I was born in 1961 in a village in Shropshire, grew up in Shrewsbury, and went to Leeds University to study Music and English, staying on to play in a band and sign on the dole. After some time I realised that I wasn't going to be a star and decided to get into teaching English as a foreign language, which is how I ended up here in Turkey. The reason I stayed on here (apart from the fascinating language, great food and amazing music) is that I married a Turkish ceramics teacher called Nalan.
Getting on to one of the topics of this website, I got into linguistics as a kind of spin-off from TEFL, plus an early admiration of Noam Chomsky (admittedly his politics more than his linguistics) and a fascination with the way language affects thought, which I probably picked up from people as diverse as William Burroughs and Benjamin Lee Whorf.
As a result of all this, I took an MA in linguistics at Surrey University's English Language Institute, and am currently working at Bilkent University, teaching English and academic skills. This means that I get to talk to a bunch of bright, pleasant young people about stuff that interests me and actually get paid for it.In addition, I help out with educational technology such as Moodle through BETS (Bilkent Educational Technology Support).
As for the philosophical side of things, I've been through a bewildering variety of belief systems, to the extent that I now have a bad case of philosophical multiple personalities. These days I suppose I could be described as a “stoicurean” i.e. I'm a Stoic or an Epicurean according to what mood I'm in at the time.