I’m a Whovian and political geek based in Manchester, UK. You might know me from:
- Currybeer, a monthly social which I organise. Unsurprisingly we eat curry and drink beer.
- Geek Walks, another monthly social I organise. Again the clue is in the name.
- UKUUG / FLOSS UK, where I served six years on Council (four as chairman) and still attend conferences.
- Manchester Linux Users’ Group, which I’ve been attending since 2003. I’m also a regular speaker at the group.
- NetMcr, a networking event for people working or interested in computer networks. I occasionally give talks here.
- Manchester SciFi Book Club, a monthly discussion of science fiction books.
- Barcamp Manchester, an annual unconference I attend most years, and have sponsored since 2018.
- Manchester Classical Association, because of my interest in classics and ancient history. I also look after the hosting of the group’s website and served as treasurer for several years.
- Warrington U3A, where I give lectures at the Classical History group (usually once or twice a year).
- MadLab, a co-working and events space which I used to work from and hosted several of the groups I attend.
- Department of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, where I completed two degrees (BSc, MPhil) and worked as a member of staff.
- Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester, where I completed a postgraduate degree (MA).
- Twitter, where I tweet about technology, trains, politics and Doctor Who.
- Fosstodon, a Mastodon instance where I post about similar things to Twitter.
- Manchester’s Post Apocalyptic Book Club, which reviews books, hosts board game nights and has a cinema club.
My interests are fairly diverse and range from computing to ancient history, with a bit of politics, economics and law thrown in.