A bit about me

A photo of me from 2016

I was born in 1968 in Manchester and I've lived and worked in Edinburgh since 1997. At the age of 21 I moved to Sheffield for six years or to study and then work. This time was broken by (among other things) spending a couple of semesters at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee from '90-91. I then lived for a couple of years in Bristol before moving to Edinburgh. I'm a web developer by profession and I've worked for Heriot-Watt, Napier and Edinburgh Universities, and now I work for the National Library of Scotland.

You'll find my interests are pretty much reflected in this site, but for the record include photography, music, art, architecture and design. I am also bit of an electronic gadget freak and I like Apple computers, wasting time on the Internet, even reading the odd book when the mood strikes.

It's always great to get email, so whether you have some comments or suggestions about this web site, or just fancy an e-chat, please feel free to contact me at the following email address: chris@cjo.info.

And now for one of those "favourite things" things :-)


Long term favourites include Kate Bush, Algora, Elbow, Bright Light Bright Light, Pentatonix, Eurythmics, Martha Wainwright, Pony Bravo, The Unbending Trees, The Sundays. More recent favourites include Adore Delano, Bastille, John Grant, CHVRCHES, Ásgeir, Years & Years and Cities of Foam. See my Last.fm profile for more information.


Kevin Spacey, Stephen Dorf, John Cusack, Bruce Willis, Jude law, Paterson Joseph


Kathy Burke, Miranda Ricardson, Christina Ricci


Sleepy Hollow, Fifth Element, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Shrek, The Opposite of Sex, Rosemary's Baby, North By Northwest, Wonder Boys, Ripley's Game, Perfume.


My reading tends to come in fits and starts. I enjoy SF, e.g. Brian Aldiss and David Wingrove, gay stuff such as David Leavit, escapist fantasy stuff like Philip Pullman, and other stuff like Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell, Perfume by Patrick Suskind and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

Places I have visited and enjoyed

The Orkney Islands, Paris, Prague, Krakow, London, Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid, Salamnca, Siguenza, Toledo, Cuenca, Granada, Gothenburg, New York, Chicago, Amsterdam. (I tend to be a city person rather than a beach person when it comes to holidays.)

Places I would like to visit but haven't

Iceland, Finland, Italy, northern Spain, Lisbon, San Francisco, Boston