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Restarter profile: Meet Jamie

Tell us a little about yourself

My old boss at Maplin said ‘you’ve always got everything in pieces’ – showing disapproval of my determination to fix customers broken electronics before even attempting to sell them a replacement!

That along with the bass guitar, cycling, model trains and film is pretty much what I’m about.

When did you start repairing electronics and electricals?

About four years ago I got tired of paying this biannual tax every time my headphones stopped working. So I took it upon myself to repair them instead – I suppose I haven’t looked back!

Why do you attend Restart Parties?

It’s great reward to help out interested and thankful people and to of course know you’re doing your bit for the environment.

What is your favourite kind of repair?

Everything other than the kind of repair where the device has randomly started working again for no reason! Without knowing why I’d never make any guarantees.

What do you do when you are not Restarting?

Even more restarting – but in a repair shop.

What frustrates you (in life)?

Bad communication. Personally and across wider culture I think so many problems would be resolved by each of us having a better ability to truly understand and empathise with each other. Here’s to hoping the internet will mature accordingly!

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The into Judas Priest’s ‘The Sentinel’ – that’s beautiful music.

What’s the first thing – one material thing – that you could not live without? (besides oxygen, food, water, and shelter and medical care)

Probably my bike. I love the sense of freedom I get from cycling. Everyone should cycle everywhere as much as possible.

Share something cool with us [can be a link]

Throw ‘Louis Rossmann’ into YouTube’s search bar. This guy takes his viewers through some seriously detailed laptop motherboard repairs – there are vast amounts of learning available!

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