I read this post by Tric Kearney this morning and thought it was a great idea, so here’s my list of random facts about myself.
- I was adopted a few weeks after birth by the couple who raised me. I know next to nothing about my natal parents except that my mother was 15. I have never been interested in discovering more.
- I never drink tea or coffee. I find tea insipid and dislike the smell of coffee. But my wife says that I make the best cups of tea — better than hers.
- In every place I’ve lived I have been able to see trees from my bedroom window. I love trees!
- I was in my mid-20s before I ever watched a game of soccer. This is unusual in England.
- I have two scars on my right elbow where my younger brother bit me aged 4.
- When I changed my name I chose my mother’s name, Maureen, to replace my former middle name, James. That is my father’s name.
- In 1990 I was entered by my school into the British Physics Olympiad, a national competition. I made the finals which were held at Harrow School and placed in the top 10, but not high enough to be selected for the national team.
- My brother and I, along with a friend, once babysat the young son of former England rugby captain Bill Beaumont during a match at Waterloo Rugby Club.
- I had a letter published in the Sunday Telegraph when I was aged 12. (It was a response to a letter about blasphemy laws by a bishop in the previous week’s paper.)
- I own 8 dresses, which is 8 more than my wife.
- I do not own a single item of clothing that features a visible brand name. (I can’t stand that!)
- My all time favourite food is spaghetti bolognese, and Italian is my favourite type of food.
- I am ambivalent towards Marmite.
- Despite working as a programmer I do not own a computer, and in fact have never even bought one. (I’m not counting my smartphone as a computer although it is one. My list, my rules!)
- I first used the internet before the World Wide Web existed. (usenet)
- I have not had a passport since my last one expired several years ago.
It was fun putting this list together and I hope you, my readers, find it interesting.