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I am a PhD Student in History with a sense of humour (occasionally
veering towards cynicism, but in a nice way) who enjoys good
conversation and shared activities.
I love playing the guitar though with work and my thesis I don't
get to play as much as I would like.
My family lives in Grenoble in the French Alps and, while I haven't
done so for a while, I enjoy skiing.
I am also evil but no-one ever believes me.
Overweight and not happy with that fact. Trying to do something
about it though.
What I’m doing with my life
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I currently have two main occupations which will become three in
the new year: I work full-time for Ladbrokes as a Deputy Manager, a
job I am not overly fond of but maintain in order to
PhD: I am in the final year of my thesis on 'The Suez Crisis and
Anglo-European Relations 1955-1964' Most people I meet have never
heard of the Suez Crisis so I am always delighted to come across
ones' who have. A very dear friend of mine seems to have developed
a ritual whereby she asks me what my thesis is about every time she
In the new year I will start another semester as an Associate
Lecturer in History. I cannot overstate just how much I love doing
this job. When my PhD is complete it is my ambition to become a
Lecturer in History. If I could afford to I would do the job for
nothing I enjoy it that much. Note: When marking exam papers my
enjoyment level goes down somewhat!!!
Apart from that my waking hours are usually spent reading, spending
time with friends or lately imagining innovative ways to bump off
the PM, Chancellor and Education Secretary in a way that looks like
a tragic and yet plausible accident.
I’m really good at
Go on, brag a little (or a lot). We won’t judge.
I always hate this part. I prefer to let others judge how well or
not I do things. That being the case, I play the guitar reasonably
well and can cook certain things. Strangely while I can cook a
curry (own sauce, none of that jar of sauce nonsense), I have the
ability to truly cock up the rice!!! Rice I have concluded has a
vendetta against me.
The first things people usually notice about me
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Hopefully that i am a bloke.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
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Like most music that contains an electric guitar. Fave bands
include Marillion, Sister Hazel, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd.
Favourite Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, Legends of the Fall,
Lord of the Rings, Eins Zwei Drei, most Bond films.
Favourite Books: A Song of Ice and Fire (series); most historical
fiction but particularly the series' written by Bernard Cornwell;
Animal Farm. I subscribe to BBC's History magazine which I am aware
puts me into various categories of nerd.
Favourite Shows:Ashes to Ashes/Life on Mars; Big Bang Theory; Yes
Minister/Yes Prime Minister; Blackadder II,III and IV; The West
Wing. I really liked HBO's Game of Thrones. Read the books and was
impressed with how they did it.
Favourite Food: Lasagne and other Italian food. Curious about Sushi
but have not yet tried it.
The six things I could never do without
Think outside the box. Sometimes the little things can say a lot.
I am assuming that this list goes beyond the literal sunlight,
oxygen, water, food etc.
Sense of humour
Eva, Madeleine, Lily, Maria and Emily (my guitars)
Friends and Family. Cliche perhaps but they are mine and want them
to remain that way for as long as possible.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Global warming, lunch, or your next vacation… it’s all fair game.
It very much depends where I am and what I am doing. If I am at
work the most common thoughts revolve around reasons why I should
not eviscerate whichever customer is proving particularly noxious
at that moment.
If I am teaching my thoughts usually involve trying to find ways to
get the students to speak in class. I have long since given up on
trying to get them to do the required reading. I will also be
wondering which student has not been picked on for a while and who
is hiding away at the back. I did say I am evil and it is the first
thing I tell my students!
Beyond that my thoughts normally concern my research: Why I am not
making as much progress as I want/should be. This then leads in my
more honest self-reflections to an admission that I know why.
Unfortunately this in its turn leads me to wonder why I am unable
to solve a problem that I can clearly identify. I should do
something about this.
On a typical Friday night I am
Netflix and takeout, or getting your party on — how do you let loose?
If I am at work: trying NOT to kill FOBT players (believe me this
takes willpower!!!!!). If I am at home: reading, writing,
discussing such issues as "Why the world is on its way to hell in a
handbasket." Sadly as the discussion housemate and I have similar
philosophies on life, politics etc, solutions are hard to come by.
I do think leaving Cameron, Osborne and Gove to be eaten by weasels
would be a good start however.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
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I wouldn't do anything for love, but I might do that. If you want
to know something, ask me.
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