I'm British, in my mid 60's and until I retired worked as a software developer for ARM Ltd
I have a BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science. I'm a Chartered Engineer and was a
Corporate (full) member of the British Computer Society until I retired.
I've always been a book worm! I will read pretty much anything, but books about
flying and science fiction are among my favourites. My favourite author is Anne
McCaffrey, especially her "Dragon riders of Pern series".
I've been a science fiction fan for a long time. I prefer the 'hard science'
variety rather than the fantasy and am a book reader rather than a film/TV
watcher. I got involved in Fandom through various online services and go to
conventions when time and money permit.
I was first licenced as a Radio Ham in 1979 my callsign is G8TMV.
I'm interested in several aspects of the hobby including contesting,
qrp (low power) operation and data modes. I'm slowly getting my cw (morse code)
up to a usable standard.
I had a private pilots licence for several years and enjoyed flying light
aircraft for fun. I took my family and friends flying and have been
across the channel to France a few times. It was an enjoyable way to visit
somewhere new and have lunch.
Filk started as a mis-print for Folk many years ago but has now become
established as a term among SF fans for the music that relates to the science
fiction culture. I'm a listener and techie rather than a performer and
was chair of the 10th British Filk convention 'Decadence' held Feb 1998 in
I've been working and playing with computers since I was 16, in those days
there was no such thing as a PC or the World Wide Web. I've lost count of how
many types of computer I've used and how many programming languages I've had to
Download my PGP/GPG public keys
If I revoke these keys, the only circumstance in which I will not be prepared to
explain my reasons for doing so will be when government authorities have stipulated
that providing such an explanation would be unlawful.
See the RIP act.
Use the form below to see how your key relates to mine:
I once did a presentation about Digital Signatures and Encryption to some local computer
and IT interest groups, the slides can be found here.
I've been interested in Genealogy since my eldest daughter Ruth came home from
school several years ago with a homework assignment to draw her family
tree. Since then our interest has grown and we have researched our roots
back to the early 1800s. We now have over 150 people in our
and it's growing. I have compiled an extract of all the
"Tuckley" entries from the
entries at the Family Record Centre in London. I've also helped with the FreeBMD
Project (see link below) which is working towards putting all the Birth,
Marriage and Death Index entries for England and Wales onto the Web in a
I enjoy geocaching. It's a cross between treasure hunting and orienteering.
The idea is to find treasure "caches" using a GPS and some clues.
For more information follow the link below.
Here are a few links to other Web sites that give more detail on things mentioned above or
that I just think are interesting.
Anne McCaffrey's official Web site
Playing Rapunzel - a really good Folk Duo.
Origin of the name Tuckley
Greg Harper, a Singer Songwriter friend