I live in a cottage in a village called Eldwick on the outskirts of Bradford in West Yorkshire. I'm currently a student at Oriel College (Oxford University) studying Chemistry, and I'm soon to start my second year (forget the "rich and privilaged public schoolboy" image, cos I'm about as far removed from that as is humanly possible!). I plan to go on and complete a phD in synthetic organic chemistry after my research year and then I am hoping to enter a career in drug design and possibly even go onto lecturing at a university level in the future. So there you are.
Anyway, I would best describe myself as a modest, humorous kind of a guy, who doesn't take himself (or a great deal else) terribly seriously! I think perhaps I can be a little too modest sometimes, to the extent that, in the presence of raving egotists (as most people seem to be nowadays) I can come across as a bit withdrawn and unsociable. But don't confuse me with being quiet or shy, because I'm not, I'm just not one of these ego-bashing loudmouths who has to always be the centre of attention.
I must admit that I often feel like the "odd one out" from time to time - I just seem to have nothing in common with other people my age. Ever since I have been young, I have had a fascination with science, particularly chemistry, and you would often find my head buried in a science book when other kids my age were out playing footy or something. I'm not obsessed or anything, it's just a interest, no different from someone who likes to read fiction books or play chess. I've always been academic, and as such have struggled to find common ground with other people my age, although I wouldn't tend to try and bring atomic physics into everyday conversation anyway (despite how interesting it is!). Anyway, I seem to be making myself out here to be some sort of housebound geek who spends the daylight hours mulling over differential equations in a dingy little room with science textbooks scattered in every corner, but I'm actually relatively normal (emphasis on 'relatively'), and I don't want you to get the wrong impression or anything! I can talk about normal, everyday things at great length given the opportunity (except football, which I know nothing about!). Anyway, drop me an email or whatever if you fancy a chat on MSN or something - I love talking to new people. I am also receptive to science questions if you happen to be that way inclined, and am happy to hear from anyone else interested in chemistry, physics or mathematics (not so hot on the biology I'm afraid!).
Jesus, it certainly would be a first date for me, lol. Scary thought... Anyway, I can't say whether or not I'm the romantic type, because I honestly don't know! Part of my problem is that, whilst I was growing up, I never really spent very much time in the company of girls (I went to an all-boys comp!), so I'm probably not very in touch with my feminine side. Hmmm.... first date? I guess I would start off at a classy restaurant, then go onto a nice pub and talk the night away over a bottle of wine (and then probably fall asleep, judging by past performances). I'm not a nervous/shy person by nature (usually quite the opposite) but I am usually pretty withdrawn and can sometimes come across as uninterested, and that is what has probably f**ked me over in the past, because girls enjoy attention apparently, and I've always the type to keep my distance. Anyway, wasn't I supposed to be describing a date here? Jesus, it's turning into a psychological analysis... Anyway, I guess my image of the perfect first date would be sitting next to a roaring fire with a glass of wine just talking till the early hours, and maybe putting on a Peter Kay DVD to lighten things up if I got a bit heavy! I'm quite a relaxed, laid-back sort of a guy, so although I have no issues with going clubbing, its not really something I terribly enjoy, mainly because I have all the style and charm of Woody Allen in a soggy anorak. And I dance like a numpty, which doesn't help. In case it isn't already apparent, I also tend to get sidetracked a lot, and I really have forgotten what I was supposed to be talking about here, so maybe I'll just end it there! lol.