Some things you might want to know about me:
I’m very bad at keeping this page up to date.
I grew up in Redditch in the Midlands, a town so anonymous that people who live there forget it exists, and after spending a year in Ohio on a Youth Exchange programme, I went to Swansea University, then moved to Colchester in the mid-90s.
I used to work for the BBC and occasionally presented the travel news on Five Live and the Asian Network, making me famous for fifteen people.
In 2006, I walked from John O’Groats to Land’s End
Since 2007, I’ve represented Castle Ward on Colchester Borough Council. I stood down from the Council in 2016, but then was re-elected to represent Castle Ward in 2016.
In 2009, I was one of the participants in Anthony Gormley’s One & Other, and spent an hour on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.
From February 2010 to May 2012, I was a member of the Cabinet on Colchester Borough Council, dealing with issues including Economic Development, Planning, Sustainability, Culture and Tourism. I returned to the Cabinet in 2013 to take responsibility for Regeneration, and since from 2014 to 2015, I was responsible for Street and Waste Services.
In 2013, I became a Fellow of the RSA.
From 2013 to 2015, I was studying for an MA in Politics in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. I passed, with a distinction.
Since 2016, I’ve been a PhD student and graduate teaching assistant in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. My research is focused on centre parties and centrist politics, and my supervisors are Professors Tim Bale and Philip Cowley.
More allegedly fascinating facts about me may be added here as I remember them. If you’re wondering where the title of this blog comes from, it’s borrowed from Robert Anton Wilson‘s book Reality Is What You Can Get Away With and thought it sounded good. As it’s been called that since 2003, it’s probably too late to change it, even if I wanted to!