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A brief introduction to the author of this website.
One of my biggest dislikes in life is talking (or writing) about myself, so I'll keep this brief and to the point:
- I was born and schooled in the industrial city of Derby and spent many happy days with family and friends exploring the Derbyshire Peak District and the Derwent Valley.
- As a consequence of these forays into a National Park and what is now a World Heritage Site, I developed a fascination with the origins, evolution and management of urban and rural landscapes.
- Since having the good fortune to be the first pupil to experiment with one of the first personal computers ever supplied to a Derbyshire school, I've been keen to exploit digital technology for practical purposes.
- I graduated from Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic (now Coventry University) with a Combined Science degree in Geography & Economics.
- I've spent most of my professional life as a researcher, technical author and project manager, specialising in the implementation and use of information technology and projects that involve significant organisational change.
- In 1990, a change of job brought me to Yorkshire and I have lived in - and have been exploring - this beautiful part of the world ever since.
- I've been interested in photography since I was given my first camera at the age of seven or eight. This interest turned into a passion when I purchased my first digital camera in 2005.
- I am currently self-employed and am fulfilling a lifelong ambition to research, photograph and write about things that interest me personally.
- York has fascinated me since my first visit on a school trip, way back in the mid-1970s. I was amazed by the city's incredible (and very visible) history then, and I am still both amazed and delighted by it today.
My objective in creating this website is to harness this experience, bring-together this disparate collection of interests and to do something useful with them.