Welcome to my website!
For those who don't know me I'm a IT and computer repair person, adult education teacher, and gender-issues specialist who lives in North East England.
This website forms the core of my Internet 'presence' and and allows me to disseminate information and promote my various projects.
In particular, you can:
- Book me to do repairs, upgrades or maintenance of your computer (in your own home), or...
- Find out about my skills as a teacher in adult education, or...
- Discover how I can help with gender issues, or...
- Download useful handouts and software, or even...
- Just browse my articles and comment.
The site is always under quite heavy development, so can I point you to the menu at the top of the screen (or on the left if you prefer)? It will give you access to all my current content, including my 'ever popular' (?) blog, and other facilities.
Best wishes! Now read on...
- Is your computer very slow?
- Do you suspect it may have a worm or virus 'infection'?
- Want to upgrade but don't know how to do it?
- Want to reinstall/install Windows or Linux (or both)?
- Got a fault that you can't fix yourself?
- Problems with the Internet?
- Security issue?
- Just panicking?
I offer a flat rate computer repair service in your own home! (NB: within a thirty mile range of Newcastle upon Tyne ONLY!).
Please note this applies to PCs (not Apple Macs), running Windows or Linux.
All jobs cost £45 (excluding any parts that need to be bought), but if I can't fix it then you only owe me a £10 call-out fee (covers the cost of my travel and petrol).
I've worked with home and work computers since 1987, and have run my own web and file servers (and managed them as sysadmin). I teach computer repair to adults, and regularly upgrade and fix both old and new machines of all types... I really do have a wealth of experience to share!
I can visit during day or evenings, but please note that you need to book in advance as my timetable can be quite busy!
- I've worked in adult education as a freelance tutor/teacher since 1980 in all areas of the post-compulsory education sector (community, further and higher ed', and in vocational/industry training)!
- I teach ICT subjects (of all types), history, philosophy, science, politics, music history, management, gender issues, and I have a great deal of experience in teacher education from pre-entry to masters level.
- I'm a fully qualified teacher (I have QTLS), and hold both an LCGI from the City & Guilds, and a first-class honours degree in further education. Since 1995 I have been General Secretary of the Association of Part-Time Tutors (a support group for contractual teachers in the post-compulsory sector) - I was also its founder. I have wide experience in curriculum design and accreditation.
I'm currently in the later stages of training as a counsellor, and specialise in working with people who have gender issues (i.e. consider themselves transsexual, transgender, intersex, gender-queer, or have some other unspecified consideration with regard to their gender).
Many 'trans' people, whether 'in the closet' or fully 'out', often find themselves without emotional and personal support, and very much alone in what can be an occasionally hostile world. This isn't helped by the lack of general understanding of what it means to be 'transgendered': most non-trans folk have little or no accurate knowledge of the situation that t-people find themselves in. Dogged by mythology and prejudice, transgendered people are often the most stigmatised of all social groups in modern society.
I have quite a bit of personal experience in this field, but because I am also a trained (and highly qualified) teacher, I am able to give talks or training to the public, voluntary or private sectors on the personal/social/legal aspects of transgenderism.