My name is Jon. I’m a male hominid of the species Homo Sapiens, which is currently the dominant species and the one causing the most damage to the climate and ecosystems of the planet Earth, a little rocky planet about 4 billion years old, orbiting a very ordinary small yellow star in a relatively quiet backwater of the Milky Way galaxy. I spend my time caring for my children, each of whom carries one half of my genes, and being a photographer, writer and technology consultant. My patient, long-suffering, lovely wife also seems to think I’m worth spending time with, which is nice. I’m coming up to around half way through my natural life expectancy, having travelled well over forty orbits of the star whose solar system we inhabit, so there’s plenty still to do. If you’re still reading this, then thank you for the patience and curiosity that got you this far, and for taking the trouble to read my words. They are, of course, of no consequence in the grand scheme of things, but writing them helped me spend some of my time productively, and I hope they help you in some way.
Politically I’m a sort of apolitical humanist rationalist. I find myself unable to support any political party that doesn’t have a strong leader with long term political vision – which rules them all out really. I loathe the negativity of our press, and the inability of journalists to report the truly important issues when there’s something more juicy or sensationalist on offer. Let’s face it, they can’t even work out who’s truly to blame for most things. I despair at the apathetic acceptance by my fellow man-in-the-street of inadequate politicians, shoddy customer service, and corporate dominance over both government and society. I despise the UK’s swing to the right, away from social democracy and towards an “I’m alright Jack” society. I come from the City of Brighton and Hove, which until recently was part of the administrative region of East Sussex, and which is now the lone bastion of centre-left politics in the South East of England.
As I hinted earlier, I’m an award-winning freelance photographer and photograph all manner of things; I particularly like photographing weddings. I also own a big photography studio where you can have your photography done, as well as hiring the studio or learning photography from me. I co-own IT consultancy company JFDI Consulting, serving SMEs and corporates, specialising in Microsoft SharePoint, and going from strength to strength as one of the few Microsoft Gold Certified Partners in Brighton & Sussex. Personally I’m qualified as a Microsoft MCITP and MCPD in SharePoint Server 2010, and am a Microsoft Certified Trainer too. I have also been a freelance writer since 1989, writing for many UK & international newspapers and periodicals under several pseudonyms. I now write for several prominent blogs and an array of international publications centred around politics, corporate exploitation of consumers and other consumer issues.
In my spare time I cook, study bushcraft, fly radio controlled VTOL craft, scuba dive, ski and cycle.
If you have been, thanks for reading.
Last updated October 2015