Hi there, and thanks for your interest in my blog! Here’s a little information about myself.
So my name’s Matt, and I’m an ex-Grammar School student with four A-Levels. I’ve been heavily into Nintendo games for a very long time now – the SNES came out just after I got my original NES. My dad taught me to use an old BBC Computer when I was only about 2, and I’ve always been pretty good with computers and games. I even did reasonably well in a programming challenge we did at school called the British Informatics Olympiad, earning Merits and Distinctions in that. I was able to make a bit of money playing fruit machines on the side as a result of knowing how they used to work and being able to hit the skill shots involved.
As an aside, I wrote a couple of FAQs for the N64 games Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64, for Mumbo Tokens and Banana Coins respectively. Please feel free to have a look at them!
As far as work goes, I’ve had two supermarket jobs on the checkouts while I was in sixth form and a couple of pub jobs. I also used to help out at two local youth clubs, and I DJed on a local radio station doing the Drive Time show and at a couple of local nightclubs for their student night and Under 18s disco, as well as doing the proper Saturday night a couple of times (this was paid, the others were voluntary), and I did a short stint in the Heart Foundation charity shop. I also volunteered a couple of times at camps for disadvantaged kids from Salford.
Currently I am a full-time carer for my dad, who has arthritis and is having trouble getting about. I get a small allowance from the DWP for this but it isn’t much; I’m happy to do it though because my dad’s been great with me all these years.
I’m terrible at sport though; my coordination is awful even though it’s different with video games. I do have a minor learning disability (Aspergers Syndrome) but most of the time this isn’t an issue. My social skills are not the best in the world and I can be a bit shy sometimes, especially with new faces, but I hate violence and never get into fights. I try to be friendly with everyone, as long as I don’t think they’re taking advantage of my niceness or something.
I’m fairly opinionated when it comes to politics – I consider myself a social liberal (straight but not narrow – a firm supporter of equal rights and reproductive freedoms) and I’m still on good speaking terms with my last girlfriend – I saw no need to fall out with her. I absolutely abhor human rights violations such as forced genital mutilation and oppression of women and minorities. I hate religion for what it makes people do; otherwise good people can do terrible things due to fundamentalist religion. Note that I have no problem with normal religious people and will never pick a fight about it; my hate is for the religions themselves and fundamentalist bigots.
Well, that’s pretty much all I can think of for now. I may add to this at some stage down the line. Thanks again for your interest in my blog!