Rugby and Me…

I was privileged enough to attend a school in which Rugby Union was taught as part of P.E. I trained and played with St. Katherine’s rugby team for most of time I was at the school. Despite being rather less than adept at the sport, I always enjoyed it. It wasn’t until quite a few years later that I decided I wanted to get back into playing rugby, and also take the sport seriously and play at the highest level possible.

The change in attitude came about after being invited to play in a 7s tournament whilst I was in my third year of university. A friend of mine had entered a team into the intramural 7s, and the night before the event, was short of a few players. So, in steps myself and a couple of my other house mates at the time. Needless to say, we didn’t do very well in the competition, and I only managed 5 minutes on the pitch before injuring my ankle, in what turned out to be quite a bad way! In fact, after trying to hobble around on what I thought was a badly sprained ankle for the next three days, a quick exchange of emails with my Mum persuaded me to get it checked out by a doctor. Well… the doctor sent me straight to the X-Ray department of the A&E, where they discovered I’d fractured the ankle pretty badly. Badly enough in fact to warrant surgery, and a 10 day stint bed bound in hospital until they could put metal plates into my ankle to fix it. This may not sound like a event that would make me want to play rugby, but it did, and it made me determined to train my ankle back up to strength a join a local rugby club.

My Broken Ankle

It was a year or so later that I felt confident enough on my ankle, and so I went along to train with Nottingham Casuals. I am still playing for Casuals, and the beginning of my 6th season with them is just around the corner. In fact our first game is a week tomorrow! It took a few years, but I am now even playing first team level rugby quite often. We play in the Midlands 3 East (North) division, and are always looking for new players as well as promotion!

Casuals Team PhotoCasuals Team Photo

I have had a few other injuries, including a broken wrist and many broken fingers (one of which needed surgery and even more metal fixtures), but I still enjoy the game.

I plan to blog about memorable games, as well as any new club i may join if the inevitable happens and I move away from Nottingham.

Nottingham Casuals in a very friendly club, with plenty of social activities, including the annual Solstice Sevens tournament, as well as club tours.

My Solstice Seven TeamCasuals on Tour

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In The Beginning…

So, I have decided to start a blog… The main question at this stage might well be “Why?”.

Well, my name is Alexander S. Green, and I was born 27 years ago, on the 21st of February 1983. I grew up in Long Ashton, which is a prosperous village close to Bristol, just inside what is now North Somerset. Up until recently in my life, I have spent most of my time in education. Starting at Birdwell primary school in Long Ashton.

Me in my Birdwell uniformMe in my Birdwell uniformMe in my Birdwell uniformMe in my Birdwell uniformMe in my Birdwell uniform

I left in 1994 to move onto St. Katherine’s secondary school in Pill, a short coach journey from Long Ashton. I stayed on at St. Katherine’s for my GCSEs and A Levels, eventually leaving in 2001.

Me in my St. Katherine's uniform

At this point, I started my university education at the University of Nottingham, and finished my BSc. in Computer Science with an upper second in 2005. The same year, I started a PhD. still at Nottingham as part of what is now the Functional Programming Laboratory. My thesis “Towards a Formally Verified Functional Quantum Programming Language” was finally submitted towards the end of 2009, and I was able to graduate at the July 2010 ceremonies.

Me at GraduationMe at Graduation

So, thats a very brief run down of my life so far, or at least my life in education. I am now headed out into the big bad world, and looking for jobs in which I can use all the skills I have been working towards for so many years!

Well, the point is that until this time, I have felt too busy to blog, and have had success in propagating my research through publications. Such as a chapter on the Quantum IO Monad in the book Semantic Techniques in Quantum Computation (link). With lots of spare time on my hands, whilst i search for a job, i have more free time in which to establish a blog.

My plan is to blog about my work, which will hopefully include various forms of Functional Programming, as well as more general happenings in my life. I shall categorise my posts as best I can, and look forward to adding more blog posts, maybe with a little more history about myself, but more looking into the present and the future…

Alexander S. Green

13/08/2010

Categories: Life