Outside of astronomy, my main interest is playing and watching cricket, following the fortunes of Yorkshire CCC and England. From 2006 to 2009, I played for the St Andrews University Staff and Postgraduate Cricket Club, who play (mostly) friendly games against local club sides.
For two of those years I was the club's treasurer and webmaster. On the field, I sometimes pick up a wicket or two with my leg spin, score runs from the lower order rather less often (my inability to move past my top score of 16 is sadly becoming legendary), and I'm not sure anyone can remember the last time I held on to a chance in the gully!
Since moving to Staffordshire, I have been playing for Newcastle and Hartshill Cricket Club in Newcastle-under-Lyme (16 is still my top score!).
I enjoy quizzes, and had the honour of captaining St Andrews on the BBC television programme, 'University Challenge'. In our first round match broadcast in October 2008, we beat Exeter College, Oxford 190 - 135. You can watch a (low-res) recording of the programme here (thanks, JLH!). Our second round match was a 280 - 120 defeat to Lincoln College, Oxford which was broadcast in December 2008. Thanks (once again) to my old friend JLH it can be viewed here.
|I also enjoy walking, particularly in the hills and mountains of Scotland. The image above is of Loch Brandy, Glen Clova, Angus from January 2008. I combined several photographs together, using the excellent Panorama Factory software.|