I’m Simon Barker Too! – @SimonBarker87

The first line of a self-introduction is by far the hardest to write, so I will keep it short and sweet with “Hi, I’m a Simon Barker too”. I’m quite glad Simon has created this “Are You Simon Barker?” section of his site and invited me to write for it because whenever I do a vanity Google of myself to check nothing onerous has appeared, this is the website I always find. In some ways that is a good thing, but, when people are trying to find me, it is definitely an issue.

I was born in 1987 in Clacton on Sea and since then I have migrated, via Sheffield for a spell at boarding school, up to Newcastle Upon Tyne to attend university. I managed to get a B.Eng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering tucked under my belt by the summer of 2008 and, at the time of the financial meltdown, that autumn I was happily starting my PhD in the same topic. I would love to say that it was fantastic foresight of mine to avoid trying to get a job at the start of the recession but, in reality, I love engineering and a PhD had my name written all over it.
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“Zath Rovers Back In For Barker” – Email Marketing Done Well By Football Manager Live?

football-manager-live-logoWhen you get so many emails as I do, especially mass-mailed ones, it’s quite often tough to stand out and get your attention, however Sports Interactive have certainly managed to do that with their latest email about their Football Manager Live game.

It’s an online multiplayer game I played for a few months a couple of years back based on the highly popular Football Manager series, since I left, I’ve had a few emails with offers to come back (as you often do with subscription services you’ve left), but this is the first email that has really caught my attention and made me read the full thing – which is surely the first thing that you want when sending an email…
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