This website has a foot in two camps. The first is software and website design, which the site has been steeped in since I started it in 1999 as my freelancer's shop window. Following behind is a broadening range of interests that time gifts me the ability to pursue. These latter include books, art, buildings and our precious and precarious natural world. Photographs lend support where appropriate. This second batch of writing has now become the site's principal preoccupation.
The site has broadened and gained bulk as this journey has runs its course and I am surprised by and grateful to those who have encountered my various posts and made contact. Those who know me as a coder know also that I have done time as an English teacher, a passion that predated all the hurly-burly of arrays and variables. I make no excuse for the circularity of things in now investing more time in natural than in machine languages. I recommend this progression to anyone who, like me, has designed and developed software systems.
- using the Drupal and Backdrop content-management systems to design websites which comply with web standards, are responsive to different screen sizes and devices, and get ranked well by Google
- displaying information on interactive maps
- the Drupal and Backdrop CMS Views module
- clarity, exactitude and the power of words to inform, persuade, delight and give pleasure - once an English teacher, always an English teacher?
- literature, not least because it provides endless examples of personal development
- previously in France between 1998 and 2016, running a software and website development business
- restorer of two traditional French farmhouses; custodian and guardian of their hedgerows, trees and surrounding meadows; curator of oak beams; weekend artisan in lime render and terracotta tiles
- enjoying a full-time, freelance status as a software/web developer since 1994 - originally based in Brighton, UK - creating relational databases, multimedia systems elearning and consumer applications (in ToolBook and VB.NET), websites and CMS websites
- shaped by the richness of having worked as an English teacher for 17 years (in London and East Sussex, UK): English, English as a foreign language, remediating specific language-learning difficulties (dyslexia)
- 7 years as Head of an English department in a special school
- graduate of education (University of Southampton) and post-grad study (University of London) in the psychology of human information-processing
- after two careers framing other people's content, I am now freer to generate my own: this site bears witness to some aspects of that process