The incredibly boring and thankfully brief (Auto)Biography of Owen Cliffe

Born in Preston, Lancashire, UK in 1979 at some ungodly hour of the morning. Second of 3 children with an older brother and a younger sister, I am very distantly related§ to Terry Nation (the inventor of the Daleks and Blake's 7). We moved to Stapleton, north of Bristol (opposite the ground where, rumour has it, W. G. Grace once played cricket, on occasion) for a couple of years where I attended the nursery and infants of Begbrook Primary School . In 1985 we departed this fair isle and moved to the vicinity of Newark, Delaware in the USA (which, incidentally is near where Cedella Booker, Bob Marley's Mother lived until 1976) , where I attended John R. Downes Elementary School for a year (I also briefly attended an Ascend * class for one day a week at another school whose name completely escapes me). In 1986 we then moved to the municipality of Overijse near Brussels (in Belgium) where I attended the British School Of Brussels until the christmas of 1992, at which point we moved to Dorridge, Solihull (where the last known victim of Smallpox died in 1978) in the West-Midlands, UK. I then attended Arden School, Knowle, where Ben Powderhill and I set up the (now defunct) company Quality Genius which wrote software to help people fill in forms (it seemed like a good idea at the time). I left Arden in 1995 with some GCSEs and went on to do a few A-Levels and A/S-Levels at Solihull Sixth Form College before departing Solihull for the University of Southampton in 1997 where I graduated with my B.Sc. Degree in Computer Science in 2000. During that time I also worked part time for a small (now defunct) web development company called Cambro and briefly (in a summer holiday) for British Telecom. After university I moved to the beautiful city of Bath where I worked at EduServ full time for about 18 months, before starting my Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2001. In 2001 we dissolved Quality Genius software and transfered our software rights to ISDE who retain them to date. In 2006 I married my wife (she wasn't my wife before that) and, after a protracted period of procrastination I finished my Ph.D. In the final year of my Ph.D. I followed calling to the sysadmin trade when I took a job as a network administrator at the University where I worked for a 18 months or so before returning to research in the computer science department.
§ My grandfather's brother's wife's brother's daughter was Terry Nations wife.
* Ascend or Academically Gifted, I never did figure out whether or not this was euphemistic.