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Prof Ian Reader - personal details

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Role: Head of Japanese Studies

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IMy main interests revolve around my family - Dorothy and our two children Rosie (18) and Philip (15)- as well as our cat Spike. We all enjoy doing things together, from going for walks to visiting ancient and historical monuments. Dorothy and Rosie go salsa dancing together a lot, while Philip and I are interested in politics and international affairs; Philip has recently become interested in film, and has got me into watching lots of films with him. We are also are mad about sports, playing football, cricket and tennis together in the garden, going to watch Blackburn Rovers (one of our nearest Premiership clubs, although we really support Arsenal, the true poets of soccer- perhaps not something to say too loudly in Manchester?) and also (with Rosie) watching Test cricket. Until Monday September 12, 2005 my dream had been for England to stuff the Aussies and win back the Ashes one day & the ecstasy of that event has lasted a mere 15 months but (as a true optimist) I can only look forward to 2009 and the rekindling of the dream.

I am an avid gardener (vegetables and fruit: the photo of me on this webpage is taken amidst my sweetcorn) and like cooking, drinking beer and listening to good music (e.g., Dylan, the Stones, Elvis, Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention: I also confess to having bought Bananarama's Greatest Hits, which the rest of the family only let me play when they are out, and having a soft spot for Japanese stars of the 1980s such as Nakamori Akina, Minamino Yoko and Tomita Yasuko). Rosie shares many musical interests with me, Dorothy just about tolerates them, and Philip is trying to educate me in more recent developments. I am, however, in my very late-50s, know that the old songs are the best, and still hope to convince them all that "Like a Rolling Stone" was the greatest single ever released. Among other hopes are that one day the UK will be Republic with a sane foreign policy, and that people will seriously wake up to the environmental problems that face us and that will be borne by our children and future generations.