I live and work in London, England. My profession is "Business Analyst" in the Broadcast and Advertising Industry.
I compete in events in the UK, USA (about once every 7 nationals). Have played in festival and championships in many countries (25+) so I appreciate the need to adapt to the conditions of the contest, variations of regulations that apply to the event.
I write a regular 2-3 page column for a UK title called Bridge, published by MrBridge. In the past i've written for 5 other titles.
My current series of articles focus on bridge between 1925 and 1965.
Am researching the life of S J Simon and Carmel Withers and would appreciate any input from people.
I sometimes direct at clubs.
A long time ago I read the laws of bridge. I re-read the parts that have changed and are important. I think it is important to know the rules (not the really obscure ones) and I also thing that it is great idea to follow them. This levels the playing field.
I would like people to come to the table with a completed convention card. Sometimes I want to look for something without them knowing what I am trying to find out it. If I need details I ask. The response "I don't have a card, just ask me and I will tell you", is just terrible.
When I can improve on something or disagree with something, instead of ranting, I write to the authorities to ask them to reconsider the matter.
Along with Andy Bowles, we warmly invite bridge players to participate in Online Barbu (see www.barbu.co.uk ). If you are interested you will be in the good company of fellow bridge players.
Plus... it's free!