Sam Partington

I've quite a range of interests, which you can read about on this page.  Alternatively, follow these links for more on my computing and social justice / environmental interests.

I like learning German, as well as travelling in Germany and anywhere else.  As I mentioned, I recently spent 9 months as a Language Assistant at a school in Germany.  Anyone interested in travelling should visit The Man in Seat 61 for amazingly comprehensive information on plane-free travel.  Europe by train is cheaper and quicker than you'd expect.  If you've yet to be convinced that flying should be avoided, Choose Climate's Flying off to a warmer climate information and calculations would be a good place to visit.

I like learning Circus skills.  I have learnt to juggle and unicycle (though not (yet) at the same time!) and have quite a large collection of juggling balls.

I'm currently teaching myself to play blues and jazz piano, having had lessons up to Grade 7.  I am a particular fan of Fats Domino and Fats Waller although don't pretend to be able to play anything like as well as them!  Whilst in Germany I was lucky enough to see Stefan Ulbricht, an awesome boogie-woogie pianist, playing live a couple of times at Sonjas Kneipe in Bonn (note that Stefan's site is in German).

I quite enjoy reading and read quite a wide range including, among others, 19th century novels, "political" books like No Logo, German novels, Calvin & Hobbes books and modern novels by people like Nick Hornby.  I seem to mainly read non-fiction at the moment, and cannot recommend the following highly enough:

The links above take you direct to Amazon, but if you go to Amazon via here instead then you can raise money for a good cause.

I don't watch much TV, but I do like The Simpsons, Red Dwarf and Blackadder.  I also like being nostalgic about classic kids TV such as Wacaday.

I like the work of Escher and am particularly interested in impossible shapes.

My music tastes are fairly broad but I like jazz piano, as I mentioned, and 70's / 80's rock and pop (and don't like garage, r'n'b or hip-hop).  http://artists.vh1.com is a fairly good website for info about artists and bands.  If you've got a reasonable speed Internet connection, then www.planetrock.com is a highly recommended digital radio station.  You can also get them on digital radio (obviously) and Sky / NTL.  Since they launched in Oxford recently, I've become a huge fan of Jack FM.

A page called "Interests" is not the right place to say that I'm a Christian, but until there's a better place on the site to put that it'll have to do.  There's a good, albeit rather technical, site out there called Thinking Anglicans, and I like to think that title sums up my position (except that, of course, there is only one of me).  I also highly recommend the Cartoon Church blog, Ship of Fools, Inclusive Church and Greenbelt.

The Vulkaneifel near Brohl, Germany Poppelsdorfer Schloss in Bonn The Luther Memorial in Worms