I was born in Crawley Hospital at 09:54 on the 28th August 1978. I have brown hair, blue eyes and have always been slightly vertically challenged, which doesn't bother me at all. Also, because of the date which I was born on, I was always the youngest pupil in my year at school.
I have always been shy towards people who I don't know, but I can be an bit of an extrovert at times. I don't really like to blend in, I want to be different, without being too different and a freakish outrageous embarrassment to society.
Education started off at Bewbush School, then Neale Wade, Thomas Bennett (including sixth form) and finished off at Crawley College. I have lived in Crawley, West Sussex for most of my life. I was born in Crawley then in October 1989 I moved away to a town called March in Cambridgeshire. I moved back to Crawley during the middle of 1992 and lived there until 2011 when I moved out of my parent's house to rent a studio flat in Horley, Surrey.
March was a quiet town out in the Fens (flat farm land for miles around). It is a waste of time having a sledge for snow if you live in March because there is not a hill in miles. Compared with Crawley, life and society in March was simple and uncomplicated. Wages were comparatively small. Crawley is completely different. More trendy and more happening. Crawley is known for its youth culture with its Crawley Boys or chavs, giving it the large all the time. Drinking, drugs and violence are synonymous with Crawley's youth. Crawley does seem to have a bad reputation. Other than that, Crawley is quite modern with a decent town centre. Gatwick Airport is only a few miles away.
My interests include cars, motor racing, Ferrari, 80s music, martial arts and my own car. I occasionally go swimming and sometimes play badminton. I did Judo and Kung-Fu during the late eighties and didn't like it. I then did Tae Kwon-Do in the mid nineties and absolutely loved it. I stopped going to Tae Kwon-Do lessons in December 1995 and after a 10 year sabbatical, I restarted Tae Kwon-Do in January 2006 and I'm currently a member of the Tae Kwon-Do Association of Great Britain (TAGB). I used to be heavily in to computers, but not much now as I have got a bit bored of them. I do still have a slight interest in them though. At one time, I spent lots of money on clothes such as Versace and Giorgio Armani. People thought I was a bit stupid by wasting my money. Spending lots of money on clothes had to come to a stop after entering the world of motoring. I suppose my main interests now are Tae Kwon-Do, cars and my Honda Prelude 2.2VTi.
Here are some random miscellaneous facts about me. Move your mouse cursor over the items so you can read them.
"Three Times A Lady" by the Commodores was at number one on the day I was born.
I have had four near death experiences:
1) I was running holding a pencil, I tripped and my Dad grabbed me before the pencil went through my neck. I still have the scar,
2) My head was trapped in an open style stair case and my toys which I was standing on were falling away below my feet. Once again, my Dad saved me,
3) A motor cyclist nearly drove into me as I was crossing a road, but she downed the bike and went flying off,
4) Fatal car crash in 1990.
I have been knocked unconscious by others four times:
1) A big bundle of hay was dropped on my head (courtesy of two friends - James Callaghan & John Patyn),
2) My friends elder Brother picked me up and threw me,
3) Kicked between the legs,
4) After a neck injury, the doctor was moving my head around and I passed out in pain.
I'm currently a first dan black belt in Tae Kwon-Do. In the past, I have also done Judo, Kung-Fu & Wing Chun.
Foreign countries I have visited include: France, Morocco, Ibiza, Rhodes, Kos, Corfu, Menorca, Crete, Zakynthos, Egypt, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Majorca, Switzerland, Italy & America (Minnesota & Montana).
When I was a kid, I collected Star Wars figures, Transformers, Battle Beasts & Garfield stuff. I also had some Zoids. I wish I kept the Star Wars stuff 'cos they are now worth lots of money.
I collected stickers for the 1987 Football sticker album, late eighties Dandy & Beano sticker album and the 1989 or 1990 Garfield sticker album. I also collected Garbage Pail Kids stickers.
I used to play table tennis about 5 days every week.
I hate football, but I did like it during 1987.
