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Hello, I'm Tim. I'm in my 30s, and currently live in Southampton, United Kingdom.

Some of my main passions are live music and stand-up comedy, but I'm also interested in literature, photography and family history research. I get involved with the digital world too - editing and moderating websites, and experimenting with new technology and services.

Comedy lover:  I watch many old and new sitcoms, comedy dramas and quizcoms, but my main love is live stand-up comedy. Some of my favourite comedians include Dara O'Briain, Dave Gorman, Eddie Izzard, Mark Watson, Adam Hills, Robin Ince, Sarah Millican, Ed Byrne, Russell Kane, Chris Addison, Roisin Conarty, Greg Davies and Tim Minchin.

Reader:  I'm always reading, whether its fiction, factual, magazines, online news or articles. Some of my favourite novels are The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Mark Haddon), The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank), Microserfs (Douglas Coupland), The Woman In White (Wilkie Collins), High Fidelity (Nick Hornby), Futuretrack 5 (Robert Westall) and The Chrysalids (John Wyndham).

Music fan:  I'm a massive fan of live music, and follow a number of musicians and bands. I've a broad taste in music but my absolute favourites are Duke Special, The Divine Comedy, David Ford, Emily Maguire, Jarrod Dickenson and Ben Folds/Ben Folds Five. I'm also really keen on Daisy Chapman, Me For Queen, The Guillemots, Clare Teal, Fyfe Dangerfield, The Beatles, The Duckworth Lewis Method, Scala & Kolacny Brothers, The Moody Blues, The Feeling, and Michael Learns to Rock.

Photographer:  I take a lot of photos, whether they're of beautiful scenery, interesting architecture, arty shots or fabulous music gigs. I also end up with many random, quirky snaps from my smartphone camera. I've started to upload and share some of these sets, and they'll be available on my Flickr gallery and YouTube channel.

Genealogist:  I've been researching my family history for over 10 years now, and enjoy the challenge of searching out new ancestors, information and social history. I'm a volunteer transcriber for FreeBMD, GB1900.org and have previously worked with The National Archives. I attend genealogy lectures and conferences when I can. You can find out more on the surnames I'm researching on my Family History page.

Merch seller:  I've extended my love of live music by helping musicians sell their merchandise, or at the very least afford their petrol home! I provide an organised, trustworthy and friendly service, working well with artists, crew and venue staff. I'm always looking out for the interests of the artists and their fans first.

Web enthusiast:  I fell in love with the internet the very first time I went online in 1993, and have been involved in many different technologies since, including the web, usenet, IRC, instant messaging, web chat, forums, blogs, podcasting, wiki's, VOIP and social networking.

Improver:  My day job for BT Business has seen me in service improvement and service desks, always providing excellent customer service, with good communication skills, and a high focus on the customer experience. This has involved improving things within the company, from software to processes, documentation to training, making things better for our staff and customers.

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