, Climbing, Cross Country Running, Korfball.

I have recently taken up indoor climbing and hope to persuade my wife to accompany me outside in due course.

About meEdit

VThis user is a vegetarian.

 This user does not eat fish. Ever.
This user would rather eat
organic food
than tampered-with food
 This user is dieting.
  This user currently lives in London, but really misses their hometown, West Kirby.
This user is a cat lover.

 This user is interested in historical research.
 This user is interested in their local history.

 This user is interested in ancient civilizations.
 This user is interested in the ancient Celts.
 This user is interested in Pre-Islamic Arab civilizations.
 This user is a Go player.
CardsThis user enjoys playing card games.
theyThis user considers singular they standard English usage.
to¦goThis user chooses to sometimes use split infinitives.
byThe passive voice may be used by this user.
mankindThis user supports the use of gender-neutral language.
English Singulars: "The data is..." This user recognizes that "data", "media", and "agenda" have become incorporated into English as singular nouns.
. TheThis user does not put two spaces after a full stop.

mysqlThis user writes programs that access MySQL.
SQL-4This user is an expert SQL programmer.
This user can write Cascading Style Sheets.
<html>This user can write HTML.
xsltThis user is an XSL Transformations programmer.
LaTeXThis user can typeset using LaTeX.
reThis user writes regular expressions.

BASICThis user can program in BASIC.
C-4This user is an expert C programmer.
forThis user can program in Fortran.
JavaThis user can program in Java.
MATThis user is a MATLAB programmer and user.
phpThis user can program in PHP.
py-4This user is an expert Python programmer.