Web developer originally from Essex, now living and working in Suffolk by way of Portsmouth. Massive football fan.
Currently work for Ansta, but you will only find personal work on here.
What's on my mind...
Is it just a con?
A little bit of what I've done...
Chelmsford City Fan Site
Interactive Local Map
YouTube Fan Site
If you want to get in touch feel free to drop me a message below
Exercise is, in my experience, a bit of a con. I've never been shy of it - I've played competitive football for most of my life, regularly play squash and try and visit the gym as much as possible. I know I could do more, but I have things in my life that I enjoy too so I exercise around these things as much as possible.
Does it work? No, not really. I still weigh considerably more than I should no matter how much I do and, whilst not "healthy", my diet isn't actually that bad - it's more quantity that I struggle with, never really feeling full and not having the willpower to resist when something delicious is put in front of me.
Eating normally - that is to say some cereal in the morning, a lunch consisting of a roll or a salad, crisps, flapjack and some fruit and a dinner often based around rice/pasta and chicken/fish - coupled with 2 gym sessions (or 1 gym and a round of squash) a week has no impact on my weight. Not to mention to 2 miles I walk each day to and from work. I try to mix up my exercise as much as possible, starting with 20-30 minutes of HIIT cardio before another 10-15 minutes on the various resistence machines, but I don't think I've lost a pound in goodness knows how long.
Moral of the story? When someone says "exercise more", by all means yes, but don't expect it to do anything unless you devote yourself to it and dramatically change your diet. You could probably make a noticeable difference just by changing what you eat alone, leave exercise for building muscle rather than losing weight. I'm pretty sure it boils down to one key decision. If you can cut sugar out of your diet you'll go far, but I know better than most that that's easier said than done!
The Ultimate Chelmsford City Fan Site.
Since I can remember, I've always been a fan of Chelmsford City Football Club. My dad took me to games throughout my childhood and I have continued to go whenever possible since. Given my chosen career path it was only a matter of time before it combined with my number one favourite thing in the world (football), something which has indeed happened with a number of projects over the years
In February 2013 I launched ClaretArmy, a fansite for the Clarets that offered a mixture of match previews and reports, opinion posts and club news. Since then, the site has grown to include up-to-date fixture and results lists, squad lists complete with statistics for all competitions and a fantasy football competition which now helps to generate revenue for the official Chelmsford City Supporters Club.
The original idea behind SudburyMap was to create a different way to list out and display historic photos of Sudbury, by presenting them on an interactive map. The markers on the map indicate a location where a photo was taken, which you can click on to see a gallery of images from this place. You can then enlarge each image by clicking on it and can scroll through images from the same location using the arrow keys on your keyboard.
Unforunately the task of gathering enough images to make it worthwhile was too much so, rather than scrapping the site altogether, it was adapted to work almost as a sort of .tourist information page. The website shows visitors the locations of local supermarkets, public toilets, sports teams, points of interest and much more all on an easy-to-use and helpful interactive Google map.
A fan site dedicated to a group of YouTube personalities
I started this site to give me the chance to hone my skills on a subject that interests me. The "Ultimate Sidemen" are a group who regularly post gaming videos to the platform YouTube and have amassed quite a following (we're talking millions of people).
Being quite early to the party I was able to procure the domain name relevant to their group and set about creating a small fan site that posted news about the group as well as links to their official channels and videos and other relevant fan accounts.
The website, albeit in a preview itteration to the current live design, even gained the attention of one the group when KSIOlajideBT Tweeted a link to the site to his 2 million Twitter followers, providing quite a bit of traffic to the site and using up a large portion of my monthly bandwidth!