I once had a curtain cord stuck down my throat and was taken to hospital in an ambulance. My Dad was at work and had a premonition that there was something wrong.
A friend & I have had an "extra terrestrial" experience, which happened on 9th February 1995 at about 22:00. The whole sky in one direction was flashing and whirling different colours for about a minute then suddenly stopped. It wasn't Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights. A few other people reported the phenomenon in the Crawley Observer newspaper, but what they saw did slightly differ.
The most money I have lost is £100 cash in one go. I misplaced it on the 13th January 2000, the day I passed my driving test. I reckon I lost it while running back to my car from a cash point.
I have 4 scars. One on my neck where a pencil pierced me, one on my top lip where I was cut by glass, another on my top lip where I received a kick during sparring in Tae Kwon-Do and the other on my left thumb where it was cut by jagged metal.
When I was young, I wanted a Brother or Sister.
If I was born a female, my name would be Claire Argentina Carr.
I was my parent's approximate ninth and final attempt. My Mum had eight miscarriages before I was born.
I caught hand, foot & mouth disease when I was young and was quarantined in hospital.
Nick names I have had include - Chubby, Jelly Baby, Milk Man, Jew, Gorra, Spadam, Spadley, Coco and Tigger.
I have been to five music concerts - Eurythmics at the London Arena on 6th December 1999, Blondie at Kew Gardens on 9th July 2013, Fleetwood Mac at the O2 Arena on 22nd June 2015, Simply Red at Kew Gardens on 12th July 2016 and Jean-Michel Jarre at the Brighton Centre on 6th October 2016.
I have got the autographs of Tiff Needell, Quentin Wilson, Chris Goffey and Derek Warwick. I have the ex BBC Top Gear presenter's autographs all on a Lotus Esprit S4 poster and they were taken individually on 3 consecutive years. Famous people I have seen include Peter Davison, Nick Berry, Chris Eubank, Jennifer Powell, Annie Lennox, David Stewart, Harvey Price, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, Shane Lynch, Omid Djalili, Joe Pasquale, Craig Phillips, Hugh Cornwell, Deborah Harry (Blondie), Chris Stein (Blondie), Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), John McVie (Fleetwood Mac), Christine McVie (Fleetwood Mac), Lindsey Buckingham (Fleetwood Mac), Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Joseph McFadden (actor), Mick Hucknall (Simply Red), Sarah Millican (comedian), Jean-Michel Jarre (musician), Jermaine Jackson (The Jacksons), Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons), Tito Jackson (The Jacksons) & Marlon Jackson (The Jacksons).
My best movie quotes are from Matrix Reloaded when Agent Smith says to Neo "I killed you Mr Anderson, I watched you die. With a certain satisfaction I might add" and also by The Joker in Batman when he says "Never rub another man's rhubarb".
There is a scene in the first A Nightmare On Elm Street film where Nancy is in the bath, she nods off then the bottom of the bath disappears, subsequently Freddy Krueger tries to kill her. This freaked me out so much that I didn't have a bath for a few months.
Expensive fast cars I have driven include a Ferrari F355, Lamborghini Gallardo, Audi R8, Ferrari F430 Spider, Porsche 997 Turbo, Ariel Atom (supercharged variant), Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640, Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster, Nissan GT-R & McLaren MP4-12C. I have had passenger rides in a Ford Focus RS, Radical SR3 & Porsche 996 GT3.
I have been in charge of a National Lottery syndicate since 1994. It started off as 5 of us, but dropped to 4 of us at around 1998 / 1999, then down to 3 in December 2005 and down to 2 in June 2006. We have never got more than 4 numbers in a draw.
Track 17 on CD 2 of "Now That's What I Call Music 50" is a song about me.
Mobile telephones I have owned include: Motorola StarTAC 60, Nokia 8210, Nokia 6510, Samsung S300M, LG Chocolate (KG800), Sony Ericsson W980, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini (E10i), Sony Xperia U (ST25i), Motorola Moto X (XT1052) & Google Pixel (G-2PW4200).