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Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland
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James Mark

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Glasgow, United Kingdom · Member since August 2013
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I'm a Senior Lecturer in Media and Culture at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. It's an excellent job, can't imagine doing anything else. I was born and brought up in Northern Ireland until I was 17. I write about popular music, radio, popular culture and identity. In the 1990s I was a DJ on BBC Radio Scotland, first an alternative music show, then electronic dance music. I've been in a bunch completely unsuccessful bands on and off since I was 16. I have too many vintage guitar effects boxes, 7 guitars and a lot of amps. And, erm, tinnitus, so I don't use most of them. I have many, many comics; I think Joss Whedon may be a genius; I accumulate Apple computers and try to keep the old ones working. The best records ever made are the first 4 Ramones albums, and the best film is Forbidden Planet (1956). I travel a lot as part of my job, mostly staying with friends from around the world. I love New Zealand and Australia. Montreal is my favourite city, probably. Dubai Airport is bizarre but fun (there is a full size bronze camel in one of the memorabilia shops). The cactus garden on top of Singapore Changi Airport is cool. Went to a friend's cousin's wedding in Bhubaneswar, India in 2013 ... really rather lovely. I try to travel as light as possible but rarely succeed. I like to sleep a lot. I'm very tidy and I love a good shower