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Biography

About Me

I am a nomadic author, journalist, and presenter hatched in Saaf London, and warped by a steady diet of sherbet lemons, medically prescribed comic books (absolutely true—ask me in person), dirty grey rain, and chips.

But where did it all begin? As a child, I was obsessed with books, comics, films, and TV; particularly the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. I played video games on the Binatone TV Master (possibly a clone), the Sega Mega Drive, the original beige Nintendo Gameboy, and the breadbox Commodore 64 (the system on which I first started programming). My parents shared with me their keen sense of history and I constantly scribbled stories, doodled, and snapped away with a series of film cameras. These early interests led to an education and career in science, technology, heritage, and finally media.

During an eternity in UK higher education, I cobbled together a peculiar mixture of skills and a bewildering array of impressive certificates, diplomas, and licenses. I eventually left with a Masters degree in computery related stuff, and transferable credits and research experience in robotics, natural science, archaeology, and... let's just say that it's the tip of an iceberg size mound of certification I keep in a steel filing cabinet to prevent conflagration. Quite honestly, we'd be here all night if I listed the bizarre mixture of things I can do. In fact, you could write an academic paper about my spaghetti-like educational trajectory.

My first career was a longish stint in the UK IT industry, before it went phut, thanks to the bosses, the bubble, and IR35. I started as a proper "have you tried turning it off and on again?" techie Morlock and ended running my own consultancy. With numerous years of extramural studies, volunteering, and post-graduate research under my belt, I shifted sideways into the heritage sector and ended up in Canada running an archaeology practice and later even managing a museum. However, even from the time I first entered the workforce, employment was never contiguous, (thank you very much late 20th/21st century economic chaos), but sandwiched between working in every conceivable job you care to mention, and quite a few you really would not, except astronaut, as my application was rejected by NASA. Damn it.

Let's talk about writing and media, which are what I do now. I started as a freelance technology and culture columnist; writing a weekly column in an English language national broadsheet newspaper in Mauritius called the Independent Daily (closed in 2013). Later, I returned home to the UK and, as a freelance journalist, wrote features, news articles, and opinion pieces for other print publications. I am also an author, but that predates every other thing I have ever done by many, many years. Ouroboros style career planning or wot? Other creative things I can do, have done, or continue to do, include scriptwriting, copywriting, developing text based computer games, presenting, and podcasting.

As well indulging my extremely eclectic, esoteric, and eccentric tastes in art and culture, my spare time is spent attempting the ascension to rock stardom, technological tinkering, and on, or under, the big blue H2O.

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Behold! Here are a few of my favourite things. (Oh yes, I did sing that out loud):

About This Site

This cerebrally concocted and cleverly crafted grimoire is inspired by the foul delvish shadow scripts of Far Below (take the elevator down at Far Away). The spells within cast mightily by the hand of sorcery, wielding accursèd instruments cunningly wrought by dwarven-kind (fountain pen, voice recorder, and mechanical keyboard). Acknowledgements are grudgingly granted to the diverse legion of humans, gnomes, trolls, ogres, giants, the great and terrible Roc, rakshasa, satyrs, nymphs, djinn, skin walkers, centaurs, other magical creatures and cryptids too numerous to mention, who have, under a terrible geas, unwillingly toiled in this villainous endeavour, and shall continue to do so, if they know what's good for them, unto the end of time! Aha. Hahahahahahahahaha. Ha. Look, I write... a lot, and I am a geek, so what did you expect? I mean, really...