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I was born 4th March 1956 and have been pretty busy ever since.
Qualifications: science degree (1988), majoring in pure maths (a long story); postgraduate diploma in education (1990); maths and computing science degree (2016), majoring in theoretical physics and applied maths.
Teaching experience: twenty years with a 0.5 part time load average, teaching secondary physics, maths and computer science; about four years part time running first year uni maths tutorials.
Musical interest: studying music composition and playing the guitar since I was a teenager; mostly self taught but had some formal music education early on; once had a regular gig in a pub as a solo act singing and playing my own material; have occasionally created and recorded live music in garage bands; along the way also took up the piano and put some of my compositions together using a combination of live instruments, a JV1010 synthesiser and Cubase.
In April 2018, I set up my own home studio, started playing drums and sax and using Logic Pro to assist in producing my music. I have been doing it full time since then and am working towards live performances of my compositions.
Science interest: writing a physics book for that transitional stage from late secondary to early tertiary; coauthoring a book on applications of relativity to aerospace engineering. Both books word processed using LaTeX.
I've been studying and using LaTeX spasmodically for nearly ten years.
French language interest: My father was English, my mother was French. We weren't allowed to speak French growing up and by the time I was able to study it in high school, I quickly lost interest. As an adult I have had very little motivation to learn French. Starting in 2010 I've been able to visit my relatives in Normandy for about a week every two years or so and have become interested in travelling around France, so I have been trying to improve my French since then. Mostly, they're not bothered learning English and I mean that in the nicest possible way so I make the effort to communicate in French. This means, that with my limited French, they try to keep their French simple so it's probably not always typical every day French. So sometimes I have trouble getting the tone of what they're saying.