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I, Patrick Traill, am an Englishman, born in Aberdeen, Scotland, brought up in Ivybridge and Hele (near Bradninch) (both in Devon, England), educated in Merton College, Oxford, having lived in London, England, Göttingen, Beverwijk, Haarlem and Lobberich, currently living in Germany, married to a German wife and working in Amsterdam (in the Netherlands) and at home.
I failed to become a mathematician and am now a moderately proficient programmer.
My dormant interests include the board game Go (dormant), rock- and tree-climbing, the ancient game of tennis and its modern descendant, lawn tennis. I am actively interested in programming languages and passively, alas, in mathematics. I enjoy listening to such music as Franz Schubert and Bruce Springsteen have produced, and trying (in near-complete privacy) to reproduce that of the former.
I am an agnostic, tending to atheism, by which I mean that I have been unable to convince myself whether there is a god (rather than that I am convinced that one cannot establish it), but tend to assume that there is (unfortunately) no such person as the benevolent ideal and (fortunately) no such as the disagreeable manifestation.
The contributor User:Livedevilslivedevil has suggested I mention that he is my son, which I am very glad to do.

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de-3 Dieser Benutzer beherrscht Deutsch auf hohem Niveau.
nl-3 Deze gebruiker heeft gevorderde kennis van het Nederlands.
fr-1 Cet utilisateur dispose de connaissances de base en français.
es-1 Este usuario tiene un conocimiento básico del español.
it-1 Questo utente può contribuire con un livello elementare in italiano.
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C-4 This user is an expert C programmer.
c++-3 This user is an advanced C++ programmer.
c#-3 This user is an advanced C# programmer.
COBOL-2 This user is an intermediate COBOL programmer.
for-2 This user is an intermediate Fortran programmer.
Java-3 This user is an advanced Java programmer.
pas-3 This user is an advanced Pascal programmer.
Real-tennis-rackets-balls.jpg This user plays Real tennis.

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