I felt a little uncomfortable writing about myself, so I foolishly asked my two (ex) best friends (Richard and Nick) to write a few kind words about me. Given that one can't even get my name right (Nick - there is a Birch in my surname) and the other is clearly mad, I urge you not to read on...
No not the one who's Captain America in the movies.
No not the ginger one on the telly either.
No not the politician, footballer, ice hockey player, theologian nor computer scientist.
My best mate Chris.
Chris has a passion for God, his family, camping, board games, friends, rubbish movies and books. He has a wicked sense of humour and enjoys spontaneous mock violence when saying goodbye.
'Some people have likened Chris to Joffrey Baratheon from 'Game of Thrones', the popular HBO television series. I think that's a little unfair. Chris is (and I have known him for twenty years so I should know) more like Mace Windu, Master of the Jedi High Council, played by Samuel L Jackson in the Star Wars movies. If you have ever confronted Chris over a board game, in front of an Xbox, or in actual real hand-to-hand combat (sometimes this last option is necessary) you will recognise that he is remarkably like George Lucas' wise and learned character, as illustrated by the following extract from Wikipedia:
'Windu is the creator and sole master of a style of lightsaber combat called Vaapad (Form VII), in which the user skirts dangerously close to the dark side — without giving into it — by actually enjoying the fight and the thrill of victory.'
Remind you of someone? Chris has indeed been known to use mind tricks whilst playing Risk (hence the need to resort to violence to stop him).
Mace Windu is not the only character from the movies who bears a likeness to my friend. Chris has incredible powers of concentration and focus like the Hulk from the Avengers, and he is deft and agile (or sneaky) like Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit.
If you have known Chris for even a short time you will recognise that he is indeed a unique individual with an incredible sense of fun and a warm smile and he is very good company. If you've known him for as long as I have though you'll have also learned to let him win occasionally. It keeps him happy.'