Duncan Iain MacLeod's Web Site
Although born in Dumfries in the Borders of Scotland, my formative years were spent on Lewis, in the Western Isles. My secondary school education was at the Nicolson Institute and then progressing to study quantity surveying (doing a year out in Hull). After graduating, I worked at Gatwick Airport as a Q.S., then moved to Darlington for the job of maintenance officer with a housing association; later working as a clerk with an electrical repair firm and got as far as my basic training with the TA RAMC.
I moved back to Lewis in 1995 and worked for the local Citizens Advice Bureau in Stornoway. Having been interested in computers since school, I decided to get some real qualifications in the topic by attending courses at the Lews Castle College. After studying there for a year, the next course available to me was a postgraduate IT course at The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Successfully passing the Certificate and Diploma stages, I then decided to work on my Information Systems Masters project part-time; completing it a year later in 1999.
I am now working full-time as an Instructor in IT/Computing at the Aberdeen College. Shortly after starting work, I was out on the roads of Aberdeenshire taking people through the Computers Don't Bite course. I also work part-time as a Lecturer, teaching evening classes, writing courses, and working in schools.
The RPG book project was sent to the publishers to be critiqued, and generally savaged. Although it seems to have reached that stage of limbo that eats up projects you put time into.
We've being playing around with an online psychometric test at work, I'm supposed to be a mastermind (honest!), a subset of the rationalist; though my boss reckons I'm more of an inspector - probably depends on the environment I'm in.
Events in 2000: finding it hard not to draw a smiley when writing the year 00; had my tonsils ripped out in February; trying to get accommodation sorted out; joined a gym in August, and sometimes managed to go 4 times a week, but haven't sorted out a diet for myself; won a badge for my score at the work's bowling night; congratulations to Carmen and Colin on the birth of James; spent most of the summer writing a Higher Still course for learning ops students, which led to another writing contract in the Autumn; failed again to get a promotion; upgraded to a Nokia 7110 phone but haven't been sad enough to investigate WAP properly.
Events in 2001: moved flats; made the New Year's resolutions to have no regrets [did quite well on that score], and wear a shirt and tie to work [almost managed this]; working on another writing contract for work; been described as a technoluddite; got 100% on the Internet ECDL exam; bought a Jack Vettriano print for the living room; was described as "the bestest Easter bunny ever"; did some part-time work at Peterhead Academy; got made an Anne Robinson mask; got promoted, bought myself a car for the job.
Events in 2002: made the New Year's resolutions to do more cooking and make my own lunch. Got given a Kandinsky print as a leaving present. Started my new job as a computing lecturer.
According to the death clock I will die on Monday June 20th, 2039.
Currently reading for pleasure: The Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian.
Last 5 albums bought: "Q: Best of 2001"; "The Commitments" soundtrack; Curtis Mayfield "Live in Chicago"; "Mobo 2000"; Cure "Paris".
Newsgroups subscribed to: rec.games.miniatures.historical
Interesting Links - in my humble opinion (also see my work-related bookmarks)
Last updated: 16 August 2002