I am the Science Editor at The Times. My day job involves phoning experts in their field and distilling their knowledge into 600 words - normally about rather more serious subjects than this. Before my current job, I was a feature writer for Times2 - and I still write freelance features for the Economist Intelligent Life among other magazines.
I was named British Society of Magazine Editors Print Writer of the Year 2015.
I am a bad loser. I am one of those people who know that when you bring out a board game at Christmas, it is not so you can have some pleasant after dinner fun. It is so that you can engage in a
protracted struggle that will act as a proxy conflict for long-simmering family feuds - and will ultimately end only with the creation of more feuds or, at best, the upending of the board by a belligerent uncle.
My wife has stopped playing Scrabble with me because, she claims, I am too competitive, and have learnt all the two letter words. She also argues, like losing Scrabble players the world over, that it is against the spirit of the game to use words despite not knowing their meaning. To which I reply - such accusations are terrible qi.