27 Unique Facts About Me…

Being a reserved person makes me cautious about what I put out about myself, especially online. However, working in the tech industry that doesn’t always work — so I tend to break my own comfort zone every once in a while. It’s a constant love / hate battle; Yin and Yang.

So, with the bornday recently passing and no biscuits of wisdom this time round I instead am opting for more open and honest approach with my audience. So here are 27 unique facts about me and my adventures in life so far.


1. Have once been stranded on an island

It was 2010 and I was in Jamaica 🇯🇲 with the better half. The Icelandic volcano blew and an ashcloud so big it shutdown flights worldwide causing our 11 day honeymoon to be 31 days. Might sound amazing (in hindsight it was) but wasn’t at the time; when we were stranded with no way to get home.

2. I enjoy running

It’s my switch-off from the world. I tend to do more road running than anything else and have started to sign up to official races. I wrote about my first official half a marathon a few years back where I raised over £700 for charity.

You can follow my unregular progress on strava.

3. Was once asked for I.D at gunpoint

Circa 2004. It was some ungodly hour at Geneva airport. @nirmalruprai and I went to visit a friend and were travelling back home to the U.K. Back in those days I didn’t care about the times of flights, as long as they were cheap. Having checked and and explored as much as possible we ended up going to the airport early with many hours to spare. So we got there and relaxed / fell asleep on the seats. When we woke up we were being rushed by security 😑.

4. I love being creative

Although I had a turbulent introduction, I work in the tech industry designing websites, logo’s and also love to also sketch / doodle / paint / photography and all- in-between including Coding! I enjoy having fun trying new things and challenging myself wherever possible.

5. Bit of a sneaker addict

I own a lot of shoes.

6. Lost my iPod for over a year!

This was something that went with me everywhere. I was distraught when it went missing. Found it randomly in one of them many trainers over a year later.

7. Recently discovered a love for Rubiks Cube’s

Anyone who see’s me knows I always have one not too far to hand. Currently have no problems doing the 2x2, 3x3,4x4 and trying to learn the 5x5.

Quickest time for the 3x3: 1m 20s.

8. Have a bad habit of cracking my fingers

And my neck. Every damn day. Almost nearly every hour! The struggle is real.

9. Had a near death experience

I was with family, traveling to around India. This particular incident we were on our way to Agra and were driving through the night. The roads in India are not the safest in daylight let alone at night. Our driver fell asleep at the wheel. I woke up suddenly to screams, our van swerving on 2 wheels across all lanes and ended up on the other side of the road. Close.

10. Am bit of a movie geek

Ok not just a bit but a lot; a serious movie geek. 
However, I’ve put all the movie watching on pause for the time being whilst I play catch up / binge watch TV shows.

My top 5 TV shows (in order): Spartacus, Breaking Bad, The Shield, Sopranos, The Wire.

11. Sleep with my eyes open

Apparently.

12. Collect keyrings

Not really sure how this started but it’s become a thing.

Small glance: literally hundreds

13. Once walked barefoot on hot coals

As part of Tony Robbins’ 2015 Unleash The Power conference, we participated in his infamous ‘fire-walk’ across hot coals. Helluva an experience.

14. Remember exactly where I was on the millennium

Working! The moment the clock struck 12 I was half way through a 12 hour shift. I was 18 years old.

15. I love to travel

It’s one of my passions. One of my most memorable trips was backpacking around Sri Lanka. Was amazing and the views were stunning; from the top of Sigiriya Rock to the endless fields in the Tea Factory. Was something out of Lord of The Rings.

16. Used to have both my ears pierced

Yep. This was (many many many) years ago. I took them out not too long after as it was becoming too cliché.

17. Am a vegetarian / don’t drink alcohol

I can honestly say it’s one of the best choices I’ve ever made. My poison of choice however is tea. Or a really good coffee.

18. Once came 3rd in a Poker Tournement

But if anyone asks I’m not that good 😉.

19. I enjoy reading

But wouldn’t consider myself a “bookworm”. I definitely prefer a book over a kindle. There’s nothing quite like the smell of a new book or turning the corners of the page (yes I turn the corners). You can see my last 5 book reviews here.

20. Designed the artwork for Dead Prez’s third album ‘Information Age’

As well the marketing material and merch. One of my career highlights for sure.

CD & Limited Edition Tee for Dead Prez: Information Age

21. When I was 16, I wrote a huge bucket list:

Some of them were quite upsurd but I’ve so far managed to do most of them. Still have the following left:
• Stroke a lion’s maine
• Meet a member of the Wu-Tang
• Take up Tai Chi or Yoga
• Learn to swim (properly)
• Go to Italy and travel from top to bottom
• Do a Bungie / parachute jump

22. Have the number 27 tattoo’d on my forearm

It’s a very symbolic number for me.

23. Am an experienced Street Fighter

With the game that is. I’ve been playing Street Fighter 2 and all other variations since ’92.

24. Do enjoy a good sunset / sunrise

I find it therapeutic, especially on difficult days as it reminds me not to sweat the small stuff. The most amazing one I can remember was on the edge of the Sahara desert.

25. Dad of one

I (use to) post up a monthly growth pic’s over on my instagram. And with the second arrival imminently due I’ll writing all about my fatherhood adventures.

26. Recent Sketch Convert

I know I’m late to the bandwagon but did write all about it here. Swear by it now when designing.

27. Have been hugely inspired by Casey & Gary lately

Thinking about starting a vlog. Would you watch it?


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