About

Some things you might want to know about me:

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.
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.
In 2013, I became a Fellow of the RSA.

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!

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3 Comments to "About"

  1. Clint's Gravatar Clint
    October 18, 2006 - 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Hi Nick, my name is Clint and for a couple of years I’ve been dieing to do the John O Groats
    to Lands End walk. I was just wondering what source I could use for some good information
    on how to go about it, I’d be very grateful if you could send me some, or point me in the
    right direction.

    Thanks :)

    Clint Rose

  2. Robert Folkenflik's Gravatar Robert Folkenflik
    July 9, 2013 - 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Dear Nick Barlow,

    In 2011 you posted about a ms. found in an old inn that might be _Robinson Crusoe 2: Back To The Island With A Vengeance_ and promised more. Is there any news? That title strikes me as likelier to be from the twentieth century than the 14th or the 18th. Any of those fragments available on the internet?
    How did you link the fragments with the title?

    Thanks,
    Robert folkenflik

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