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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Thursday, December 21, 2006

    Blog Tag: 5 Things you don't know about Chris Armstrong

    OK, so it's Christmas and party games time! Thank you so very much Karen! Actually seriously thank you for tagging me while there are still a few untagged people left for me to tag! And so we go... 5 things (most of) you (probably) don't know about Chris Armstrong:

    • Back in the sixties, I had long hair and spent a lot of my time surfing (OK, and I listened to the Beach Boys!)
    • About 34 years ago I found myself wrestling with a stowaway on the aft deck of a container ship in the Southern Oceans trying to prevent him from jumping overboard. He was outside the rails and came very close to loosing his life... but was not in the least thankful to me for stopping him! When I was joined by the Bosun and I suggested he hit the man to gain us the advantage, he asked me - this rough, tough sailor of many ports - 'How hard?'!
    • I once lived for a couple of months in Hamburg at the end of the Reeperbahn (the 'red light' district) in Sankt Pauli in Hamburg. My excuse is that it was while I was in charge of a ship in dry dock just across the river. It was one of the most unusual walks to work that I can think of!
    • A more recent walk - for charity - was 10 days trekking in Nepal. The organisers talked up a strong team spirit and the challenge of walking 12 miles a day in countryside that was more up and down than to and fro seemed as nothing!
    • I have been to both Pitcairn and the Galapagos; through both the Suez and the Panama Canals; swum in every Ocean; and ski-ed in both hemispheres... but never been to the USA!
    I now tag:
    • Ian Snowley, colleague and fellow CILIP activist. Because his blog doesn't leave him much scope to surprise us about himself!
    • Walt Crawford of Cites & Insights. Because he is so efficient he has already written and published his January issue, so clearly needs something to do over the holidays. Happy Christmas!
    • Richard Charkin of Macmillan, who has a really interesting blog that blends his professional and personal interests.
    • Paul Miller of Talis and the Panlibus blog so we can discover what came before Library 2.0!
    • Val Skelton on the TFPL blog... who will enjoy this!

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