Just the facts.
I write, draw, and program the Beholder projects.
I’m currently working on a story about a cat.
I keep Exploding Pen ticking
over, which publishes the Beholder book projects
The Knot-Shop Man.
For seven years I worked full-time as part of the international team at
mySociety, a UK-based charity and
sort-of-NGO that makes websites and digital tools that empower citizens
all round the world.
I’m a Computer Scientist by training — I studied and later taught
at the Comp Sci department at Royal Holloway. You can see some
remnants of this in my scrapbook
and vintage illustrations.
Not brawling for no prizes. In skirts. Weird.
I’ve probably spent over seven years, on and off, in Thailand. For two
and a half of those years I was a volunteer at a girls’ school, where
I taught art to 6-year-olds,
and English to 11-year-olds.
I’m an ex-biker, and I miss it. Many, many years ago I had a trusty
CX500. My last bike was this
Honda NT650DV. If you don’t know about bikes, you’ll think:
ooh, big bike. If you know the difference between an NT
and a CBR, you’ll think: Dullville.
Another thing now in my past was being crew on a Drascombe. Two masts,
tan sails (you care? OK: a gunter-rigged yawl with a loose-footed main)
and the whole thing the size of a very large wardrobe.
For not entirely practical reasons, I used to be a member of the IGKT:
I‘ve been a reader of the following things for a long time:
The celebrated satirical magazine, featuring some of Britain’s
A fine example of blogging: personal, silly, clever, funny
Three worthy causes to which I belong:
There are a number of people whom I greatly admire, and luckily for me
several of them are my friends, colleagues and teachers.
Finally, in a list of no particular order, here are some people whose lives
or work are, to my mind, especially deserving of a standing ovation: