Born in London and brought up on the south coast of England, all my family is now in Limerick, Ireland.
After gaining a degree from Queen Mary College, London, I spent several years working for the Royal Navy before setting off for some ten years work around Europe - for the most part in technical systems development.
After about 1988 my career moved decisively towards the world of databases and, in 1993, to the New World. For about ten years I worked mainly with a product called Paradox and, for four years, in a "dot.com" start-up. Over time I moved steadily towards the "back-end" of systems, being now a database developer and DBA.
I am married with a son and daughter and, suddenly, a cat! I support England and Ireland (Rugby Union Football), Liverpool FC (Association Football), and Oxford (Rowing). I have Master's awards for MS SQL Server and SQL Server 2005 from Experts Exchange.