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Hello, I'm Tim. I'm in my early 40s, 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, Mark Watson, Adam Hills, Robin Ince, Sarah Millican, Ed Byrne, Russell Kane, Chris Addison, Eddie Izzard, 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, Emily Maguire, Jarrod Dickenson, Me For Queen, Daisy Chapman and Ben Folds/Ben Folds Five. I'm also a big fan of David Ford, gUiLLeMoTs, Clare Teal, Fyfe Dangerfield, The Duckworth Lewis Method, The Beatles, 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 or fabulous music gigs. I also end up with many random, quirky snaps from my smartphone. I've started to upload and share some of these sets, and they'll be available on my Flickr gallery, Instagram feed and YouTube channel. There's also quite a few posted on my Twitter feed, especially of music gigs and events.

Genealogist:  I've been researching my family history for over 12 years now, and enjoy the challenge of searching out new ancestors, information and social history. I'm a volunteer transcriber for FreeBMD, and have previously worked on projects with GB 1900 and The National Archives. I attend genealogy shows, lectures and conferences when I can, and am a member of the Berkshire Family History Society and Hampshire Genealogical Society. You can find out more on the surnames I'm researching on my Family History page.

Merch seller & tour assistant:  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, promoters and venue staff. I'm always looking out for the interests of artists and their fans first. I also help out on tour dates by running doors, selling tickets, load-in/out, front of house management and social media.

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, mobile apps, VOIP and social networking.

Improver:  My day job for BT Enterprise has seen me in service improvement and customer 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 staff and customers alike.

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