About Alan

I orig­i­nal­ly come from near Glas­gow, Scot­land — where I dis­cov­ered ear­ly on that my first choice of a degree in Micro­bi­ol­o­gy focussed a lit­tle too much on yeast when I was more inter­est­ed in its main by-prod­uct. Since then, life can be best described as a series of inter­nal con­ver­sa­tions along the lines of “where do I go now?.” These have led me into jour­nal­ism (way back then, for Gay Scot­land, for Gay Times, HIM Mag­a­zine, the Pink Paper; and for IT Expert Mag­a­zine). After that I fell into IT (in 1994, to CIX — the UK’s first and fore­most user-ori­en­tat­ed online forum provider and one of the UK’s ear­li­est ISPs, then in 1996 to Unisys, where I learned how to do big projects right. After­ward I set out on my own for a while, work­ing on projects for small to medi­um-sized com­pa­nies). I’ve since remained in IT: work­ing for a food retail com­pa­ny  work­ing on tech­nol­o­gy refresh­es and upgrades in their trad­ing estate with a large slice of IT secu­ri­ty and reg­u­la­to­ry com­pli­ance. I live in Man­ches­ter, Eng­land, though love that it’s only 2h 10m on the train to Lon­don. I still spend too much of my time in front of the key­board, but do take breaks for the var­i­ous arts events, queer and oth­er­wise. I stud­ied with the  The Open Uni­ver­si­ty and gained a BA in Tech­nol­o­gy and Law, and I might study with them again. Apart from all of that, I  spend time with my hus­band David Bam­ford, friends, and for ride my motor­bike when the weath­er is good.