I'm an Anglo-American cultural historian, lecturing mainly to graphic design and illustration students at the University of Portsmouth, UK. I've worked at ancient universities as well as 'modern' ones. I'm an active member of the Universities and Colleges Union, and was also in the Labour Party before resigning because of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. I relish Z-net's combination of serious international journalism and activist scholarship. I'm also a keen athlete: the right and opportunity to enjoy exercise should be open to all.