We took the decision a while back to recruit ourselves a new junior developer. After scouring the Hampshire education establishments for someone with a passion for 'what we do', we drew a blank. Slightly odd we thought, but hey... if he/she ain't out there learning their craft, then we'll have to find someone who simply has a 'spare time' passion for it.
Casting the net wider, we found our man. He's was plying his trade in a science lab as a microbiologist at the time, but fortunately for us, he just couldn't see himself doing the same thing day in, day out till retirement.
Also fortunate for us, it turned out he had a bit of a passion for development and an eagerness to change career. The temptation to sit by the fire at the Farmhouse supping tea and getting busy helping our clients 'Mean More' was enough to convince him it was 'now or never'.
And their loss is our gain, so without further a-do... meet Dave...
As ‘our Cilla’ would say… what’s your name and where do you come from?
I'm Dave and I come from Reading
What do you do at The Escape?
I'm a junior web developer. I have a great job because I get to learn by doing. I mostly conduct minor enhancements and upgrades to existing projects.
What do you get up to out of work?
Most of the time when I’m not in work, you can usually find me down the gym, with the horses or at the Madejski Stadium, to watch Reading FC.
What’s your favourite colour?
I've always liked contrasting colours, those at opposite positions on the colour wheel. I really like deep and vivid shades of purple, which looks great against strong saffron yellows.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 items would you want with you?
All I’d need would be a barbell, a tub of whey protein and shaker cup. Sorted!
What type of music are you into and who would you choose to watch live in concert?
Pretty much anything from Baroque to Alternative and Grime to Pop. If I had to choose something to see live, I think I'd prefer to see a live rendition of Johann Pachelbel's 'Cannon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo'.
If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would do?
I think the absolute first thing I would do would be to score some points and buy the missus a horse box. The first thing I would buy for myself would be some land so that I could start an Alpaca sanctuary.
If you had to choose one place to go on holiday for the rest of your life, where would you choose?
I've always liked the look of South America, maybe Peru. Lots of history and countryside to explore.
What’s your favourite food?
I've always been a fan of potato dauphinouise. With lots of cheese!
Tell us something completely random we wouldn’t know about you:
I have the world's largest collection of Zippy teddy bears, from the TV program Rainbow. I even have one of the real Zippy puppets on long term loan.