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.
ONCE an essential annual fixture for Belfast's alternative music scene in the 00s, the Curfew Festival was staged every July to counteract the traditional slump in live shows which coincided with the Twelfth 'festivities'.
DO CALL it a Comeback: it's been 18 years since shape-shifting politicised popsters The The last played in Belfast as part of a run of dates which proved to be band leader Matt Johnson and co's final live work before an extended hiatus.
Today The The – Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast Strangle Wire, Senzar, No Great Loss etc – Voodoo, Belfast The Divils, The Vibes, The Skallions etc – Live Injection Ska Festival, Oh Yeah, Belfast Stu Daly (Chewing On Tinfoil), Guihelm, Fox Colony etc – The Sunflower, Belfast Leon Vynehall – The Black Box, Belfast Surf Green, Sit Tight, Hit The B Button etc – McHugh’s, Belfast Thursday July 12 No Spill Blood, Slomatics, Wild Rocket etc – Curfew Festival, Voodoo, Belfast Thrash Hat, Junk Drawer, Catalan etc – Curfew Festival, The Black Box, Belfast Friday July 13 Doyle (ex-Misfits) – Voodoo, Belfast Saturday July 14 Rosco's Riot, Skypilot, Dead Addiction – The Limelight 2, Belfast, 5pm Tuesday July 17 Les Pantalons, Michael D Wynn, A Standard Model – The Sunflower, Belfast Thursday July 19 Ghost Office, Hot Cops (Carl solo), Shrug Life etc – A Litany Of Failures, Jaja Studios, Belfast Kid Trench, Whale Talk, Ember Trails, SX-70 – 39 Gordon Street, Belfast Foreign Owl, Alpha Twin, Shöto, Louise Moore – BarZu, Derry Damien Dempsey, Soma House Band – St Malachy's GAC, Castlewellan Friday July 20 Jet – The Limelight 1, Belfast New Pagans, Joshua Burnside, Catalan etc – Coaster, Atlantic Bar & Babushka, Portrush Cathy Jordan – King's Inn, Castlewellan Saturday July 21 New Pagans, Catalan, Sister Ghost – The Empire, Belfast Drakonis, Overoth, Rupturation – The Limelight 2, Belfast, 5pm Lavengro, A Great Quiet – Bar Sub, QUBSU, Belfast The Ollam – St Malachy's GAC, Castlewellan Grainne Holland – King's Inn, Castlewellan Sunday July 22 Sharon Shannon – St Malachy's GAC, Castlewellan Monday July 23 Ministry, Chelsea Wolfe – The Limelight, Belfast Tuesday July 24 Ulaid & Duke Special – Market Place Theatre, Armagh Wednesday July 25 Steve Earle & The Dukes – The Limelight, Belfast Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert, Siobhan Wilson – The Black Box, Belfast Thursday July 26 The Wedding Present – The Limelight 2, Belfast Emma Langford – The Sunflower, Belfast David Browne Murray – Green Room, The Black Box, Belfast Friday July 27 And So I Watch You From Afar, Mojo Fury, Robocobra Quartet etc – Goodbye Mandela Hall, Mandela Hall, QUBSU, Belfast .
HUMANS weren't the only casualties in the Belfast Blitz during the Second World War: In 1941, 33 animals at Bellevue Zoo were ordered to be killed lest they escape from their enclosures into the wilds of north Belfast during air raids.