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Some stuff about me

I live in Nottingham and I'm a freelance journalist in the trade and technology press. In case you hadn't guessed, I'm a science fiction fan. I support Shrewsbury Town football club, and I'm a season ticket holder. In May 2004 Shrewsbury won the Nationwide Conference Play-Off Final to get back into the league. But May 2007 saw Shrewsbury's last game at the Gay Meadow, which earned them a place in the play-offs, and they made it all the way to the Playoff Final at the new Wembley stadium. They repeated this again two years later reaching the 2009 Playoff Final. In June 2007, there was an auction of the fixtures and fittings and that month I also visited the new ground. Pictures from both are here.
    I play pool for the Queen Adelaide in the Nottingham & District Pool League and The City Leisure League. I'm also a qualified pool referee.
    In September 2003, September 2004, June 2005, August 2006, May 2007 and December 2008, I was part of a UK pool team touring the Philippines. More details are on the UK Pool Info page.
    Most of my spare time I spend down the pub (drinking real ale), cooking (here are some recipes), watching TV or handling my email, that's when I'm not at conventions, which you've probably gathered I go to quite a few of. 
    I read a lot of science fiction, and authors I like include Philip K Dick, Iain (with or without the M) Banks, John Wyndham, George Orwell, Jeff Noon, Isaac Asimov and loads of others. Five of the best books I've read in the past few years are Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, Desolation Road by Ian McDonald, The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy, Perdido Street Station by China Mieville and Voyage by Stephen Baxter.
   This site also contains some of my holdiay photos:

May 2002, Amsterdam

June 2003, Amsterdam

December 2003, Fuerteventura

November 2004, Nice

December 2004, Mallorca

October 2005, Budapest

December 2005-January 2006, Malaysia

March-April 2006, Bratislava

November 2006, Taiwan

December 2006, Shanghai

January 2007, USA (inc Disneyland)

April 2007, Prague

June 2007, Rome

July 2007, Ramsgate

August-September 2007, Yokohama

September 2007, Donington Park

October 2007, Shanghai and Taipei

November 2007, Riga

February and September 2008, Barcelona and Nuremberg

May-June 2008, Malaysia

September 2008, Augsberg

October 2008, Taiwan

November 2008, Munich

March 2009, Stapeley Water Gardens

July 2009, Eindhoven

August 2009, Montreal

October 2009, Girona

October 2009, Suzhou

December 2009, Taiwan

June 2010, Shanghai

June 2010, Regensburg

July 2011, Ostend

September 2011, Plzen

October 2011, Taipei

January 2012, Cocoa Beach, Florida

July 2012, Ostend

May 2013, Marston's Brewery, Burton-on-Trent

June-July 2013, Langkawi, Malaysia

January 2014, Phuket, Thailand

April 2014, Taipei Zoo

On TV, Blake's 7 is my favourite show, but Buffy is a close second. I enjoy tons of other stuff from Star Trek to Xena, from The Prisoner to Babylon 5 and from Dr Who to Firefly. Oh, and don't forget Andromeda, Angel, X Files, Carnivale, Cleopatra 2525, Crusade, Charmed, Dead Zone, Farscape, Hex, Jeremiah, Lost, The Survivors, Smallville, Star Cops, Lexx, Red Dwarf, Regenesis, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, The 4400, Torchwood, Ultraviolet, Wonderfalls and so on.

Some of my articles about films.

My favourite films by year:

Films 2007

I didn't see as many films in 2007 as previous years for various reason, but I did still find some gems. Two blockbusters that didn't make my top three were Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (the best of the Potter films so far) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (good for purely escapism reasons). In third place I put Night of the Sunflowers, an engrossing case of mistaken identity in small-town Spain. In second place, and it nearly won, was the delightful Stardust. But the winner was Danny Boyle's Sunshine. Excellent movie.

Films 2006

This was a tough one to decide as I saw so many good films in 2006. The three that were close but didn't make it were Wilderness (a gritty UK made horror film), The Dark (strange goings on in the Welsh countryside) and Underworld Evolution (the sequel to the Underworld battle between werewolves and vampires). In second place was Children of Men, set in a future where women are no longer fertile and the effects that has had on soicety. And in first place, Pan's Labyrinth, a combined fantasy and political drama set in Spain in 1944.

Films 2005

What a year. This really was a good year for films, and I saw a lot. It was tough to decide which was best but I ended up choosing The Descent, very claustrophobic, very tense. In second place was Serenity - Joss Whedon does it again as Firefly comes to the big screen. In third place, I picked the best non-genre film of the year - The Rage in Placid Lake. I reviewed all the films I saw this year at the cinema on my LiveJournal (the link is at the bottom of the page).

Films 2004

Another year with a lot of OK films but nothing that was a great film. Top has to be Shaun of the Dead, just so funny and original. Spiderman II showed that sequels can be better than the originals, and so deserved a mention. And Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was cool. This was the year Hollywood did a remake of the Japanese horror film The Grudge, which prompted me to watch the original as well, which was a far better film and makes me wonder why Hollywood doesn't save itself the expense of remaking these films by just distributing the originals.

Films 2003

The outstanding film of the year had to be the vampire versus werewolf movie Underworld. This was so dark and gothic, and a different interpretation on an old theme. Very original. Second, also because of its originality, was Dogville, which didn't go on general release in 2003 but I saw it at the London Film Festival. Return of the King, as expected, was amazing, but nothing really new here, and I felt a little disappointed that the scouring of the Shire wasn't included, so it is not in the hunt.

Films 2002

I was hoping again to avoid the blockbusters in selecting my movie of the year, and that looked like it was going to be the case with Dog Soldiers top and 28 Days Later... second. And then I watched the Two Towers, and it was awesome, and an easy winner. 

Films 2001

It was a bit tough to pick the best film of 2001 with such crackers at the end as the first Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies. But my vote goes to Ginger Snaps as the best werewolf movie since American Werewolf in London. The worst film of the year by far was AI.

Films 2000

There were no outstanding films in 2000 but a lot of good ones. Just pipping the rest, I thought, was The Cell, though it was run close by Sleepy Hollow, Galaxy Quest and Scream 3 (am I the only person who actually liked that film?).

Films 1999

My favourite film from 1999 was The Matrix, closely followed by The Sixth Sense (sorry Star Wars, I did enjoy The Phantom Menace, it just wasn't as good as some of the other stuff around).

Films 1998

In 1998, my favourite films were Dark City and The Cube. I'd also like to give a plug for Smilla's Feeling for Snow, an excellent genre film almost totally ignored by the SF press.

Finally, I've got a Yahoo profile if you want to know more about me. And I have a LiveJournal.