User:Francis Davey

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Who I am[edit]

I was born in 1967 in Skegness, Lincolnshire. I grew up for the most part in Merseyside, in particular West Kirby and took a degree in Mathematics and a diploma in Computer Science at Cambridge University. I had a complicated and varied career after that, culminating in my working as a systems administrator for Apama (UK) Ltd.

I decided to quit computing and become a lawyer. I am currently a junior barrister in 169 Temple Chambers, which is near Blackfriars in London.

It is too early to say that I specialise in anything in particular, though I have had a lot of experience of Employment Law, currently the bulk of my work is in property and chancery law. I particularly enjoy English Legal History and enjoy reading the Year Books in bed (the early years of Edward II being particularly enjoyable).

Though it is the kind of thing that is said rather hesitantly, I suspect that I am a polymath. I do tend to focus on Mathematics, Theoretical Physics, Mediaeval History and Linguistics; but I enjoy almost anything (for example I used to be mad on Biochemistry when I was very young).

Only recently after working very hard to qualify has there been time to contemplate outside activities. At the moment they are really just in the contemplation. In the past I have enjoyed Amateur Dramatics, Bellringing, Ballroom dancing, Climbing, Cross Country Running, Korfball.

I have recently taken up indoor climbing and hope to persuade my wife to accompany me outside in due course.

About me[edit]

V This user is a vegetarian.

Nofish.PNG This user does not eat fish. Ever.
This user would rather eat
organic food
than tampered-with food
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Face-sad.svg This user currently lives in London, but really misses their hometown, West Kirby.
This user is a cat lover.

P history.png This user is interested in historical research.
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local history.
Ankh.png This user is interested in ancient civilizations.
Celtic-knot-insquare-39crossings red-on-black.svg This user is interested in the ancient Celts.
Petra Treasury.jpg This user is interested in Pre-Islamic Arab civilizations.
Go board part.jpg This user is a Go player.
Cards This user enjoys playing card games.
they This user considers singular they standard English usage.
to¦go This user chooses to sometimes use split infinitives.
by The passive voice may be used by this user.
mankind This user supports the use of gender-neutral language.
English Singulars: "The data is..." This user recognizes that "data", "media", and "agenda" have become incorporated into English as singular nouns.
. The This user does not put two spaces after a full stop.

mysql This user writes programs that access MySQL.
SQL-4 This user is an expert SQL programmer.
css This user can write Cascading Style Sheets.
<html> This user can write HTML.
xslt This user is an XSL Transformations programmer.
LaTeX This user can typeset using LaTeX.
re This user writes regular expressions.

BASIC This user can program in BASIC.
C-4 This user is an expert C programmer.
for This user can program in Fortran.
Java This user can program in Java.
MAT This user is a MATLAB programmer and user.
php This user can program in PHP.
py-4 This user is an expert Python programmer.