Even after living here since I was ten (except for the six years in Sheffield) I still love the city, and still feel blinded by the lights and sights of London occasionally. In a good way.
By day I'm a programmer at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, based in Oxford Circus where I work with people developing games for the PlayStation Vita, PS3 and PS4.
By night I'm a Ceilidh dancer, writer, gamer, or catching up on TV shows or films (with friends, preferably). Occasionally: sleeping.
Also, there are a few character archetypes I play really well in the theatre. I can also put together a pretty awesome script, given enough time to let my mind go running free.
I've played guitar for 14 years now. This is long enough to not suck at it, as well as long enough to learn not to show off at every conceivable opportunity.
Films: Probably my favourite film ever made is The Princess Bride. It's funny, has some fantastic characterisation and some beautiful swordplay. The book is also fantastic, but in a slightly different way.
Books: This is much easier to do by author, right? Douglas Adams, without question. It's really easy to own all his books because he's a slow writer, and only managed eight of them. Although The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy his best known series, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is, without doubt, his best book. People should also read Last Chance To See which is basically a book about endangered animals that's really enjoyable. Instead of just making you feel guilty it makes you feel we're all part of an amazing world that we have to be careful with.
Currently reading: Stormlight Archives.
Music albums: My tastes are quite eclectic and cover many genres, depending on my mood. For rock, it's Iron Maiden who still know how to write a good melody; for pop Robbie Williams because I'm a sucker for a cheesy lyric and an anthemic tune, and for orchestral get me some How To Train Your Dragon or Pirates Of The Caribbean soundtracks.
TV Series: Firefly was one of most awesome series ever, until it got cancelled. If you've watched it you'll know what I mean.
Computer Games: I work in the games industry, so picking favourites is really, really, REALLY hard. Portal is the best game ever made, I think. The writing is so tight and the gameplay perfectly paced. I've also played all the Assassin's Creed games and most of the DLCs. My favourite genre is driving games. Race Driver: Grid is a favourite.
Mornings in bed, to catch up on sleep.
Days out at whatever events the world has to offer or relaxing in summer sun.
Days in, playing board games.
Evenings out to share drinks with friendly people.
Evenings in to play, write, or similar.
Weird, but awesome, science experiments; the kind of stuff that gets Ig Nobel prizes.
All the small things in life that make it great.
I sometimes think that no matter how good life is, there'll always be, somewhere, a wish for something more to aim for.
You like discovering new things.
You found a typo, grammar or spelling mistake in my profile.
You didn't find any typos, grammar or spelling mistakes but you were looking for them.
You are my long lost sister, who was adopted, so we can unite and overthrow the evil Galactic Empire.
You want to go to something with someone, but don't know who, but think I'll like it based on things we have in common.
People, your attention! I have hidden five song titles (all more than one word) in my profile. If you can find any of them, give the song title and artist (1 point each), and message me the ones you find. I will then get you one of these prizes:
1-4: A drink from a coffee shop / bar, or similar.
5-7: A cinema or theatre ticket.
8-10: A meal in a restaurant.
More than 10: A secret prize.