About me and this blog:
1) I’m a freelance writer and journalist (mostly about housing and social affairs) and editor of Welsh Housing Quarterly. This blog a) reflects my background working on Shelter’s magazine ROOF, one of the few publications looking at housing across all tenures until it sadly closed in 2010 b) complements my blog for Inside Housing, Inside Edge (and now Inside Edge 2), which has covered many of the same themes since 2007 and c) amplifies what I’m saying on twitter @jules_birch.
2) I’m studying for a doctorate in social science at Bristol and hope to explore some broader issues about social policy and theory – if words like contested and ontological start appearing now and again you will know why.
3) Sport used to mean playing football but 11-a-side career now over. Badminton and golf more my thing now but still just hanging in there with 5-a-side.
4) Claim to fame No 1: I was on TV bowling to England cricket captain Ray Illingworth at the start of This is Your Life in 1972. That was the end of my cricket career.
5) Claim to fame No 2: I appeared in what was at the time the biggest loss-making film in Hollywood history in 1980. If you watch the first 15 minutes of Heaven’s Gate in slow motion frame by frame you can clearly see the back of my head twice. That was the end of my movie career.
You can contact me on jules *at* julesbirch.com