Evil HR Lady tagged me to reveal eight random facts about myself. Normally, I don’t participate in chain letters and so forth, but some of the posts on this have been great – and besides, she has a really scary name.

So, in no particular order:

  • My first ever school report included the sentence, “Rowan is a very bright boy with a highly developed sense of humour and he works very hard – but only at those things that interest him.” I was four-and-a-half. Nothing changes.
  • I’m a cat person. I like their smug, superior natures …
  • I was asked in a radio interview who I would like to portray me if anyone was ever stupid enough to make a movie about my life and I was utterly stumped. Now that I have had time to think about it – Robert Downey Jr. with a prosthetic gut and a megaphone? Oliver Platt at his most obnoxious? John Cusack if he let himself go?
  • I have been tested and shown to have exceptional spatial relations but for some reason, I can’t parallel park worth a damn.
  • I got my nickname “The Insultant” from a client who couldn’t believe that he was paying me so much to be so rude to him about his presentation skills.
  • I firmly believe that boybands are hell’s elevator muzak, designed by a focus group and written by a computer.
  • I was a Rubik Cube wizard when I was a teenager and damaged the nerves at the top of my index finger – all I can feel with it is hot and cold.
  • My three favourite books to read over and over are Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, and The World According to Garp by John Irving.

My unfortunate eight to be tagged are: Chris Brogan, Nicholas Bate, Rob at 2 Dolphins, Alex the Chief Happiness Officer, hollow-eyed Ben Yoskovitz, the Eddie Izzard of children’s writers E.M. Dillon, the excellent Damien Mulley, and – what the heck – Seth Godin.