He is a kid from the sprawling metropolis of Sydney. A by-product of a Spanish immigrant father and an Aussie battler mother, he grew up straddling the good life of Australia’s middle class and working class environment of Sydney’s sprawling outer western suburbs. Well travelled and well-versed, he strikes a chord between a sarcastic aloof and a bright-eyed, mature-aged recent graduate studying this complex world to try and make sense of it all. Seemingly with an outrageous new hair-do for every passing financial quarter, he cuts a striking and dynamic figure in a world of sameness and mediocrity. A day does not go by without this complicated and contradictory figure finding himself in ever-more zany situations whilst musing on the developments of the day – irrespective of their realm. His scope is wide and his thirst for knowledge and the truth is wider. So follow this modern day textual Don Quixote as he sets out to chronicle the world as only a true keyboard warrior can.
That’s enough of me talking about myself in the third person.
I’ve recently finished a degree in Political, Economic and Social Science at the University of Sydney. I also recently worked for one of the world’s largest insurance companies, analysing governmental regulation and risk – until I packed it all up to try my luck in the big smoke of London. I have one sister, two parents (as most do) and previously lived in the trendy inner-west of Sydney. I grew up in Penrith, raised in some of the rougher parts but ending up (at the end of it all) safe and sound; with my parents settling into a nice house in what is referred to by some as ‘aspirational’ suburbia. The education I received in my youth was split evenly between public and private-religious education. My parent’s can be typified as Howard’s battlers – working class but somehow conservative. I grew up in a strong Christian, some might even say fundamentalist, household. My upbringing was strict, but my parents were fair and reasonable (for the most part) and were happy for my free spirit to wander. This is why, despite 17 years of attending church, I can now state that I am very much an atheist… or agnostic at the very least.
I loved drawing (and the arts in general) growing up, and wanted to be a cartoonist or animation artist. After deferring university for a year, I went to the University of Western Sydney, where I completed a 4 year Bachelors in Visual Communication. I also had the opportunity to gain a scholarship to study at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. These formative years are where I truly entered the workforce, dividing my working life and my uni breaks with freelancing and back-breaking tradie work. I still have the steel-capped boots and the scars on my hands to remind me of those times.
A period of disenchantment ensued after completing my degree. I was perplexed and perturbed by the direction many of my friends, my family, my community, my society, my government and the world was heading. My middle-class suburban life and the banalities of a menial design job in a digitised, cut-throat and rapidly evolving industry was disheartening to say the least – I needed a change. I bailed on graphic design and then travelled the world until I ran out of money. I then left the nest, enrolled in uni (again) and started the next chapter in my life. There’s more to me, but:
1) I don’t want to bore you, and…
2) I need to leave some parts so I have some material to work with!
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