5 things you did not know about Dan Champion
I generally try to avoid memes, not because I don't enjoy reading them on other blogs, but because I don't ever seem to find the time to do them justice myself. But as Mike Cherim's gone to the trouble of explicitly tagging me on this one, it's a nice theme, and being a pretty private person I don't normally give much personal detail away here, I'm making an exception for this one.
So here are 5 possibly interesting things you're unlikely to know about me:
- From about the age of 12 I wanted to be a lawyer. I still don't know where that desire came from, and it wasn't until the age of 19, during the second year of my English Law degree at King's College, London , that I realised I didn't really want to be a lawyer. I completed my law degree nonetheless, although I spent a lot of time during the last two years of the course on "extra-curricular" activities.
- I spent two years working as a forester when I left university. It was the most physically demanding work I've ever done, but also some of the most enjoyable. Being outside 10 hours a day in all the weather Scotland can throw at you might not sound like much fun, but by its very nature forestry takes you to some breathtaking places, like the Isle of Mull . After 4 years in London it was somewhat cathartic to spend so much time in so much wilderness with so many midges .
- In the last couple of months I've learned to swim at the Scottish National Swimming Academy at Stirling University. Although I could get from one end of a swimming pool to the other without touching the bottom before the lessons, it would be insulting to swimmers everywhere to describe it as swimming. I was terrified of water too - couldn't abide it on my face, and the idea of putting my head underwater was too much to contemplate. After 8 weeks of tuition from the excellent staff at the academy I can now swim underwater, and do a pretty good breaststroke. I return in February to learn the front crawl and can't wait to get started.
- In August 2005 my wife and I featured on BBC Radio Scotland's programme Grassroots . We only expected to be interviewed for a 5 minute slot but ended up being on for half an hour. There's an mp3 of the show on our smallholding site if you really want to listen to it.
- I sponsor a 13 year-old Nicaraguan boy through Plan International . His name is Nelson, he loves baseball and maths and sends me some lovely letters and drawings. If you can spare a small amount of money each month please consider spending it on a sponsorship. The work of organisations like Plan makes a big difference to some of the world's poorest people, and you get the opportunity to establish a lasting bond with a child.