(They were scanned in colour, but they look a bit odd when X runs out of colours; you can get the old or new original, or there's a better picture of me available! This looks more like me.
Me at work, with Janet McKnight, in a tiara, brandishing a mint, and inside a round thing.
This is what I sound like.
In July 1996 I graduated as an Arabist from the department of Oriental Studies at Cambridge University. In my final year, along with Arabic language, this involved studying linguistics and relations between the Mongols and the Mamluks in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.
After six years working as a Unix Systems Support Engineer for Laser-Scan, a provider of GIS software and services, I was made redundant and started working for Landmark, part of Halliburton. I stayed there for a couple of years before returning to the University to work as a system administrator for BSS and helping with other things like Physics of Medicine.
While I was an undergrad spent about half my time here and it'd probably have been more if college had let me get away with it. Now I'm living in a shared house near Cambridge with three friends, which is quite fun most of the time. I did have another housemate, but he turned into a brewery.
I'm half Welsh, and I'd quite like to learn the Welsh language at some point, but when is another matter entirely; I used to visit Wales fairly frequently when my grandmother was alive, but since there hasn't really been either the opportunity or the inclination... Maybe I'll take a trip back there one day.
I like to think that's true.