My name is James M. and I'm a seventeen year old teenager from Uppsala, Sweden. I've lived in the United Kingdom for most of my life. Me and my family moved to the UK in 1999. I was born on the 21st of September in 1997. I have a brother and he is 27 years old. He studied Architecture at Kingston University in London and received an award for his drawings and a "First" for his essays.
Anyway enough about him, as this is about me. :P
My interests include (and I will explain them further), but are not limited to, Gaming, Music, Sport (mainly Football (the English kind, not hand-egg)), learning new things that interest me and women, of course.
Gaming has been a part of my life since I was young(er). I started gaming at the tender age of 8, playing Club Penguin and a game called "Boxhead"; A co-op, round-based zombie killing game. Me and a friend played this a lot of the time he was at my house. He then introduced me to the well-known game RuneScape. I loved it the first time I saw it and I've loved it since (however I don't agree with some of the updates). I've played for nearly 7 years and I still play to this day, however some may question my legitimacy. In 2007, my father bought me a PlayStation 3 (the fat one) and a game that was recently developed then, called "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune". I spent countless hours on this new technology of mine and my games collection continued to grow, with my second game being Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. I did, however, have some anger issues whilst playing the games (and you may call me a stereotypical console player) and my father ended up destroying my console. He did, however, end up purchasing me a new one in 2009 and I still have that one to this day. In 2011 I bought myself an Xbox 360 Elite from my friend (at an overpriced rate, might I add) and I started purchasing games for that. Then, at Christmas in the year 2012, my lovely father purchased me brand new computer (Alienware x51) and I'm still using it. I'm using the same keyboard and computer that I got in 2012. My Steam library is now in excess of one hundred games.
Music has been a part of my life for even longer than Gaming has. My father first introduced me to Pink Floyd, Santana, The Pixies and other similar bands and that is where my love for music grew. I inherited my mother's old classical guitar and started to teach myself, as well as receiving lessons for guitar at school for a year or two. At Christmas in 2006 I got my first electric guitar (I had a choice; a computer or an electric guitar and whichever I didn't choose, my brother would get, so he got the computer). I still have that very same guitar. After being asked to stop having lessons at school, I turned to a musical institution in Bishop's Stortford in the UK for lessons. I had lessons with a band of adults for a year and I also performed to a live audience in the Chelmsford Town Hall, along with my band. That was also the first time that I played the bass guitar. Drums was also an interesting feature of music to me, and my parents recognised my aptness and rhythmic abilities for music and so started to get me drum lessons at the same institution. They then bought me my very own bass guitar, an Ibanez bass guitar, and a bass amp as well as a micro-cube amp and some drumsticks. Later on in my musical "career" they purchased me a drum kit and I kept learning. They ended up selling that one and then buying me an electric drum kit, as it was getting more use than the acoustic drum kit. In mid 2013, I was in a drum lesson and they bought me a keyboard (Yamaha PSR-E433), which resides next to my electric drum kit behind me. I still have drum lessons to this day and my teacher tells me I am at a Grade Six standard.
As with music, sport has always been a favourable hobby for me and I've always been considered "better than average" at the majority of sports. I started off playing Football (soccer) for the local team 10 years ago. I played as a Striker, and to be quite honest our team was terrible. As the years progressed, I changed teams several times and ended up moving to another local team. Almost every player from that same team and I still play together (there are just a few people who left/stopped playing completely). We were always "average" and we never won anything. Then, our club's Youth section was closed so that the club could focus on adult football. We were forced to move to one of the other local clubs and were given our own "team". That was roughly two years ago, and now we are top of our league and we have not lost a single match in the league to date. If we continue as we are (with 7 games to go) we will win the league and bag ourselves our first trophy. BUT, that is not the first thing we've won. In late 2013 my team (not me, I didn't play as I was away on holiday) won a 5-aside tournament and we were all very proud.
Football isn't the only sport I'm good at. I've represented my school in the Rugby A Team too. I remember distinctly winning one game approximately fifty to nil. I've also represented my school in the county athletics tournaments. I was representing them in the 100m sprint, the 100m relay and the high jump. My best time in the 100m sprint is 12.6 seconds and my personal record for high jump is 165cm - 20cm shorter than me. My school has come first in most of the county athletics tournaments.
Now, I know what you may be thinking: He likes learning? Must be a nerd. Not at all. I feel that everybody should have a curiosity about the world. Some people don't, which is a shame, but those who do are more intelligent anyway. I enjoy learning about things that interest me. These things include, but are not limited to, Coding, Gaming, Cars, Physics, Maths and amongst others/more generally, technology. I've always, according to my father, been interested in how the world works and nothing so far has changed about my attitude towards the world and its physics. At the moment I'm studying Computing, Geology and Double BTEC IT. If I succeed at this level of education, I'll be moving to Sweden, more specifically Uppsala (where I already own an apartment), to study Software Engineering or an equivalent course.