I always wear this hat on the beach. The girls hate it. I like it more as the years pass. Eventually, this hat will buy me early freedom from the tyranny of parenthood.
- I was born in 1966. But I have more grey hair than my age merits.
- This makes me 'middle-aged'. I feel about 14 much of the time.
- I laugh quite a lot. I think most people feel I don't take things seriously enough. I find laughing at most people makes me more comfortable about it.
- I survive on five to six hours of sleep a night, but could probably do with at least an hour more. Can always find something better to do than go to bed. Been this way since childhood - and when I look at my parents, I know who to blame.
- I currently drive a ten-year old Honda Legend - a car I inherited and kept, against my better judgement. It's a joy to drive - but it also does 14mpg around town, on account of it weighing two tonnes and a 3.5l V6 24v VTEC engine. Environmentalists who sneer need not - I hardly do any miles in it.
- I used to drive an Audi MLC. What do you mean, there's no such thing as an MLC?
- I am the Chair of the Governing Body at Hatty's school as of November 2012, into my second four-year stint as a Governor. Becoming the Chair wasn't quite on plan, but sometimes you find you have to stick your hand up. Ho hum. Since this qualifies as neither work nor play, it has to go here.
- I am a Myers-Briggs ENTJ. Strong NT, but marginal EJ - so close to an INTP. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, start here.
- On the rather-less-credible Belbin assessment, I've always been very strong Plant, then Shaper. In recent years this has tended to move towards Co-ordinator and Resource-Investigator, which makes sense in the context of my work and family life. (Children don't need some clever analytical type to throw in brilliant observations from outside the circle, they need their nappy changing NOW). I have never scored even a smidge on the Completer-Finisher front.
- I am an atheist, as a result of a no-one offering me the tiniest shred of evidence that being anything else is more rational. I don't preach about it and will happily participate in religious events if they seem like fun. I don't like religion exercising any influence on my life or anyone else's if they don't want it to. So I got myself debaptised, as a point of principle.