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About Me

'Bowch', 'Big Bad B', 'Bowchington' or just 'B'.

Biography:-
I am a native of the United Kingdom and was born on Monday 24th November 1969 in Peterborough, England and am the eldest of 5 children. I currently live in Whitehaven, Cumbria. I've been married to Beck since July 2014, and, we live with a crazy dog, and our youngest child, Varda, who was born in 2015. We have 2 older children, from Beck's previous marriage, who have both left home.

I have previously appeared on an episode of the Channel 4 daytime quiz 15-1; back in January 2001. I didn't do particularly well; I got both questions wrong and was knocked out in the first round.

Blogging:-
I think that 'The often disjointed and poorly punctuated musings & observations of a geek living in West Cumbria' sums things up quite nicely.

I've been online in one form or another since way back in 1992-93, when I had an Amiga; although that was mainly via a local BBS called Soap City. My first real foray onto the internet proper was with CompuServe in November 1994 via dial-up. I suppose even back then I was doing a primitive form of blogging by keeping my web site visitors informed of what I was up to. Very few of my posts from back then have survived and I have no inclination to upload them again anyway.

This domain was purchased and went live in April 2000; there were some early blog-like entries, but it wasn't until April 2003 that I actually started what you could call a 'proper' blog, using an old, and rather limited CMS called zShaped. When that ceased development in 2004 I moved over to using Movable Type. After my site vanished, with my host, I relaunched at the start of 2015, using Serendipity. The site has gone through a couple of changes in style since the original design and some of the older versions of this site can still be found here.

Other than blog entries, which in all honesty are few and far between, the latest update to the site was at the start of February 2022, when I upgraded PHP from v5.6 to v7.3.33; I'm holding off upgrading to PHP 8, due to some incompatibilities with the next version of Serendipity.

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I can be reached via the Contact Me form linked in the menu to the left.

Screenshot of the earliest entry that still exists.
Andrew Bowers
2022-02-22

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