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Internet heroes: 

Is this the most boring man on Twitter?

boring tweeter

Boring Tweeter (@b0ringtweets) is a Twitter phenomenon. With 208,000 followers and celebrity fans including Ricky Gervais, David Walliams, Jonny Lee Miller and Sarah Millican, the UK-based BT brings regular much-needed doses of hilarious dullness to our otherwise interesting lives. We managed to grab a couple of minutes with him in the middle of his hectic schedule (he was in the middle of fashioning a World Cup trophy out of paperclips when we met) to ask him about his status as an Internet Hero.

How does it feel to be named a GoExplore Internet Hero?

I feel quite pleased about it. The last time I felt this level of being pleased was when I bumped into my work colleague Colin Pickering whilst out shopping. I asked him where he’d parked and he told me in the car park behind the library. I asked him his thoughts on the new payment system that the council had installed (previously you had to pay for the amount of time you estimated you’d be parked up for and get back before the time expired. The new system meant taking a ticket and then putting it in a new style machine when you got back to the car park. The new machine reads the ticket and then calculates the time you’ve spent parked up and charges you accordingly). Anyway, he said he thought the new system was good and I was pleased for him.

Aside from this, what’s the best thing you’ve ever won?

 I once won a bet that I could down half a lager shandy at a birthday party. Never again. 
I once won a bet that I could down half a lager shandy at Chris Gilbert’s 30th birthday party in 2002. After I’d drank it though I felt a bit woozy. Luckily, Stuart Prisk was leaving early because he had to be up in the morning to take his sister and brother in law to the airport. He dropped me off at home and made sure I had a couple of strong coffees. Never again.

Do you have any favourite internet sites?

Exchange and Mart, any sites that cater for us magnet enthusiasts and the New Zealand Meccano site. All brilliant.

What’s your favourite computer keyboard key?

‘D’

What sort of clips do you most like watching on YouTube?

Unboxing videos. In November 2002, I took a week off work to watch some. Great week.

It must be tiring being a Twitter celebrity, have you got any holidays lined up?

Yes, I’m going to Swindon (UK) again (4th year running) in July for a fortnight. I had a mini break in Peterborough (also UK) earlier on in the year. Swindon has got everything I want from a holiday. Roundabouts, libraries, leisure centres and of course a Laser Quest.

 

What do you do to relax? 

I love doing sudoku puzzles, jigsaws, messing around with my magnet, stapling, a spot of metal detecting (I once found a coin in a field dating back to 1924) and watching my Doc Martin and Waterloo Road boxsets.

You chat to Ricky Gervais a lot, what’s it like chatting with a global comedic superstar?

I had no idea who he was when we first started chatting as when ‘The Office’ was on, I was glued to Castaway. He reminds me a bit of Bob Carolgees with the naughty things that he says and does. I hope his career takes off. He really deserves it.

Do you have any favourite apps?

I love UK Numbers, where you type in an area code and it tells you where it is and I love ‘VAT Mate‘ which works VAT out for you.

Are you enjoying the World Cup? Do you like sports?

I am enjoying the World Cup, yes. I like sports but just for the admin side of it really. Attendances, goals on target, squad numbers etc.

Do you use services like Spotify? What’s on your playlist at the minute?

Yes. I love lively stuff like Snow Patrol and Elbow. If I’m in a devil-may-care kind of mood, I put on some M People or Jamiroquai.

 

What toppings do you like on your pizza?

I like a cheese topping

What’s your favourite piece of office equipment?

The stapler. Hands down. Quite simply the Rolls Royce of office equipment.

Who’s your internet hero?

My best friend Keith. He has a Twitter account now (@KeithMallender) He is a bit of a ladies man and I love to read about what he’s been up to. Failing that, I’d say Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas J Hopper and John Langford who came up with acronym ‘CAPTCHA‘ (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) This being a challenge-response test used in computing to determine whether or not the user is human.

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