I play piano, hockey, computer games, badminton and chess. Not necessarily well, or in that order, but they keep me amused.
I was a member of Imperial College Big Band for 7.5 years. I played the piano in the band, and very much enjoyed it. I was the Gig Manager for the big band for 3 years (while Matthew Knights and Tom Woodcock were chairmen), during which time we won a Gold Award at the National Concert Band Festival, and played a charity concert in the Great Hall at college, in aid of the Asian Earthquake Appeal. I was also the Webmaster/Librarian for the band last year. We recently entered the National Concert Band Festival for a second time, and won a Gold Award again! Listen to the recordings here.
I was a member of Imperial College Hockey Club for 9 years. My ancestral home is the Men's 4th team, known to ourselves as The DeIViants. I play in goal, and am particularly well-known for running outside the D, falling over unexpectedly, “Superman Dives” and having a 40 inch stick. For two seasons I also played for the Men's 2nd team. Sporadically, I have played for all the mens teams there, and the mixed team. I have also been on tour with the club to Barcelona and Valencia (in 2005), to Cyprus (in 2007), to Berlin (in 2008) and to India (in 2009). I was joint Mens 4th captain with my friend Doug Blackie in the 2006/2007 season. Similarly, we were joint Fines Chairmen for the team, in 2005. I was Web Secretary for the club from 2005 to 2009, a job I shared for two years with Ollie Johnston.
I am now a member of Red Sox Hockey Club Zürich, which I enjoy very much. I have played for both Mens Teams, in both in the outdoor and indoor hockey leagues.
In 2008 some friends and I set up Imperial College Tea Society, having spotted a gap in the market for social clubs arranging to meet up and sit around drinking (excellent, and varied) tea, eating (less varied, and often chocolate) biscuits, and chatting about (extremely varied) stuff. TeaSoc has been a great success, with 73 official members in our first year, around 40 different kinds of tea drunk (at a wild guess) and most importantly, plenty of banter in the process. The society has an enthusiastic new committee next year, and I hope to hear of it continuing in strong (but not stewed) fashion.
My immediate family are based in Exeter, which is a very nice (small) city. I am the oldest of lots of siblings.
Some years ago, I was lucky enough to be employed by my friend James Cooke, who was at the time running his own IT Consulting company. During this time, I learned to write websites, mainly using php, mysql, html and css. I have worked on the following websites (the first of which I wrote myself, with some flash work from Peter Warman):