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NostalgiaNostalgia A few years ago, I added a shortcut to this blog on my web browser favourites bar. I accidentally clicked it tonight and found out it still exists. Therein started a bizzare existential adventure whereby...

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A Premiere At Last! (My Toils Relearning Video Production)A Premiere At Last! (My Toils Relearning Video Production) In the last few months I've been asked/put myself forward to film and live stream some events. During my rather weirdly-spent youth, I was producing videos for my school of its plays and other staged...

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Why I Keep Banging On About Google - An UpdateWhy I Keep Banging On About Google - An Update Today is the 90th day since one of my sites was penalised by Google. Wanna know what that looks like? Take a look at this! One of the more frustrating things about this situation - and don't...

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Taking the downs with the ups...Taking the downs with the ups... It's been a while, and a blog is just for moments like this. Tempting though it is, a blog shouldn't be just for one's successes. If you don't include the failures you're painting a false picture. So...

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Free Speech is Dead (or it will be when I've bombed it)Free Speech is Dead (or it will be when I've bombed... Before I start - I want to admit I have a hard time putting my exact feelings on this subject into writing. Not because I'm not feeling 'free' enough to do so, but because I'm a computer networks graduate...

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About This Blog and Me

If you’re wondering why I even bothered, it was started with this post in October 2010.

If you’re a bit of a nosey sod, here are my top 10 vital statistics:

  1. Born in 1978, which currently makes me 35. My age may be misleading; a gradual cynicism and perhaps too much ‘life’ leads me feeling somewhat old before my time. I am not mature however; a trait I noticed creeping in when I originally started saying “A blog by Patrick Cornwell Esquire”… i.e. trying to be serious but sounding like a teenage diary.
  2. Raised in Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK. If you’re ever there you must buy and devour some chipolatas from Edis the butchers. Tell them I sent you. They won’t know who I am, but if there’s the slight possibility of free sausages in my life then I’m not missing out for the sake of a few keystrokes.
  3. Attended Sheffield Hallam University in 1997-2001. I did ‘Computing, Networks and Communications’, and look where it got me now! Not being arsed to do my own design and using Fantastico to install WordPress. About a decade ago I used to be more enthusiastic about these things but web 2.0 has spoiled it all for me and I’m stuck in the late 90s with my own abilities.
  4. Stayed in Sheffield ever since. I love sheffield. Aside from the lure of the seaside, I can’t see me moving in the immediate future. Plus my girlfriend, Lizzie is from here. Plus I’m in negative equity!
  5. Have been self employed since the day I finished University. This is almost a decade now.
  6. I love lard. I might end up talking a lot about lard. I registered the domain treatreviews.com because I was desperate to review all the different lard I like to consume. Like many projects, that one’s been shelved for several years… though I think it does have legs, if I can just be arsed. See, the problem is…
  7. I am lazy. There is absolutely no hiding it. I live what they would call in hospital a ‘sedantry’ lifestyle. I always have done, but I used to be stick thin. This becomes a problem, coupled with the point above as you get into your thirties, as I am finding out.
  8. My income runs itself. My job and life intertwine regularly. This is the problem with everything you do starting out as a hobby. I’ve been in business for over 11 years, never filed a loss and at least half of my money has been earned in my sleep. I want to apologise for that, because quite frankly I look around at the world and I don’t deserve it. However, that’s how it is. It doesn’t mean I’m not mortgaged up to my eyeballs though! The dream is to clear the £400,000 I owe within the next 5 years.
  9. I am utterly reliant on the search engines, specifically Google.  Its algorithm and I have had our ups and downs. But I’m not a big player in SEO, I fell into studying and understanding it by necessity. I have a lot to thank Google for.
  10. I am lucky. But I am happy. 

You can email me if you want to be all old school.