This Edinburgh born, Belfast bred journalist was educated from primary to post-graduate diploma level via Dundela Primary School, Strandtown Primary School, Methodist College Belfast, Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster.
He passed several exams along the way and now holds a BSocSci in Political Science, a Post Graduate Diploma in Newspaper Journalism (pass with distinction) and a junior athletics certificate in trampolining.
His interests include crime fiction, classic cars, loud rock music and the (mis)fortunes of Aston Villa Football Club.
A lifelong dog-lover, David has recently had his head turned by his one-eyed rescue cat, Lola.
THE release of a new Mudhoney record is always cause for celebration here at Noise Annoys towers: not only does it confirm that Seattle's superlative Sub Pop-signed grunge survivors are still a going concern, it also affords me the chance to log some transatlantic phone time with singer/guitarist/living legend Mark Arm.
THIS week finds NI Opera opening their rehearsals for Verdi's Rigoletto to primary schools, young people with disabilities and learning difficulties, charities and many others at Belfast's Grand Opera House.
IN 1968, the posters for 2001: A Space Odyssey proclaimed it to be 'the ultimate trip', a studio cash-in on the film's burgeoning popularity with young audiences who began flocking to it while under the influence of psychedelics.
Today Electric Octopus – Culture Night main stage, Royal Avenue, Belfast Girls Names, Hiva Oa – Voodoo, Belfast Librarian, Real J, Lathropus – The Menagerie, Belfast Decomposing in Paris – Fresh Garbage, Belfast Brigid O'Neill, Arborist, Dani etc – Nick Drake, A Celebration, St Joseph's Church, Belfast Mosmo Strange, Anto & The Echoes, The Mannerly Hoods etc – 39 Gordon Street, Belfast Rebekah Fitch, New Pagans – The Black Box, Belfast Saturday September 22 Nathan O'Regan, Peter J McCauley – The Black Box, Belfast Molarbear, So Much For The Sun, Duellists – The Limelight 2 Belfast The LaFontaines – McHugh's, Belfast Bridget St John – American Bar, Belfast Brooke Candy – The Empire, Belfast Donal Scullion & band – Astral Weeks at 50, The MAC, Belfast Mosmo Strange, Wasps, Charity Shop Vinyl – The Nerve Centre, Derry Aslan – Skylite Room, Warrenpoint Ethan Hanna, Sonja Sleator – Fealty’s Back Bar, Bangor Grainne Duffy – Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen The Defects, Part Time Pilots – Bogans, Omagh Sunday September 23 Healthy Junkies, Wynona Bleach, Cherym etc – Voodoo, Belfast Pilgrim St – The Black Box, Belfast Jun Tzu – Goat's Toe, Bangor Liam Ó Maonlaí – The Playhouse, Derry Ethan Hanna, Sonja Sleator – Dicey’s, Strabane Tuesday September 25 Crown The Empire, Volumes, Coldrain – Oh Yeah, Belfast Thursday September 27 Anna Calvi – The Empire, Belfast Anna's Anchor, Fox Colony, Brash Isaac – McHugh's, Belfast Friday September 28 Sea Pinks, Music City – The Black Box, Belfast Bairie, Little Poca, Dena – Oh Yeah, Belfast Larks, Wynona Bleach, Susie Blue – Speakeasy, QUBSU, Belfast Eilidh Patterson – Old Courthouse, Antrim Saturday September 29 Shania Twain, The Shires – SSE Arena, Belfast Three Trapped Tigers, Arvo Party, Wasps – The Empire, Belfast Tom Baxter – The Black Box, Belfast Glenn Hughes – Waterfront Hall, Belfast Robocobra Quartet, Isobel Anderson, John D’arcy & The Hive Choir, Documenta – Uprising: Spirit of '68, Carlisle Circus Methodist Church, Belfast Run In Red – Sandinos, Derry Eilidh Patterson – Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart Paddy Casey – Strule Arts Centre, Omagh Trenchtown, The Skallions – The Pavilion, Belfast .