My golf handicap is 11, my irons are blades, my favourite shot is a draw, my ping putter is 20 years old and was the first club I bought with my own money, at Sennelager golf course in Germany.
I’m very determined and goal-driven and believe life is too short to waste time wondering what ‘could have been’ because if you want something (that’s legal and achievable), then go and get it. Because if you don’t make something happen, it won’t.
One of my proudest achievements was to gain a grade 8 on the guitar from University of London by achieving a Distinction at 96%!
I have an IQ of 140 which gained me access to MENSA, but could probably be a lot better in the emotional intelligence department.
I’m familiar with working behind the desk in a recording studio running RADAR and Pro Tools, recording vocals & bands, editing and mixing, composing and producing and happy being the performing on multiple instruments as well. Neumann has to be my favourite microphone brand.
I work from home in Dorset and meaning I sit at a computer most of the day, so it’s important to keep fit. I built a mini gym in the house and use my own variations on HIIT. Rock-climbing (specifically indoor bouldering is something I enjoy) but I despise running, although I remember that my best 5k time was 25 minutes, and I hated every minute of it.
Chess is a recent hobby of mine, although I’m pretty new to it, but it’s addictive. My FIDE chess rating is 1100, so like I said i’m pretty new, but I like the Ruy Lopez mainline and mostly play e4 to start. My favourite GMs at the moment are Ben Finegold and Hikaru Nakamura.
I was playing poker semi-professionally between 2005-2008 (online) and my play was reviewed on Sky Poker (when it was a programme). I was best at sit & go tournaments rather than cash games. I used a HUD and would analyse all my hands using PokerTracker4
My first car was a modified 1.3 litre 1985 Volkswagen Polo Coupe S. As a 17-year-old kid, I obviously put on wide 5-spoke alloys, a loud sound system and raced everyone at the lights. I cut the rubber stopper out of the accelerator pedal, so I could accelerate harder and the car only had 4 gears with my 1st gear able to reach 31 mph – so i’d beat nearly every small car at the lights, because they would have to change up before I did. The car eventually did 165,000 miles before I upgraded.