|OK. Various bits and peices|
|What is my Job?||Accountant|
|Where Do I live?||Leeds|
|How Tall am I?||5'10" on a good day|
|How Wide am I?||Not Very|
|What is my favourite Colour?|
|What is my favourite number?||27|
|Beer Belly?||Not any more|
|Favourite Food?||Peking Hot and Sour Soup|
|Favourite Alcoholic Drink?||Cider|
I got into climbing in about November 2003 and really, really took to it. As a result I climb generally 4-6 times a week at a variety of indoor walls and outside anywhere. The effect was I lost a lot of weight, got very fit, found a new passtime, enjoyed myself immensely, and got quite good at climbing quite quickly. I currently lead up to E3 (November 2005) and 6c (French) outside, and am playing with 7a/7a+ inside.
In theory I should attend Aikido about
four times a week. I generally average about once but am
hoping to push it up to twice. It has been described to me as the
ďgentlemanísĒ martial art - almost totally defensive and allowing
a graded response much more than other martial arts. In Karate (which I
studied as a kid) your options are far more limited. In Aikido you have
the option of either avoiding an attack, deflecting at and making your
attacker look stupid, or causing varying degrees of harm from minor
sprains to death.
I have been studying Aikido for just over three years now and I will freely admit that I am very poor at it and need a lot more practice!
Also in theory I am currently learning German. This is something I have been looking at for a while for I, like most others, have a smattering of school German and it appears a shame to waste it.
I have for a long time
been gaming on-line. This all started in early 1998 when I used to play
Quake2. I then started playing Unreal when it came out in July 1998.
Unsurprisingly, I was not very good, and spent a long time contributing
to other peopleís scores. Finally, after around 4 hours play a night
(and increasingly panic-stricken letters from BTís debt collection
department) I finally got to be a decent player. I then decided to pay
out for a ISDN connection at home, and enjoyed for a few months the
wonderful experience of being an above-average player.
Unfortunately, I then
spent a long time away from the game. This was mainly because my firm
decided to send me anywhere which didnít have a computer. I then had
some personal issues and in the end spent around 5 months totally out of
the game. I have never really got back into it either.
b) Building &
generally messing around with.
I suppose I started
computing in the early 80ís, in the lazy, hazy days of the ZX81,
Spectrum, and the Commodore 64. I personally had (and still have
somewhere) the C64, and played elite from dawn until...well dawn,
actually. After the sad demise of the C64 I remained computer-less until
1995 (when I first got a proper computer (486-DX33/8Mb).
I played with this trying
to get some more performance out of it (a bit of a forlorn hope to be
honest), and eventually gave up and bought all the bits to construct a
AMD-K5-75 system. From then on it went in leaps and bounds, K5-P166,
Pentium 233MMX (o/c to 266), Celeron 450a (Overclocked 300a), AMD Athlon
1466. The last
of which I have had since November 2001 and it is really due for an
upgrade, but since I donít really do much gaming anymore then I
donít see the need for it at present.
I really enjoy generally
messing around with computers. I try and keep learning, trying new
programs and new things with old programs all the time. For example,
this website was built partly with Photoshop even though I am quite
happy to use Paint Shop Pro. At the end of the process I come away
knowing a lot more about Photoshop then I did to start with!
5) Goth, Gigs and
I am, as you can probably
work out from the photos , an active participant in the Goth scene.
Although I would strenuously deny that I am actually a Goth (I wear far
too many colours), I do enjoy the scene. This is mainly due to the
open-mindedness of the people, the friendliness of the people and the
quality of the music. At present it is also an amazingly active music
scene. After years of the same old songs being played there has suddenly
been a vast increase in the number of bands and also the number of those
who are producing good music.
The scene is very active in the area in which I live, with regular events every week. Most weekends are totally taken up with Gigs and Clubs and there is a fair number of mid-week events as well. I suppose I try and get to gigs about once every fortnight at the minimum, but recently it has been considerably more than this.
6) Reading, Cooking,
and other miscellaneous pursuits.
I like to read (Anything
and everything. Pratchett to Heller). Cook (Curry), Eat out (Chinese,
Thai, Indian, Greek, English), etc. I like films and try and go to
cinema every few weeks or so. I have quite a reasonable Video/DVD
collection which I also try and keep reasonably up to date. Film types?
- Thriller, Horror, some Comedy. No Drama though
I try and get a reasonable amount of exercise, and in addition to Aikido (mentioned above) try and swim when I have the chance.
7) Things I donít do:
Watch TV (have no time), listen to Radio (ditto), read newspapers (ditto). As a result I am almost totally ill-informed regarding world events. This I regard as a good thing.