Welcome to my Home Page. Its main function is to act as a link to a number of other sites and resources, some of which are here and some of which are elsewhere on the web.
These pages now make extensive use of CSS for their formatting and may look less interesting on browsers which do not support this. RISC OS users, in particular, will find they work best in NetSurf, although the content will still be fully accessible from other browsers.
This site contains some applications and utilities that I have written for RISC OS computers, which may be useful to others. More information about the RISC OS operating system, which is an alternative to the mainstream Windows and Linux systems, can be found in WROCC’s introduction to the platform.
In addition to software, this site also contains some documentation which might be of use to users of and developers for the RISC OS platform.
I’m a member of WROCC, a user group for those of us with RISC OS computers. Aside from monthly meetings and support, the group also organise the annual Wakefield RISC OS Computer Show in April: one of the largest events in the RISC OS calendar.
Leeds Arts Centre are an amateur theatre group who stage several productions each year in the new Carriageworks theatre. I help the group backstage with tasks ranging from set construction to stage management. Our next production will be Amazing Grace – written and directed by one of our members, Leo Charlton – which runs from 28th September to 1st October 2016. The group is part of the Civic Arts Guild, which was originally based in the old Civic Theatre (now the City Museum).
The Potato Room Players were a professionally-run amateur group who performed musicals at the Leeds City Varieties. I helped the group backstage with their last few productions, until they disbanded when their historic theatre closed for its long-awaited £9.2 million refurbishment in 2009.
A Bradford-based theatre group, who put on a several productions each year. I was involved backstage with their productions of Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty, at Bradford’s St George’s Hall and Priestley Theatre in 2004 and 2005.
A small theatre group, based in Kirkintilloch near Glasgow. They put on several productions each year, including a pantomime at Christmas. When I lived in Glasgow, I used to help with lighting and backstage work at their theatre.
The Bedlam Theatre is, as far as I know, the only completely student-run theatre in the UK. It is managed by the Edinburgh University Theatre Company, who put on well over fifty productions each year and run it as a venue in the Edinburgh Fringe. Before I moved from Edinburgh, I spent most of my time doing lighting and sound for shows (especially improvised theatre and comedy), running Front of House and maintaining the web site. The Friends of Bedlam website, home to the EUTC’s Alumni Association, is also worth a visit for the curious.
Edinburgh is one of the handful of universities in the UK that has a Hot Air Ballooning Club. It gives members the chance to go flying, as well as giving them the chance to learn to crew or even to train as pilots.