About me and ME

I was born on the penultimate day of 1969 and live with my parents and dog in Southampton, which isn't a great place to live apart from a nice lot of greenery and good shopping. Getting around the sprawling city is very difficult, there are traffic lights everywhere, programmed to cause the maximum congestion, frustration and accidents possible. It's supposed to have one of the best night-lives in the south, but as you'll see, that's irrelevant to me. You can get a rough idea of my physical appearance from my photos page.

The main thing about me is that I've had the illness ME since 1991. I don't want to say much about that; I'll just link to another page which contains more details and further links: http://www.hantsmesupport.co.uk. So now you know why I still live with my parents, and perhaps it helps explain why I get bad tempered on Usenet.

My hobbies are computing (duh!), my favourite OS being Linux, reading, TV, motor sport and listening to music. I used to like playing guitar but I never seem to get around to that nowadays.

I mainly listen to 60s stuff, folk and blues. There don't seem to be any bands around now worthy of comment or buying an album of, but some of the "alternative" stuff is OK. I really like The Killers and a band called Alfa 9 I discovered when Janice Long played their "Then We Begin" single one night and I was utterly hooked. A sort of cross between Ride and Pink Floyd but better. I'm a lifelong U2 fan, I suppose they're considered dinosaurs now though, and I always retain a soft spot for The Damned.

It's difficult to name favourite TV programs. Stuff like 24, Spooks, comedy sketch shows and classics like Fawlty Towers (seen them to death though), Dad's Army and the Good Life. I used to like documentaries, but the mainstream channels are completely dumbed down, and Sky's subscription is a rip-off. I have to confess to avidly following Neighbours, but no other soaps (not even Home & Away any more).

I like reading adventure thrillers and certain types of science fiction best, and some crime thrillers. My favourite authors, in no particular order, include Stephen Leather, James Follett, Ken Follett, John Grisham, Tess Gerritsen, Ben Bova, Arthur C Clarke, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, James Herriot, Jeffrey Archer, Dick Francis, RD Wingfield, Tess Gerritsen.

I also like some children's books, especially Harry Potter, Anthony Buckeridge's Jennings, and Richmal Crompton's William. I know it's fashionable to knock Harry Potter, but they really are good books if you just want to read a good story rather than "better yourself". Buckeridge and Crompton are great at showing how the respective behaviour of children and adults bewilder each other, and I was delighted to complete my Jennings collection a few years ago.