I got blog tagged by Danny Sullivan into a game of '5 things you don't know about me.' If you're not interested in me (and no reason why you should be) move on now, because the game is that because I've been tagged I provide the list and then tag 5 other people. Which is cool, cos I'm just going to blame it on Danny anyway. ;)
1. I like taking photographs of abandoned buildings, particularly insane asylums. I've got a bunch of pictures on my Flickr account in case you're morbidly interested in taking a peek. They're actually very interesting places, and are superb for taking photographs in. They're also fairly creepy as well, which just adds to the interest factor.
2. I ran what I believe to be ^one of^ the first ever course about the Internet in the UK. It was in early 1994 and was a seminar that attracted over 50 attendees. At the end of the day I'm not sure any of us were much the wiser! (Edited to reflect Karen's comment)
3. I have an unusual phobia - butter. I absolutely hate and detest the stuff. Just writing the word gives me the creeps. I don't mind it as an ingredient in things, but can't cope with it in any identifiable form at all. Which makes lunchtime at a client's site interesting! (I also don't like any vegetable type spread either so yes, I do eat dry bread and toast!)
4. I'm fascinated with the American Civil War, which won't be a surprise to observant readers of my writings since I use various related subjects as default searches, but what most people won't know is that I got interested in it when I was 6 years old. I also have a fair collection of Confederate scrip and a $1,000 dollar bond which is framed and on my wall.
5. In a former job I was the UK expert on bogus universities operating in the UK and was often interviewed on the television, radio, press and briefed the British government on the problem.
As Danny threw out this tag to researchers I'm going to continue the theme, so will give one extra fact.... 6. I first wanted to be a librarian when I was 13 years old.
OK... I'm going to throw this one onto:
Brian Kelly (because he's a good sort and it will hopefully amuse him)
Karen Blakeman (because she's a friend and we swop stuff back and forth)
Simon Chamberlain (because I read his stuff and would like to know more about him)
Michael Stephens (because he likes weblogs and such like and can pass this on in turn to a bunch of American researchy librarian types)
Jill Bradley (who is my wife, used to be a researcher and now does alternative therapies and should also have to spend time doing silly things like this!)